Sunday, November 28

‘The Sandlot’ star Art LaFleur dead at 78 – archyde

LaFleur Art, famous for playing Babe Ruth in the classic baseball movie “The Sandlot” is dead.

The actor died Wednesday after a 10 year battle with Parkinson’s disease … according to his wife Shelley. We were told that he died in his home surrounded by his children and Shelley – and although he was in the care of a hospice, Art joked to make his family laugh in the time before his death.

His wife remembers Art as a “generous and selfless man” … traits that she carried over to his acting career, “but more importantly, it was who he was to his family and friends”.

Art is best known and loved for his role in “The Sandlot” from 1993 – but he was also featured in another major baseball film as First Baseman Chick Gandil in “Field of Dreams” from 1989 alongside Kevin Costner.

He didn’t get into acting until he moved from Chicago to Los Angeles in 1975 at the age of 31. He became one of those character actors that audiences recognized and starred in films like “The Blob”, “Cobra” and some of the “Santa Clause” films.

He also got episodic TV roles on “Malcolm in the Middle”, “The Bernie Mac Show”, “JAG” and many other shows.

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