Actor Stephen Furst, the star of National Lampoon’s Animal House, as well as Babylon 5, sadly passed away on Friday, June 16, 2017, in his home, surrounded by his family at just 63-years-old.
Stephen’s son and his brother confirmed the news to TMZ.com, saying that Furst was ‘a beloved husband, father and kind friend whose memory will always be a blessing.’
They also shared their news on Facebook.
Steve has a long list of earthly accomplishments. He was known to the world as a brilliant and prolific actor and filmmaker…To truly honor him, do not cry for the loss of Stephen Furst. But rather, enjoy the memories of all the times he made you snicker, laugh, or even snort to your own embarrassment. He intensely believed that laughter is the best therapy, and he would want us to practice that now.
It’s said the legendary actor passed away from complications of diabetes. Throughout his career, Furst built up a reputation as one of the funniest actors of his time. From his role as ‘Flounder’ in National Lampoon’s Animal House (we all remember THAT scene with the horse!) as well as his appearances as Dr. Elliot Axelrod on St.Elsewhere, and his role as Vir Cotto on Babylon 5, Furst brought joy to so many of our favorite movies and shows.
As well as his acting roles, Furst also turned his hand to directing and producing in his later life. He worked on many projects with his son, Griff, including the incredibly moving ‘My Sister’s Keeper’ and ‘Cold Moon’ which is due to be released in October.
He leaves behind his wife, children and grandchildren, and he will be deeply missed.