Late Yesterday we were sad to hear about the passing of the much-loved actor Rene Auberjonois, who sadly died at the age of 79.
The actor died at his home in Los Angeles. The actor’s son Rèmy-Luc Auberjonois revealed that his father had been struggling with illness caused by metastatic lung cancer.
With a career that spanned 6 decades, Rene Auberjonois became one of the most recognized faces on television during the 70s, 80s, and 90s and beyond. He fast became one of America’s most loved character actors. Rene came from the Dynamic Theatre of the 1960s and would be a part of the cinema renaissance of the 1970s. But it would be his television work in the 70s, 80s, and 90s that would bring him international recognition.
Movie fans will remember Rene for his role as Father John Mulcahy in the hit movie M.A.S.H. which was his first major movie role and the first time he collaborated with director Robert Altman. M.A.S.H. became so successful that it spawned a popular primetime series, which had a different actor play the role.
In television, Rene made a massive impression in the much-loved sitcom ‘Benson’, which was a spin-off from the massively successful ‘Soap’. In ‘Benson’, Rene played the role of Clayton Runnymede Endicott III, the hopelessly highbrow chief of staff at a governor’s mansion.
Prior to getting the role of Odo in ‘Star Trek: Deep Space Nine’ Rene had done tons of work in both television and film, which included tons of voice work for various animated projects, which included ‘The Further Adventures of Super Ted’, ‘The Little Mermaid’, and the animated series of ‘Aladdin’. He also voiced a Dr. March in two episodes of ‘Batman the Animated Series’.
‘Star Trek’ first came into Auberjonois life in 1991 when he played the part of Colonel West in ‘Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country’, which he was not credited for, but it wasn’t until 1993 that he’d truly get to make an impact with Star Trek fans when he’d take on the role of Chief of Security Odo in the groundbreaking ‘Star Trek: Deep Space Nine’. It was a role that had a real journey to it and Auberjonois played it superbly well.
“I am all of those characters, and I love that,” Auberjonois said in a 2011 interview with the Star Trek website. “I also run into people, and they think I’m their cousin or their dry cleaner. I love that, too.”
Born in New York in 1949 Rene Auberjonois was the son of Fernand Auberjonois, a Swiss-born foreign correspondent for American newspapers, and the grandson of a Swiss post-impressionist painter also named René Auberjonois.
The young Rene Auberjonois was raised in New York, Paris, and London and for a time lived with his family among painters and artists in an artist colony in Rockland County New York, where he’d live alongside a few well-known actors such as John Houseman, Helen Hayes, and Burgess Meredith.
We here at SciFiPulse are saddened by the passing of such a wonderful actor and pass on our deepest condolences to the actor’s family and friends. He’ll be deeply missed by all whose lives he touched, but will live on forever as Security Chief Odo.