LaFleur Art, famous for playing Babe Ruth in the classic baseball movie “The Sandlot”, died.
The actor died Wednesday following a 10-year battle with Parkinson’s disease … according to his wife, Shelley. We’re told he passed away at his home surrounded by his children and Shelley – and despite being in hospice care, Art was making jokes to try and make his family laugh before his death.
His wife remembers Art as a “generous and selfless man” … qualities she says have continued in his acting career, “but more importantly, it was who he was to his family and his friends”.
Art is best known and loved for his role in “The Sandlot” in 1993 – but he was also in another great baseball movie, playing the first baseman. gandil chick 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, when he was already 31 years old. He became one of those character actors still recognized by the public, appearing in films like “The Blob”, “Cobra” and a few “Santa Clause” films.
He also landed episodic television roles on “Malcolm in the Middle”, “The Bernie Mac Show”, “JAG” and many other shows.