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'The Sandlot' & 'Field of Dreams' Star Art LaFleur Dies at 78

Art LaFleur has sadly passed away, his wife Shelley has announced.

The character actor, who appeared in a ton of films including The Sandlot, Field of Dreams and The Santa Clause 2, died after a 10-year battle with A-typical Parkinson’s. He was 78.

Art is also known for his roles in classic TV series such as M*A*S*H, Lou Grant, Soap, Webster, The A-Team, Hill Street Blues, Thirtysomething, Northern Exposure, Home Improvement, Malcolm in the Middle, Doogie Howser, Coach, Baywatch, ER, JAG, House and The Mentalist.

Shelley posted the news on social media (via Deadline), writing, “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.”

Shelley added, “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.”

We’ve lost so many stars this year.

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