He was born in 1875
Kamenets Podolsk, Ukraine.
His father was a tailor
who after the pogroms in Russia immigrated , with
his entire family to Chicago. There G. studied in a
cheder and school, and also sold small newspapers on
Afterwards he ban to
sing with the cantor Kalman Kleynavitsh,
and after that he left home at the age of fifteen.
He toured as part of the chorus of Leon Golubok's troupe, where he was later given small
After half a year he
left, already an actor, with Golubok on a tour
across America and Canada, which took six years. After that acted in New York in a hall on Manhattan
Avenue. Here Golubok put on Goldfaden's
Later G. toured with
"amateurs" across the environs of New York, and for
a short time acted in vaudeville, after legitimate
theatre, after that some seasons in Chicago, at the
Hopkinson Theatre in New York, 1925-6 at the Lennox,
in 1926-7 in Cleveland, in 1927-8 in Detroit with
Littman, and in 1928-9 with Glickman in Chicago.