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
 

Yakov Fuchs
 

 

F. was born in March 1880 in Lemberg, Galicia.

His father was a poor tailor.

He finished a two-class folkshul, and as a poor orphan he had to at a very young age help out his father by earning money.

At age seventeen F. entered, through a friend, into a Yiddish theatre as a chorus singer, and after singing there a short time and in Rumania, where he also performed as a soloist, he debuted in Lemberg in Hurvits' operetta "Jacob and Esau", excelling especially in singing with his marvelous tenor voice, but due to his lung sickness, F. had to give up singing and become a character actor.

And precisely here he had the possibility to show his talent. An actor, who had acted with him, stated that he had heard the Yiddish actor, who had stood out with his abilities such that in [bilikn] as in better repertoire, because he had very seriously given himself to each role that he had acted. He therefore also used to be very excellent in serious, dramatic character roles.

His illness had overtaken him, and on 21 February 1921 he passed away in Lemberg.

His wife, Ruzha Fuchs, had acted on the Yiddish stage, and she was killed by the Nazis ("Lexicon of the Yiddish Theatre", pp. 4053-54). Their son, Leo Fuchs, acts on the Yiddish and American stage.
 

Sh. E. from Julius Gutman and M. E. from Jacob Mestel.


 

 

 

 


 

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Adapted from the original Yiddish text found within the  "Lexicon of the Yiddish Theatre" by Zalmen Zylbercweig, Volume 6, page 4921.
 

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