‘Animal House’ Actor Stephen Furst Dies at Age 63

Stephen Furst obituary
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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.

“To truly honor him, do not cry for the loss of Stephen Furst,” requested Furst’s sons. “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.”

Furst is survived by his wife, Lorraine.

The Furst family’s entire statement can be viewed below:

Correction 6/18: An earlier version of this story said that Lorraine Furst died earlier this year. The family has since confirmed that she is alive and well.

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  1. MS says:

    Thank you for the correction.

  2. MS says:

    Lorraine Furst is alive. Please retract this error, it is now being repeated in countless other publications and sites. The family and friends don’t need this kind of confusion at this very sad time.

  3. James Hogue says:

    I NO YOU were a Great Actor – You should have Lived Much Longer – But With Diabetes and This Medicine They Give Us – We have No Chance – We Will Miss You!!!

  4. Sarah says:

    Mrs Furst didn’t not pass. Poor reporting Variety. She’s a grieving widow.

  5. Phillip Ayling says:

    Talented and thoughtful man. RIP

  6. Jason matar says:

    loved you on animal house may you rest in paradise

  7. Sounds more like he died of a broken heart and wanted to be with his Lorraine.

  8. JOE S HILL says:

    Many of our classic actors have been passing away left and right, and it’s scary! after watching Stephen Furst on Universal Pictures 1978 hit “ANIMAL HOUSE”, and it’s ABC-TV spin-off “DELTA HOUSE” in 1979. this actor has made some pretty good co-starring shots, like in 1982’s “SILENT RAGE” with Chuck Norris. but his best role to date was in PTEN/Warner Bros.Television’s “BABYLON 5” series, opposite Peter Jurassic. a gifted actor and comedian, who will be truly missed!

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