W. was born on 19 May 1877
in Braila, Romania.
His father was he actor
He learned in a cheder and
in Schwartzman's city school.
In 1886 he immigrated with
his family to New York, where he learned in public
school, then became an errand boy. Soon, however, he
together a few youngsters and acted with them for two
years in Yiddish theatre within the province. His
father, who would not let him become an actor in any
brought him back to New York and gave him away to a
plumber, where W. worked for a year. Not being able to
rid himself of his desire for the stage, W. again
traveled around with the troupe, in which the late actor
Sigmund Weintraub, Bernard Young, David Levenson and Charles
Nathanson participated. Forced by his father, W. again
returned to New York, where he learned privately,
entering afterwards to work with lawyer and finally
later as a lawyer, dedicating himself most of the time
to the Jewish side of theatre matters.
From 1925-27 W. was, together with Max Wilner, manager
of the Irving Place Theatre.
In 1928 W. had published in
New York's "Morning Journal" about twenty
named "Charley Dertsehlt" in which should be