Saturday 20th November 2021
After a long illness
US actor Art LaFleur is dead
Art LaFleur fought against Parkinson’s disease for ten years. Now the US actor dies at the age of 78. He became famous for the baseball comedy “The Sandlot” and his role in the “Santa Clause” film series.
Art LaFleur is dead. The actor died at the age of 78 after a 10 year battle with Parkinson’s disease. His wife Shelley confirmed this to the US portal “TMZ”. The actor died with his family in his home.
On Facebook Shelley LaFleur wrote: “He was a generous and selfless man, which he carried over into his acting. But more importantly, what he was to his family and friends […] I was very fortunate to have a 43 year relationship with a man who valued me and whom I adored. ”
Art LaFleur was born in Gary, Indiana, in 1943. He studied at the University of Kentucky on a football scholarship, then moved to Chicago, where he took acting lessons. In 1975 he moved to Los Angeles for acting.
LaFleur achieved greater fame in the following years through the baseball film “The Sandlot”, in which he played Babe Ruth. He also played in the “The Santa Clause” series or in the film “Field of Dreams”. He took on supporting roles in series such as “Das A-Team”, “Emergency Room” or “Malcolm mittendrin”.