Lives in the Yiddish Theatre
SHORT BIOGRAPHIES OF THOSE INVOLVED IN THE Yiddish THEATRE
aS DESCRIBED IN zALMEN zYLBERCWEIG'S "lEKSIKON FUN YIDISHN TEATER"

1931-1969
 

Charles Weinblatt
(Kalmen)
 

 

W. was born on 19 May 1877 in Braila, Romania.

His father was he actor Israel Weinblatt..

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 brought 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 fashion, 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 feuilletons named "Charley Dertsehlt"  in which should be

in a humorously told story episodes of Yiddish theatre life.

W.'s sister, Sabina, acts on the Yiddish stage and is married to actor Max Rosenthal. 
 

M. E.


 

 

 

 


 

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Adapted from the original Yiddish text found within the  "Lexicon of the Yiddish Theatre" by Zalmen Zylbercweig, Volume 1, page 678.
 

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