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




No Score Yet No Score Yet Windows on the World Maury (Character) - 2019
71% 79% Raising Buchanan President James Buchanan (Character) - 2019
96% 64% 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
45% 56% Planes: Fire & Rescue Concierge (Voice) $59.2M 2014
No Score Yet 65% Chill Out, Scooby-Doo! Alphonse LaFleur (Voice) - 2007
34% 71% Eulogy Parson Banks (Character) $70.5K 2004
17% 30% Tarzan & Jane Unknown (Voice) - 2002
88% 81% 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 51% 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
73% 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
76% 64% The Ballad of Little Jo Streight Hollander (Character) $459.3K 1993
No Score Yet 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
93% 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
47% 66% Walker Maj. Siegfried Hennington (Character) $216.1K 1987
No Score Yet 59% The Christmas Star Sumner (Character) - 1986
No Score Yet 80% A Smoky Mountain Christmas Ned (Character) - 1986
No Score Yet 38% 3:15 Horner (Character) - 1986
73% 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
53% 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% 57% The Big Bus Father Kudos (Character) - 1976
52% 31% King Kong Bagley (Character) - 1976
No Score Yet No Score Yet Panache Panache (Character) - 1976
36% 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% 70% Images Hugh (Character) - 1972
80% 73% Pete 'n' Tillie Jimmy Twitchell (Character) - 1972
No Score Yet No Score Yet Escape of the Birdmen Halden Brevik/Olav Volda (Character) - 1971
84% 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% 64% 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% 86% Masters of Sex Unknown (Guest Star) 2014
90% 86% Archer Mannfred (Guest Voice) 2010 2013
93% 91% The Good Wife Coroner Claypool (Guest Star) 2013
41% 33% 1600 Penn Unknown (Guest Star) 2013
No Score Yet 82% NCIS Dr. Felix Blackwell (Guest Star) 2012
84% 75% Grey's Anatomy Unknown (Guest Star) 2012
No Score Yet 85% Criminal Minds Unknown (Guest Star) 2011
No Score Yet 77% 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% 92% Boston Legal Paul Lewiston (Character),
Unknown (Guest Star)
76% 83% Saving Grace Unknown (Guest Star) 2008
No Score Yet 62% Family Guy Odo (Guest Voice) 2006
55% 78% 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 0% Chicago Hope Unknown (Guest Star) 1999
No Score Yet No Score Yet Poltergeist: The Legacy Unknown (Guest Star) 1998-1999
91% 88% Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Odo (Character),
No Score Yet 100% The Outer Limits Unknown (Character) 1998
43% No Score Yet The Burning Zone Unknown (Guest Star) 1996
No Score Yet 81% 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 66% Murder, She Wrote Unknown (Guest Star) 1987-1988
No Score Yet 96% La bande à Picsou 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% 86% Wonder Woman Unknown (Guest Star) 1979
No Score Yet 100% 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 Unknown (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 100% 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