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Art LaFleur, a prolific character actor who played Babe Ruth in “The Sandlot,” died before this month, according to studies.

LaFleur, died Nov. 17 after a decade-long battle with Parkinson’s disorder, in accordance to Deadline Hollywood. He was 78.

“He was a generous and selfless guy which carried more than to his performing but far more importantly it was who he was for his spouse and children and good friends,” the actor’s widow, Shelly LaFleur wrote on social media, in accordance to the outlet. “I was so pretty blessed to have experienced a 43-calendar year marriage with a male who cherished me and who I adored. Art was more substantial than life and meant the environment to us.”

LaFleur died at home in Los Angeles, and was cracking jokes until eventually the finish, The Sunlight documented.

He experienced a late start out in acting — not until eventually 1975, when at 32 he moved from Chicago to Los Angeles, the paper described. Prior to acting, he labored in income and in the restaurant company in accordance to IMDB. out?v=kiS-JN-6JdI

“I considered I required to be a author and the only particular person I realized out below was an actor that I had regarded in Chicago. He confident me that an performing class would help my writing,” he said in a 2011 job interview. “[B]y the conclusion of 1978 I was in all 3 unions. […] I was a operating actor.”