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.
Stephen Furst has starred in many motion pictures and television series. Beginning with the smash hit comedy classic, National Lampoon’s ANIMAL HOUSE, where he starred as the lovable yet bumbling fraternity freshman, Flounder.
Stephen did a series of other motion pictures including SILENT RAGE, UP THE CREEK, and THE DAY AFTER.
He also starred as the semi-speechless mental patient in THE DREAM TEAM, along with Michael Keaton and Christopher Lloyd.
Stephen starred in the highly acclaimed medical drama show, ST. ELSEWHERE, as Dr. Elliot Axlerod.
He then hung up his doctor scrubs and donned a special hair-do, eyebrows, and teeth to play the character of Vir, in the Warner Bros. Science fiction hit BABYLON 5.
Furst described his character as a very dedicated ambassador’s assistant. “He got pushed around a lot by his boss Londo, but he did have a limit and would answer Londo back, if only within his own mind. ” I loved doing BABYLON 5; Furst goes on to say. “I always love to play different types of characters and that one was out of this world.”
Now that BABYLON 5 has come to an end, Stephen has expanded on his directing and acting skills directing the feature film, BABY HUEY’s GREAT EASTER ADVENTURE and providing character voices for the LITTLE MERMAID II, The: Return to the Sea, and BUZZ LIGHTYEAR OF STAR COMMAND: The Adventure Begins.
Stephen is also a spokesman for the American Diabetes foundation and donates his photo sales to this charity.
Stephen and actor Stuart Pankin have put together a humorous, sarcastic, slapstick “guy” comedy video based on his life.
The video teaches valuable lessons about proper diabetes care.
Stephen narrates as Stuart Pankin mimics his buddy’s former life as a 320-pound couch potato. Simple, hilarious vignettes recreated from films like Mission Impossible, Psycho, Austin Powers and other popular flicks parody Stephen’s evil ways and demonstrate the point of good diabetes management in an exaggerated way. A must-see, “two thumbs up” video.
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.