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Stephen Furst Biography

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Birth Name: Stephen Furst
Born: 05/08/1955
Birth Place: Norfolk, Virginia, USA

Born in Norfolk, VA, Furst was orphaned at age 16 and he lived with an aunt before attending college. By this time, he had found two vices to fill the emptiness--food and theater, ballooning to over 300 lbs., but also becoming (in his words) "a drama nerd". His size no doubt helped him win the role of Pseudelous in "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum" at the Cavalier Theatre in his native Norfolk in 1972. Four years later, he married his college sweetheart and headed for Hollywood, passing time delivering pizzas. (Oddly, he would play a delivery man in his first TV appearance on an episode of the ABC series "Family" in 1979). Furst had his first big break when he won the role of the clownish Kent Dorfman, the freshman who along with Tom Hulce joins the Delta House fraternity and punctuates the antics with exclamations of "This is great!" in the box-office success "Animal House". The actor reprised the role in "Delta House" the 1979 ABC sitcom loosely based on the movie. Typecast, he went on to appear in a string of lightweight, teen-oriented comedies like "Scavenger Hunt" (1979) and "Up the Creek" (1984). His career might have ended with the appearance of crow's feet, had Furst not won the role of Dr. Axelrod on "St. Elsewhere". (Which lore says was originally intended as only a five-line, one-time role.) Elevated to the category of "actor" in the minds of Hollywood, Furst was able to parlay that role into regular gigs as a priest in the short-lived sitcom "Have Faith' (ABC, 1989), an alien ambassadorial aide in "Babylon 5" (syndicated, 1994-1997; TNT, 1997-98), and a man who misses the only danger signs in his own marriage in "Misery Loves Company" (Fox, 1995). He also landed a recurring role on "Melrose Place" in 1993, and starred with his "St. Elsewhere" castmate Howie Mandel in the comedy special "Sunny Skies" for Showtime (1995).

On the big screen, Furst made the transition to adult roles as a mental patient/baseball freak in "The Dream Team' (1989) and the down-on-his luck agent uncle in "The Magic Kid" (1994), a vehicle for young martial arts champion Ted Jan Roberts. He moved behind the camera to helm the sequel "Magic Kid 2" (1994) as well as episodes of "Babylon 5". Furst has also lent his distinctive vocal talents to several animated programs including "Freakazoid!" and "Road Rovers".