L. was born on 15 May 1871
in Riga, Latvia to well-to-do parents. He finished a
city school, then attended a real school, sang as a
soprano (he was called "Dovidl Mngn'") with Cantor
Rozovsky, and he learned to work in silver and bronze
He came to America and took
up with his profession and was a member in the German
Singing and Dramatic Union, performing in German
operettas and classical plays. Later he became a member
in Yiddish dramatic associations.
On the initiative of Feinman
he became a professional Yiddish actor in Chicago,
debuting as "Jaffe" in Gordin's "Der idisher kenig lir
(The Jewish King Lear)" and soon thereafter traveled to
New York, where he had an entire year of acting under
the direction of Adler and Thomashefsky, performing in
first lover roles in "historical operettas".
Later L. became a
contractor/entrepreneur for the permanent troupes across
America (from New York to California), finding plays,
and for the first time in Yiddish Lessing's "Natan
Hakhokhem". In the span of that time, L. for several
seasons acted as a first actor and regisseur in
Philadelphia's Yiddish theatre (Director -- Mike
L. was the first to act as "Benjamin"
in Libin's "Di gebrokhene hertser", "Pitshe khazan" in
Gordin's "Dud'l mshurr", "Der betler"