G. was born on 15 April 1888
in Lodz, Poland. His father was a goldsmith. He learned
in a cheder and in a Polish private school. As an "alto"
he sang with cantors, and then he toured with a
Germany quartet across Russia.
From his early youth
G. strove to the Yiddish theatre, and when he acted in
Kaminski's and Fishzon's troupe, he joined as a
chorus singer with Fishzon in 1904, and in the same year
he went over
to the troupe of Kompaneyets, where he began to act in
small roles. Then he organized a members troupe in which
German, Silberkasten and Bulman acted. The troupe,
reorganized by Julius and Amelia Adler, toured within
Poland and Russia with great success.
In 1908 G. traveled with his
family to America, and here he entered into German's
troupe in Chicago. A short time thereafter he acted
on a temporary basis in English vaudeville. Then he toured with
various Yiddish troupes across America; later he acted
for a season in Yiddish vaudeville in New York, then
further in Yiddish theatre in various troupes in New
York, where Adler, Morisson, Schildkraut, Moshkovich,
Thomashefsky and Blank were at the top.
In 1926 G. acted in the
McKinley [Square] Theatre in the Bronx. In 1927-8 he was
in Boston with Hollander. In 1928-9 he was at the
Rolland Theatre, and in 1929-30 he was in Philadelphia's
Arch Street Theatre.