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Film-TV writer Greg Fields died April 15 of heart failure in Woodland Hills, Calif. He was 46.

A native of Newport, Ky., Fields worked as a comic and emcee at nightclubs while still in high school. He attended college at Southwestern on a basketball scholarship but remained committed to his comedy career, took his act on the road and worked as the opener for musicians including Brook Benton, Jerry Lee Lewis and Chuck Berry.

Fields relocated to Los Angeles in 1977 and began writing material for other comedians including Tom Dreesen, Slappy White, Rich Little and Sammy Shore. During the 1980s he began a career as a writer-producer on TV shows such as “Full House” and variety specials for Dean Martin, the Smothers Brothers and Rodney Dangerfield.

Fields’ variety series credits included “The Pat Sajak Show,” “Solid Gold,” “In Living Color” and “The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson.”

He is survived by wife Xiomara, a son and daughter, his father, three brothers and a sister.