G. was born on 5 April 1887
in Kolbuszowa, Galicia, into a religious family. His
father maintained a bar and a [vault=gevelbl], was a bit
of a prayer leader, a [vitsler].
At the age of thirteen he
learned Gemorah, sung with cantors as a choir boy and
traveled with cantors across Galicia, Rumania and
Poland. In 1900 he came with his parents to America.
After a short time G. performed here as a coupletist in
the vaudeville places, and then he traveled across the
province with Schwartz, Gerstin, Simon Wolff, Maltz,
Nathan and Rose Goldberg, Jacob Goldstein, Sidney Hart
From 1905 until 1910 G.
performed in the Singer Hall in Brownsville as a "second
lover" and singer. [Eyberreyzndik] his theatre career
over seven years, during which he occupied himself in
commerce, he acted again in 1917 for several weeks in
the Liberty Theatre (Directors Groll and
Weintraub), and he dedicated himself to hotel [vezn].
In 1909 G. acted in the film
"Tsrus fun yisrael" (Director Sidney Goldin). G. wrote
from time to time humorous stores in the "Forward" under
the name "Leybush der galitsianer" (published in the
adaptation of B. Kovner).