This is very sad news as I’ve been a fan of actor Art LaFleur for many years; according to Deadline Art LaFleur had “a 10-year battle with A-typical Parkinson’s, according to his wife Shelley. He was 78.”
LaFleur was in movies many movies and TV shows like Field of Dreams, Cobra, Hostage, The Sandlot, Zone Troopers, Death Warrant and my personal favourite the Trancers franchise which I have been doing a retrospective of and will be posting later today.
Shelly LaFleur posted the following remembrance on social media:
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. 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.