Stephen Furst Biography
Claim to Fame: Actor (Animal House, Up the Creek)
DOB: May 8, 1955
Diabetes Type: 2
An accomplished actor and film/television director, Stephen Furst graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University with a degree in Theatre Arts.
Stephen came from humble beginnings. Before he was an established actor, he delivered pizzas for a living in Hollywood. By putting his picture and resume inside the pizza boxes, he was eventually discovered and cast in the comedy classic, National Lampoon's Animal House, which proved to be his most well-known role.
Stephen appeared in many more motion pictures including Up the Creek, Silent Rage, and The Day After. He also did his fair share of television with his roles as Dr. Elliot Axelrod in St. Elsewhere, and Vir Cotto in the science fiction series Babylon 5. In 2002, he guest starred on an episode of the television comedy, Scrubs. Stephen provided character voices to The Little Mermaid II: Return to the Sea, and Buzz Lightyear of Star Command: The Adventure Begins. Also adding directing to the list of accomplishments, Stephen directed independent and low-budget movies such as Title to Murder, Dragon Storm, and Path of Destruction.
After losing both his father and sister to diabetes, Stephen was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. In 1996, he almost lost his left foot, after which he dropped a significant amount of weight. He co-wrote and directed the video Diabetes for Guys, a comedic attempt to educate about diabetes. He also wrote the book Confessions of a Couch Potato, in which he reveals how he dropped 145 pounds and took control of his diabetes.
Stephen is not only a spokesperson for the American Diabetes Foundation, but also donates all of his photo sales to their charity. Now days, you can find him co-hosting the Renal Support Network's web cast Kidney Talk, a job he's been enjoying since 2006.
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Reviewed by dLife staff 12/13.
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