Art LaFleur Biography, Age, Height, Wife, Death, Net Worth

Art LaFleur

Art LaFleur was a character actor and was also involved in acting coaching. This is really bad news for the industry as he is no more in this world and lost his life after a decade-long battle with atypical Parkinson’s disease.

Early Life

Art LaFleur was born on 9th September 1943 and brought up in Gary, Indiana. Art LaFleur was one of the humble personalities. LaFleur belonged to the white ethnicity. His parents were from a moderate family. His father was working as a businessman and his mother was a homemaker. He had two brothers and one sister whose name is Pat LaFleur. He was fond of playing with his siblings in his spare time in his childhood. While being redshirted, he started playing football at the University of Kentucky in 1962.

He played football under the coaching of Charlie Bradshaw. LaFleur did many guest-appearing roles on the small screen including “Angel” and “JAG”. In 1983, he was cast with a role in an ABC sitcom alongside Alex Karras and Susan Clark. The series had to go through many developmental changes before getting a release for the premiere. Later, Emmanuel Lewis was added to the show and Art LaFleur was dropped from the regular roles. Once the changes were kept for the final series, LaFleur was given the guest roles in the pilot.

Art LaFleur Career

In 1993, LaFleur played the role of the famous baseball player of that time named Babe Ruth in the series named “The Sandlot”. He took another notable role in the comedy film called “Man of the House”. The picture was released in 1995 in which he played the role of an eccentric and obsessive character named Red Sweeney. LaFleur also appeared in one of the episodes of the television series called M*A*S*H. he appeared in season 9 that was specially made for the occasion of Father’s day. He took another role of a responsible US Army soldier in the 1985 fictional film Zone Troopers.

Rise to Fame

He played the role of various notable characters like Chick Gandil in the 1919 film called Black Sox, the field of dreams, as a white house security chief in Disney’s 1996 movie called First Kid, as McNulty in both Tracers (1985) and Tracers II (1991), as Brandon T. Williams in “In The Army Now” (1994), etc. He also played a few other roles like a pilot, Jack Neely in the film Air America (1990), Banes in “The Replacements” (2000), and Sergeant Rutledge in Beethoven’s 4th (2003). Art LaFleur played the role of a coach for the film “New Year Yankees” that was released in 1992.

He was named Mr. Baseball in the film. He appeared in “The Santa Clause 2” (2002), “The Santa Clause 3” (2006), as a deputy sheriff in “Hostage”. In 2009, he appeared in the film “Ace Ventura Jr: Pet Detective” and in the science fiction film called “The Rig”. Art also appeared in a 2005 film called House M.D. as Warner Fitch where he was cast with the role in episode sports medicine. Later, he appeared in the Home Improvement as Jimbo in the 1st season of episode number 7 that was later called “Nothing more than feelings”.

Art LaFleur Biography

Real Name Art LaFleur
Birth Date September 9, 1943
Died Date November 17, 2021
Aged 78 Years
Birth Place North Hollywood, California, USA
Nationality American
Profession Character Actor & Acting Coach
Religion Christianity
Sun sign Virgo

Physical Statistics

Height in feet inches – 5’ 11” – in Centimeters – 182 cm
Weight in Kilograms – 75 kg  –  in Pounds –  165 lbs
Hair Color Black
Eye Color Dark Brown
Body Type Slim-Athletic-Average


Father Alan Ladd
Mother Sue Carol
Sister Pat LaFleur


College University of Kentucky

Relationship Status

Marital Status Married
Affair No
Who is his wife? Shelley LaFleur
Children Two (Molly & Joe)

Personal life

Art and Shelley M. Friedman both tied their knot on 4th September 1981. Shelley is a graduate of Sonoma State University and completed B.A. in sociology. She has worked as a production coordinator. They both together attended numerous public events.

Cause of Death

After his death on 17th November 2021, Shelley said that she was happy with the love of her life and was living her most loving 43 years with the man who was his husband and his everything. Art and Shelley M. Friedman together share two kids. They both have a daughter named Molly LaFleur and a son named Joe LaFleur. Their son Joe LaFleur got married to Glenda LaFleur in 2016. However, there is no further detail available over the web for the children and what they are doing recently.

Art LaFleur Net Worth

He was one of the great personalities who managed to have an outstanding acting career. His career spanned over five decades and during that time he played some remarkable roles and character jobs. From this astonishing career, he amassed lots of love with fortune though there are no numbers are available to state his net worth at the moment.


  • LaFleur was a hilarious personality.
  • Before he started his acting career, LaFleur was pursuing his job in the sales category in a saloon and a restaurant in 1975.
  • Later, he moved to Los Angeles, California at the age of 31 where he began his acting career.
  • His wife named Shelley M Friedman shared that he was suffering from A-typical Parkison’s disease. He was battling the disease for almost 10 years.
  • The disorder affected his health and the nervous system of his body.
  • LaFleur was open-hearted and had a joyous personality. He was suffering from Parkison’s disease which was deteriorating his body from insight day by day.
  • LaFleur died on 17th November 2021 at the age of 78 in the United States after which he was immediately cremated.