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Actor Stephen Furst, who played Flounder in 'Animal House," has died at 63

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Actor Stephen Furst, who is best known for his role as Flounder in the hit 1978 movie "Animal House" has died of complications from diabetes, according to his family. He was 63. 

"Over the last several years it was getting worse a little bit. Sort of the typical things that tend to happen when you have diabetes a long time," the actor's son, Nathan Furst, told CNN


Furst died Friday at his home in Moorpark, California. 

Furst's long list of credits included the 1980s medical drama "St. Elsewhere," and the 1990s sci-fi series "Babylon 5."

Beyond his on-screen roles, Furst also voiced characters in "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. 

The actor was born in Norfolk, Virginia, as Stephen Fuerstein, according to the Internet Movie Database. Furst graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University with a degree in Theater Arts. 

Before his career took off, Furst delivered pizzas in Hollywood and used the job to gain free publicity. He began putting his picture and resume inside the pizza boxes and was soon discovered by producer Matty Simmons, who cast him in "National Lampoon's Animal House," according to IMBD. He is survived by his wife, Lorraine, and two grandchildren, his sons said.

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The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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