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Thread: Actor Stephen First (St. Elsewhere, Animal House) dead at 63

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    Default Actor Stephen First (St. Elsewhere, Animal House) dead at 63

    Sourche: Yahoo News



    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 entire statement below.
    Furst had a couple of small credits before landing the part of Kent “Flounder” Dorfman in 1978’s Animal House. He went on to reprise the role in TV’s short-lived Delta House in 1979.

    Guest credits on series like The Jeffersons, Chips and Newhart preceded his second most-memorable role, as Dr. Axelrod on the groundbreaking St. Elsewhere, a performance by turns comic and dramatic as he was forever subjected to the ire of William Daniels’ tyrannical Dr. Mark Craig.
    He later played Vir Cotto in the 1994-98 Babylon 5, and was the voice of Booster in TV’s Buzz Lightyear of Star Command, among numerous other roles. He was also a spokesperson for the American Diabetes Association.
    Here is the statement tweeted by his sons.

    And here he’s remembered by his Babylon 5 costar Bruce Boxleitner:


    Bruce Boxleitner@boxleitnerbruce
    I just received news of the passing of another member of our #Babylon5 family. Stephen Furst "Vir Cotto," RIP, my friend.












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    Oh, no. That's sad.

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    Wow, so young. Nice tribute from his sons.
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    That's a beautiful statement... made me a bit teary.


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    Unforgettable in Animal House (one of my all-time favorites anyway).

    "Fat, drunk and stupid is no way to go through life, son."
    Life is short. Break the Rules. Forgive Quickly. Kiss Slowly. Love Truly.
    Laugh Uncontrollably. And never regret ANYTHING that makes you smile.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mrs P View Post
    Wow, so young. Nice tribute from his sons.
    Awesome tribute. The kind of thing that makes you want try to harder as a dad.
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    Far too young. RIP.
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    Quote Originally Posted by HWBL View Post
    I wanted to add that I LOVED this show. Even now, hearing the theme song just takes me back in a really pleasant way....

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    Norman Lloyd, Dr. Auschlander, is 102 years old and still working!!!!!!!!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by HWBL View Post
    Norman Lloyd, Dr. Auschlander, is 102 years old and still working!!!!!!!!!!
    I was FLOORED. When I clicked on the video, I expected to see a comment about the dearly departed Norman Lloyd. Then, all of a sudden the camera pans to him and he's right there - talking! Incredible.

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    He also had a fun guest appearance in Modern Family several years back.
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    Too young, wonderful statement

    he was forever subjected to the ire of William Daniels’ tyrannical Dr. Mark Craig
    Pretty much everyone was subjected to Dr. Craig's ire, he was an asshole before Gregory House made it cool.
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    The irony is that Lloyd's character was supposed to die early in the show.

    Furst was also excellent in Babylon 5 as Vir.

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