Born on 29 August 1909 in
Riga, Lettland (Latvia), to balebatishe parents.
He learned in a msukn cheder; later he completed
the "Yiddish primary school" in Riga.
As a youngster of six, he
sang with Cantor Rozovsky, and in the local choral
school, later he sang in Yiddish theatre (children's
roles), and "made theatre" in homes.
At age seventeen he entered
into the dramatic studio with the "Peretz Club" et al,
of the Russian performers Zhikhareva, and at the same
time acted in local non-stable Yiddish theatre.
With the founding of Riga's
"Neyer yidisher teater", P. became a professional actor
and has acted since then under the direction and
leadership of Tal and Veysbeyn, Y. Stein, Julius Adler,
Menakhem Rubin et al, then a season in "musical comedy"
et al by Shlomo Kutner.
1928-1931 -- acted in Kovno;
1932 -- returned to Riga; 1933-1934 -- in Kovno's "Yidish
Meutim Theatre", later -- five months, together with his
wife Gita Galina, guest-starring in Vienna's "Reklam
Theatre" (director Goldflis) and the head of the troupe,
across Czechoslovakia, acting a season in London (under
the direction of Fanny Blumenthal), also visiting the
cities of Liverpool, Leeds, Glasgow, Manchester, acting
for a year in Paris (directors Lachtiger, Lazar and
Lustik) and Belgium (director Mendelevitsh), and
guest-starring later in Warsaw's "Skala Theatre", then