Born in April 1873 in Warsaw, Poland.
His father was a Chasid, an owner of a [tsigelnye]. Until the age of
twelve he learned with a rabbi at home, and due to material
conditions he became a worker in Poliakevitsh's paper factory, and
he sung with his father at the shtiebl (small synagogue).
Afterwards he changed his work and was now a worker in a cigar
factory in Lublin and then sang for a year with the city cantor. He
immigrated to America, and S. worked in a cigar factory, entering
into the "Young Dramatic Worker's [Tsuntershtitsungs] Club"
(members: Yonah Ginzburg, B. Young, Leon Blank, Nakhamkos) and he
acted as "Yosef" in Thomashefsky's "Di khlutsh." After acting for
three years with "amateurs," S. was engaged in a troupe in New York,
where he acted for one-and-a-half seasons.
After wandering around for several years
across the province, S. opened a coffee house in New York for
actors, but he later came to act in vaudeville houses, became
business manager of Local 5 and acted afterwards in Cleveland (two
seasons), in Detroit, St. Louis, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Irving
Place Theatre in New York, the Lyric in Brooklyn, in Newark, and in
1932-33 in Detroit.
S. is a character actor and stage
His daughter, Mildred Block, also acts
on the Yiddish stage, and his son is an organist.