Born in 1883 in Iasi,
Romania. Father -- owner of a furniture workshop, a
prayer leader, a musician. Was a choir boy at first with
his father, then with R' Moshele, cantor in the large
synagogue. Often attending the theatre, Z. developed a
desire for the stage.
On the initiative of his
friend, the future actor Aaron Mitelman, Z. joined
(without the knowledge of his family) in 1890 the
quartet of Mitelman, Baran and Gizets. A year later Z.'s
father passed away, and Z. had to leave the stage and
take over his father's workshop.
With the idea of immigrating
to America, Z. set out into the world Sang in the
meantime in Vienna in restaurants, associating himself
in Hill (England) with a a dramatic union, where he
performed as "Shmendrik", went then over as a
character-comic to Manchester in the local professional
Yiddish troupe (Esther Vaksman, Kafler, Yakobovitsh and
wife), acting for a short time with Treitler's troupe
and again with Esther Vaksman's troupe, then in
Liverpool with Max Kurtz, Harry Feinberg, Gazovski and
Aba Rosenzweig, and for a short time with Avraham
Arriving in America, Z.
performed with Charles Nathanson in Philadelphia, then
acting for a long time in vaudeville with Golubok in
Brooklyn, later in legitimate theatre with Silbert in
Boston, and when he became a member in the Actors Union,
he left the stage and opened a furniture business.