Written by Staff Writer at CNN
James “Art” LaFleur, the veteran voice actor best known for “The Sandlot” and for his roles in “Field of Dreams” and “The Sandlot director David Lindsay-Abaire’s new film “The Mercy” died Thursday, according to Entertainment Weekly. He was 70.
LaFleur’s agent Mary O’Malley told the publication that the actor died in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
CNN called the Polk County Coroner’s Office and a spokeswoman there said she was unable to confirm the death because officials were on vacation.
LaFleur was diagnosed with Type II diabetes in 2017, but during his career he also specialized in grotesque voice work, appearing on shows such as “The Golden Girls,” “Dexter” and “Everybody Loves Raymond.”
He also recorded several songs for the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival in his lifetime, according to his Instagram account.
“This wonderful man inspired all of us with his humor, kindness and talent. He will be missed by all that knew him,” cast members including Kenny Wormald and Drago said in a statement on Twitter.
LaFleur died just two days after he was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
“Our hearts are broken by the loss of our dear friend and collaborator Art LaFleur,” said Tom Hanks, who worked with LaFleur in “Field of Dreams.” “Art was a true gentleman and a wonderful voice artist. His gift was bringing humor and joy to all who heard him. You will be profoundly missed, Art.”
LaFleur’s voice can be heard in Disney’s “Oz the Great and Powerful” and in “Cars,” “Toy Story” and “Turbo.”