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 Maurice Schwartz

Maurice Schwartz

Birth
Ukraine
Death 10 May 1960 (aged 69)
Israel
Burial Flushing, Queens County, New York, USA
Plot Yiddish Theatrical Alliance: Block 67, Ref 1, Section A-D, Line 15, Grave 15
Memorial ID 937 · View Source
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Actor. Often billed as the "Greatest of All Yiddish Actors" or the "Lawrence Olivier of the Yiddish Stage", he was born in Sudilkov, Ukraine, and immigrated, with his parents, to the United States in 1901. He acted in several Yiddish Theater groups in New York City, New York, then opened The Jewish Art Theater on Second Avenue in New York City 1918 (the theater would go on to give performances for the next 40 years with a rotating repertoire of 150 plays). His most lauded featured roles were as ‘Reb Malech' in Isaac Bashevis Singer's "Yoshe Kalb",' Luka' in Maxim Gorki's "The Lower Depths", ‘Oswald' in Henrick Ibsen's "Ghosts", ‘Shylock' in William Shakespeare in "The Merchant of Venice", and the title role in "King Lear". In motion pictures he performed in "Broken Hearts" (1926), "Uncle Moses" (1932), "Tevye The Milkman "(1939), "Mission to Moscow" (1943) and as ‘Ezra' in the Biblical drama "Salome" (1953). The Library of Congress added "Tevye The Milkman" (later the basis for "Fiddler on the Roof") to the United States National Film Registry as one of the greatest films of all time.

Bio by: John T. Chiarella


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  • Added: 1 Jan 2001
  • Find A Grave Memorial 937
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Maurice Schwartz (18 Jun 1890–10 May 1960), Find A Grave Memorial no. 937, citing Mount Hebron Cemetery, Flushing, Queens County, New York, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .