Hey Hey it’s Saturday star reveals his TV royalty family mixed with the Melbourne underworld – and says a murderer hides a murder weapon in his famous father’s car
- Hey Hey It’s Saturday star Marty Fields is the son of Maurie Fields and Val Jellay
- Fields has revealed that his youth was in the midst of the bloodshed of the union in the 70s-80s
- He says his actor parents are associated with Putty Nose Nicholls and Pat Shannon
- Union bosses Shannon and Nicholls were later found suspected murdered
- He said his family had a lot of weapons and possibly housed the murder weapon
Hey Hey it’s Saturday star Marty Fields (photo) has revealed that his family has shrugged shoulders with notorious figures from the Melbourne underworld
Hey Hey, it’s Saturday star Marty Fields has revealed that his family shrugged with notorious figures from the Melbourne underworld.
The comedian, the son of actors Maurie Fields and Val Jellay, has revealed that he grew up immersed in the city’s deadly union wars in the 1970s and early 1980s.
He said his parents had close ties with union leaders Putty Nose Nicholls and Pat Shannon and that his family had a lot of weapons.
“Tough boys loved Daddy and were afraid people were after him, so they gave him a gun,” he told Andrew Rule Life and crime podcast on Saturday.
“I took a gun when I was 12 and I gave it to mom who gave it to dad.”
Fields, who grew up playing the piano in pubs in the city, said the Council Club in South Melbourne was a hotspot for trade unionist interaction.
He said one evening in 1981 that Putty – the secretary of the Victorian Branch of the Painters and Dockers Union – went into the pub and said he would travel to Albury. Putty was later found dead in his car in his car.
Although his dead were ruled as suicide, there was heavy speculation that Putty was being killed.
Shannon, Putty’s predecessor, was shot in 1973 at the bar of the Druids Hotel in South Melbourne.
The murderer of Shannon Billy “The Texan” Longley and the murder weapon disappeared soon after the act.
Fields said the gun might have spent time in his father’s car.
“Dad’s Gold Premier Holden … was home to a lot of things floating around Melbourne, and people threw things into Dad’s trunk, sometimes without his knowledge,” he said.
The Federal Ship Painters and Dockers Union, which existed between 1900 and 1993, is said to have criminal ties in the 1960s and 1970s.
The Costigan Commission, an investigation into the activities of the Federated Ship Painters and Dockers Union, was opened in the 1980s following allegations of violence, tax evasion, drug trafficking and organized crime.
A total of 15 murders were attributed to members of the union.
The comedian, the son of actors Maurie Fields and Val Jellay (both pictured), has revealed that he grew up immersed in the city’s deadly union wars in the 1970s and early 1980s