|Full Name||Steven Nelson Feuerstein|
|Born||May 8, 1955|
|Died||June 16, 2017|
|First Role||American Raspberry (1977)|
Stephen Furst (May 8, 1954 – June 16, 2017) was an American actor, director, singer, voice artist, and comedian well known for voicing Hathi in Jungle Cubs.
Furst was born in Norfolk, Virginia. He is a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University with a degree in Theater Arts. Before he became an actor, he delivered pizzas in Hollywood. Later on, he started putting his picture and resume inside the pizza boxes and was soon discovered by Matty Simmons who cast him in National Lampoon's Animal House.
In 1972, Furst's father died from diabetes complications. Years later, Furst was diagnosed with Type II Diabetes. After almost needing to have his left foot amputated due to diabetes complications in 1996, Furst lost nearly eighty pounds in the time between the third and fourth seasons of Babylon 5. When filming started for the fourth season, the show's producers found that all of the costumes were now too large for him. His weight loss is easily visible in the later seasons of Babylon 5, although it was not explained within the context of the Vir Cotto character. He wrote the book Confessions of a Couch Potato about his weight loss and diabetes, and co-wrote and directed a video called Diabetes for Guys, an attempt to educate about diabetes management through humor.
Furst has directed many independent and / or low-budget films, including the low-budget movie Title to Murder and the direct-to-video children's film Baby Huey's Great Easter Adventure. He also directed three low-budget movies for the Sci Fi Channel. Dragon Storm in 2004, and Path of Destruction and Basilisk in 2005., the latter two of which he co-starred in.
He married Lorraine Wright, an entertainment lawyer, on June 13, 1976. They have two sons, both in the entertainment business. His older son, Nathan Furst (born in 1978), is a successful television and film composer who has been nominated for numerous awards. His younger son, Griff Furst (born in 1981), is an actor, director and musician.
Since June 2006, Furst has co-hosted the Renal Support Network's webcast KidneyTalk with Lori Hartwell.
On June 16th, 2017, at the age of 63, Furst died from complications due to his battle with diabetes at his home in Moorpark, California.