L. was born on 21 March 1904
in London, England
[a family member states that
David's birthday was Mar. 22, 1903, and that he was
born in Mile End, London, England- ed.]
He was Fanny and Goldie's brother.
He came to America when he
was five years old. He learned in a public school, three
years in high school, and Yiddish from a rabbi and his
As a child of nine, he
started acting in children's roles with David Kessler,
and then played with Bessie and Boris Thomashefsky.
Until the age of fifteen, he sang together with his
sister Fannie. He sang as the cantor.
He became a salesperson in a
clothing store, and for about six years didn't associate
with the theatre. He only participated from time to time
in concerts. He was a social director in a summer camp.
Hollander convinced him to
become a professional actor, and he went into Hollander's
troupe of actors.
He played in Toronto from
1926-1927, in Boston from 1927-1928, and in Philadelphia
from 1928-1929. In 1929-30 he acted at Satz's Folks
Theatre. In the summer of 1930, he went on a tour across
Europe with his wife Diana Goldberg.