‘An­i­mal House’ ac­tor had long ca­reer on TV

Houston Chronicle - - OBITUARIES - By Lynn Elber

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, Calif., north of Los An­ge­les, said his son, Nathan.

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.”

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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Ac­tor Stephen Furst played Floun­der in the hit 1978 movie “An­i­mal House.”

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