S. was born in 1888 in Ivanitse,
near Priluky, Poltava Gubernia, Ukraine. His father was a
private lawyer. After his death, the family moved to Priluky. Here S. learned in the local school, then with
a melamed. Due to his family's poverty, he wound
up in the former newly founded trade
school, where he learned general subjects and also a
trade. Here S. learned carpentry. A short time later he
was an employee in a colonial store, while at the same
time he began to act in Ukrainian with the local
"amateurs," and then he entered into the Russian dramatic
troupe of A. L. Mirolyubov, who acted in Poltava
Gubernia. Over eight months he acted in that troupe
under the direction of Ipolytov-Andryev and Y. Byelokin,
but when the troupe toured in order to act in other places,
in which he found himself outside the YJewish domain, S. in
1906 joined the Yiddish troupe of Genfer.
Acting in various Yiddish
troupes of Russia, S. was from the first Yiddish actors
in Europe to act in literary repertoire, and also had
the first performance on the Yiddish stage in Europe "Unzer
gloybn" by Sholem Asch, "Gesheft iz gesheft" by Oscar
Mirbeau and "Oyfn teyr" by Kazinitz.
In 1919 he had founded the
"Yiddish Dramatic Theatre of Lita (Lithuania)," and as
artistic leader he directed a large part of
Gordin-Kobrin-Asch-Hirshbein repertoire, as well as
translations of European languages.
In 1925 he guest-starred in
Argentina's Yiddish theatre, then again acted in Poland,
and in August 1928 he guest-starred again in Argentina,
and then in Brazil. In 1929 he returned to Poland,
where he acted for a short time. Then in 1930 he
guest-starred in Antwerp, then in Paris and London. In
1931 he again for
a short time guest-starred in Argentina, and then
returned to Western Europe, where he acted until today,
especially in Lita (Lithuania).
S. also participated in
Hebrew in Asch's "Ytsa vkhzr," in Arnstein's "Hshir
hntskhi", and he often performed (in costume and live), and
I. L. Gurdun's "Tsdkihu bbis hpkidus."
He also participated in the
films "Chasia the Orphan" and Jacob Gordin (role of "Vladimir")
in "Yeshiva bukher" from Zolotarevsky ("Avigdurl").
S. married the actress
Ninina, a daughter of the actors A. G. and Leah
M. E. from
Sh. R. [Rozhansky]
-- Der debut fun l. sokolov un g. ninina in
teater "ambu", "Idishe tsaytung", Buenos Aires,
12 August 1928.
Botoshanskhy -- Tsvay retsenzies vegn l.
sokolovs "tuviya der milkhiger", "Prese", Buenos
Aires, 26 August 1928.
-- "Farbrekhn un shtraf", oyfgefirt fun leonid
sokolov, "Id. tsayt", Buenos Aires, 26 September
Y. B. [Botoshansky]
-- "Farbrekhn un shtraf", a drama in four acts
by S. dostoyevsky, director L. Sokolov, "Prese",
Buenos Aires, 26 September 1928.
Y. B. -- "Der
tiger" oyfgefirt fun l sokolov, "Prese", Buenos
Aires, 9 October 1928.
Y. B. -- L.
sokolovs ernovnt. anri bermshteyn, "Di prese",
Buenos Aires, 12 October 1928.
Gezegnungs forshtelungfun l. sokolov, "Unzer
lebn", Montevideo, N' 146, 1928.
A. Bergson --
Teater-notisn, "Idishe folkstaytung", Rio, 29
A. Bergson -- L.
sokolov in zeyn kroyn-rol, "Id. folkstsaytung",
Rio, 1 February 1929.
R. Ziger -- Unzer
khub, "Brazilianer idishe prese", Rio, 5
A. Bergson -- L.
sokolov in "shma yisrael", "Id. folkstsaytung",
Rio, 5 February 1929.
A. Bergson --
Beym "zinger fun zeyn troyer", "Id. folkstaytung",
Rio, 8 February 1929.
Z. Dorin -- "Durkh
dem gutn, far dem gutn", Braz. Id. Prese", Rio,
19 February 1929.
Y. R. -- L.
sokolov der msbir, "Braz. Id. Prese", Rio, 26
L. S-ki [Statsky]
-- Fun teater-lebn, "Tsayt", Vilna, 3 May 1929.
R. -- Gastroln
fun l. sokolov in yidishn teater, "Yidishe
tsaytung", Antwerp, N' 2, 1930.
P--ki -- Di
tragedye "uriel akosta" mit sokolov in der
kroyn-rol, "Yidishe tsayt", Antwerp, N' 3, 1930.
Frank] -- Yulius adler un leonid sokolov in "mzik"
un "hershele" fun "Got mentsh un teyvl", "Parizer
haynt", 8 June 1930.
Meyer] -- Leonid sokolovs ershter oyftrit, "Tsayt",
London, 7 July 1930.
-- Der debut fun l. sokolov in "rasputin", "Di
id. tsayt", Buenos Aires, 20 December 1931.