Ronald J. Fields is a critically acclaimed writer, playwright and bestselling author as well as a primetime television writer for NBC and Paramount Studios. His many accomplishments include a national primetime Emmy for Best Documentary called W.C. Fields Straight Up (1986), co-produced by Ronald J. Fields, PBS and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Ronald has written a number of books on the entertainment industry including W.C. Fields: By Himself (Prentice Hall, 1973), which was on The New York Times bestseller list for 10 weeks. Ronald is a member of the Dramatist Guild, the Literary Guild and the Writers’ Guild of America (WGA).
His writing credits include two off-Broadway plays; staff writer for Marblehead Manor (an NBC Primetime sit-com); Head Writer for American Movie Classics; comic strip writer for The Los Angeles Times syndicate; author of numerous articles in national and international publications; he has been published in over 12 books beside his own tomes, one produced for St. Martin’s Press and two churned out by Prentice-Hall; and he wrote the libretto for an Equity Workshop tested musical based on the life of his grandfather, W.C. Fields, called An Honest Man. Furthermore, he wrote, co-wrote, and/or Executive Produced seven films. He has made over 300 television and radio appearances including Late Night with David Letterman, The Tonight Show, The Today Show, CBS Morning News, A&E Biography and the American Movie Channel.
Ronald has guest lectured at over 250 Colleges, Universities and institutions including the Smithsonian, the Library of Congress, and the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences. He taught at the University of California Santa Cruz as a “Pool” professor in the English Department with a course entitled “The Structure of Entertainment Writing.”
Presently, he is under contract with Knights Cove Pictures to complete a novel based on the film called Virginia’s Run (2002); Film Crest Entertainment hired him to re-write the screenplay entitled Night Train: The Sonny Liston story; he was a script polisher for a films including Come Away Home (2005).
2007-2009 Ronald re-wrote or “script doctored” five motion pictures and was ask to “doctor” a first time script by Dennis Quaid, called Shame on You, that was slated to star him and Johnny Depp. Principal photography has been delayed because of conflicting schedules. During this time Ronald added the final touches on a “sizzle reel” for a reality based television series he co-created called The Negotiating Edge to be pitched by an industry respected show runner. The push on the show has been postponed due to health and legal issues concerning the co-creator of the series. Planned for later this year a new campaign will begin to get the show up and running.
In 2011-2012 Ronald finished work on a script titled V. Olympiad chronicling the incredible United States Olympic team fielded in 1912, which featured Jim Thorpe, Duke Kahanamoku, George C. Patton, Avery Brundidge, Alma Richards the first Mormon to participate in the games, “Pop” Warner as an unofficial coach. This was the first integrated team for America. In late 2014 the Steve Tish Production company green-lit the script and gave it a budget of 80 million dollars.