G. was born on 15 April 1896
in Skala, by Zbarazh, Eastern Galicia. His father was a
flour merchant. He learned in a cheder.
In 1907 he came to America
with his family, and due to economic conditions he became a
newspaper seller in New York. G. had at the same
time attended public school. Among his buyers had been
the actors Kessler and Adler, and so he had the
opportunity to become a theatre patriot, and he used to
stage various errands for them.
In 1913 he organized with
friends the Kessler Dramatic Club and acted there in his
first roles. He also participated in the offerings of
Gordin's "Shloimke sharlatan", which Kessler directed,
later becoming acquainted with Hymie Jacobson, who
recommended him to manager Samuel Grossman in Chicago,
where he acted until 1917.
In Chicago G. became a
member of the Actors Union, which Muni Weisenfreund had
organized, but when the union fell apart G. left the
stage and for several years was a businessman. First his
colleagues encouraged him to begin acting once again in
the theatre, and he then participated in various
troupes. After that he became a member in the union, and
he began in 1924 to act in Toronto. Here Gabel and
Jennie Goldstein came to guest-star, and they
him for New York, where he acted until 1926. From 1927-9
he acted in Philadelphia's Arch Street Theatre, and in
1929-30 he was in Gabel's Public Theatre in New York.
Jacob Kirschenbaum --Naye
pnimer oyf unzer bihne, "Morning Journal", 3
Album fun filadelfier
idishe shoyshpiler, "Forward", Philadelphia, 2