Born on 12 April 1886 in New
York. Father -- a teacher of Yiddish, English, German
and Hebrew. He learned with his father, in a cheder and
in "public school". Due to his father's early death, he
had to take up a trade.
When C. learned in a cheder,
he sang as an "alto" with a cantor, with whom Louis
Friedsell was a conductor, and he engaged him, in 1900,
to perform in a children's production in the role of
"Dinah", in Goldfaden's "Bar Kochba".
In 1901 C. entered into
English Broadway theatre, where he acted in small roles
with the prominent American actors, and then in Yiddish
variety theatres until 1907. From 1907 until 1920 he
further acted in English in vaudeville theatres in
England, performing very often in solo numbers as a coupletist and dancer. Here he also had the opportunity
to act with Charlie Chaplin.
Returning to America, C.
during the 1920-21 season, entered into New York's
People's Theatre and acted then with Clara Young, in
"fat" and character roles with Max Gabel (until 1929),
later for a series of years in the Second Avenue Theatre
(with Molly Picon, Menasha Skulnik and the other stars),
in the Public Theatre (Manager Y. Bleich and Julia
Boyrns). 1945-49 -- he acted in the Yiddish Art Theatre
(among his other roles -- "Tuval" in "Shylock and his
Daughter"), and from 1950-54 in the Second Avenue
Theatre (manager Irving Jacobson, Zayenda, et al.).