The family of Stephen Furst says the "Animal House" actor has died at age 63.

FILE - In this Nov. 9, 1984, file photo, Massachusetts Gov. Michael Dukakis, center, receives treatment from Stephen Furst, left, and Howie Mandel, stars of NBC's television series "St. Elsewhere," in Los Angeles during taping for an episode in which Dukakis played himself and received treatment for a foot injury suffered while jogging. Furst's family says the "Animal House" actor has died. Nathan Furst said Saturday, June 17, 2017, that his father died of complications from diabetes. Stephen Furst was 63. He died Friday at his home in Moorpark, Calif., north of Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Robert Gabriel, File)

By LYNN ELBER - Associated Press
Tuesday, June 20th 2017, 14:53 pm EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Stephen Furst, who played naive fraternity pledge Flounder in the hit movie "Animal House," has died of complications from diabetes, his family said Saturday. Furst was 63.

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

Furst played Kent "Flounder" Dorfman in the 1978 film that also starred John Belushi. It was Belushi's character, Blutarsky, who drew Flounder into a prank that went terribly wrong and ended up with the frantic Flounder shooting a gun loaded with blanks into a ceiling, frightening a horse so much that it died of a heart attack.

Furst's long list of credits included the 1980s medical drama "St. Elsewhere," on which he played Dr. Elliot Axelrod. He played Vir Coto and was an occasional director on the 1990s sci-fi series "Babylon 5."

He also voiced characters on projects including TV's "Buzz Lightyear of Star Command" and the video "The Little Mermaid 2: Return to the Sea."

"He was proudest of his family, and he felt blessed and incredibly privileged to have the career that he had and enjoyed," Nathan Furst said Saturday.

Stephen Furst also was a director and producer, working with his other son, Griff. Their Curmudgeon Film projects included the movies "My Sister's Keeper" and "Cold Moon," a suspense thriller set for release in October, Griff Furst said.

Stephen Furst's survivors include his wife, Lorraine, and two grandchildren, his sons said.

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This story has been corrected to say that Stephen Furst's character in "Animal House" shot a gun loaded with blanks into a ceiling, frightening a horse so much that it died of a heart attack. His character did not shoot the horse.

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