Brad Lesley, Little Big League Actor, Dead at 54
Baseball player-turned-actor Brad Lesley passed away after suffering from kidney problems on Saturday, Apr. 27, TMZ reports. He was 54.
His ex-wife Chiho Svimonoff tells the site that Lesley had been receiving dialysis for his kidney issues in a nursing home for the past seven months, but was rushed to the hospital in Marina Del Ray, Calif. on Saturday night when his health took a turn for the worse. Lesley ultimately died from kidney failure.
The athlete, who made his Major League debut pitching for the Cincinnati Reds in 1982, was later traded to the Milwaukee Brewers for a year in 1984. He then moved to Japan to play for the Hankyu Braves for two seasons before leaving the sport and setting his sights on Hollywood.
Lesley starred in several flicks throughout the 90s, including Mr. Baseball, Space Jam, A Boy Called Hate, Big Monster on Campus and Little Big League, in which he memorably played an angry pitcher.
The former ball player was also known for his role as Ajimaru "Animal" Resry on the Japanese game show Takeshi's Castle in 1986.