Animal House actor, Stephen Furst, dead at 63

Furst was 63. Furst’s long list of credits included the 1980s medical drama St. 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. Stephen Furst’s survivors include his wife, Lorraine, and two grandchildren, his sons said. Furst died Friday at his home in Moorpark, California, north of Los Angeles, said his son, Nathan Furst. In this April 25, 2015, file photo L-R, 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. Stephen Furst also was a director and producer, working with his other son, Griff. Elsewhere, on which he played Dr. Elliot Axelrod. (Ben Garver/The Berkshire Eagle/The Associated Press)

“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. 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 played Kent “Flounder” Dorfman in the 1978 film that also starred John Belushi. He played Vir Coto and was an occasional director on the 1990s sci-fi series Babylon 5. 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, who played naive fraternity pledge Flounder in the hit movie Animal House, has died of complications from diabetes, his family said Saturday. © The Associated Press, 2017