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Stephen Furst, Flounder in 'Animal House,' dies at 63

Associated Press logo Associated Press 6/18/2017 By LYNN ELBER, AP Television Writer
FILE - In this May 1986 file photo, actor Stephen Furst poses for a photo in Los Angeles. Furst's family says the "Animal House" actor has died. Furst, who played naive fraternity pledge Flounder in the hit movie "Animal House," has died of complications from diabetes, his family said Saturday, June 17, 2017. Furst was 63. Furst died Friday at his home in Moorpark, Calif.,, north of Los Angeles, said his son, Nathan Furst. (AP Photo/Lennox McLendon, File) © The Associated Press FILE - In this May 1986 file photo, actor Stephen Furst poses for a photo in Los Angeles. Furst's family says the "Animal House" actor has died. Furst, who played naive fraternity pledge Flounder in the hit movie "Animal House," has died of complications from diabetes, his family said Saturday, June 17, 2017. Furst was 63. Furst died Friday at his home in Moorpark, Calif.,, north of Los Angeles, said his son, Nathan Furst. (AP Photo/Lennox McLendon, File)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — 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.

FILE - In this April 25, 2015, file photo, Peter Riegert (Boon), Karen Allen (Katy), Martha Smith (Babs), Mark Metcalf (Niedermeyer), Judy Belushi, widow of John Belushi (Blutarsky), and Stephen Furst (Flounder) gather in front of the Mahaiwe at an "Animal House" reunion in Great Barrington, Mass. Furst's family says the "Animal House" actor has died. Nathan Furst said Saturday, June 17, 2017, that his father died of complications from diabetes. Stephen Furst was 63. He died Friday at his home in Moorpark, Calif., north of Los Angeles. (Ben Garver/The Berkshire Eagle via AP, File) © The Associated Press FILE - In this April 25, 2015, file photo, Peter Riegert (Boon), Karen Allen (Katy), Martha Smith (Babs), Mark Metcalf (Niedermeyer), Judy Belushi, widow of John Belushi (Blutarsky), and Stephen Furst (Flounder) gather in front of the Mahaiwe at an "Animal House" reunion in Great Barrington, Mass. Furst's family says the "Animal House" actor has died. Nathan Furst said Saturday, June 17, 2017, that his father died of complications from diabetes. Stephen Furst was 63. He died Friday at his home in Moorpark, Calif., north of Los Angeles. (Ben Garver/The Berkshire Eagle via AP, File)

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

FILE - In this Nov. 9, 1984, file photo, Massachusetts Gov. Michael Dukakis, center, receives treatment from Stephen Furst, left, and Howie Mandel, stars of NBC's television series "St. Elsewhere," in Los Angeles during taping for an episode in which Dukakis played himself and received treatment for a foot injury suffered while jogging. Furst's family says the "Animal House" actor has died. Nathan Furst said Saturday, June 17, 2017, that his father died of complications from diabetes. Stephen Furst was 63. He died Friday at his home in Moorpark, Calif., north of Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Robert Gabriel, File) © The Associated Press FILE - In this Nov. 9, 1984, file photo, Massachusetts Gov. Michael Dukakis, center, receives treatment from Stephen Furst, left, and Howie Mandel, stars of NBC's television series "St. Elsewhere," in Los Angeles during taping for an episode in which Dukakis played himself and received treatment for a foot injury suffered while jogging. Furst's family says the "Animal House" actor has died. Nathan Furst said Saturday, June 17, 2017, that his father died of complications from diabetes. Stephen Furst was 63. He died Friday at his home in Moorpark, Calif., north of Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Robert Gabriel, File)

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 horse.

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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