Stephen Furst, actor & director, dies

Stephen Furst as Vir in Babylon 5Actor and director Stephen Furst, well-known to the American viewing public as hapless Flounder from the 1970s frat movie Animal House and as Dr. Axelrod from St. Elsewhere, dies at the age of 63 from complications from a long battle with diabetes. Furst co-starred as much-put-upon Centauri diplomatic aide Vir Cotto in all five seasons of the 1990s science fiction series Babylon 5; he also directed episodes of Babylon 5 and its follow-up, Crusade, as well as voicing Booster in the animated Toy Story TV spinoff, Buzz Lightyear Of Star Command. He also directed (sometimes under a pseudonym) such Syfy original movies as Path Of Destruction and Basilisk: The Serpent King.