Born in 1881 in Gródek,
Galicia. Parents -- very pious quick lime manufacturers.
He learned Yiddish, Polish and German. His father wanted
him to be a rabbi, however as such he passed away when
he was young and S. at a very early age had to put of
learning and begin to be concerned about making an
income. He entered in as a employee of a business, then
tried to learn a profession, but soon he cast this aside
and immigrated abroad.
Here he often attended the
theatre and developed a desire to act, but at first when
in 1904 he arrived in America, he received the
possibility of entering into the theatre, first as a
chorister in Aged's Yiddish vaudeville theatre (N. Y.,
82 Clinton Street), then as a role player in short
operettas, writing for David Meyerowitz, Sholem
Perlmutter, Louie Gilrod et al.
Later S. acted in sketches
with Louis Kramer, and went over to legitimate theatre,
acting both in the province, such as Boston,
Philadelphia, Toronto, as well as New York, including
several seasons with Max Gabel, in the Hopkinson Theatre
with Blank, Lebedeff, Goldenburg, Ludwig Satz and Berta
Kalich. In his last years, S. was associated with the
Yiddish Art Theatre.
S., who had begun as an
actor of intrigue, later went over to character roles.
He had a warm, responsible attitude for the theatre and
for the Yiddish word.
S. was known and popular for
his humor and witty inventiveness and oddities of which
much was printed in the periodic Yiddish press.