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The Sandlot, Then and Now
More than 20 years ago, fans met the kids of The Sandlot. Starring Tom Guiry, Mike Vitar, Karen Allen, Denis Leary and James Earl Jones, among others, the baseball movie followed a ragtag group of athletes playing pickup games in the 1960s summer. Take a look back at the stars of the 1993 film decades later.
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Mike Vitar (Benjamin Franklin Rodriguez)
After appearing in indie films and an episode of Brooklyn Bridge, Mike Vitar was Sandlot's all-star as Benny "The Jet" Rodriguez. He went on to earn credits for D2: The Mighty Ducks and D3: The Mighty Ducks before making his final on-screen appearance in a 1997 episode of Chicago Hope and kicking off a career as a firefighter.
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Patrick Renna (Hamilton 'Ham' Porter)
A '90s staple, Patrick Renna earned his first big-screen credit for The Sandlot as Hamilton "Ham" Porter and rounded out the decade with appearances in Son in Law, The Big Green, P.U.N.K.S., and Speedway Junky. In the years since, Renna booked gigs in Judging Amy, The Closer, Boston Legal, Bones, and Fear, Inc.
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Chauncey Leopardi (Michael 'Squints' Palledorous)
The Sandlot found its Michael "Squints" Palledorous in Chauncey Leopardi. The young actor came into the role after appearing in Father of the Bride and episodes of L.A. Law and Evening Shade. Leopardi's post-Squints roles include turns in Houseguest, Casper, The Big Green, The Opposite of Sex, Freaks and Geeks, Gilmore Girls, and Coldwater.
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Brandon Quintin Adams (Kenny DeNunez)
Brandon Quintin Adams joined The Sandlot as Kenny DeNunez, taking on the part after appearing in Moonwalker, The People Under the Stairs, and The Mighty Ducks. Adams earned subsequent credits for Ghost in the Machine, D2: The Mighty Ducks, and episodes of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Boy Meets World, and Moesha.
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Grant Gelt (Bertram Grover Weeks)
After popping up in episodes of Knots Landing, Nothern Exposure, and Blossom, Grant Gelt found his spot in The Sandlot as Bertram Grover Weeks. Gelt continued to act through the '90s, making cameos in Saved by the Bell: The New Class and Boy Meets World, but stepped away from the camera in the 2000s. He now works as a music manager.
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Victor DiMattia (Timmy Timmons)
Superman alum Victor DiMattia joined The Sandlot as Timmy Timmons, the elder of the Timmons brothers. Soon after, he wrapped his run as Sam on A Peaceable Kingdom and took a step back from acting. DiMattia went on to direct two shorts and recently completed the upcoming indie Storefront.
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Shane Obedzinski (Tommy "Repeat" Timmons)
The younger of the Sandlot brothers, Shane Obedzinski played Tommy "Repeat" Timmons. He largely quit acting in the 1990s, and opened the Florida-based restaurant New York Times Square Pizza.
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Denis Leary (Bill)
Denis Leary made an early appearance in The Sandlot, playing Smalls' stepfather, Bill. Leary's career took off from there, including Emmy- and Golden Globe-nominated turns in Rescue Me and Recount, and big-screen appearances in Operation Dumbo Drop, Suicide Kings, Wag the Dog, Small Soldiers, The Thomas Crown Affair, and The Amazing Spider-Man.
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Karen Allen (Mom)
Animal House alum Karen Allen signed on to play Smalls' mom in The Sandlot, following up the gig with The Perfect Storm, In the Bedroom, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, and White Irish Drinkers.