Jo Swerling
Date of Birth
Apr 18, 1893
Birth Place:
Bardichov, Russia


A refugee of the Russian Czarist regime, Joseph "Jo" Swerling grew up on New York's lower East Side, where he sold newspapers to help support his family. Swerling moved up the journalist ladder to become a newspaper and magazine writer in the early '20s, then launched a prolific playwriting career, scoring a major success with 1929's The Kibitzer, which he co-wrote with actor Edward G. Robinson...