Art LaFleur has died at the age of 78, after a 10-year battle with Parkinson’s disease.
ART LaFleur, best known for portraying Babe Ruth in the classic baseball film The Sandlot, has died after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease.
In addition to Cobra and The Santa Clause, the well-known actor appeared in a number of other noteworthy films.
Art died on Wednesday, according to his wife, Shelley, after a ten-year battle with Parkinson’s disease.
Art was said to have passed away at his home, surrounded by his children and Shelley, but it was also said that in the days leading up to his death, he was “cracking jokes.”
Shelly remembered her husband as a “generous and selfless man,” qualities he exhibited not only in his professional life, but also in his personal life. “More importantly, it was who he was for his family and friends,” she said.
Fans will remember Art for his role as the Great Bambino in the classic family film The Sandlot from 1993, but he had other roles in baseball-related films as well.
In 1989, Art played Chick Gandil in the film Field of Dreams.
The Blob, A Cinderella Story, Speed Racer, and House Hunting are among his other acting credits.
Art appeared on episodes of Malcolm in the Middle, The Bernie Mac Show, JAG, and a variety of other shows on television.
After moving from Chicago to Los Angeles in 1975 at the age of 32, the later actor pursued a career in acting.
Art revealed how he got his start as an actor in a 2011 interview with Media Mikes.
“I came out to California in 1975, when I was 32 years old,” he told the publication.
“I was persuaded by a friend.
“I thought I wanted to be a writer, but the only person I knew out here was a Chicago-based actor.”
He persuaded me that taking an acting class would help me improve my writing skills.”
“So I started studying acting with that in mind,” he continued.
“After about six months, I became more interested in the acting aspect.”
“My first union, Equity, accepted me in 1978.
“At the Mark Taper Forum, I did an Equity play.
“A few months later, I got my SAG and AFTRA cards, so by the end of 1978, I was a member of all three unions.”
“I used to be a working actor.”
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