Stephen Furst kept the rent paid as a Los Angeles pizza delivery man before striking pay dirt as an actor. Furst was fortunate enough to land the role of Kent "Flounder" Dorman in the 1978 hit movie National Lampoon's Animal House. The most immediate aftereffect of this was Furst's very brief engagement as "Flounder" in the Animal House TV spin-off Delta House. A few teen-oriented raunchfests later, Furst went "respectable" as Dr. Elliot Axelrod on the weekly TVer St. Elsewhere, a role he held down from 1983 until the series' cancellation in 1988. In 1993, Furst directed, co-wrote and acted in The Magic Kid. He joined Babylon 5 from 1994 to 1998, and directed several episodes of the series, and lent his voice to a series of Buzz Lightyear Star Command episodes and video games. Furst mostly retired from acting and directing in the mid-2000s, though he still took on an occasional producing credit. He died in 2017, at age 63.