Born on 8 December 1909 in
Warsaw, Poland, more than three months later he
immigrated with his parents to Belgium, and there he
lived until 1914, and he fled to London, England. His
father, a prompter in Yiddish theatre in Poland, went
back to his profession in the local "Pavilion" Theatre.
G. as a seven-year-old debuted in a children's role with
the guest-starring Jacob Silbert in "The Devil's Power".
In 1920 the family returned
to Belgium, where his father became a prompter in the
various Yiddish troupes, and G. was enlisted as an actor
with the guest-starring: Jacob Silbert, Hymie Prizant,
Anna and Hymie Jacobowitz, Rochelle Rosenfeld, Moris
Novikov, Lidia Potocka, Irving Jacobson and Mae
Shoengold. In 1926, when a part of the split "Vilna
Troupe" (under the direction of Jacob Weislitz, Chewel
Buzgan and David Shapiro) came to act in Belgium, G.
received the opportunity to act with them in the plays "Shrey
khine", "Der dybuk", "Tog un nakht", "Der toyber", "Kiddush
Hashem", "Bunt in oysbeserungs-hoyz" and "Hershele
In 1936 he returned to
London and acted for three seasons under the direction
of Fanny Waksman in the "New Yiddish National Theatre",
performing with an entire range of guest-stars from
America. In 1939, he acted in London's "Grand Palais
Theatre", where he performed at the end of December in
the title role of S. J. Harendorf's successful play "The
King of Lampedusa". In March 1944 he was mobilized
into the English army, where he served until the end of
the Second World War, then began to perform with word
concerts to benefit Jewish organizations.