Lives in the Yiddish Theatre
SHORT BIOGRAPHIES OF THOSE INVOLVED IN THE Yiddish THEATRE
aS DESCRIBED IN zALMEN zYLBERCWEIG'S "lEKSIKON FUN YIDISHN TEATER"
He hereupon became engaged by Kalich in Boston, but then as the theatre closed due to the flu epidemic, he traveled to Philadelphia and performed in Yiddish vaudeville, and from then he became based (1919-20) in New York's Yiddish Art Theatre, acting in the first season but in episode roles as "Zozuli" in Sholem Aleichem's "Tuviye der milchiger (Tevye the Milkman/Dairyman)", et al, but already in 1920-1 W. made since the Art Theatre a great call with his embodying "Ivanov" in Shalom Aleichem's "Shver tsu zayn a yid (Hard to be a Jew)."
After his marriage to the actress Bela Finkel, he acted in 1921-22 at the Second Avenue theatre in operatic repertory, with St. Claire.
In 1922-23 again he was at the Yiddish Art Theatre where he acted in the middle role of Asch's "Motke the Thief", "Osip" in Gogol's "Revizor", "Dovid Leyzer" in Andreyev's "Anathema", and "Kopl" in Sholem Aleichem's "Groyse gevins (Big Win)."
In 1923-24 he was in the cooperative Irving Place Theatre (in Sackler's "Yusi fun yukrt", Zalatarevsky's "Di shpin un di flig", as "Doktor" in Libin's "Shlecht un gelt" and "Der doktor" in Yevreeynov's "Di hoyptzakh").
In 1924 W. had partly participated with the European tour of the Yiddish Art Theatre.
In 1924-5 again he acted with the Art Theatre in New York where he performed in Berkovitsh's "Moshke khazir" ("Diak piatak"), Rolland's "Velf (Wolves)" ("D'aran"), Gotesfeld's "Ven shtarbt er?" (Publicity Agent) and Gorin's "In yedn hoyz" ("Foter").
In 1925-26, W. acted in Gabel's People's Theatre as "Father" in Gabel's "Vos veln mentshn zogt?".
In 1926-27, as "Zayde" in Sigel's operetta "Der gortn fun libe" at the National Theatre, and from there went over to the English stage, where he acted until 1928 in the main role of the play "Vi amerikans" and "For vols".
In 1928 W. left the stage and became engaged with the Fox Film Studio in Hollywood, where he filmed as Paul Muni.
Adapted from the original Yiddish text found within the "Lexicon
of the Yiddish Theatre" by Zalmen Zylbercweig,
Volume 1, page 670.
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