Born in 1905 in Grodno,
Russian Poland. Father -- a gravestone kritser,
who was brought over to Bialystok to make a gravestone
for a brother's grave from the Bialystok pogrom (on
Sabbath Nachamu? 1905). His family remained in
Bialystok, where G. received a traditional education,
and during the German Occupation, in the first World
War, he began to work at the age of eleven, learning
modern Jewish subjects in the evening.
In 1921 he arrived in
America, and in Cleveland he worked as a salesman in a
shoe business, also he learned in evening courses,
Attending the productions of the local permanent
Yiddish theatres (Globe, Deutsches), and feeling the
"pull" of the theatre, he participated in mass
scenes during the guest appearance of the "Vilna
Troupe", then in a dramatic section in a series of one-acters.
1926 -- settled in New York
and entered into the "Artef Studio", where he
took theatre courses for several years, participating in
the first Artef offering (director Jacob Mestel) of
Steiman's "Beym toyer", and acted then in almost all of
the Artef productions under the direction of Benno
Schneider, Benjamin Zemach, Joseph Buloff, R. Ben-Ari
and Mark Schweid.
After the downfall of the
Artef theatre, he dedicated himself to individual
performances in an exclusively humorous program of
Yiddish classical and modern
humor in concerts, evenings, innovations, and in Yiddish
vaudeville productions in various theatres, as well as
master-of-ceremonies for various activities.
Several times G. went on
tour across Jewish communities in the United States,
Canada and Mexico.
On 20 March 1950, he was
taken in after a test, as a member of the Yiddish Actors
"Tsen yor artef", New
York, 1937, pp. 45-46.
Dr. N. Swerdlin -- Di
ferte "probe" by idishe aktyorn, "Der tog", N. Y.,
24 March 1950.
Edw. Sh. Sulkes --
Hershl gendel, "Di shtime", Mexico, 12 June 1954.
Oysergeveynlekher derfolg fun hirshl gendels ovnt,
"Der veg", Mexico, 25 Jun 1954.
[--] -- Der ovnt fun
h. gendel adurkh mit groys derfolg, "Di shtime",
Mexico, 25 June 1954.