Stephen Furst, aka 'Flounder,' Is Dead at 63

He also had roles in St. Elsewhere and Babylon 5
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 18, 2017 9:33 AM CDT
In this May 1986 file photo, actor Stephen Furst poses for a photo in Los Angeles.   (AP Photo/Lennox McLendon, File)
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(Newser) – RIP, Flounder. Stephen Furst, the actor who played that character in Animal House, is dead at age 63, reports TMZ. A rep tells the Hollywood Reporter that the cause is complication from diabetes, which Furst had battled for years. He was even a spokesman for the American Diabetes Association. Furst's role as Kent "Flounder" Dorfman in the 1978 movie launched his career. He followed that up with guest appearances on various sitcoms until his next big role, that of Dr. Axelrod on St. Elsewhere. He's also known for his role as Vir Cotto in Babylon 5.

"To truly honor him, do not cry for the loss of Stephen Furst. But rather, enjoy memories of all the times he made you snicker, laugh, or even snort to your own embarrassment. He intensely believed that laugher is the best therapy, and he would want us to practice that now," write his sons on Facebook. (Read more obituary stories.)

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