|Date of Birth||9 January 1886 , Russia|
|Date of Death||11 September 1955 , Hollywood, California, USA (automobile accident)|
|Height||4' 10" (1.47 m)|
Mini Bio (1)
He also did some radio work also, for the "Popeye" show. The Great Depression started October 1929, and by 1931 it was terrible. Son Leo would later recall: "We moved so many times during the Depression that we would have made a humming bird seem like a statue." In 1932, for a dime, one could see a double feature at the theatre; but many people made only 30 cents an hour (President Roosevelt's National Recovery Act raised that to 40 cents) -- and it was harder for the young: 15-year-old Leo worked for $6 a week, and David for $4 a week, when they could find work. Bernard was away from home most of the time; although he was fortunate (career-wise) to be in Broadway plays like "The Joy of Living" and "Keeping Expenses Down," his marriage was falling apart. Josie then developed a relationship with a gigolo (he spent a lot of money on Josie, none of it his; ultimately he forged a check with Bernard's name on it). Josie then fell for a guy who said he was an opera singer; she married him and found out he hadn't sung in opera for 15 years -- but he made 60 cents an hour, and got her pregnant with her first daughter.
For a long spell, Bernard had deserted his sons. In 1935, he reconciled with Leo and David, telling them he was sorry he hadn't visited or sent any money in ages, and urged them to try out for the stage play "Dead End"; (in 1937 this was made into a movie, and Leo was one of the busiest actors for the next 20 years). Bernard worked the New York stage with plays such as "The Creeping Fire." In 1937, "Abie's Irish Rose" was revived, and Bernard played Isaac Cohen again. At age 52, Bernard started his second career, movies, in earnest. Beginning in 1940, he appeared in 55 movies, 44 of them with his sons Leo and David (most of them Bowery Boys films). Bernard had finally established the father/son relationship that he hadn't given them in their younger years. From 1946 through 1955, there were 4-5 Bowery Boys movies every year, and Bernard always played the part of Louie Dumbrowski. On August 31, 1955, his car collided with a bus at 4th & LaBrea, Los Angeles; he died of his injuries on September 11, 1955.
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