G. was born on 20 December
1900 in Boston, America.
His father was a member in a
dramatic club, his mother a Yiddish actress, and an
aunt who was a chorus singer in the Yiddish theatre. He learned
Yiddish with a teacher and finished public and high
school in Chicago, where his parents, who had directed a
Yiddish itinerant troupe, had in the
Until age fourteen he acted
in children's roles in the local troupe, and in school
he took part in the yearly English productions.
The first role as an adult:
"Menasha" in Gordin's "Yidisher glkh", and from then on
he has acted in buff comical roles in his father's
In 1919 he acted for a
season in the English theatre with the Belasco Stack
Company in San Francisco.
Thomashefsky, who had seen
him act in Cleveland, engaged him in 1923 for his
Yiddish theatre on Broadway in New York where he
performed in the lover roles, and there he acted for
twenty-eight weeks. Then he toured with the troupe
across the province, acting a season in Boston
with Julius Nathanson, two seasons in the National with
Louie Goldberg, and during the summer of 1927 and 1928
in English vaudeville on the Fox circuit.