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René Auberjonois

René AuberjonoisAKA René Murat Auberjonois

Born: 1-Jun-1940
Birthplace: New York City

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Actor

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Changeling on Star Trek: DS9

René Auberjonois (pronounced "awe-burr-zhun-wah") has been a successful character actor since the 1960s. He is best known as the Governor's fussy chief of staff Clayton Endicott III on Benson with Robert Guillaume, the shape-shifting security officer Odo on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, the stuffy lawyer Paul Lewiston on Boston Legal, and as the voice of the ever-calm Master Fung on the cartoon Xiaolin Showdown.

His father, Fernand Auberjonois, was a well-known journalist who wrote for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Toledo Blade, and NBC News, covering everything from the construction of the Berlin Wall in 1961 to its demolition in 1989. In World War II he was a spy for the British intelligence service, sent on several missions behind enemy lines, and he later wrote for La Presse Cherbourgeoise, the first newspaper published in liberated France. The actor Auberjonois was named in honor of his grandfather, René Auberjonois (1872-1957), one of Switzerland's most famous post-impressionist painters. On his mother's side, Auberjonois is descended directly from Joachim Murat, King of Naples in the early 1800s and brother-in-law of Napoleon Bonaparte.

The family moved frequently, relocating whenever the elder Auberjonois was given a new assignment. Young René spent his early years in France, England, and in an upstate New York artists' community where the family's neighbors included Helen Hayes, Burgess Meredith, and John Houseman. In his first professional theater work at the age of 16, Auberjonois was credited as "spear carrier" at Houseman's Shakespeare Festival. He studied drama at Carnegie-Mellon University, then spent three years with the Arena Stage in Washington D.C. before moving to San Francisco, where he co-founded the American Conservatory Theatre. He first worked on Broadway in a 1968 production of King Lear with Lee J. Cobb, and won the Tony playing a fashion designer in the musical Coco with Katharine Hepburn.

His first movie work was a small, uncredited role in 1964's Lilith with Warren Beatty and Jean Seberg, and he later played Father Mulcahy in Robert Altman's MASH. In other memorable performances, he played the ornithologist who gradually became a bird in Brewster McCloud with Bud Cort, the insane psychiatrist in Batman Forever with Val Kilmer, the military officer who tried to derail the peace talks in Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country with William Shatner, and Janos Audron, the vampires' holy weapon in the "Legacy of Kain" video games. He turned down two iconic television roles, Father Mulcahy on TV's M*A*S*H and Bosley on the original Charlie's Angels.

Auberjonois is a frequent volunteer for Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières, the humanitarian group that provides emergency medical care in underdeveloped nations. His son Remy is a regular on Weeds, and his daughter Tessa is a stage actress.

Father: Fernand Auberjonois (reporter, b. 25-Sep-1910, d. 24-Sep-2004)
Mother: Laura Murat Auberjonois (princess-author, div.)
Mother: Helga Auberjonois (stepmother, m. Fernand Auberjonois 1968)
Sister: Anne Auberjonois (costumer designer for stage productions)
Brother: Michael Auberjonois
Sister: Ghislaine Vautier (stepsister, author)
Sister: Marie-Laure Degener (stepsister, opera performer)
Wife: Judith Helen Mahalyi (playwright, m. 19-Oct-1963)
Daughter: Tessa Louise Auberjonois (actress)
Son: Rémy-Luc Auberjonois (actor)

    University: BFA Drama, Carnegie-Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA (1962)

    Screen Actors Guild National Board of Directors
    Tony 1969 for Coco

    Pound Puppies McLeish (voice, 2010-)
    Boston Legal Paul Lewiston (attorney, 2004-08)
    The Legend of Tarzan Renard Dumont (voice, 2001-03)
    Judging Amy Judge Jackson Keeler (2001-02)
    Star Trek: Deep Space 9 Odo (changeling, 1993-99)
    The Pirates of Dark Water Kangent (1991-93)
    Benson Clayton Endicott (Governor's assistant, 1979-86)

    Certain Women (24-Jan-2016)
    Planes: Fire & Rescue (15-Jul-2014) [VOICE]
    Stewie Griffin: The Untold Story (23-Jul-2005) [VOICE]
    Eulogy (15-Oct-2004)
    Tarzan & Jane (23-Jul-2002) [VOICE]
    Burning Down the House (7-Feb-2001) · Pierre
    Joseph: King of Dreams (27-Oct-2000) [VOICE]
    The Little Mermaid II: Return to the Sea (19-Sep-2000) [VOICE]
    The Patriot (27-Jun-2000) · Rev. Oliver
    Geppetto (7-May-2000)
    Inspector Gadget (18-Jul-1999)
    Los locos (20-Dec-1997)
    Cats Don't Dance (26-Mar-1997) [VOICE]
    Batman Forever (16-Jun-1995) · Dr. Burton
    The Ballad of Little Jo (20-Aug-1993)
    The Player (3-Apr-1992) · Himself
    The Lost Language of Cranes (14-Nov-1991)
    Absolute Strangers (14-Apr-1991) · Quinn
    A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court (18-Dec-1989)
    The Little Mermaid (15-Nov-1989) [VOICE]
    The Feud (Oct-1989)
    Little Nemo: Adventures in Slumberland (15-Jul-1989) [VOICE]
    Billy the Kid (10-May-1989)
    My Best Friend Is a Vampire (May-1988)
    Police Academy 5: Assignment Miami Beach (18-Mar-1988) · Tony
    Walker (4-Dec-1987) · Maj. Siegfried Henningson
    A Smoky Mountain Christmas (14-Dec-1986)
    The Christmas Star (14-Dec-1986)
    3:15 (1986) · Horner
    Reilly: The Ace of Spies (5-Sep-1983)
    The Last Unicorn (19-Nov-1982) [VOICE]
    More Wild Wild West (7-Oct-1980)
    Where the Buffalo Roam (25-Apr-1980) · Harris
    Eyes of Laura Mars (2-Aug-1978)
    The Dark Secret of Harvest Home (23-Jan-1978)
    King Kong (17-Dec-1976) · Bagley
    The Big Bus (22-Oct-1976)
    The Hindenburg (25-Dec-1975) · Maj. Napier
    King Lear (20-Feb-1974) · Edgar
    Pete 'n' Tilly (17-Dec-1972)
    Images (May-1972)
    The Birdmen (18-Sep-1971)
    McCabe & Mrs. Miller (24-Jun-1971)
    Brewster McCloud (23-Dec-1970)
    MASH (25-Jan-1970)

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