B. was born on 12 April 1886
in Kovno, Lithuania. His father was a Ger. His mother
was from the distinguished Berkowitz family . His father
passed away when B. was young, and he became educated by
his mother. He learned in a cheder, later in a Russian
school, then he attended the evening courses given by
the Russian arts academy. He also learned music and took
a course in a dramatic school.
At the age of sixteen he
came to America, and here he entered into the "Fraye
yidishe folksbine", and he participated in the offering
of Ibsen's "Folks feynt", Pshibishevski's "Glik" and "Gest"
B. worked as a cartoonist in
"Kunds" and in other periodical publications, and he was
a close friend of the Adler family.
Professionally B. began
to act by accident when in the Second Avenue Theatre an
actor had taken ill, and ever since then he is has
become accustomed to
acting professionally from time to time.
In 1920 B. acted together
with Jacob P., Sara, Frances and Stella Adler for a
season in London's Pavilion Theatre, then by himself he
went over to theatre directing, then he acted for
two seasons in Paris with Blumental, then returning to
America and traveling around for a season in Yiddish
and Russian theatre with