Born circa 1859 in Botoshan, Romania. Parents -- from
the rich and important Jewish families in Bucharest. He
learned in a gymnasium and became an expert in several
At age twenty-one, he
entered into military service and became one of the few
Jewish under officers in Romania.
After military service he
decided to become an actor and entered into Segalesko's
troupe, where he acted only one year and then went over
to the Romanian vaudeville stage. Here he became known
to a Jewish singer from Russia, Mary, with whom he
married and together with her, mainly as a dancer in the
national Romanian costumes, performing in vaudeville
A short time later they had
together went on a tour across Russia, performing
international songs and dance, and then with Segalesko's
troupe toured across Russia.
In the beginning of the
twentieth century, they arrived in America where they
again performed international songs and dance.
Even though F. was a
knaper Jew in Yiddish, they had him taken into the
union Local 5, and after a short time he became the
secretary and later the manager of the local union. With
the proper forms from both or the Actors Unions, he
became a member of the Yiddish Actors Union.
Acting for several years in insignificant father roles
in which he excelled with his beautiful tenor voice, F.
later became a stage director [?] in the garden theatre,
then in the Metropolitan Opera House in Philadelphia.
In 1927 F. opened a
restaurant in Philadelphia, where he, on 12 December of
the same year, suddenly passed away from a heart attack,
and he was brought to his eternal rest by the Yiddish
Actors Union on the cemetery grounds of the Theatrical
Alliance in New York.
M. E. from
Kupershmidt and Olivenboym.