An actor who made a mark in the 1978 comedy “Animal House” and went on to a number of high-profile television roles has died. The New York Times reports that Stephen Furst died Friday at his home in Moorpark, Calif.
The report cites Furst’s son Nathan saying the cause was probably congestive heart failure related to complications from diabetes. Furst was 63.
Furst played fraternity pledge Kent Dorfman, nicknamed “Flounder,” in “Animal House,” reprising the role in the short-lived ABC TV series “Delta House” in 1979. He went on to a prolific career in television, including a long run as Dr. Elliot Axelrod on “St. Elsewhere” from 1983-1988, a role as Vir Cotto on “Babylon 5” from 1994-1998 and a voice role as Booster on “Buzz Lightyear of Star Command” from 2000-2001.
Furst also kept busy as a director, producer and writer, including directing several episodes of “Babylon 5.”
Here’s a clip from “Animal House” in which John Belushi’s character tries to cheer up Flounder (the clip comes with a language warning) …