Sandlot author Art LaFleur, who played the lovable Rowdy “Cookie” Martin in the hit baseball film, has died at the age of 78.
LaFleur was also a well-known actor who, in addition to his role in the 1980 movie “Field of Dreams,” was a regular on TV’s “St. Elsewhere” and “Cheers,” and had roles in “Sixteen Candles,” “Twister,” “Sleepless in Seattle,” “Night Shift,” “NYPD Blue,” “Law & Order” and “The Wire.”
According to The Hollywood Reporter, LaFleur died in Los Angeles after a battle with cancer.
LaFleur was born in Brooklyn on May 10, 1939, and studied business at the University of Pennsylvania before switching to acting and eventually appearing on Broadway.
His most famous film role, though, was as baseball phenom Ally Parnell in the beloved Sandlot children’s film.
“Cookie” Martin was wildly popular in the Sandlot universe. In fact, people started calling LaFleur’s avatar Rowdy “Cookie” Martin just after his character died in the film.
The Sandlot became so beloved by audiences and kids that the book series was made into a massive movie trilogy.