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Also Known As: Rene Murat Auberjonois Died:
Born: June 1, 1940 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: New York City, New York, USA Profession: actor, director, acting teacher

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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.

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.

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CAST: (feature film)

2.
 Eulogy (2004) Parson
3.
 We All Fall Down (2000) (Cameo Appearance)
4.
 Geppetto (2000) Professor Buonragazzo
5.
 The Patriot (2000) Reverend Oliver
6.
 Inspector Gadget (1999) Artemus Bradford
7.
 Cats Don't Dance (1997) Voice Of Flanigan
8.
 Snide and Prejudice (1997) Dr Sam Cohen
9.
 Batman Forever (1995) Dr Burton
10.
 Lone Justice (1994)
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1945:
Family moved to Paris, France (date approximate)
:
Family returned to USA and settled in artists' colony in upstate New York; met John Houseman who eventually became a mentor
1956:
Hired for first theater job by Houseman; served as an apprentice at a theater in Stratford, Connecticut
1962:
Appeared in repertory theater with the Arena Stage in Washington, DC
1964:
Film debut, "Lilith"
:
Was member of American Conservatory Theatre (ACT) in San Francisco, California
1968:
Made Off-Broadway debut as the Fool in Lincoln Center production of "King Lear"
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Taught acting at the University of California at Berkeley, San Francisco State University and Juilliard School
1969:
Made Broadway debut in "Fire!"
1969:
Appeared on Broadway alongside Katharine Hepburn in the musical "Coco"; won Tony Award
1970:
Played Father Mulcahy in Robert Altman's seminal comedy "M*A*S*H*"; also appeared in Altman's "Brewster McCloud"
1971:
Made TV-movie debut in "Andre Stryker" (NBC)
1971:
First episodic appearance, episode of "Night Gallery" (NBC)
1971:
Reteamed with Altman on "McCabe & Mrs. Miller"
1974:
Won Tony nomination for his work in Neil Simon's "The Good Doctor"
1974:
Played Edgar in TV version of "King Lear"
1976:
Had co-starring role in the remake of "King Kong"
1977:
Made miniseries debut in "The Rhinemann Exchange" (NBC)
1979:
Briefly returned to Broadway in the short-lived "Break a Leg"
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Played political aide Clayton Endicott III on the ABC sitcom "Benson"
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While working on TV series, found time to act at productions at Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles
1985:
Returned to Broadway in featured role of the Duke in "Big River", Roger Miller's musicalization of "Huckleberry Finn"
1985:
Began doing cartoon voices with "Challenge of the GoBots"
1989:
Voiced the character Louis in Disney's "The Little Mermaid"
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Had featured role of studio head Buddy Fiedler in the award-winning musical "City of Angels"
1991:
Acted in the feature film "Star Trek: The Undiscovered Country"
1992:
Had cameo appearance as himself in Altman's "The Player"
1993:
Co-starred in the revisionist Western "The Ballad of Little Jo"
:
Cast as Odo, the shape-shifting security chief, on the syndicated spin-off "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine"; also directed episodes
2000:
Reunited with "Big River" co-star Brent Spiner in the Disney/ABC TV musical "Geppetto"
2000:
Had featured role as a cleric in "The Patriot"
2000:
Again provided voice of Louis in the direct-to-video sequel "The Little Mermaid II: Return to the Sea"
2000:
Earned Emmy nomination for guest appearance as a judge in an episode of the ABC drama series "The Practice"
2001:
Had recurring role on the NBC sitcom "Frasier"
2004:
Cast in the black comedy "Eulogy"
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Education

Carnegie Institute of Technology: Pittsburgh , Pennsylvania - 1962

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wife:
Judith Mihalyi. Married on October 19, 1963.

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father:
Fernand Auberjonois. Writer.
mother:
Laura Auberjonois.
daughter:
Tessa Auberjonois. Actor.
son:
Remy-Luc Auberjonois. Acted with father in 1988 episode of "L.A. Law"; as of 1999, enrolled in the MFA program at Yale drama school.
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