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Babylon 5: the wonder that is Stephen Furst’s Vir Cotto

Jules-Pierre Malartre Jun 28, 2017

We salute a much-loved Babylon 5 character, played by the much-missed Stephen Furst...

A little less than a year ago, in the wake of Jerry Doyle’s passing, Babylon 5 creator J.M. Straczynski made a passionate plea to the universe; too many B5 alumni had died already. Following the untimely deaths of Michael O’Hare, Richard Biggs, Andreas Katsulas, Jeff Conaway, and more recently Jerry Doyle, Straczynski was “goddamned tired of it” and he asked the universe to “knock it off for a while”.

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Unfortunately, the universe didn’t listen since on June 16, Stephen Furst joined his fellow departed B5 co-stars on “the other side of the veil”.

Most will remember Furst as lovable Kent 'Flounder' Dorfman in the 1978 cult classic Animal House, but to sci-fi
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Stephen Furst obituary

Actor, director and voiceover artist who played Flounder in the 1978 film National Lampoon’s Animal House

Flounder, the hapless fraternity student in the 1978 film National Lampoon’s Animal House, was Stephen Furst’s signature role, and one that Furst, who has died aged 63 of complications from diabetes, was typecast into recapitulating for much of the rest of his career. It’s Flounder (aka Kent Dorfman) who is told by Dean Wormer (John Vernon) that “fat, drunk and stupid is no way to go through life, son”. It’s Flounder who, after his friends have trashed his brother’s cherished car, hears Otter (Tim Matheson) explain: “You can’t spend your whole life worrying about your mistakes. You fucked up. You trusted us.”

But the sensitivity Furst brought to Dorfman, who gets into the frat only because, as Stork points out, “we need the dues”, made Flounder real and popular: he had a naive innocence, an unawareness of his physical appearance, and a caring sense of humour. Audiences could imagine him growing into the role of a kinder, gentler version of fellow student Bluto (John Belushi).

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Mobb Deep's Prodigy Dies at 42

Mobb Deep's Prodigy Dies at 42
Rapper Prodigy, one-half of the New York hip-hop duo Mobb Deep, died from "complications caused by a sickle cell anemia crisis," the rapper's rep confirmed to Et. He was 42.

The rapper, whose real name is Albert Johnson, had battled sickle cell since his birth, and was in Las Vegas, Nevada, for a performance.

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"It is with extreme sadness and disbelief that we confirm the death of our dear friend Albert Johnson, better known to millions of fans as Prodigy of legendary NY rap duo Mobb Deep," Prodigy's rep said in a statement. "Prodigy was hospitalized a few days ago in Las Vegas after a Mobb Deep performance for complications caused by a sickle cell anemia crisis. As most of his fans know, Prodigy battled the disease since birth. The exact causes of death have yet to be determined. We would like to thank everyone for respecting the family's privacy at this
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Tim Matheson Remembers 'Animal House' Co-Star Stephen Furst: "He Was Brilliant"

Tim Matheson Remembers 'Animal House' Co-Star Stephen Furst:
Tim Matheson, who played Eric "Otter" Stratton in 1978's Animal House, really didn't care for Stephen Furst when the two men first met just prior to shooting the comedy classic. The problem: The Kent "Flounder" Dorfman actor was just too damn nice. However, the pair would go on to become good friends and work together on a couple of films, including 1984's Up the Creek. Furst died Saturday at the age of 63. Here, Matheson remembers his beloved Delta Tau Chi brother whom Otter fought for. 

It always cracked me up that for two days before we began shooting in the fall of...
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Steven Furst, Who Play Flounder In ‘Animal House,’ Dies At 63

Stephen Furst died on Friday at the age of 63. The actor was best known for playing Kent “Flounder” Dorfman in 1978’s Animal House. Furst died in his California home from complications with diabetes. His son, Nathan Furst, announced the tragic news on Saturday. “It was from complications from diabetes,” he said. “Over the last several years […]

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Animal House's Stephen Furst: His Heartbreaking, Inspiring Battle with Diabetes Before Death at 63

Animal House's Stephen Furst: His Heartbreaking, Inspiring Battle with Diabetes Before Death at 63
Stephen Furst, known for his scene-stealing turn as Flounder in National Lampoon’s Animal House, died Friday.

The actor passed away at his California home from complications due to diabetes, his sons confirmed on Facebook. He was 63.

Born in Norfolk, Virgina, the late actor had a life-long history with the disease. He lost both his mother and father to complications from diabetes when he was just 16 years old. Within weeks of each other, Furst’s father and mother died from heart disease and leukemia, respectively.

Furst would later discover he also had diabetes weeks after his father’s death but
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Rest In Peace, Brother Flounder: Stephen Furst (1955 – 2017)

“This is Kent Dorfman. He’s a legacy from Harrisburg…”

Like we all must, Stephen Furst, the actor who brought Kent Dorfman, a.k.a. the sweet, portly Delta Tau Chi pledge known as Flounder, to life, has passed away. It’d be hard to argue that Furst’s life wasn’t far too short—after all, he was only 63 years old. But though other actors and well-known figures who have passed recently may have made a more lasting or profound mark on the lives of the audience they left behind, Furst’s death hurts a little bit more for me than those other losses, for a couple of reasons.

In 1977, when I was a freshman at the University of Oregon, I landed a spot as an extra on the set of National Lampoon’S Animal House—specifically, I was cast as a “Delta pledge,” and I also ended up
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Animal House Star Stephen Furst Dies at 62

Animal House Star Stephen Furst Dies at 62
The Hollywood acting community is in mourning once again after another beloved performer has passed away. Actor Stephen Furst, perhaps best known as playing Flounder in the comedy classic Animal House, has passed away at the age of 62, from complications due to diabetes. Here's what his sons Nathan and Griffith Furst had to say in a statement on the actor's Facebook page.

"Actor and comedian Stephen Furst died on June 16, 2017 due to complications from diabetes. Steve has a long list of earthly accomplishments. He was known to the world as an brilliant and prolific actor and filmmaker, but to his family and many dear friends he was also a beloved husband, father and kind friend whose memory will always be a blessing. 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.
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Stephen Furst, 'Animal House' Actor, Dead at 63

Stephen Furst, 'Animal House' Actor, Dead at 63
Stephen Furst, the actor who portrayed "Flounder" in the classic comedy National Lampoon's Animal House, died Friday following complications from diabetes. He was 63.

Furst's sons Nathan and Griffith confirmed their father's death in a Facebook post. "Steve has a long list of earthly accomplishments. He was known to the world as a brilliant and prolific actor and filmmaker, but to his family and many dear friends he was also a beloved husband, father and kind friend whose memory will always be a blessing."

Furst is most remembered for playing bumbling
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Stephen Furst, actor who shone in Animal House, dies aged 63

Furst played naive fraternity member Kent ‘Flounder’ Dorfman in 1978 hitSubsequent roles included Vir Coto in sci-fi series Babylon 5

Stephen Furst, who played naive fraternity pledge Flounder in the hit movie Animal House, has died of complications from diabetes, his family said on Saturday. He was 63.

Furst died on Friday at his home in Moorpark, California, north of Los Angeles, said his son, Nathan Furst.

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‘Animal House’ Actor Stephen Furst Dies at Age 62

‘Animal House’ Actor Stephen Furst Dies at Age 62
Actor and comedian Stephen Furst, best known for his roles in Animal House and Babylon 5, died from complications related to diabetes on Friday. He was 62.

His sons, Nathan and Griff Furst, confirmed the news on their father's Facebook page on Saturday.

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"Steve has a long list of earthly accomplishments," the actor's sons wrote. "He was known to the world as an brilliant and prolific actor and filmmaker, but to his family and many dear friends he was also a beloved husband, father and kind friend whose memory will always be a blessing."

"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," the message continued. "He intensely believed that laughter is the best therapy, and he would
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Newswire: R.I.P. Stephen Furst, from Animal House and St. Elsewhere

Stephen Furst, an actor whose career spanned from classic comedies like Animal House, to long-running TV series like St. Elsewhere and Babylon 5, has died. According to Deadline, Furst—who served for several years as a spokesperson for the American Diabetes Association—died this week from complications related to the disease.

Furst got his first big break in 1978, when he wrangled a role for himself in the soon-to-be hit comedy National Lampoon’s Animal House. (Supposedly, he came to the attention of the film’s producers when he was working as a pizza delivery guy, slipping his headshot into every box he dropped off.) Furst played the lovable Delta pledge Flounder in the surprise hit comedy; he ended up reprising the role in the film’s short-lived TV adaptation, Delta House, the following year.

Furst continued to work on a steady basis over the next few years, popping up ...
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‘Animal House’ Actor Stephen Furst Dies at Age 63

‘Animal House’ Actor Stephen Furst Dies at Age 63
Stephen Furst, best known for getting his start in “Animal House,” has passed away due to complications with diabetes, Variety can confirm. He was 63 years old.

Furst died in his Moorpark, Calif. home on Friday. His sons Nathan and Griff Furst confirmed their father’s death on Facebook Saturday evening.

“Steve has a long list of earthly accomplishments,” began his boys. “He was known to the world as a brilliant and prolific actor and filmmaker, but to his family and many dear friends he was also a beloved husband, father, and kind friend whose memory will always be a blessing.”

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Those other accomplishments include the National Lampoon spinoff “Delta House,” as well as starring roles on “Babylon 5” and “St. Elsewhere,” to name a few. In 2016, the actor made headlines for protesting the Academy’s rule change. Furst was also a spokesperson for the American Diabetes Association.
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Stephen Furst, St. Elsewhere and Babylon 5 Star, Dead at 62

Stephen Furst, St. Elsewhere and Babylon 5 Star, Dead at 62
Stephen Furst, best known to TV audiences for his role as Dr. Elliot Axelrod on the 1980s medical drama St. Elsewhere, has died. He was 62.

Furst died Friday morning in his Ventura County, Calif. home, his son tells TMZ. His death was a result of complications from diabetes.

Furst initially rose to fame as Kent “Flounder” Dorfman in the 1978 film Animal House, a role he would reprise one year later in the short-lived TV series Delta House. He would eventually go on to find small-screen success on St. Elsewhere, joining the show in Season 2.

In 1994, Furst booked the part of
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Stephen Furst, 'Animal House' and 'St. Elsewhere' Actor, Dies at 63

Stephen Furst, perhaps best known as Flounder in 1978's Animal House, died Friday from complications with diabetes, the actor's rep told The Hollywood Reporter. He was 63. 

His two sons, Nathan and Griffith Furst, announced the news Saturday on the actor's Facebook page, paying tribute to their "brilliant and prolific actor and filmmaker" father. 

"Steve has a long list of earthly accomplishments," his sons said in the post. "He was known to the world as an brilliant and prolific actor and filmmaker, but to his family and many dear friends he was also a beloved husband, father and kind friend whose...
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Stephen Furst, 'Animal House' and 'St. Elsewhere' Actor, Dies at 63

Stephen Furst, 'Animal House' and 'St. Elsewhere' Actor, Dies at 63
Stephen Furst, perhaps best known as Flounder in Animal House, died Friday from complications with diabetes.

His two sons Nathan and Griffith Furst announced the news on the actor's Facebook page, paying tribute to their "brilliant and prolific actor and filmmaker" father.

"Steve has a long list of earthly accomplishments," his sons said in the post. "He was known to the world as an brilliant and prolific actor and filmmaker, but to his family and many dear friends he was also a beloved husband, father and kind friend whose memory will always be a blessing."

The actor was also known for playing...
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Stephen Furst, ‘Animal House,’ ‘Babylon 5’ Actor, Dies at 62

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Stephen Furst, ‘Animal House,’ ‘Babylon 5’ Actor, Dies at 62
Actor, comedian and TV director Stephen Furst — best known for his roles as Flounder in”Animal House,” Vir Cotto the ’90s sci-fi series “Babylon 5,” and Dr. Elliot Axelrod on “St. Elsewhere” — died on Friday, his sons announced. He was 62. “Actor and comedian Stephen Furst died on June 16, 2017 due to complications from diabetes,” sons Nathan and Griffith said in a statement posted to Furst’s Facebook page. Born Stephen Nelson Feuerstein in 1955, Furst grew up in Norfolk, Virginia, and graduated from the theater program at Virginia Commonwealth University. Also Read: Hollywood's Notable Deaths of 2017 (Photos) He began his acting career.
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Stephen Furst Dies: ‘Animal House’, ‘St. Elsewhere’ Actor Was 63

Stephen Furst Dies: ‘Animal House’, ‘St. Elsewhere’ Actor Was 63
Actor Stephen Furst, best known for his performances as the hapless Flounder in Animal House and put-upon rookie doc Eliott Axelrod on St. Elsewhere, died yesterday at his home in Moorpark, California, near Los Angeles, due to complications from diabetes. His death was announced by his sons Nathan and Griffith Furst, who asked that fans “celebrate his life by watching one of his movies or use one of his bits to make someone else laugh – really, really hard.” See their…
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