G. was born on 1 May 1871 in
Zhitomir, Ukraine. His father was a merchant of diamonds
and footwear. He learned most of the time at home, both
Yiddish topics and other topics. He had from childhood
excelled with singing and dance, and later he
participated in Russian amateur productions.
Due to the fact that Yidl
Goldfaden had acted with his father, and he often used
him to read various plays, Glickman had the opportunity
to acquaint himself with the then Yiddish repertory and
had learned himself all of Goldfaden's plays in oysveynik.
In 1887 G. went abroad, a
short time in Berlin, where he worked with cigarettes,
then he traveled to London, where he became an
understudy in Smit's Princes Club, and when he filled
out a role in 'Nye be, nye me", he received at last a
role because he could oyf oysvinik the play. Since
then, Adler often gave him roles. After the "fire", G.
traveled to America, but first after may difficulties he
successfully became an understudy in the Roumanian Opera
House. After that, as he acquainted himself with the Hershman family; he traveled to Troy, New York State,
where he organized productions with that family. They
acted in the Goldfaden repertoire, and G. participated
in those productions. Soon thereafter G. organized a
troupe which was one of the first to perform Yiddish
theatre in he American province.