The news was announced by the actor’s sons Nathan and Griffin Furst on Saturday via their father’s Facebook page paying tribute to him with the following message:
“Steve has a long list of earthly accomplishments,” his sons said in the post. “He was known to the world as an 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.”
If you don’t recall him from Animal House you might remember Stephen Furst from TVs St Elsewhere where he played Dr. Axelrod or perhaps his role on the sci-fi television series Babylon 5 where he not only directed he played Vir Cotto.
“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 laughter is the best therapy, and he would want us to practice that now,” continued his sons’ 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.”
Tonight do yourself a favor and pop in Animal House if you have it and have a few laughs in honor of the late Stephen Furst.