N. was born on 14 June 1865
in Odessa, Ukraine. His father was a tailor. He learned
in a cheder. On the initiative of Spivakovski, he was
taken into a Talmud Torah, where he also received food
and dress, and after the Talmud Torah, he began to learn
with children. Later he finished a governmental school
and in a [hshbun] of the government he learned in a
six-class gymnasium. While visiting a wine bar, G.
became enamored by the folksingers. Through Spivakovski
he was taken onto the Yiddish stage, debuting for the
first time as "a young girl", then as "Feyvish" in "Shmendrik",
and after touring across the province, he acted in
Odessa's "Maks" in "Beyde kuni lemel (The Two Kuni
Lemels)" under Goldfaden's direction, later traveling
with Naftali Goldfaden across southern Russia, acting
again with Avraham Goldfaden and traveling then across
the Crimea (Director -- Spivakovski), Lithuania
(Director -- Cohen), Poland, Prussia, Kurland, Lettland
(Latvia), Lifland, acting several times in Odessa and
Riga, later with Shomer's troupe in Kishinev, Belz and
again in Odessa, until his brother took him to America.
Here N. at first was a
picture framer, but soon he brought several actors
together and traveled with them to act in Chicago, then
he entered into the Rumanian Opera House, and he acted
for eight years in New York in first comic roles with
the prominent forces of the Yiddish stage.
Due to bad business N.
expanded out from the stage, becoming a lumber merchant
and then an insurance agent.