Inspired by Mogulesko to
become an actor, B. performed for a time for
Thomashefsky (who had become ill) in the singing role "Kroynprints
aleksander (Crown Prince Alexander)", but T.'s "fans"
received pnim B. with popular epl K.'s "fans".
At other times B. performed for Kessler (who had
in Shakansky's "Kol Nidre" ,and received a similar
acceptance from K.'s "fans".
For five years B. was
chorus leader and acted at the same time in various
roles, but first in 1897 he acted as "Di tuv'h
nyv" in Lateiner's "Dovid's fidele
(David's Violin)", where he also
caught the attention of the critics and subsequently
became engaged in the theatre, in which he acted
in the Gordin repertoire.
B. was the first to
create the following Gordin characters: "Khatzkel drakhme"
in "Got, mentsh un teyvel (God, Man and Devil)", "Tuviya habiyuni" in "Alishe
ben abuya", "Melbyal garber" in "Der meturef",
"Boris stavropolsky" in "Sappho", "Shmuel ashkhenazi"
in "Der umbakanter", et al. He also created entire
roles in Kobrin and Libin's repertoire.
For around eight years
B. traveled around across the American provinces
with plays, especially written for him by
Zolotarevsky, Siegel, Wolff, et al. From 1920-1922
B. was engaged as the first actor at the Arch Street
Theatre in Philadelphia.
In 1922 B. acted at the
National Theatre (Managers Saks and Louis Goldberg).
In 1926 B. went over to
the Liberty Theatre and from there to the Public
Theatre (Managers Louis Goldberg and Nathan Shulman),
where he also performed in several melodramas and Z.
Libin's drama "Kinder fargesn nisht (Children
Don't Forget)". Since 1928 B.
has guest-starred again across the American province
in his own repertoire.
B. was a co-founder of
"The Hebrew Actor's Protective Union of America"
B., in the "Forward" (5
October 1928 -- 29 January 1929), published [partly
under anonymous editors, and partly in the
editing by M. Osherowitz] thirty-three long articles of
memoirs about Kessler, "Prof." Horowitz and Mogulesko.
B.'s son, Benjamin,
writes compositions for Yiddish operettas and
married the actress Betty Frank, the daughter of the
actor Jacob Frank.
B. Gorin -- "Di Geshikhte
fun idishn teater (The History of the Yiddish Theatre)",
Vok, II, pp. 35, 161.
Leon Blank -- (Memvarn vegn kesler, hurvits un
mogulesko), "Forward", 5 October 1928 - 29
B. Botwinik -- Leon Blank iz alt gevoren fuftsik
yohr, "Forward", 22 November 1918.
Alter Epstein -- Interesante momenten fun aktyoren
leben. "Der tog", N. Y. 16 June 1918.
B. Botwinik -- Leon Blank, "Der
veker", 8 January
H. Lang -- Vi azoy leon blank iz gevoren an aktyor,
"Forward", 19 April 1925.
H. Ehrenreich -- Leon blank iz itst zebtsik yohr
alt, "Forward", 10 June 1927.
A. Frumkin -- Der krizis dos zenen mir di start --
zogt leon blank, "Morning Journal", N. Y., 17 February 1928.
B. Weinstein -- "Di idishe yunions in amerika", N.
Y, p. 129.