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Actor Stephen Furst, best known for his role as Flounder in the Animal House movie series, passed away on June 16, 2017, at the age of 63. His family confirmed that his death was caused by complications from diabetes.
Furst also played the role of Dr. Elliot Axelrod on the NBC TV series 'St. Elsewhere', from 1983 to 1988. Science Fiction fans know him as the alien ambassadorial aide Vir Cotto, from the series Babylon 5, which ran on TNT from 1994 to 1988.
Fursts' Sci Fi connections continued as the Director of many Syfy channel movies, including: Dragon Storm, Path of Destruction, and Basilisk: the Serpent King. He also produced My Sister's Keeper, Atomic Shark, and more recently, Cold Moon. This psychological thriller, based on the Michael McDowell book, is set for theatrical release in October 2017.
Furst is survived by his wife of 41 years, Lorraine Wright, and their two sons.
It's finally here! CBS has announced that their new series in the Trek franchise, Star Trek: Discovery, will premiere in the U.S. on Sunday, September 24, 2017, at 8:30 - 9:30 PM, on the CBS Television Network (time approximate following NFL Football and 60 Minutes.).
The series premiere will also be available on-demand on CBS All Access and the second episode of the series will be available on the service that same night immediately following the broadcast premiere. Following in the footsteps of series like The Walking Dead, the first eight episodes will run from Sunday, Sept. 24 through Sunday, Nov. 5. The season will then resume with the second chapter debuting in January 2018.
Netflix will launch Star Trek: Discovery on Monday, September 25 to countries outside of the U.S. and Canada. The first eight episodes will run from Monday, September 25 through Monday, November 6 with the second chapter in January 2018.
Adam West, best known for his role as Batman in the 1960's TV series, died on June 10, 2017. He was 88 years old.
West died peacefully surrounded by his family, and is survived by his wife, Marcelle, six children, five grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.
In the movies, his roles included The Young Philadelphians (1959), Robinson Crusoe on Mars (1964), and voiced the animated Redux Riding Hood (1997).
The actor reached a new level of fame, when he became the voice of the Mayor of Quahog on the animated show Family Guy.
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