Born on 24 December 1887 in
Tishmienitz, Galicia, to pious parents. Father -- a
butcher, who soon immigrated to America.
In 1900 he came to his
father in America. Here he learned in school.
Seeing Thomashefsky act in
the "Yeshiva bukher," H. became excited, so much so that
he decided to become an actor and wrote a play; however
he had no courage to do the readings(?). He became
familiar with a group of "amateurs" and entered into their club,
where Peter Graf was regisseur, and in 1903 he acted for
the first time in the role "Yozef" from Shliferstein's
"Dora," then he participated in a certain Zeyken's
"historical" drama "Di shreklikhe rakhe fun safinya
zaremba." The production looked for actors and a manager
for Baltimore, L. Largman, engaged him for six dollars a
week. For the second season, he became engaged in the
same theatre for ten dollars a week. However, both times
he did not receive enough to pay the rent, and held out for support
that his parents sent to him.
When Mike Thomashefsky's
troupe guest-starred there, H. became engaged in the
troupe to Philadelphia.
In 1905 he came to New York
and entered into vaudeville, and in