Actor Art LaFleur, who starred in “The Sandlot” and “Field of Dreams,” died at the age of 78.
Art LaFleur, the actor best known for portraying iconic baseball characters such as Babe Ruth in The Sandlot, passed away on November 3rd.
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LaFleur died at the age of 78, surrounded by his children and his wife, Shelley, according to TMZ.
Despite the fact that LaFleur was receiving hospice care, Shelley explained that he was still joking with his loved ones until the end.
Onscreen, LaFleur was a “generous and selfless man,” but “it was who he was for his family and friends,” according to Shelley.
LaFleur is best known for his role as Babe Ruth in the classic baseball film The Sandlot.
“Heroes get remembered, but legends never die,” LaFleur as Ruth tells Benny Rodriguez (Mike Vitar) in the iconic scene. LaFleur also starred alongside Kevin Costner as Chick Gandil in another classic baseball film, Field of Dreams.
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LaFleur has also appeared in films such as The Blob, Cobra, Speed Racer, and The Santa Clause, as well as TV shows such as Man of the House and M*A*S*H*.
In a 2011 interview with Media Mikes, LaFleur discussed how he became known in public for his work.
“It used to be Field of Dreams, then Santa Clause, and now it’s The Sandlot,” LaFleur explained. “It’s funny, every now and then someone will come up and say, ‘Hey, you’re Art LaFleur!’ They’ll use my real name.”
“And I’m always surprised when people say, ‘You’re Art LaFleur, aren’t you?’ I can understand someone recognizing me from one of the films we’ve discussed, but knowing my actual name?
” he says.
He continued, “I’m always recognized for The Sandlot.”
“In fact, just yesterday, someone said to me, ‘Hey, Babe Ruth! How ya’ doing, Babe?’ I was at Wrigley Field in Chicago with my family on one of the hottest days ever in Chicago. The Cubs had won that day, thank God, and we were downstairs after the game in one of the men’s rooms. Inside there is a big circular hand washing trough and people were putting their heads under the spray of water because it was so hot. So
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