Born on 28 August 1871 in
Odessa, Ukraine. Parents -- owners of a grain business.
He learned in a cheder, pension, gymnasium, and for a
short time in a university.
Still in a gymnasium, H.
participated in the Russian school productions, then H.
left the university and entered into the Russian troupe
of Kazantsov in Odessa, where he acted for a year's time
under the name "Malyuta", then for a year-and-a-half in
the Russian troupe of Vlasov in Kherson.
In 1892 he immigrated
together with his parents to America, where H. settled
in Philadelphia. Here he left to study further, but due
to the economic conditions he became a bookkeeper in a
clothing business, acting at the same time with
"amateurs". 1898 -- H. became engaged by Finkel in the
Arch Street Theatre, where he remained for several
months, having the opportunity to act with Adler. Now H.
took again to studying, and in 1904 he completed the
Not being able to act
anymore due to his medical practice, and feeling a tight
connection with Yiddish theatre, H. took to writing
plays and composing as such thirty-five theatre pieces
of which eight were performed, -- among them: "Di
zingerin" (produced by Mike Thomashesky, performed by
Sara Adler), "Farbotene frukht"