Born on 13
1883 in Kiev, Ukraine. His parents were
merchants. W. studied in a cheder and also took private
lessons in Jewish studies and Russian.
In 1900 he met actors
and started participating in “amateur” performances
in Ukrainian. In 1904 he is employed by Korolenko,
in whose drama school he had studied, as a dramatic
actor and went under the name of Lazar Bielogorin.
Because of the pogrom
in 1905, he immigrated to his uncle in America,
where he joined the “Progressive Dramatic Club”
whose manager was Joel Entin, working for Kaples, later with new shirts[?].
In 1914 he was invited by Peretz Sandler to the
Yiddish theatre in Poland. In Paris, however,
because of the war, he was arrested and when he
returned to America, he performed for three years,
every now and then, in Russian, English and
In 1917 he joined
Schwartz's Yiddish Art Theatre where he played for
two years. In 1919 he performed in Detroit,
Cleveland and vaudeville performances in
Philadelphia. In 1920 he was employed
by Anshel Schorr in Philadelphia where he played for
four years. In 1925-6 he appeared at the McKinley
Theatre in the Bronx, in 1927-8 in Chicago, and
in 1928-30 at the Yiddish Art Theatre.