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Maurie Fields
Maurice Sheil

4 August 1926
Manly, New South Wales.
Died18 December 1995(1995-12-18) (aged 69)
Melbourne, Australia.
Other namesMaurice Fields
  • Vaudeviilian performer
  • actor
  • comedian
Years active1967-1995
Spouse(s)Dorothy Field, Val Jellay (1960–95)
Children4 including Marty Fields

Maurice "Maurie" Fields (4 August 1926 – 18 December 1995) [1] Born as Maurice Sheil and changed his name to Maurie Fields. He was an Australian vaudeville performer, actor and stand-up comedian.


Fields became a well-known face on television first thanks to his comic sketches on live programs like Sunnyside Up and later dramatic roles, as the conniving John Quinney in ABC TV's Bellbird, as well as in many soap operas on commercial television including Cop Shop, The Box, Prisoner (a small part playing "crooked" screw, Leonard "Len" Murphy, and had previously played "Maurie Parks" a friend of "Faye Quinn"[2]) and in The Flying Doctors, publican Vic Buckley. He was also a regular as Fred Farrell in situation comedy series Bobby Dazzler (1977) and did regular comedy segments on Hey Hey It's Saturday.

He was also the editor of the jokes pages of the Australasian Post magazine for many years, a role continued by his son Marty after Maurie's passing. He appeared in retro-capture with his son Marty, in the Hey Hey reunions.

Selected filmography


Personal life and Logie Honor

Fields was the son of an accountant and married twice. His first wife was Dorothy and they had three children, Lorraine, Eileen and Alan. He then married the comedian and actress Val Jellay, who also portrayed his screen wife in The Flying Doctors. They played publicans Vic and Nancy Buckley. He was the father of comedian Marty Fields.

He died on 18 December 1995, from a heart attack, and became the first actor to be posthumously inducted into the Logie Hall of Fame. That honor was accepted at the awards ceremony in his name by his widow and long-time acting partner, Val Jellay.[3]



List of albums, with selected chart positions and certifications
Title Album details Peak chart positions
The Great Aussie Joke
(with Shane Bourne)
  • Released: 1988
  • Format: LP
  • Label: Hammard (HAM 186)
  • Released: 1990
  • Format: LP
  • Label: Virgin (AZMF 001)
At His Best
  • Released: 1990
  • Format: LP
  • Label: Virgin (VOZCD 2057)

Charting singles

List of charting singles, with selected chart positions
Title Year Peak chart positions Album
"Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer" 1990 149 Cheers


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  2. ^ Episode #1.347, retrieved 29 December 2019
  3. ^ McColl Jones, Mike (1999), And Now Here’s..., Aerospace Publications, Canberra, pp. 102 & 103.
  4. ^ a b "Bubbling Down Under Week commencing 3 December 1990". 3 December 2021. Retrieved 7 December 2021.

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