Honoring Stephen Furst, Lori Hartwell’s dear friend and long-time Renal Support Network supporter

Besides being an actor and film and television director, Stephen Co-hosted RSN's KidneyTalk podcasts which aired its first episode in June 2006. He wrote and directed the short film, "Seymour Jones and the Temple of Chronic Kidney Disease" for RSN to raise awareness about kidney disease. Stephen also created a special lamp for RSN’s ‘Shine a Light’ campaign dedicated to his love of cooking for others. He was by Lori’s side at many RSN events, offering his cheerfulness, optimism, and never waning sense of humor. He is survived by his wife Lorraine and sons Nathan and Griffith.

“The magic is you can change more things than you could ever dream of.” – Stephen Furst




“My dear friend Stephen passed away last night. He was the funniest, most sincere person I have ever met. I have so many great memories working together and the many great meals that you made for Dean and me. May you RIP! Heaven will laugh now!“ – Lori hartwell



RSN was very active in helping Stephen manage kidney disease, connect him with good doctors and experts, help him with his transplant, help him keep a positive attitude, and give him a purpose in helping other kidney patients.RSN and Lori was a Godsend to us both and we can never thank you enough.  Lori was instrumental in helping him survive another 12 years. - Lorraine Feuerstein (wife of Stephen Furst and close friend of Lori Hartwell)

Memories of Stephen...

Stephen Furst and Lori Hartwell with KidneyTalk guest Dan Bayliss


Stephen Furst, Lori Hartwell and Jack Black at RSN's 7th annual celebrity bingo & poker tournament

Stephen Furst, Lori Hartwell and Jack Black at RSN's 7th annual celebrity bingo & poker tournament 


Stephen Furst and Lori Hartwell at the Renal Teen Prom


Stephen Furst and his "The Joy of Cooking" lamp created for RSN's "Shine-a-Light on Kidney Disease" campaign 


Listen in to our first KidneyTalk show: Jodi Picoult - Best Selling Author

Listen in to hear RSN's Best of Stephen Furst’s KidneyTalk moments:

 A Dream Comes True for Stephen

Peter Quaife - Rock Star from the Kinks

Laughing Through the Illness with Howie Mandel

 Stephen & Lori’s Summer Movie Picks

For The Love of Pets

Confessions of a Fashion Princess


Watch a video written and directed by Stephen Furst: 
Seymour Jones and the Temple of Chronic Kidney Disease

Watch a video featuring Stephen:
RSN's Health, Happiness & Hope Message

Watch CNN Entertainment’s Video:
Stephen Furst, actor who played Flounder in 'Animal House,' dies at 63