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      Rene Auberjonois

      Rene Auberjonois

      Highest Rated: 96% First Cow (2019)

      Lowest Rated: 17% Tarzan & Jane (2002)

      Birthday: Jun 1, 1940

      Birthplace: New York, New York, USA

      This lanky, versatile blond award-winning stage actor first gained notice in films as part of Robert Altman's stock company in the 1970s, most notably as the ornithology lecturer who becomes increasingly bird-like in "Brewster McCloud" (1970). Usually cast in offbeat, if a bit snooty, character roles, Rene Auberjonois was featured on the TV series "Benson" (ABC, 1980-86), as Clayton Endicott III, the governor's officious chief aide. He has attracted the notice of faithful legions of Trekkers as Odo, an enigmatic shape-shifting alien who serves as the space station security chief on "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine" (syndicated, 1993-99). Despite the constraints of heavy makeup, the actor was able to create one of "Trek's" most complex character using little more than his voice and his eyes, playing Odo as a stern, cynical, discplined lawman with the heart of a romantic hidden underneath. The New York native graduated from Carnegie-Mellon and studied under John Houseman at the American Shakespeare Festival in Stratford, Connecticut. He also furthered his training as a company member of the Arena Stage and at the prestigious American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco. In 1968, he made his NYC stage debut as the Fool in "King Lear" and within two years had won a Tony Award supporting Katharine Hepburn in the musical "Coco" (1970). Despite achieving success in TV, Auberjonois has periodically returned to Broadway, usually netting a Tony nomination for his work, as in Neil Simon's "The Good Doctor" (1973), paired with Bob Gunton as the Duke and the King in "Big River" (1985), Roger Miller's musicalization of "Huckleberry Finn," and more recently, as the studio chief modeled on Samuel Goldwyn in the Tony-winning "City of Angels" (1989-90). On the big screen, Auberjonois debuted in Robert Rossen's "Lilith" (1964) before joining Altman in a series of films that has included "M*A*S*H" (1970), "McCabe & Mrs. Miller" (1971), and "The Player" (1992). He cast in the all-star disaster film "The Hindenburg" (1975), as Burgess Meredith's traveling companion. Other film roles of note include a foppish appearance in "Police Academy 5: Assignment Miami Beach" (1988), as Dr. Burton in "Batman Forever" (1995), and as Prof. Artemus Bradford in the live-action feature "Inspector Gadget" (1999). The small screen has also provided a wide range of roles for the gifted actor. In 1971, he made a guest appearance in an episode of "Night Gallery" before landing a supporting role in "Once Upon a Dead Man" (NBC), the TV-movie pilot for "McMillan and Wife." Auberjonois played Edgar to James Earl Jones' "King Lear" (PBS, 1974) and made his miniseries debut in "The Rhinemann Exchange" (NBC, 1977). He played the very formal Captain Sir David Edney in two "The Wild Wild West" (CBS) reunion TV-movies in 1979 and 1980 and earned an Emmy nod as the famous Washington Irving character Ichabod Crane in "Once Upon a Midnight Dreary" (CBS, 1979). Other notable appearances have included as Merlin in "A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur Court" (NBC, 1989) and as a gay man in "The Lost Language of Cranes" (PBS, 1991). Post-"Deep Space Nine," Auberjonois' credits included a recurring role on the CBS drama "Judging Amy" as Judge Jackson Keeler; a guest spot as a human character on a 2002 episode of UPN's "Trek" spin-off series "Enterprise"; a turn as James Callender in the specualtive historical telepic based on Thomas Jefferson's relationship with a female slave, "Sally Hemings: An American Scandal" (2000); portraying Prof. Buonragazzo in Disney's live-action musical TV production of "Geppetto" (ABC, 2000) opposite Drew Carey and "Trek" regular Brent Spiner; and playing a reverend in Roland Emmerich's American Revolution drama "The Patriot" (2000) opposite Mel Gibson and a pastor in the dark, generational comedy "Eulogy" (2004). The actor returned to series television on David E. Kelley's law drama "Boston Legal" (ABC, 2004 - ) in a recurring role as the wary legal ace Paul Lewiston, this time co-starring opposite "Trek" legend William Shatner. Auberjonois has also become a specialist in voice work for animation, starting with the voice of the evil Dr. Braxis in 1985's syndicated "Challenge of the GoBots." He is perhaps best recalled as the French cook Louis in the big screen "The Little Mermaid" (1989) and Professor Genius in "Little Nemo: Adventures in Slumberland" (1990). His other regular TV voices have included Nefir Hassanuf on the Saturday morning version of "Aladdin" and his other credits include "The Adventures of Batman & Robin," "Justice League," "Richie Rich," "The Savage Dragon," "The Legend of Tarzan" and several video games, including voicing Odo for various "Star Trek" products. Auberjonois and his son Remy-Luc, appeared in a memorable 1988 episode of NBC's "L.A. Law," in which Remy portrayed the neglected progeny of a busy corporate executive who sued his father for abuse in an attempt to gain some attention. His daughter Tessa is also an actress. Rene Auberjonois died of lung cancer on December 8, 2019. He was 79.

      Highest rated movies

      First Cow Certain Women Blood Stripe
      Brewster McCloud
      McCabe & Mrs. Miller


      WALKER, Rene Auberjonois, 1987, (c)Universal PETE 'N' TILLIE, Rene Auberjonois, 1972 IMAGES, Rene Auberjonois, Susannah York, 1972. MASH, Tom Skerritt (left), Rene Auberjonois, 1970 TM and Copyright (c) 20th Century Fox Film Corp. All rights reserved. BIG BUS,THE, Rene Auberjonois, Ruth Gordon, Sally Kellerman, Richard Mulligan, Bob Dishy, etc, on the Trailways bus, 1976 PETE 'N' TILLIE, from left: Carol Burnett, Geraldine Page, Rene Auberjonois, 1972 BREWSTER MCCLOUD, Rene Auberjonois, 1970 IMAGES, from left: Susannah York, Rene Auberjonois, Marcel Bozzuffi (back), 1972 KING KONG, foreground from left: Jeff Bridge, Jessica Lange; background from left: Rene Auberjonois, Dennis Fimple, 1976 Masters of Sex, Rene Auberjonois, 'Dirty Jobs', Season 2, Ep. #4, 08/03/2014, ©SHO WALKER, J.D. Sylvester (holding reins), Ed Harris (horseback), Rene Auberjonios (arm in sling), 1987, (c) Universal WALKER, Sy Richardson, Ed Harris, Rene Auberjonois, 1987, (c) Universal POLICE ACADEMY 5: ASSIGNMENT: MIAMI BEACH, George Gaynes (left), 1988. ©Warner Bros Criminal Minds, Rene Auberjonois (L), Charles Haid (R), 'Self-Fulfilling Prophecy', Season 7, Ep. #9, 12/07/2011, ©CBS BREWSTER MCCLOUD, Rene Auberjonois, 1970 THE PATRIOT, Lisa Brenner, Rene Auberjonois, Heath Ledger, 2000. ©Columbia Pictures THE PATRIOT, center from left: Lisa Brenner, Rene Auberjonois, Heath Ledger, 2000, © Columbia Criminal Minds, Rene Auberjonois (L), Charles Haid (R), 'Self-Fulfilling Prophecy', Season 7, Ep. #9, 12/07/2011, ©CBS Criminal Minds, from left: Pam Leonte, Rene Auberjonois, Shemar Moore, Jayne Atkinson, 'Self-Fulfilling Prophecy', Season 7, Ep. #9, 12/07/2011, ©CBS 1600 Penn, Josh Gad (L), Rene Auberjonois (R), 'Marry Me Baby', Season 1, Ep. #13, 03/28/2013, ©NBC



      No Score Yet 80% Windows on the World Maury (Character) - 2019
      71% 80% Raising Buchanan President James Buchanan (Character) - 2019
      96% 65% First Cow Unknown (Character) $161.0K 2019
      88% 75% Blood Stripe Art (Character) - 2016
      92% 51% Certain Women Albert (Character) $1.0M 2016
      44% 67% This Is Happening Cal Plotz (Character) - 2015
      44% 56% Planes: Fire & Rescue Concierge (Voice) $59.2M 2014
      No Score Yet 64% Chill Out, Scooby-Doo! Alphonse LaFleur (Voice) - 2007
      35% 71% Eulogy Parson Banks (Character) $70.5K 2004
      17% 30% Tarzan & Jane Unknown (Voice) - 2002
      88% 82% The Cat Returns Natori (Voice) - 2002
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Burning Down the House Pierre (Character) - 2001
      17% 45% The Little Mermaid II: Return to the Sea Chef Louis (Voice) - 2000
      No Score Yet 54% Geppetto Prof. Buonragazzo (Character) - 2000
      No Score Yet 63% Joseph: King of Dreams Butler (Voice) - 2000
      62% 81% The Patriot Reverend Oliver (Character) $113.3M 2000
      No Score Yet No Score Yet We All Fall Down Tim (Character) - 2000
      20% 18% Inspector Gadget Prof. Artemus Bradford (Character) $97.4M 1999
      71% 80% Cats Don't Dance Unknown (Voice) $3.6M 1997
      No Score Yet 27% Los Locos Presidente (Character) - 1997
      No Score Yet 30% Snide & Prejudice Dr. Sam Cohen (Character) - 1997
      77% 62% The Ballad of Little Jo Streight Hollander (Character) $459.3K 1993
      55% 84% Little Nemo: Adventures in Slumberland Professor Genius/The Nightmare King (Voice) $1.4M 1992
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Matlock: The Assassination Councilman Leo Brodsky (Character) - 1992
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Wild Card Jake Spence (Character) - 1992
      No Score Yet 79% The Lost Language of Cranes Geoffrey Lane (Character) - 1991
      No Score Yet 62% A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court Merlin (Character) - 1989
      91% 88% The Little Mermaid Louis (Voice) $109.9M 1989
      No Score Yet 40% The Feud Reverton (Character) - 1989
      No Score Yet 59% My Best Friend Is a Vampire Modoc (Character) - 1988
      44% 65% Walker Maj. Siegfried Hennington (Character) $216.1K 1987
      No Score Yet 56% The Christmas Star Sumner (Character) - 1986
      No Score Yet 81% A Smoky Mountain Christmas Ned (Character) - 1986
      No Score Yet 35% 3:15 Horner (Character) - 1986
      77% 86% The Last Unicorn The Skull (Voice) - 1982
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Kid From Nowhere Howard (Character) - 1982
      No Score Yet No Score Yet More Wild Wild West Capt. Sir David Edney (Character) - 1980
      19% 73% Where the Buffalo Roam Harris (Character) - 1980
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Mrs. Columbo: Word Games Bradlee (Character) - 1979
      61% 43% Eyes of Laura Mars Donald Phelps (Character) - 1978
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Dark Secret of Harvest Home Jack Stump (Character) - 1978
      64% 56% The Big Bus Father Kudos (Character) - 1976
      54% 31% King Kong Bagley (Character) - 1976
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Panache Panache (Character) - 1976
      31% 38% The Hindenburg Major Napier (Character) - 1975
      No Score Yet No Score Yet King Lear Edgar (Character) - 1974
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Incident at Vichy Unknown (Character) - 1973
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Shirts/Skins Sidney Krebs (Character) - 1973
      73% 69% Images Hugh (Character) - 1972
      67% 71% Pete 'n' Tillie Jimmy Twitchell (Character) - 1972
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Escape of the Birdmen Halden Brevik/Olav Volda (Character) - 1971
      85% 86% McCabe & Mrs. Miller Sheehan (Character) - 1971
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Once Upon a Dead Man Andre Stryker (Character) - 1971
      86% 82% Brewster McCloud The Lecturer (Character) - 1970
      84% 83% M*A*S*H Father "Dago Red" Mulcahy (Character) - 1970
      86% 80% Petulia Unknown (Character) - 1968
      86% 63% Lilith Howie (Character) - 1964


      No Score Yet 79% Madam Secretary Walter Nowack (Guest Star) 2016
      89% 88% The Quest Mr. McGuire (Guest Star) 2015
      84% 85% Masters of Sex Unknown (Guest Star) 2014
      91% 85% Archer Mannfred (Guest Voice) 2010 2013
      93% 90% The Good Wife Coroner Claypool (Guest Star) 2013
      41% 33% 1600 Penn Unknown (Guest Star) 2013
      No Score Yet 85% NCIS Dr. Felix Blackwell (Guest Star) 2012
      84% 73% Grey's Anatomy Unknown (Guest Star) 2012
      No Score Yet 85% Criminal Minds Unknown (Guest Star) 2011
      No Score Yet 82% The Looney Tunes Show Pepé Le Pew (Guest Voice) 2011
      94% 92% It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia Dr. Larry Meyers (Guest Star) 2010
      86% 94% Boston Legal Paul Lewiston (Character),
      Unknown (Guest Star)
      76% 67% Saving Grace Unknown (Guest Star) 2008
      No Score Yet 65% Family Guy Odo (Guest Voice) 2006
      56% 80% Star Trek: Enterprise Ezral (Guest Star) 2002
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Practice Unknown (Guest Star) 2000 2002
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Judging Amy Unknown (Guest Star) 2001-2002
      95% 94% Frasier Dr. William Tewksbury (Guest Star) 2001
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Nash Bridges Unknown (Guest Star) 2001
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Chicago Hope Unknown (Guest Star) 1999
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Poltergeist: The Legacy Unknown (Guest Star) 1998-1999
      91% 89% Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Odo (Character),
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Outer Limits Dlavan (Character) 1998
      43% No Score Yet The Burning Zone Unknown (Guest Star) 1996
      No Score Yet 83% Aladdin Unknown (Guest Voice) 1994
      No Score Yet 95% Rugrats Jonathan (Guest Voice) 1994
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Matlock Unknown (Guest Star) 1992-1993
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Civil Wars Eugene Wilkenson (Guest Star) 1992
      No Score Yet 89% Murder, She Wrote Prof. Harry Papasian (Guest Star) 1987-1988
      No Score Yet 96% DuckTales Dr. Nogood (Guest Voice) 1987
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Benson Clayton Endicott III (Character) 1980-1986
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Beyond Westworld Unknown (Guest Star) 1980
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Charlie's Angels Unknown (Guest Star) 1976 1979
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Hart to Hart Unknown (Guest Star) 1979
      100% 81% Wonder Woman Unknown (Guest Star) 1979
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Rockford Files Masters (Guest Star) 1979
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Starsky and Hutch Unknown (Guest Star) 1978
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Bionic Woman Pierre Lambert (Guest Star) 1977
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Rhoda Unknown (Guest Star) 1976-1977
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Rookies Unknown (Guest Star) 1975
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Bob Newhart Show Alan Durocher (Guest Star) 1975
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Jeffersons Inspector Keller (Guest Star) 1975
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Harry O Unknown (Guest Star) 1975
      No Score Yet 100% Night Gallery Unknown (Character) 1971
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Mod Squad Nelson Farraday / Endicott Farraday (Guest Star) 1971