G. was born on 6 February
1876 in Iasi, Rumania. His parents were in business. He
finished a four-class gymnasium.
On 24 June 1892 he left home
with a troupe of actors under the direction of A.
Rozenblum, with whom he began to act in small roles.
After acting for two years in the theatre, he became a
member in a vaudeville troupe. From there he went over
to Rozenberg's troupe, in which he was the only one who
was able to read Yiddish, and therefore he became the
prompter for the troupe. Thus it is he was out of acting
and was now a prompter.
G. traveled with various
troupes across Europe and in 1902 he came to America.
Here he went into the Actors Union as a finance
secretary and manager, and eight times he was elected as
president of the Yiddish Actors Union in America, six
Since September 1926 G. was
manager of the National Theatre in New York, and he
remained at the same time the president of the Actors
For five years G. was
vice-president of the "Associated Actors and Artists of
America", and one of the founders of the Theatrical
G. is the husband of Rose
Greenfield, the daughter of the deceased director and