Bernard Sauer, 67, an actor whose involvement in Yiddish theater took him from his native Argentina to Broadway, died Feb. 13 in New York of a heart attack.
Sauer, the president of the Hebrew Actors Union for the last five years, appeared on Broadway in 1966 in the Ben Bonus starrer “Let’s Sing Yiddish.” Other legit performances included “Light, Lively And Yiddish” and “Sing, Israel, Sing.” The run of the latter was cut short when war broke out in Israel in 1967.
“He was a very natural performer,” says Mina Bern, currently starring in the English-Yiddish Broadway revue “Those Were The Days.” Bern performed with Sauer on the Yiddish circuit and Broadway during the 1960s and early 1970s. “He knew the stage to perfection.”
During the mid-1960s, Sauer performed regularly at the Yiddish Village Theater in New York. In 1971 he was part of a repertory company at Manhattan’s Anderson Theater.
Sauer started his career as a teenager in Argentina, attending drama school in Buenos Aires and appearing at the Yiddish Folk Theater and various nonprofits. In 1945 he appeared in Joseph Buloff s “Yoshke, The Musician.”
During the early 1960s, New York producer Herman Yablokoff visited Argentina, invited Sauer on a tour of Central America and eventually brought the actor to New York.
During his years in Argentina, Sauer became involved in the union activities that would continue until his death. He was a board member of the Yiddish Theatrical Alliance.
Survived by four sisters and a brother, all of his native Buenos Aires.