Lives in the Yiddish
SHORT BIOGRAPHIES OF THOSE INVOLVED IN
THE Yiddish THEATRE
aS DESCRIBED IN zALMEN zYLBERCWEIG'S "lEKSIKON FUN YIDISHN TEATER"
F. was born on 27 January
1919 in Chicago, America.
His father was a prompter
and playwright in the Yiddish theatre.
When he was four years old he
participated in Gertner's Independent Theatre in Chicago
in the prologue of the silent film "Yizkor". At
age six he performed in children's roles with Max
Rosenthal in Philadelphia's Garden Theatre, later in
Cleveland at the Duchess Theatre, at the Liberty
Theatre, Rolland Theatre, and at the Hopkinson Theatre.
In 1929 he acted at the Prospect Theatre while at the
same time acting at the Public Theatre in the prologue
of "Farlangt a khtn" at the Prospect Theatre, and in the
final act of "Kraft fun der natur (Power of Nature)"
with Leon Blank at the Public Theatre. Afterwards he
acted at the Public Theatre with Ludwig Satz, at the
Folks Theatre with Molly Picon in Kalmanovitz's "Dos
meydl fun amol", and a season later at the Bronx's Art
Theatre with the Germans in Kalmanovitz's "Shtif mames".
In the 1935-36 season F.
switched over to adolescent, youthful roles at the 49th
Street Theatre, at the Yiddish Art Theatre in the play
"The Frontier", afterwards in Chicago's Douglas Park
Theatre with Dina Halpern in "The Three Little Foxes".
In 1941 he was in the
American army and became a first lieutenant. During the
Holidays he married the young actress Annie Siegel.
In 1945, after he was
discharged from the Army, he acted at the Folks
Theatre with Ben-Ami in Leivick's "Warsaw Ghetto".
Afterwards he went away to Chicago where he sat for
his studies in college, and he later graduated as an
eye doctor in Chicago, then returning to the theatre
profession with his wife.
F. also participated in
Yiddish films with Mae Simon, Esther Field, Leo
Fuchs, Yudel Dubinsky and others.
Sh. E. from
his father Max Friedlander.
Adapted from the original Yiddish text found within the "Lexicon
of the Yiddish Theatre" by Zalmen Zylbercweig,
Volume 4, page 2531.
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