September 19, 1968
New York, New York
|Occupation||Actor/Television Actor/Theater Actor/Musician|
Fields got his start in show business at the age of 18 months in a commercial for Pampers. Filmed in 1971 Thor was one of the last people to ride the carousel at the famous amusement park at Palisades Park. During the mid-1970s Thor appeared in over 50 commercials. Most memorable was the ad for Thomas’ English Muffins in which he slid down a stairway banister shouting, "Auntie Mabel, Auntie Mabel, put some Thomas' on the table!" He also appeared in the very first commercial for Glow Lite Lite Ups (glow sticks) which won an award at the Cannes film festival.
Thor made his Broadway debut in The King and I in 1978. This was the critically acclaimed first revival starring Yul Brynner and Constance Towers. Thor was understudy for the role of Louis (the teacher’s son) and also swing for the Royal Children (wearing a black wig and full body make-up so as to appear Siamese). Thor was also in the Turgenev play A Month in the Country (Roundabout Theater Company) starring Tammy Grimes, Farley Granger and Amanda Plummer.
In 1980 Thor was cast as Tom of Warwick in the 20th Anniversary revival production of Camelot starring Richard Burton, Christine Ebersole and Richard Muenz. This production toured the United States, breaking all world records for attendance and also played at Lincoln Center’s State Theater in New York City. In 1981 Burton was replaced by Richard Harris. Thor and the production continued to tour as well as play Broadway’s Winter Garden Theatre where it was filmed for HBO.
Off-Broadway, Thor appeared in numerous productions including Mensch Meier (Manhattan Theatre Club), Romeo in "Romeo and Juliet" (American Theater of Actors) and Puck in A Midsummer Night's Dream (A.T.A).
Television and film
Fields played the role of Erich Aldrich on the NBC soap opera The Doctors from 1977 until 1980. In 1981 he appeared with Carroll O'Connor in an episode of Archie Bunker's Place and in 1983 played Jasper Kent in Horatio Alger Updated: Frank and Fearless (ABC). On the big screen, Thor played Danny, Shelly Long's son in Hello Again and appeared in the film Misplaced starring John Cameron Mitchell.
Disillusioned with acting at the age of 20, Thor embarked on a cross-country adventure determined to follow his dream of playing guitar. With no formal training in music, he trailed his musician friends, learning as he partied and sat-in whenever he got the chance. Over the years he played in many original rock bands including The Image Innate, Concrete Haven, The Just and Humble Kings and The Hudson River Band. In 2004 he played in the cover bands Sonic Sister and Double Clutch. In 2005 Thor realized his dream of forming Led Blimpie, the highly successful Led Zeppelin tribute band.
- Simon, John (July 21, 1980). "Standing There". New York Magazine (New York Media) 13 (28): 51. ISSN 0028-7369. Retrieved September 21, 2011.
- Frank Rich (February 29, 1984). "Theater: 'Mensch Meier,' set in West Germany". New York Times. Retrieved November 11, 2011.
- John Beaufort (March 8, 1984). "'Mensch Meier' dives into the murky depths of family turmoil". Christian Science Monitor. Retrieved November 11, 2011.