Born in Neishtat Shervint (Władysławów
), Suwalki region, Poland, to poor parents. Father -- a
non-professional cantor. At the age of fourteen, he
immigrated to England, settled in Manchester with his
father, but not seeing any purpose, decided to take up a
job and became a tailor of raincoats. A short time later
he dervust against a Yiddish club, where actors
(Lazar Jacobowitz, Shraga, Fishman, Max Rosenthal,
Rudolf Marks et al) were acting in theatre, in the
beginning was an errand boy for them, then entered into
the chorus, and then was teh club closed, he went out to
London, and here he again found a club (direction --
Smith), where he joined in and acted with Jacob P.
Adler, and remained there acting. After the fire of
December 1886, most of the actors went to America, and
the remaining, among them F., went away to Leeds, where
they began again to act in Yiddish theatre in a club.
Two years later F., became through the directors Flash
and Yarikhovski returned back to work in London, in
Weincourt Club, where he had the possibility to perform
in prominent roles. When the club closed, F. acted with
various troupes with various opportunities, until the
actors Charles Nathanson, Jacob Silber and Sam
Wallerstein came to America, until it managed to get the
"Standard" Theatre, but only for matinee performances.
F. from then on the
opportunity to not only act in London with all of the
actors and guest-starring actors, but he also acted in
South Africa, Paris and Belgium.
photo: Poster for
the first Yiddish productions in England.