Samuel Rosenstein, Yiddish Actor, Dies in Chicago

Samuel Rosenstein, well-known Yiddish actor, died here yesterday at the age of 51. He had been suffering from tuberculosis of the kidneys. Arrangements are being made to bring the body to New York, where the funeral will be held.

Rosenstein was engaged this year in Gabel’s Public Theatre, New York, but he became so sick in the middle of the season that doctors forbade him to continue playing on the stage and ordered him to go to California to rest. Last Sunday Rosenstein left New York, accompanied by his wife, but on the arrival of their train in Chicago, he felt so badly that he was unable to continue the journey to California and had to be placed in a hospital in Chicago.

During the nearly thirty years that he was on the Yiddish stage in New York, Rosenstein acquired great popularity. He came to New York from Roumania in 1900 and appeared in various operettas and dramas in lover roles, by the side of Thomashefsky, Kessler and other Yiddish stars. During one season he was also actor-manager of a Yiddish theatre in Boston, and recently he played in Chicago.

Rosenstein was born in Jassy, Roumania. His father was an usher in a Roumanian theatre. He was first encouraged to become a Yiddish actor by Abraham Goldfaden, the father of Yiddish drama, in whose play “Moshiach’s Zeiten” he made his first appearance.

The deceased leaves a wife and two brothers, Leiser and Abraham Rosenstein, both Yiddish actors in this country, and a sister, Rosa Ziegler, a Yiddish actress who is managing a theatre in Roumania.

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