Robert Fields

Robert Fields
Born (1938-07-09) 9 July 1938
Boston, Massachusetts[1]
Occupation Actor

Robert Samuel Fields[2] (born 9 July 1938)[3] is an actor who has appeared frequently on film and television. A life member of The Actors Studio,[4] Fields is perhaps best known for his role as Daniel in the 1987 drama film Anna.[5]

Early life and education

Fields was born to Mr. and Mrs. Lee Fields of Brookline, Massachusetts. His father was a restaurateur.[2]

Fields graduated from Carnegie Mellon University and Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre.[2]


Fields appeared with Steve McQueen in the 1958 science fiction horror film, The Blob (1958), playing Tony Gressette.[6] It was Fields' film debut.[7] He later provided commentary in 2000, when the film was released on DVD by The Criterion Collection.[8][9]

He played Joel in the 1969 film, They Shoot Horses, Don't They? (1969).[10][11]

Fields portrayed the character Will in the 1970 film, Cover Me Babe.[12]

Fields also co-starred with Sally Kirkland in Anna (1987).[13][14][15][16][17][18][19]

One of his final performances to date was as Jay Smiley in The Souler Opposite (1998).[20]

Personal life

On June 26, 1983, Fields married Betty-Jane Robbins, then a marketing director for trade books at Harcourt Brace Jovanovich in San Diego, at the Fairview Country Club in Greenwich, Connecticut. Their wedding was performed by Rabbi H. Leonard Poller.[2]

Fields was also friends with The Blob (1958) co-star Steve McQueen.[5]

Select filmography


  1. Robert Fields
  2. 1 2 3 4 "Robert Fields, Actor, Marries Miss Robbins". The New York Times. 27 June 1983.
  4. Garfield, David (1980). "Appendix: Life Members of The Actors Studio as of January 1980". A Player's Place: The Story of The Actors Studio. New York: MacMillan Publishing Co., Inc. p. 278. ISBN 0-02-542650-8.
  5. 1 2 Robert Fields biography at The New York Times
  6. "Nominate Your Favorite Monster Movies". NPR. 29 October 2009. Retrieved 26 September 2015.
  7. "The Blob: Notes". Turner Classic Movies.
  8. King, Susan. "'The Honeymooners' now available on DVD". The Daily Gazette. Retrieved 10 November 2015.
  9. King, Susan (30 November 2000). "Return of 'Big Momma'". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 10 November 2015.
  10. Canby, Vincent (11 December 1969). "They Shoot Horses Don't They (1969)". New York Times. Retrieved 10 November 2015.
  11. "They Shoot Horses, Don't They". Turner Classic Movies.
  12. Munden, Kenneth White (1997). The American Film Institute Catalog of Motion Pictures Produced in the United States, Part 2. University of California Press. ISBN 9780520209701.
  13. Guerin, Ann; Richman, Alan (4 April 1988). "Even Stretching It, Oscar Nominee Sally Kirkland Is No Girl Next Door". People. Retrieved 15 April 2015.
  14. Benson, Sheila (13 November 1987). "MOVIE REVIEW : All About 'Anna' and Irreconcilable Pangs of Exile". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 29 October 2015.
  15. Kempley, Rita (26 February 1988). "'Anna' (PG-13)". Washington Post. Retrieved 29 October 2015.
  16. Maslin, Janet (2 October 1987). "Anna (1987) : Film Festival; 'Anna,' on Stardom Of Czechs". New York Times. Retrieved 7 November 2015.
  17. Uricchio, Marylynn (6 May 1988). "Kirkland transcends 'Anna's' limited budget". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved 10 November 2015.
  18. Kehr, Dave (22 January 1988). "Appealing `Anna` Showcases Top-notch Performances". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 10 November 2015.
  19. Kehr, Dave (22 January 1988). "Appealing `Anna` Showcases Top-notch Performances". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 10 November 2015.
  20. Monush, Barry; Willis, John (2000). Screen World 1999. Hal Leonard Corporation. ISBN 9781557834119.
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