M. was born on 1 January
1892 in Krasno, Galicia. His parents were renderers(?)
for an innkeeper. He learned in cheders. In 1902 he came
to America to his father, who earlier had immigrated
here. At the start he sold newspapers and shoelaces in the streets,
then worked in a shop and in the evening learned in a
night school. Later he became a member of a
dramatic club and participated in one-acters.
After his father's death he
was taken in to act in vaudeville., working at the same
time (two years' time) in a shop.
After becoming a member in
the vaudeville union, he acted for a half-season in
In 1915 he was engaged to
Gabel and debuted in "American Ganef (American Thief)",
then acted some seasons in Cleveland and Montreal, and
after becoming a member in the union acted in the
troupes of the Lyric, Lennox, Irving Place Theatres, and
from 1926-9 in the National Theatre.
In 1929 M. temporarily
withdrew from the stage, [ibergemendik] an automobile
M.'s wife is the daughter of
actor Abraham Fishkind.