‘The Sandlot’ Stars: Where Are They Now?
"You're killin' me, Smalls!"
It has been 25 years since we first met the rag-tag crew of “The Sandlot” and rooted for them as they stepped up to bat.
While we’ve been watching and re-watching the iconic film, the cast has grown up. They’ve also been keeping busy with a wide range of projects. Here’s a look at where the stars of “The Sandlot” are today.
David Mickey Evans, Director
“The Sandlot” was one of Evans’ first original screenplays. It sold for more than $1 million. Off the heels of its success, he went on to direct and write a variety of films, including sequels to “Beethoven” and other movies for kids.
A New ‘Sandlot’ In The Works?
And it seems like he’s eager to go back to where it all started — he’s been shopping a script for a film he calls “‘The Sandlot’ for a new generation.”
The next "The Sandlot" for a new generation. Based on a true story… pic.twitter.com/pa6sfUsMDM
— David Mickey Evans (@DMESandlot) May 2, 2017
Art LaFleur, The Babe
After he played the boys’ hero in “The Sandlot,” LaFleur appeared in small parts in many TV shows and movies. He was the tooth fairy in “The Santa Clause 2” and “The Santa Clause 3.” He played Mr. Barns in “A Snow Globe Christmas” and Dad in “Dive,” both TV movies.
Tom Guiry, Scotty Smalls
Guiry made his acting debut in “The Sandlot.” Since then, he took on roles in popular movies “Lassie” and “Black Hawk Down.”
He has also made guest appearances in a variety of other TV series and TV movies and became a father to three children. He was also arrested in 2013 for allegedly headbutting a police officer at an airport after an airline employee deemed him too drunk to fly.
Mike Vitar, Benjamin Franklin Rodriguez (Benny “The Jet”)
After “The Sandlot,” Vitar swapped his bat for a hockey stick in two of the “Mighty Ducks” films and a number of TV guest roles. Ultimately he left acting when he was a teenager and became a firefighter. He’s had ups and downs in recent years.
Vitar attended a Mighty Ducks reunion (proof in an Instagram post below from actress Marguerite Moreau) a few years ago but also faced criminal charges for assault in 2017.
Patrick Renna, Hamilton ‘Ham’ Porter
After his breakout role in “The Sandlot,” Renna starred in Disney’s “The Big Green” and landed a number of TV roles. Then, he returned to the big screen as an actor and producer for “Bad Roomies” and has a recurring part on “GLOW.” All grown up, he’s one of the easiest “Sandlot” stars to spot — Renna still has those curls.
Chauncey Leopardi, Michael ‘Squints’ Palledorous
Leopardi is also known for roles in “Father of the Bride” and “Casper.” He had recurring television roles on “Freaks and Geeks,” “Gilmore Girls” and “Coldwater.” He also makes time for events with his baseball-loving castmates.
Marty York, Alan ‘Yeah-Yeah’ McClennan
York primarily appeared on TV since “The Sandlot.” He had small parts in single episodes of “Hey Arnold,” “Boy Meets World” and “SMILF.” In 2011, he played Guido Calypso in “The Brothers Sinclair,” a movie about a New York City private men’s gym owned by the mafia.
His recent photos on Instagram show he also spends a lot of time in the gym in real life.
Brandon Quintin Adams, Kenny DeNunez
Adams got into acting as a toddler and played the mini Michael Jackson in “Moonwalk” before he landed the role of Kenny DeNunez in “The Sandlot.” He appeared in a variety of television series, including “A Different World,” “Fresh Prince of Bel-Air,” “Moesha” and “Martin,” as well as a handful of movies. Adams then became a rapper and records under the name B. Lee.
Grant Gelt, Bertram Grover Weeks
Like a few of his castmates, Gelt landed roles in “Boy Meets World” and “Hey Arnold!” He stepped away from acting around 1999. Now he works as a music manager at Fullscreen Media.
Shane Obedzinski, Tommy ‘Repeat’ Timmons
Obedzinski was busy filming multiple movies around the same time as “The Sandlot.” He stepped away from acting and attended high school in his hometown, Brandon, Florida. He went on to find success in the food business, opening more than 30 different restaurants with his business partner.
Victor DiMattia, Timmy Timmons
DiMattia stayed in show business after “The Sandlot.” However, he transitioned to directing. He directed two short films, “Bogo Shock Nasty” and “Buck McMaan: American Sumo.” He also appeared in “Get Married Or Die,” an indie movie released this year.
Denis Leary, Bill
Leary has had a successful career both before and after he played Scotty Smalls’ step-father on “The Sandlot.”
He wrote and created “Sirens” and “Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll” and “Rescue Me,” which ran from 2004 to 2011. He was also the voice of Diego in the “Ice Age” films and had a role in “The Thomas Crown Affair.”
Karen Allen, Mom
Allen’s acting career started years before she played Scotty Small’s mother. After “The Sandlot,” she continued to appear in television and movies, including “The Perfect Storm.” But she pursued other interests as well, opening a yoga studio and fiber arts store (she studied textile design at the Fashion Institute of Technology).
James Earl Jones, Mr. Mertle
Jones has had an illustrious acting career, and his part as keeper of the Beast in “The Sandlot” is just one of many credits. He has voiced some of the most iconic characters in the movies, including Mufasa in “The Lion King” and Darth Vader in various Star Wars movies. He has received many accolades for his, work, including an honorary Oscar in 2011.
Marley Shelton, Wendy Peffercorn
After driving all the boys crazy as the pool lifeguard in “The Sandlot,” Shelton appeared in many box office hits, including “Sin City,” “Never Been Kissed” and “Pleasantville.” She currently stars in the series “Rise” and lives in Los Angeles with her husband, Beau Flynn, and two daughters, West and Ruby.
Daniel Zacapa, Police Chief
Zacapa starred in the imagined black-and-white flashback as the police chief who condemned The Beast to be kept chained up in his yard “FOR-EV-ER.” Since “The Sandlot,” Zacapa has made a name for himself as a character actor. He appeared in “24: Legacy” as well as “The Mexican” and “The River.” Most recently, he had a recurring role on the series “Chicago Fire.”
Wil Horneff, Phillips
Horneff was the insult-slinging opponent who took on Ham in a memorable throw down of clever childhood insults. Who can forget the exchange, “You bob for apples in the toilet, and you like it!” followed by “You play ball like a girl.” He also appeared in “The Yearling” and “Born to Be Wild.”
Horneff stepped away from acting to attend University of Pennsylvania and Columbia University, where he graduated with a degree in English. Now, he’s married and enjoys a variety of active hobbies, including karate, skiing and tennis, as well as the occasional acting gig.
The English Mastiff named Hercules notoriously hoarded the boys’ baseballs. For most of the movie, they feared him. What many fans may not know is that it took two human-manned puppets and two actual dogs to play the Beast!
Rick Lazarini created the puppets for his friend and director Evans, according to the director’s blog. Some scenes, like the one where Smalls and the Beast become friends, did require a real, slobbering dog.
Other ‘Sandlot’ Alumni
Though they had small parts in “The Sandlot,” these actors went on to have interesting careers — though not all of them are in the film industry.
Charles Rick, Giants Catcher: Previously, Rick was a minor league baseball player, so transitioning into baseball roles came naturally. He also played an umpire in “Arli$$.”Now, he is the scouting supervisor for the San Francisco Giants.
Dennis Williams, Giants Third Baseman: “The Sandlot” was Williams one and only acting credit; he shifted into working as a location manager. He has location scout and location manager credits for more than 80 films and TV series.
Cynthia Windham, Mother at Pool: She may have had a small part in “The Sandlot,” but Windham has made a big difference with her dedication to charitable causes. She worked with Jane Fonda and her foundation Citizens for Economic Democracy other causes, from feeding the homeless to rescuing animals and supporting young child actors.
If you didn’t catch the cast reuniting recently for the film’s 25th anniversary, you must! Crazy to see all your film favorites all grown up.