Admit it. You go through life wanting to be a Bluto, but we all know deep down in our hearts we will always were, and will forever be, a Flounder.
I honest to god had a come to "fat drunk and stupid is no way to go through life son" meeting with the dean of my college after my first freshman year was lost in a alcoholic haze. (G.P.A. of 0.34.) Always felt a kinship there. With this character, which bled over into the actor as I kept up with him in things like Scavenger Hunt (1979), Midnight Madness (1980), Silent Rage (1982) The Unseen (1981), The Dream Team (1989) and especially the raunch-com Up the Creek (1984), where, at least for a little while, our hero finally got to be Bluto and acquitted himself beautifully. Not to mention his work on the small screen, ranging from Dr. Elliot Axelrod in St. Elsewhere to Vir Cotto in Babylon 5, to voicing Fanboy on Freakazoid. *sigh*
Dammit. This one hurts. This one hurts bad.