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NO. 3: Bruce McGill (from left), Stephen Furst and John Belushi in a scene from the 1978 comedy “National Lampoon’s Animal House.”(Photo: Universal Studios)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.”Celebrities who have diedFeb. 24, 2018: Sridevi, a leading lady in Bollywood cinema during the ’80s and ’90s, has died at age 54. “Saddened by the untimely demise of noted actor Sridevi,” India Prime Minister Narendra Modi posted on Twitter. “She was a veteran of the film industry, whose long career included diverse roles and memorable performances.”
Among her best known films: “English Vinglish,” “Mr. India,” “Mom,” “Chaalbaaz” and “Chandni.” Sridevi died Saturday in Dubai due to cardiac arrest. Her death was confirmed by her brother in law, actor Sanjay Kapoor. Sujit Jaiswal/AFP/Getty ImagesFeb. 22, 2018: Nanette Fabray, an effervescent star of film, TV and the stage, has died at age 97. Fabray, who worked the Vaudeville circuit as a child, won a Tony for best actress in 1949 for the musical “Mr. President.” In 1953, she starred in the MGM classic “The Bandwagon” with Fred Astaire. Moving to television, she earned three Emmy Awards starring on “Caesar’s Hour.” She was familiar to later generations of TV viewers from her work on “One Day at a Time” and “Coach;” in the latter, she played the mother to Shelley Fabares, her real life niece. Fabray died at her home in Los Angeles, her son, Dr. Jamie MacDougall, told the Associated Press. He said the cause was old age. Rick Maiman/Associated PressFeb. 11, 2018: Vic Damone, the stylish, eternally dapper crooner who velvet lined vocals made him a favorite of audiences for decades, has died. The vocalist launched his career in 1947 and scored hits through the ’60s, including his signature tune, “On the Street Where You Live” (1956). Other hits include “Again,” “You’re Breaking My Heart” and “You Were Only Fooling (While I Was Falling in Love).” Damone also had a high profile love life; his five wives included actress Pier Angeli (1954 1958) and singer actress Diahann Carroll (1987 1996). Damone was preceded in death by his son, Perry Damone, a popular radio personality in the Phoenix area. St. Martin’s PressFeb. 12, 2018: Daryle Singletary, a traditional country singer who enjoyed great success in the mid ’90s, has died. Singletary’s self titled debut album, released in 1995, spun off two major hits: “I Let Her Lie” reached No. 2 while the rollicking “Too Much Fun” peaked at No. 4. Later hits include “Amen Kind of Love” (No. 2) and “The Note” (No. 28). Singletary’s radio success tapered off by the turn of the century, but he continued recording and touring: “American Grandstand,” an album featuring Singletary and Rhonda Vincent performing classic country duets, appeared last year. Singletary was 46 and died at his home in Lebanon, Tenn., according to publicist Don Murry Grubbs. The cause of death is unknown. Special for The RepublicFeb. ambassador to Mexico in 1981, has died. Gavin, born John Anthony Golenor, starred in a trio of undisputed classics at his Hollywood peak in the late ’50s and early ’60s: “Imitation of Life,” “Psycho” and “Spartacus.” Other notable films include “Thoroughly Modern Millie,” “Midnight Lace” and the all Spanish “Pedro Paramo.” Gavin later was president of the Screen Actors Guild in the early ’70s. He retired from acting when he was appointed ambassador to Mexico by President Ronald Reagan,
a position he held from 1981 1986. Gavin is survived by his longtime wife, actress Constance Towers; two children; and two stepchildren. He was 86. Universal StudiosFeb. 4, 2018: John Mahoney, a veteran character actor who became a household face as part of the ensemble on TV’s long running “Frasier,” has died. Mahoney was born in England and moved to the United States as a young man, becoming a citizen at age 19. He didn’t become a professional actor until his 40s. He racked up an impressive number of credits on the big screen, including “Suspect” and “Moonstruck” (both 1987), “Say Anything.” (1989), “Barton Fink” (1991) and “Reality Bites.” He starred on “Frasier for its entire 1993 2004 run, playing the irascible father to the Crane brothers. Mahoney was 77; a cause of death has not been released, according to the Chicago Tribune. Mahoney lived in Oak Park, Ill., and was a longtime member of Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theatre ensemble. Abbot Genser/HBOJan. 30, 2018: Mark Salling, who starred as bad boy Noah “Puck” Puckereman on TV’s “Glee,” was found dead on Tuesday morning, according to the Hollywood Reporter. Salling’s lawyer, Michael Proctor, confirmed his death but did not reveal the cause. Salling was scheduled to be sentenced in early March under a plea agreement he reached with federal prosecutors in October, in which he admitted he possessed pornographic images of prepubescent children. In addition to his work on the popular Fox show, Salling released an album, “Pipe Dreams,” in 2010. He was 35. Tommaso Boddi, Getty Images for TinderJan. 22, 2018: Lari White, a country music hitmaker in the ’90s, has died at age 52. The singer had been diagnosed with advanced peritoneal cancer in September 2017. Last week, she entered hospice. White, who was born in Florida, won first prize on “You Can Be a Star,” a talent competition on the Nashville Network. Her debut album appeared in 1993 and the following year she was nominated by the Academy of Country Music for the Top New Female Vocalist Award. She scored three Top 10 hits in 1994 1995: “That’s My Baby,” “Now I Know” and “That’s How You Know (When You’re in Love).” She later acted, appearing in “Cast Away” (2000) and starring on Broadway in “Ring of Fire.” She also worked as a producer, helming Toby Keith’s album “White Trash with Money” (2005). Survivors include her husband, Chuck Cannon; and three children. Special for The RepublicJan. 19, 2018: Dorothy Malone, an Oscar winning actress who later found success starring on the nighttime soap “Peyton Place,” has died. The actress first appeared on screen in the 1940s. A contract player at Warner Bros., her early credits include “The Big Sleep” (1946) and “Night and Day” (1946). Later freed from Warner Bros., she earned raves and the Oscar playing a sex starved woman in “Written on the Wind.” She appeared as Constance Mackenzie Carson on “Peyton Place,” which premiered in 1964. “At the time, doing television was considered professional death,” she remarked in 1981. “However, I knew the series was going to be good, and I didn’t have to prove myself as a star.” The Associated Press reports that Malone died in an assisted living center from natural causes days before her 94th birthday. Special for The RepublicJan. 14, 2018: Marlene VerPlanck, a gifted jazz and pop singer who released more than 20 albums, has died. The vocalist got her start as a big band singer, preforming with the orchestras of the Dorsey Brothers and Tex Beneke. She met her husband, arranger Billy VerPlanck, in this era; the two were married from 1955 until his death in 2009. VerPlanck’s debut album, “I Think of You With Every Breath I Take,” was released in 1955. She had a long and successful association with jazz label Audiophile Records; the company issued several albums by her, including 2015’s “The Mood I’m In.” She also was a recognized voice through her commercial jingle work; she was heard on advertisements for Campbell’s Soup and Michelob. She was a favorite of critics: in a 1984 review,
New York Times critic Stephen Holden noted she “has a sweet soprano not unlike Linda Ronstadt.” She was 84. Her official website first reported her death. Special for The Republic