D. was born on 26 December
1892 in Moshtshisk (Mosciska), Eastern Galicia.
His father was the owner of
a traffic(?). He learned in cheder and in shul. In 1905
he came, together with his family, to America where he
learned in night school, and by day worked in a factory.
In 1908 D. became known to
Gabel, and he acted with him for several years in music
D. was the first to play
Yiddish vaudeville in the movies.
Afterwards he acted for a
season in legitimate theatre in Montreal, and then
returned to New York where he acted once again in
vaudeville, then acted for a season in legitimate
theatre with Abramov in Detroit, a short time in Denver
with Charles Nathanson, afterwards some seasons with S.
B. Grossman in St. Louis and in Winnipeg, then four
years with the Germans in Chicago.
Afterwards he became a
member of the union and acted for four years at New
York's Lyric Theatre, some seasons at the Hopkinson and Grand; in Cleveland, in Philadelphia with Goldenburg and
Celia Adler, and with them at New York's Empire Theatre,
in 1926-27 at the Lennox Theatre with Nathan Goldberg,
and from 1927-30 at the Prospect with Nathan Goldberg.