until 1929 he performed in Kessler's
Second Avenue Theatre, and in the
1929-1930 season in Gabel's Public
Theatre. Afterwards he again performed
in the Second Avenue Theatre where he
had minor roles due to his illness and
also appeared in a few films.
On May 4,
1938, Boris Rosenthal passed away in New York.
following appreciation appeared in an
obituary in the Morning Journal:
became known as one of the very best
character actors…He also devoted himself
to writing lyrics for operettas, which
are still performed…He came to America
as a young actor, became a member of
Local 2 of the Actors' Union and served
as treasurer and executive member for
many years. Local 2 later joined the
local one and is now the only actors'
union in America and Canada."
Zylbercweig wrote about him as well:
Rosenthal in his prime as well as in his
last years. I remember him as a fiery,
temperamental mercurial comedian and
many years later as a thoughtful type
called in theatre language 'character
actor.' In both kinds of roles Rosenthal
showed an extraordinary talent. He first
showed his comedic abilities in Lodz as
Berele in the operetta, 'A mentsh zol
men zayn', and many years later, as a
character actor in the Second Avenue
Theatre in New York, in M. Osherowitz's
play 'Tsarevitsh fyodor.'"
these two roles Rosenthal played
hundreds of parts in many Yiddish
operettas, farces, comedies, dramas and
melodramas, many of which were produced
in a hurry, others under carefully
planned direction. In every role he
played he showed his creativity, because
he was blessed with a creative talent
which he invested in roles which he
embodied on the stage."
Sh. E. from Zalmen Zylbercweig