Born in November 1890 in
Sekuren (Sekareny), Bessarabia. Father -- small dealer.
He learned in a cheder and a shul. 1903 --
came with his parents to Philadelphia, America, where he
soon entered into the Columbia Theatre as a stand-in,
role-writer and costumer.
1904 -- began to act in
roles in the same theatre, and several seasons later
became director of the Columbia Theatre with Maurice
Schwartz as partner.
Here D. also was a
co-founder of the Yiddish Actors Union (Local 6,
American Federation of Labor), which later united with
1909 -- arrived in New York
and acted in various variety houses, 1911 -- director of
the Odeon Theatre in Montreal, Canada. Then he was
manager for Adler, Kessler and Thomashefsky during their
guest-appearances across the province.
1916 -- manager of the
Russian itinerant troupe with Sara Adler.
1924 -- had in New York a
booking office for the province.
1925 -- married Rosetta
Yeager, and since then has acted with her across the