|Date of Birth:
|May 8, 1963
About Anthony Field
Australia’s Kellyville, New South Wales is where Field was born. He was raised in northwestern Sydney and is the youngest of seven kids. His family members, especially the women, have a long history of becoming musicians. His grandmother Kathleen accompanied silent movies in the mining town of Cobar, and his great-great aunt “Queenie Paul” was a well-known performer at Sydney’s Tivoli Theatre.
He later enlisted in the military nonetheless, serving there until July 1985 despite having a damaged back as a result of his training. Additionally, when backpacking in the UK, he listened to recordings of children’s books, children’s music by musicians like Raffi, and roots music.
Field enrolled at Macquarie University in the early 1990s after the Cockroaches broke up. He made the decision to create an album of children’s music while still a student. In 1991, The Wiggles released their debut CD, which sold 100,000 copies. Following the recording of their second album, the Wiggles started wearing color-coded shirts on stage.
Field conceived and originated Captain Feathersword; Paul Paddick took over the part in 1996. As also, Field performed Wags the Dog. Despite the Wiggles’ popularity, Field had suicidal thoughts and being “often plagued by worry, melancholy, and negativity” by the middle of the 1990s. Field was nevertheless crowned “Bachelor of the Year” in Cleo in 1999. He wed Michaela Patisteas, a former dancer whose ancestors ran Melbourne’s Griffiths Coffee, in 2003.
Field’s major medical troubles by mid-2004, shortly after his marriage and the birth of his first kid, made him consider leaving or reinventing the Wiggles despite their huge popularity in the U.K. and North America. These issues were made worse by their busy tour schedule.
Beginning in 2007, Field, an Australian voice actor and certified Miniature Fox Terrier breeder, performed voiceovers for the Channel 7 television program RSPCA Animal Rescue.
On January 26, 2010, Field was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia for his “contribution to the arts, notably children’s entertainment, and to the community as a donor and supporter of a variety of organizations.”
The Unusual Commoners is a band for adult fans that Field founded in 2018 with fellow Wiggles member Lachlan Gillespie, band members Oliver Brian, and David O’Reilly.
He and the other vintage Wiggles made an appearance in the Soul Movers song “Circles Baby” music video in July 2020.