B. was born on 15 July 1882
in Lemberg, Eastern Galicia. His father was a hat maker.
He learned in a cheder, Talmud Torah and folkshul. In
his early youth he worked with a room painter and at the
same time sang with cantors.
At the age of fifteen he
entered into the chorus of Gimpel's troupe, and after
several months crossed over to Axelrad in the Galician
province, where B. already had the possibility of acting
in singing roles and he debuted in Kolomea in the middle
role of the operetta "Bustnoy", then he traveled again
across the Galician province.
Due to military service B.
emigrated in 1899 and went to America and performed in
New York's Windsor Theatre as "Bar Kochba", but due to
the hardship of acting, B. withdrew for several years to
the stage and continued in his painting profession, then
he entered into vaudeville theatre of Aged, where he
acted for several seasons, later also in various other
Yiddish vaudeville houses. In 1909-10 B. acted in
legitimate theatre with Ch. Nathanson at Chicago's
Metropolitan Theatre, 1910-1911 with Ch. Nathanson in
Chicago's Palace Theatre, 1911-12 with Regina Prager
across the province until San Francisco, 1912-14 in the
Lyric Theatre, Brooklyn, with Simchowitz and Saks,
1915-17 in Cleveland with Harry Bernstein, 1917-18 in
New York's Grand Theatre with Louie Goldstein, 1918-21
in the Liberty Theatre with Weintraub, later with Young,
1921-22 with Gabel in the Mount Morris Theatre,