Born on 1 April 1890 in
Zvontshik, Kamenets Podolks. Gubernia, Ukraine. His
father was a bel-takse (kosher meat tax
collector). He learned in a cheder and in a yeshiva. In
1902 he arrived with his father in America. He learned
in night school, and he worked drawing times for
clothing and laundry, then he became an errand boy in
the same firm, later a vendor in a fur coat business.
Each time he organized a group of amateurs such as
Schwartz, Schwartzberg, Fishel Singer, Rosa Finkeltal et
al., and they would stage in New York's Manhattan Lyceum
[Theatre] Solotorefsky's "Twentieth Century." A. also
participated in the local productions, then in the
offerings of the same group in Brownsville's Singer
Hall, and in the provinces, acting for a season in
Baltimore. Becoming a member in Local 18, he traveled to
London, where he guest-starred in the Pavilion Theatre
(Directors King and Waxman), and then when Adler came to
guest-star, acting his him for three months.
For a short time in America,
he acted in Philadelphia, and a season in the Thalia for
Spachner, then he became, together with Charles Groll,
the manager of the Liberty Theatre (two seasons) -- and from
then on constantly as manager: Chicago (with Glickman --
two seasons), Toronto (one season), Chicago (one
season), Los Angeles (two seasons). In 1926 A.
guest-starred for two months in Argentina, 1927-8 --
manager in Los Angeles. In 1928-9 (together with A.
Littman) manager and actor in Detroit. 1929-30 --
together with Mishe Fiszon manager of Brooklyn's Lyric
Theatre, where A. also acts.