Stephen Furst, 'Animal House' and 'St. Elsewhere' actor, dies at age 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 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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Actor Stephen Furst and actress Stacy Grooman on the set of the Universal Studios movie 'Animal House' in 1978. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
ST. ELSEWHERE -- Season 4 -- Pictured: Stephen Furst as Dr. Elliot Axelrod -- Photo by: Paul Drinkwater/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank
ST. ELSEWHERE -- Season 4 -- Pictured: Stephen Furst as Dr. Elliot Axelrod -- Photo by: Paul Drinkwater/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank
STUDIO CITY, CA - MARCH 12: Actor Stephen Furst arrives at the 'KEEP It Hollywood' event for World Kidney Day at Guy's North on March 12, 2009 in Studio City, California. (Photo by Dr. Billy Ingram/WireImage
HOLLYWOOD - JULY 8: (L to R) Ivan Reitman, Martha Smith, Bruce McGill, James Widdoes, Stephen Furst and Tim Matheson attend the TCA Press Tour at the Hollywood Renaissance Hotel on July 8, 2003 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - DECEMBER 2: Actors Martha Smith and Stephen Furst speak on stage at The 3rd Annual DVD Exclusive Awards held on December 2, 2003 at the Wiltern Theatre, in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
Actor Stephen Furst and wife Lorraine Wright attend NBC Affiliates Party on June 18, 1986 at the Century Plaza Hotel in Century City, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Actors Howie Mandel and Stephen Furst attend the premiere of 'A Fine Mess' on March 19, 1986 at the Comedy Store in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Actor Stephen Furst and wife Lorraine Wright attend the premiere of 'Dream Team' on April 4, 1989 at Universal Studios in Universal City, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Actor Stephen Furst and wife Lorraine Wright attend the premiere of 'A Fine Mess' on March 19, 1986 at the Comedy Store in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
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The actor was also known for playing the role of Dr. Axelrod in the 1980s TV series St. Elsewhere, and later as Vir Cotto in Babylon 5.

After his breakout role in Animal House in 1978, he had several guest appearances on TV shows such as Newhart, CHiPS and The Jeffersons until he landed the role on St. Elsewhere, which aired from 1982-1988.

"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. He intensely believed that laugher is the best therapy, and he would want us to practice that now," continues the post. "If you knew him personally, remember his gift for lighting up a room. 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."

Several of his Animal House and Babylon 5 co-stars and friends took to social media on Saturday to remember Furst:

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Ah, Flounder! You fucked up. You trusted us! But we loved ya, Pal. Rest In Peace. https://t.co/blrvF8dGou
I am heartbroken to learn of the passing of my friend Steven Furst. A kind heart , great talent and beautiful human being.
I just received news of the passing of another member of our #Babylon5 family. Stephen Furst "Vir Cotto," RIP, my friend.
On behalf of everyone who worked on Babylon 5, Stephen Furst will be missed profoundly and everlastingly.
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See his sons' full Facebook post below.

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