Born on 2 February 1911 in
Radomsk, Poland. Father -- worker on a farm, where
through an accidental wound he died from this work in
He learned in a cheder, in a
Polish folkshul and Yiddish in an evening school in
Warsaw, where the family had moved to.
Still in his early youth he
learned tailoring, which became his calling, but always
he dreamed of becoming an actor and "staged" male
The first production that R.
saw was the "Dybbuk" offering by the "Vilna Troupe',
which made him an immense impression on him, which only
increased his desire for the theatre. Then he saw an
entire production in Yiddish, Polish and Russian and
took to studying about theatre, actor, regisseur and
stenographer, and he began to perform with recitations.
During the Second World War,
he was rescued in the Soviet Union and evacuated to
Tomsk, and when the Leningrad Theatrical Institute was
evacuated there too, and advertised for students of
theatre in the theatrical faculty, R. not hearing the
Russian language, the license exam discouraged him
and he then enrolled in the school in 1946 in Moscow,
where he moved over to.
Here he also acted in small
episodic roles, and he participated in sporadic Russian
and Yiddish productions.