G. was born circa 1866 in
Falticeni, Rumania. His father was a tailor. He learned
in a cheder, then in a school and sang with the city
cantors. Later he began to travel with the cantors, and
thus after coming to Bucharest, where he had in the
beginning traded books, he then went into Segalesco's as
a chorus singer and after that became a chorus conductor
with Yuvelier in Iasi. G. later acted in lover roles in
various troupes across Rumania and Bulgaria, six months
in Budapest and also in Constantinople.
In 1899 he came to America
and here entered into the Windsor Theatre with Hurwitz,
as a quartet singer and role writer. From there he went
over to the People's Music Hall (managers Shmuckler and
Lipshitz) as an actor and regisseur of the potpourri and
one-act sketches, which he along used to perform. With
time G. owned his own wardrobe, which he used to rent to
the Yiddish vaudeville houses and theatres.
G. used to collect plays and
score them [the collection is found with Sholem
Perlmutter] and he used to his the [liferant] of
American repertoire for Yiddish theatre in Europe.
G. also was had the first
collection of a list of names of Yiddish acting families
in the entire world. The list holds several hundred
names, divided into separate sections of actors,
actresses, stage children, musicians and prompters (with
funny remarks). The actor Sidney Hart had [abisl mmla
geven] the list and was submitted to the editor of the
"Lexicon of the Yiddish Theatre".