“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,” the actor’s widow, Shelly LaFleur wrote on social media, in response to the outlet. “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.”
LaFleur died at residence in Los Angeles, and was cracking jokes till the tip, The Sun reported.
He had a late begin in performing — not till 1975, when at 32 he moved from Chicago to Los Angeles, the paper reported. Prior to performing, he labored in gross sales and within the restaurant enterprise in response to IMDB.
“I thought I wanted to be a writer and the only person I knew out here was an actor that I had known in Chicago. He convinced me that an acting class would help my writing,” he stated in a 2011 interview. “[B]y the end of 1978 I was in all three unions. […] I was a working actor.”