Stephen Furst, Flounder in 'Animal House,' dies at 63

Stephen Furst, best known for his role as the hapless Delta House fraternity pledge Kent "Flounder" Dorfman in the landmark comedy "National Lampoon's Animal House", has died.

According to Variety, the actor died of complications from diabetes.

Furst's son Nathan informed the outlet that his father died at his home in California early Friday morning surrounded by friends and family.

Born Stephen Fuerstein in Norfolk, Virginia, Furst's big break came in 1978's raunchy "Animal House" where he played "real zero" Flounder.

In 1996, in between seasons of the sci-fi hit "Babylon 5" the actor - then about 275 pounds - shed 100 and was nearly unrecognizable in the role of Vir Cotto. Elsewhere", as well as voice roles in Buzz Lightyear of Star Command and The Little Mermaid II: "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. He also had major rols in Babylon 5, St. Elsewhire, and others, while directing several episodes of Babylon 5, too.

Their Curmudgeon Film projects included the movies My Sister's Keeper and Cold Moon, a suspense thriller to be released in October.

  • Leroy Wright