Furst's son Nathan confirmed to the media outlet that the longtime actor and filmmaker died at the family home in Ventura County, California early on Friday morning.
Furst had a couple of small credits before landing the part of Kent "Flounder" Dorfman in 1978's Animal House. 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.
He was also known for his role as Dr. Elliot Axelrod in the 1980s series St. Elsewhere, as well as Vir Cotto in the 1990s series Babylon 5.
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In 1996, in between seasons of the sci-fi hit "Babylon 5" the actor - then about 275 pounds - shed 100 and was nearly unrecognizable in the role of Vir Cotto. Elsewhere", as well as voice roles in Buzz Lightyear of Star Command and The Little Mermaid II: "Return to the Sea.
Stephen Furst also was a director and producer, working with his other son, Griff.
Stephen Furst is survived by his wife, Lorraine, and two grandchildren, his sons said.