B. was born on 28 February
1882 in Plintsk (Plonsk), Poland. His father was a
sexton. He learned in cheders and in Beit Midrashim. He
was an excellent musician, and therefore became a choir
boy with a cantor.
Kompaneyets heard him sing
in shul and he took him into his troupe as a chorus
singer. After a short time German took him into a
member's troupe, where B. participated in a tour
across the Polish province. Already here he acquired
a name for himself as an excellent comic, and after that
he acted for a short time in Julius Adler's itinerant
troupe across Poland, and he became engaged in Lodz in
Zandberg's troupe. Here in the Grand Theatre in Lodz B.
became the darling of the public.
His comic type made him
popular across Poland and Russia, and on the eve of the
war he was engaged for Vilna in Nakhum Lipovski's
In wartime, B. turned up in
Harbin, where he acted in Yiddish theatre, and in 1917
he came to America. Here he acted for a season in
Philadelphia, later in Boston and Chicago, and in the
end, after certain hardships, there came the opportunity
to perform for New York's Jewish public; he became
engaged in the Liberty Theatre in Brownsville, where he,
in the span of two seasons, made himself very popular.