Stephen Furst: Animal House's Flounder has died

Stephen Furst was best-known for playing Flounder in the 1978 university comedy Animal House.
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Stephen Furst was best-known for playing Flounder in the 1978 university comedy Animal House.

Stephen Furst, who played naive fraternity pledge Flounder in the hit movie Animal House, has died of complications from diabetes, his family said Saturday. Furst was 63.

Furst died Friday at his home in Moorpark, California, north of Los Angeles, said his son, Nathan Furst.

Furst played Kent "Flounder" Dorfman in the 1978 film that also starred John Belushi. It was Belushi's character, Blutarsky, who drew Flounder into a prank that went terribly wrong and ended up with the frantic Flounder shooting a gun loaded with blanks into a ceiling, frightening a horse so much that it died of a heart attack.

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Stephen Furst starred alongside the likes of Denzel Washington, Ed Begley Jnr, Mark Harmon, Howie Mandel and David Morse ...

Stephen Furst starred alongside the likes of Denzel Washington, Ed Begley Jnr, Mark Harmon, Howie Mandel and David Morse on the hospital drama St Elsewhere.

Furst's long list of credits included the 1980s medical drama St. Elsewhere, on which he played Dr. Elliot Axelrod. He played Vir Coto and was an occasional director on the 1990s sci-fi series Babylon 5.

He also voiced characters on projects including TV's Buzz Lightyear of Star Command and the video The Little Mermaid 2: Return to the Sea.

"He was proudest of his family, and he felt blessed and incredibly privileged to have the career that he had and enjoyed," Nathan Furst said Saturday.

Stephen Furst also was a director and producer, working with his other son, Griff. Their Curmudgeon Film projects included the movies My Sister's Keeper and Cold Moon, a suspense thriller set for release in October, Griff Furst said.

Stephen Furst's survivors include his wife, Lorraine, and two grandchildren, his sons said.

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 - AP

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