Lives in the Yiddish
SHORT BIOGRAPHIES OF THOSE INVOLVED IN
THE Yiddish THEATRE
aS DESCRIBED IN zALMEN zYLBERCWEIG'S "lEKSIKON FUN YIDISHN TEATER"
V. was born on 25 September 1896 in Drohitshin,
Grodno Gubernia, Polish Lithuania, to
Chasidic parents. His father was a grain merchant.
V. studied at a yeshiva.
In 1915 he immigrated to
America. He worked for a short time in the automobile profession
and soon became a member of the "Jacob Gordin Dramatic
Society" (which later developed the professional actors
Louis Weisberg and Yechiel Goldsmith).
Afterwards V. started traveling across the province with
"word-concerts", later traveling to Chicago where
he acted in the
troupe of Davidzon and with the "Chicago Dramatic
Society". He traveled with an itinerant troupe across
the province through western cities.
In 1930 he settled in Los
Angeles, where in the first year he often
participated with troupes, where Eliahu Tenenholtz,
Vera Gordon and Julius Nathanson played, and he also
had the opportunity to participate as a guest star with
the Vilna Troupe, with Jacob Ben-Ami and Maurice Schwartz.
V. had also participated in
some motion pictures for "Paramount (Studios)."
Returning back to theatre-acting, however V. continued his [nocht]
with the property(?) and always participated as a great
Yiddish actor and showman.
Adapted from the original Yiddish text found within the "Lexicon
of the Yiddish Theatre" by Zalmen Zylbercweig,
Volume 4, page 3639.
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