Art LaFleur

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Art LaFleur
Born (1943-09-09) September 9, 1943 (age 71)
Gary, Indiana, U.S.
Occupation Character actor
Years active 1978-present

Art LaFleur (born September 9, 1943) is an American character actor.

Life and career[edit]

LaFleur was born in Gary, Indiana. He played football in 1962 as a redshirt at the University of Kentucky under Coach Charlie Bradshaw as chronicled in a 2007 book, The Thin Thirty.

LaFleur has had many guest-starring roles on television series, including Angel and JAG. In 1983, he was cast in the ABC sitcom pilot Another Ballgame alongside Alex Karras and Susan Clark. The series went through many development changes before its fall premiere, with Emmanuel Lewis being added to the show and LaFleur, in lieu, being dropped from the regular cast. Once the series experienced its final title change---to Webster---LaFleur was only kept as a guest star in the pilot.

In 1993, LaFleur played baseball player Babe Ruth in The Sandlot. He had another notable role as the eccentric and obsessive character Red Sweeney (Silver Fox), in the 1995 family comedy film Man of the House. He also appeared in one episode of the television series M*A*S*H in season 9 ("Father’s Day”) as an MP looking for the people responsible for a stolen side of beef. La Fleur played a soldier in the 1985 science fiction film Zone Troopers.

In addition to playing Babe Ruth, La Fleur also appeared as baseball player Chick Gandil of 1919 Black Sox infamy, in Field of Dreams. In terms of military and national security film roles he appeared as the White House's security chief in Disney's First Kid (1996), as "McNulty" in both Trancers (1985), Trancers II (1991) and as 1st Sgt. Brandon T. Williams in In the Army Now (1994). He has appeared in Air America (1990), The Replacements (2000) and Beethoven's 4th (2003) as Sergeant Rutledge.

La Fleur played a coach for the New York Yankees in the 1992 film, Mr. Baseball. He also appeared in The Santa Clause 2 in 2002, and The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause in 2006 as the tooth fairy. In 2005, he appeared in Hostage. In 2009, he appeared in the Direct-to-DVD film Ace Ventura Jr: Pet Detective and in the Science-Fiction horror film "The Rig".[1]

He also appeared on House M.D. in 2005 as Warner Fitch, in the episode entitled "Sports Medicine." He also appeared on Home Improvement as Jimbo in season 1 episode 7 (Nothing More Than Feelings).

Further reading[edit]

  • Voisin, Scott, "Character Kings: Hollywood's Familiar Faces Discuss the Art & Business of Acting." BearManor Media, 2009. ISBN 978-1-59393-342-5.

Filmography[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1978 Rescue from Gilligan's Island Ivan TV movie
1980 The Hollywood Knights Thomas
Any Which Way You Can Baggage Man #2
1982 Cannery Row Doorman
Lois Gibbs and the Love Canal Homeowner TV movie
I Ought to Be in Pictures Baseball Fan
In the Custody of Strangers Clifford TV movie
Two of a Kind Cook TV movie
Jekyll and Hyde... Together Again Clock Repairman
1983 Sometimes I Wonder Joe TV movie
The Invisible Woman Phil TV movie
Who Will Love My Children? Krause TV movie
WarGames Guard
Emergency Room Colon TV movie
1984 Unfaithfully Yours Desk Sergeant
Sins of the Past TV movie
Boys in Blue Stanley Singleton TV movie
City Heat Bruiser
1985 Trancers McNulty
The Man with One Red Shoe CIA Agent
Zone Troopers Mittens
1986 The Fifth Missile Animal Meslinsky TV movie
A Winner Never Quits John Stewart TV movie
Cobra Captain Sears
Say Yes Ernest
Little Spies Sergeant Westwood TV movie
The Penalty Phase Pete Pavlovich TV movie
1987 Rampage Mel Sanderson
The Three Kings TV movie
1988 The Wrong Guys Woody Winslow
The Blob Pharmacist/Mr. Penny
1989 Field of Dreams Chick Gandil
1990 Keaton's Cop Detective Ed Hayes
Air America Jack Neely
Death Warrant Sergeant DeGraf
1991 Oscar Officer Quinn
Trancers II Old McNulty
Acting Sheriff Capt. Van Patten TV movie
1992 Live! From Death Row Lockart TV movie
Mr. Baseball Skip
Forever Young Alice's Father
1993 Jack the Bear Mr. Festinger
The Sandlot The Babe
1994 Maverick Poker Player
In the Army Now 1st Sgt. Brandon T. Williams
1995 Man of the House Red Sweeney
1996 First Kid Morton
1997 Running Time Warden
Hijacking Hollywood Eddie
Lewis and Clark and George Fred
1998 The Garbage Picking Field Goal Kicking Philadelphia Phenomenon Gus Rogenheimer TV movie
Best of the Best 4: Without Warning Big Joolie Direct-to-video
1999 Last Chance Jimmy
Tycus Shyler Direct-to-video
2000 The Replacements Banes
2001 Beethoven's 4th Sgt. Rutledge Direct-to-video
2002 The Santa Clause 2 Tooth Fairy
2004 A Cinderella Story Football Coach
Breaking the Fifth Abraham Polinsky
2005 Hostage Bill Jorgenson
McBride: Tune in for Murder Armen TV movie
2006 The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause Tooth Fairy
2007 Shiloh Falls Sheriff
2008 Bad Guys Shep
Speed Racer Fuji Announcer
2009 War Wolves Leo TV movie
Ace Ventura Jr: Pet Detective Russell Hollander Direct-to-video
2010 Ilegales Agent Wallace
The Rig Ken Fleming
2011 Dahmer Vs. Gacy Dr. Hess
2012 House Hunting Don Thomson
Bring Me the Head of Lance Hendriksen Art

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