LOS ANGELES (AP) — René Auberjonois, a prolific actor greatest identified for his roles on the tv exhibits “Benson” and “Star Trek: Deep Area 9” and his half within the 1970 movie “M.A.S.H.” taking part in Father Mulcahy, has died. He was 79.
The actor died Sunday at his residence in Los Angeles of metastatic lung most cancers, his son Rèmy-Luc Auberjonois informed The Related Press.
René Auberjonois labored continually as a personality actor in a number of golden ages, from the dynamic theater of the 1960s to the cinema renaissance of the 1970s to the prime interval of community tv within the 1980s and 1990s — and every technology knew him for one thing totally different.
For movie followers of the 1970s, he was Father John Mulcahy, the navy chaplain who performed straight man to the medical doctors’ antics in “M.A.S.H.” It was his first vital movie position and the primary of a number of for director Robert Altman.
For sitcom watchers of the 1980s, he was Clayton Runnymede Endicott III, the hopelessly intellectual chief of workers at a governor’s mansion on “Benson,” the ABC collection whose title character was a butler performed by Robert Guillaume.
And for sci-fi followers of the 1990s and convention-goers ever since, he was Odo, the shape-shifting Changeling and head of space-station safety on “Star Trek: Deep Area 9.”
“I’m all of these characters, and I really like that,” Auberjonois mentioned in a 2011 interview with the “Star Trek” web site. “I additionally run into individuals, they usually assume I’m their cousin or their dry cleaner. I really like that, too.”
Fellow stars from “Star Trek” exhibits praised the actor on Twitter.
William Shatner mentioned that “to sum up his life in a tweet is almost unattainable. To Judith, Tessa & Remy I ship you my love & energy. I’ll preserve you in my ideas and keep in mind an exquisite friendship with René.”
George Takei tweeted: “”Star Trek followers knew him as Odo from Deep Area 9. We knew him as René. He was an exquisite, caring, and clever man. He shall be missed. After I look out to the celebs, I shall consider you, pal.”
Auberjonois was born in New York in 1940, the son of Fernand Auberjonois, Swiss-born international correspondent for U.S. newspapers, and the grandson of a Swiss post-impressionist painter additionally named René Auberjonois.
The youthful René Auberjonois was raised in New York, Paris, and London, and for a time lived together with his household in an artists’ colony in Rockland County, New York, whose residents included the actors John Houseman, Helen Hayes and Burgess Meredith.
After graduating from faculty at Pittsburgh’s Carnegie Institute of Know-how, now Carnegie Mellon, Auberjonois hopped across the nation becoming a member of theater firms, finally touchdown three roles on Broadway in 1968, together with taking part in the Idiot in a long-running model of King Lear.
The next 12 months he would play Sebastian Baye reverse Katharine Hepburn in “Coco,” a play on the lifetime of designer Coco Chanel that may earn him a Tony for greatest actor in a number one position in a musical.
He would later see Tony nominations for 1973’s “The Good Physician,” 1984’s “Large River,” and 1989’s “Metropolis of Angels.”
In 1970, Auberjonois started his run with Altman, taking part in Mulcahy in “M.A.S.H.”
In his most well-known alternate from the film, Sally Kellerman’s Margaret Houlihan wonders how such a degenerate physician as Donald Sutherland’s Hawkeye Pierce might attain a place of accountability within the U.S. Military.
A bible-reading Auberjonois responds, deadpan: “He was drafted.”
“I truly made that line up after we have been rehearsing the scene,” Auberjonois mentioned on the podcast “The Gist” in 2016. “And it turned a sort of an iconic line for the entire movie.”
The identical 12 months he performed an off-the-wall ornithologist in Altman’s “Brewster McCloud,” performed a saloonkeeper alongside Warren Beatty within the director’s western “McCabe & Mrs. Miller” in 1971 and appeared in Altman’s “Photographs” in 1972.
He spent a lot of the remainder of the 1970s doing visitor spots on TV exhibits earlier than becoming a member of the solid of “Benson” in its second season in 1980, the place he would stay for the remainder of the present’s seven seasons, taking part in the patrician political adviser and continual hypochondriac Endicott.
A lot of his later profession was spent doing voices for animation, most memorably because the French chef who sings the love track to fish-killing “Les Poissons” in Disney’s 1989 “The Little Mermaid.”
He performed Odo on “Deep Area 9” from 1993 till 1999 and have become an everyday at “Star Trek” conventions, the place he raised cash for Docs With out Borders and signed autographs with a drawing of Odo’s bucket, the place the character would retailer himself when he returned to his pure gelatinous state.
Auberjonois was additionally an everyday on the ABC law-firm dramedy “Boston Authorized” from 2004 to 2008.
Late in his profession, Auberjonois would work with impartial filmmakers together with the clever director Kelly Reichardt, for whom he appeared in 2016’s “Sure Ladies” and 2019’s “First Cow,” his last position.
Along with his son, he’s survived by his spouse of 56 years, author Judith Auberjonois; sisters Marie-Laure Degener and Anne Auberjonois; daughter Tessa Auberjonois; son-in-law Adrian Latourelle, daughter-in-law Kate Nowlin and three grandchildren.
This story has been corrected to say that the “Star Trek: Deep Area 9” present ran till 1999.