‘Animal House’ Actor Stephen Furst Dies At Age 63

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Actor Stephen Furst, 63, died on Friday from complications from diabetes, according to his sonsannouncement on Facebook.

Furst is best known for his breakout role as Flounder in the iconic film National Lampoons Animal House. His characters real name, Kent Dorfman, was quickly forgotten in favor the nickname given to him by his fraternity brothers. Flounder begins the movie as a real zero and gets involved in the hilarious frat hijinks that propel the film.

Its those funny moments that Fursts sons, Nathan and Griffith, ask friends and fans to hold on to.

To truly honor him, do not cry for the loss of Stephen Furst, the announcement reads. 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.

For some, it was hard to imagine Furst as anyone other than the iconic Delta frat brother, but the actor had a long list of credits that include the television series St. Elsewhere and Babylon 5. He also had a career as a voice actor, recording for cartoons such as Freakazoid! and Buzz Lightyear of Star Command.

Friends and fans mourned his loss with posts on social media.

And no matter who you are, when you think of Steve, instead of being sad, celebrate his life by watching one of his movies or use one of his bits to make someone else laugh really, really hard, the family announcement reads.

You can relive the moment Dorfman became Flounder in the clip below.

Read more: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/animal-house-actor-stephen-furst-dies_us_59468a94e4b01eab7a2e5684

Flounder Gets Even - Animal House (4/10) Movie CLIP (1978) HD

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CLIP DESCRIPTION:
Flounder (Stephen Furst) accidentally kills Neidermeyer's horse.

FILM DESCRIPTION:
Director John Landis put himself on the map with this low-budget, fabulously successful comedy, which made a then-astounding 62 million dollars and started a slew of careers for its cast in the process. National Lampoon's Animal House is set in 1962 on the campus of Faber College in Faber, PA. The first glimpse we get of the campus is the statue of its founder Emil Faber, on the base of which is inscribed the motto, "Knowledge Is Good." Incoming freshmen Larry "Pinto" Kroger (Tom Hulce) and Kent "Flounder" Dorfman (Stephen Furst) find themselves rejected by the pretentious Omega fraternity, and instead pledge to Delta House. The Deltas are a motley fraternity of rejects and maladjusted undergraduates (some approaching their late twenties) whose main goal -- seemingly accomplished in part by their mere presence on campus -- is disrupting the staid, peaceful, rigidly orthodox, and totally hypocritical social order of the school, as represented by the Omegas and the college's dean, Vernon Wormer (John Vernon). Dean Wormer decides that this is the year he's going to get the Deltas expelled and their chapter decertified; he places the fraternity on "double secret probation" and, with help from Omega president Greg Marmalard (James Daughton) and hard-nosed member Doug Neidermeyer (Mark Metcalf), starts looking for any pretext on which to bring the members of the Delta fraternity up on charges. The Deltas, oblivious to the danger they're in, are having a great time, steeped in irreverence, mild debauchery, and occasional drunkenness, led by seniors Otter (Tim Matheson), Hoover (James Widdoes), D-Day (Bruce McGill), Boon (Peter Riegert), and pledge master John "Bluto" Blutarsky (John Belushi). They're given enough rope to hang themselves, but even then manage to get into comical misadventures on a road trip (where they arrange an assignation with a group of young ladies from Emily Dickinson University). Finally, they are thrown out of school, and, as a result, stripped of their student deferments (and, thus, eligible for the draft). They decide to commit one last, utterly senseless (and screamingly funny) slapstick act of rebellion, making a shambles of the university's annual homecoming parade, and, in the process, getting revenge on the dean, the Omegas, and everyone else who has ever gone against them.

CREDITS:
TM & © Universal (1978)
Cast: Stephen Furst, John Belushi, Bruce McGill
Director: John Landis
Producers: Ivan Reitman, Matty Simmons
Screenwriters: Harold Ramis, Douglas Kenney, Chris Miller

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