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Stephen Furst, Flounder in ‘Animal House,’ dies at 63

Actor Stephen Furst and Martha Smith, left, speak on stage at The 3rd Annual DVD Exclusive Awards from 2003 in Los ...more
Actor Stephen Furst and Martha Smith, left, speak on stage at The 3rd Annual DVD Exclusive Awards from 2003 in Los Angeles. Furst's son said Saturday that his father died of complications from diabetes. He was 63.
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Los Angeles — 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.

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.”

Actors Stephen Furst (Kent Dorfman) and Mark Metcalf (Doug Neidermeyer) in a scene from 1978's ...more
Actors Stephen Furst (Kent Dorfman) and Mark Metcalf (Doug Neidermeyer) in a scene from 1978's "Animal House."
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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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