An­i­mal House ac­tor dead at 63

Toronto Star - - ENTERTAINMENT -

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.

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.

Stephen Furst played Floun­der Dorf­man, a naive fra­ter­nity pledge, in An­i­mal House.

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