is one of America's busiest character actors. A native of Gary, Indiana, LaFleur won a football scholarship at a junior college in Texas, and then at the University of Kentucky. After graduation, he landed in Chicago, where he opened a saloon in 1969 and later a bar/restaurant in 1973, both of them hugely successful. Still restlessly pursuing his dreams, LaFleur moved to California in 1975, studying acting a year later with noted coach Gordon Hunt (Helen Hunt
's father). Once hooked on acting, he gave up writing as a career goal, and won his first professional stage job in 1978 at L.A.'s Mark Taper Forum in Michael Cristofer
's Black Angel
, with Tyne Daly
, Richard Dysart and Joseph Maher.
Television and film roles followed, with LaFleur starring or co-starring in such films as Air America, Cobra, Death Warrant, Mr. Baseball, Field of Dreams, Man of the House, First Kid, The Sandlot and the camp classic Zone Troopers. LaFleur and his wife of 21 years, along with their two children, live in California.
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