Born on 7 November 1877 in
Borshtshov, Eastern Galicia. His father was a lessee. He
learned until age thirteen with a religious teacher, who
several patricians had partnered together for their
children, and in the Polish school.
Soon thereafter he traveled
with his mother to America. Here he peddled newspapers
for two years, learning in a night school and working in
a cup business.
Still a child, seeing a
Purim play, he felt a desire for the stage, and together
with J. Kessler, Ab. Kogut, Louie Heyman and Jacob
Wexler, founded the "Kessler Dramatic Club", that staged
in Turin Hall Feinman's "Dem foter's klole (The Father's
Curse)", in which he performed as the "father".
In the same year he later
participated in several productions for the club. For
four years he worked in business and acted, until he
traveled to Philadelphia as a life-insurance agent.
Kessler came thither to guest-star with his troupe, and
because he had seen A. act in the club in his name, he
went gave him several small roles to act in.
When the vaudeville houses
opened, A. left his job and together with Gabel and Ida
Dworkin entered into the vaudeville houses, where he