Lives in the Yiddish Theatre
SHORT BIOGRAPHIES OF THOSE INVOLVED IN THE Yiddish THEATRE
aS DESCRIBED IN zALMEN zYLBERCWEIG'S "lEKSIKON FUN YIDISHN TEATER"

1931-1969
 

Morris Dorf
 

 

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 halls.

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.


M. E.


 

 

 

 


 

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Adapted from the original Yiddish text found within the  "Lexicon of the Yiddish Theatre" by Zalmen Zylbercweig, Volume 1, page 544.
 

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