Art LaFleur, who was greatest recognized for enjoying Babe Ruth in “The Sandlot,” has died. He was 78.
The actor handed away after a 10-year battle with Parkinson’s, his spouse, Shelley LaFleur, introduced on social media Thursday.
“This guy… After a 10 year battle with A-typical Parkinson’s, Art LaFleur, the love of my life passed away. He brought laughter to so many people as Babe Ruth in the Sandlot, The Tooth Fairy in The Santa Clause 2 and 3, and Chick Gandil in Field of Dreams to name just a few. He was a generous and selfless man which carried over to his acting but more importantly it was who he was for his family and friends,” Shelley wrote.
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“Every location or set we visited him on, the cast and crew would introduce themselves and tell Molly, Joe, and me how Art spoke of us with such pride and love. He was never happier than the day this picture was taken, when Glenda LaFleur, who he was overjoyed to have as a daughter, joined our family. I was so very lucky to have had a 43 year relationship with a man who cherished me and who I adored. Art was larger than life and meant the world to us.”
In addition to his position in “The Sandlot,” LaFleur may also be remembered for enjoying Chick Gandil in one other film about baseball, “Field of Dreams.”
He additionally appeared in “The Santa Clause 2” and “The Santa Clause 3” because the tooth fairy. LaFleur appeared in different movies together with “Ace Ventura: Pet Detective,” “The Rig,” “Man of the House” and “House Hunting,” amongst others.
He additionally appeared in a number of TV reveals, together with “M*A*S*H,” “Malcolm in the Middle,” “Home Improvement,” “Lou Grant,” “Webster,” “Soap,” “Hill Street Blues,” “The Incredible Hulk,” “Baywatch,” “ER,” “Doogie Howser,” “The Mentalist,” and extra.
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