B. was born on 12 December
1879 in Slutsk, Minsk Gubernia, White Russia. His
parents were footwear merchants, who in 1884 moved to
Brody, and from there they migrated to Krakow, and in
1890 to America. Here B. became a worker for handbags
and he learned in an evening school. Often attending the
Yiddish theatre, there developed in him a desire for the
stage, and he imitated the actors. B. then entered into
the "Golden Gate Dramatic Club" and acted under the
direction of Cesar Greenberg in Feinman's "Dos foters
kallah", then B. became a member in the "Hand-in-Hand
Society", where David Levenson was the regisseur, later
in the Silver Dramatic Society (where Shomer and his son
Abraham were he directors). After participating for a
short time in the productions of the local clubs, B.
opened a delicatessen store, but it [tsit] him to the
stage, and when Local 5 was founded, he became there
a member, and he began to act professionally in
vaudeville in the People's Music Hall, then in the
Irving Music Hall, Broadway music Hall and with Aged.
During the period of the theatre acts in the movies, B.
performed together with Bertha Gerstin in such acts, and
then he acted for three seasons together with max
Rosenthal and Gabel, later for four years with Joseph
Kessler in Chicago and two years in Chicago with
Glickman, for a single season in Montreal and on Third
Street in New York, two seasons at the Hopkinson
Theatre, a single season in Cleveland, Mc Kinley Square
in the Bronx, Boston (with Hollander), Montreal,
Detroit, 1928-9 in Newark, 1929-30 in Pittsburgh.