Former boxer who worked in vaudeville, Fields found work as an American character actor.
Ironically the broken nose that ended his boxing career gave him a look that led to a lucrative career in Hollywood playing heavies.
Fields spent seven years as a boy soprano in the Trinity Church choir. He began work as a newsboy, but later became a professional boxer. As a result of a broken nose, he left the ring and decided to try performing in vaudeville in partnership with Frank Fay. Thanks to Norma Talmadge, who thought his broken nose gave him a ferocious appearance, he started on a film career with a screen debut as a gunman in her talkie New York Nights.