Babe Ruth Actor Art LaFleur Dead At 78

November 20, 2021

Actor Art LeFleur has passed away after battling Parkinson's for 10 years at the age of 78, TMZ reports.

LeFleur’s wife Shelly LeFleur shared the news over social media Thursday.

"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," Shelley wrote.

"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."

LeFleur was also a sportscaster who worked on ESPN and CBS that had a history of being a football player during his college years at the University Of Texas in 1962.

LeFleur appeared in “The Santa Clause 2”, "Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, “Man Of The House, "Baywatch," "ER,``The Mentalist," among others.

LeFleur is survived by his wife and two children.