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Rene Auberjonois

Highest Rated:   100% Lilith (1964)
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Birthplace:   New York City, New York, USA
While his name might suggest a birthplace somewhere in France -- or at the very least Quebec -- actor Rene Auberjonois was born in New York City. However, his well-to-do parents were of noble European blood, thus French was the language of choice in his household. Despite his first-born-American status, Auberjonois was shunned by many of his schoolmates as a foreigner, and teased for having a "girl's" name. As a defense mechanism, Auberjonois became the class clown, which somehow led naturally to amateur theatricals. The influence of such neighborhood family friends as Burgess Meredith and Lotte Lenya solidified Auberjonois' determination to make performing his life's work. He was cast in a production at Stratford (Ontario)'s Shakespeare company by John Houseman -- another neighbor of his parents' -- and after moving with his family to England, Auberjonois returned to complete his acting training at Carnegie-Mellon University. There he decided to specialize in character parts rather than leads -- a wise decision, in that he's still at it while some of his handsomer and more charismatic Carnegie-Mellon classmates have fallen by the wayside. Three years with the Arena Stage in Washington, D.C. led Auberjonois to San Francisco's American Conservatory Theatre, of which he was a founding member. Movie and TV work was not as easy to come by, so the actor returned to New York, where he won a Tony for his Broadway role in the musical Coco. An introduction to director Robert Altman led Auberjonois to his first film, M*A*S*H (1970), in which he introduced the character that would later be fleshed out on TV as Father Mulcahy (with William Christopher in the role). He worked in two more Altman films before he and the director began to grow in opposite directions. More stage work and films followed, then TV assignments; Auberjonois' characters ranged from arrogant dress designers to snooty aristocrats to schizophrenic killers on film, while the stage afforded him more richly textured roles in such plays as King Lear and The Good Doctor. In 1981, Auberjonois was cast as Clayton Endicott III, the terminally fussy chief of staff to Governor Gatling on Benson. Like so many other professional twits in so many other films, Auberjonois' job was to make life miserable for the more down-to-earth hero, in this case Robert "Benson" Guillaume. Blessed with one of the most flexible voiceboxes in show business, Auberjonois has spent much of his career providing voice-overs for cartoon characters in animated projects like the Disney's The Little Mermaid, The Legend of Tarzan, Justice League, and Pound Puppies. In 1993, Rene Auberjonois assured himself a permanent place in the hearts of "Trekkies" everywhere when he was cast as Odo (complete with understated but distinctive "alien" makeup) on the weekly syndicated TV show Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, which he appeared on until 1999.Auberjonois would remain extremely active on screen in the years to come, appearing in movies like The Patriot, and on shows like Boston Legal.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
92% Certain Women
  • Albert
$1.1M 2016
No Score Yet Blood Stripe
  • Actor
2016
33% This Is Happening
  • Cal Plotz
2015
44% Planes: Fire And Rescue
  • Concierge
$42.7M 2014
No Score Yet Chill Out, Scooby-Doo!
  • Actor
2007
No Score Yet Testigo De Esperanza: La Vida De John Paul II
  • Actor
2005
32% Eulogy
  • Parson
$0.1M 2004
89% The Cat Returns
  • Natori
2002
No Score Yet Witness to Hope
  • Narrator
2002
No Score Yet American Experience
  • Woodrow Wilson
2002
No Score Yet Snide & Prejudice
  • Dr. Sam Cohen
2001
No Score Yet Burning Down the House
  • Pierre
2001
33% The Little Mermaid 2: Return to the Sea
  • Louis
2000
61% The Patriot
  • Rev. Oliver
$2.4M 2000
No Score Yet Geppetto
  • Buonragazzo
2000
No Score Yet Sally Hemings: An American Scandal
  • Actor
2000
21% Inspector Gadget
  • Artemus Bradford
1999
No Score Yet Los Locos
  • Presidente
1997
69% Cats Don't Dance
  • Flanigan
1997
No Score Yet We All Fall Down
  • Actor
1997
40% Batman Forever
  • Dr. Burton
1995
73% The Ballad of Little Jo
  • Streight Hollander
1993
No Score Yet Star Trek: Deep Space Nine - Behind the Scenes
  • Actor
1993
No Score Yet The Lost Language of Cranes
  • Geoffrey Lane
1992
No Score Yet Ned Blessing: The True Story of My Life
  • Marquis
1992
98% The Player
  • Himself
1992
No Score Yet Little Nemo: Adventures in Slumberland
  • Professor Genius
1992
84% Star Trek VI - The Undiscovered Country
  • Colonel West (uncredited)
1991
No Score Yet Once Upon a Midnight Scary
  • Actor
1990
No Score Yet Billy The Kid (Gore Vidal's Billy the Kid)
  • Actor
1989
92% The Little Mermaid
  • Louis
1989
No Score Yet A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court
  • Actor
1989
No Score Yet The Feud
  • Reverton
1989
No Score Yet My Best Friend Is a Vampire
  • Modoo
1988
0% Police Academy 5: Assignment Miami Beach
  • Tony
1988
40% Walker
  • Maj. Siegfried Hennington
1987
No Score Yet The Christmas Star
  • Sumner
1986
No Score Yet A Smoky Mountain Christmas
  • Ned
1986
No Score Yet 3:15 (3:15 The Moment Of Truth)
  • Horner
1986
No Score Yet Faerie Tale Theatre
  • King Boris
1983
63% The Last Unicorn
  • Speaking Skull
1982
17% Where the Buffalo Roam
  • Harris
1980
No Score Yet More Wild Wild West
  • Edney
1980
No Score Yet The Wild, Wild West Revisited
  • Capt. Sir David Edney
1979
47% Eyes of Laura Mars
  • Donald Phelps
1978
No Score Yet The Rhinemann Exchange
  • Actor
1977
50% King Kong
  • Bagley
1976
78% The Big Bus
  • Father Kudos
1976
No Score Yet Panache
  • Actor
1976
40% The Hindenburg
  • Maj. Napier
1975
No Score Yet King Lear
  • Edgar
1974
No Score Yet Incident at Vichy
  • Actor
1973
No Score Yet Images
  • Hugh
1972
80% Pete 'n' Tillie
  • Jimmy Twitchell
1972
No Score Yet The Birdmen
  • Actor
1971
89% McCabe & Mrs. Miller
  • Sheehan
1971
83% Brewster McCloud
  • Lecturer
1971
87% M*A*S*H
  • Father John Patrick "Dago Red" Mulcahy
1970
91% Petulia
  • Salesman
1968
100% Lilith
  • Howie
1964
No Score Yet Once Upon a Midnight Dreary
  • Actor

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Madam Secretary
2014
  • Walter Nowack
  • 2016
43% 1600 Penn
2012-2013
  • Winslow Hannum
  • 2013
98% The Good Wife
2009-2016
  • Coroner Claypool Claypool
  • 2013
70% Grey's Anatomy
2005
  • Neil Sheridan
  • 2012
No Score Yet NCIS
2003
  • Dr. Felix Blackwell Felix Blackwell
  • 2012
75% Warehouse 13
2009-2014
  • Hugo Miller Hugo
  • 2012
  • 2011
  • 2010
71% Bored to Death
2009-2011
  • Henry
  • 2011
No Score Yet Criminal Minds
2005
  • Ron Massey
  • 2011
97% Archer
2009
  • Actor
  • Voice
  • 2010
98% It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia
2005
  • Dr. Larry Meyers
  • 2010
83% Saving Grace
2007-2010
  • Father Patrick Murphy
  • 2008
No Score Yet Boston Legal
2004-2008
  • Paul Lewiston Paul Lewison
  • 2008
  • 2007
  • 2006
  • 2005
  • 2004
No Score Yet Family Guy
1999
  • Voice
  • 2006
No Score Yet Star Trek: Enterprise
2001-2005
  • Ezrel
  • 2002
No Score Yet American Experience
1988
  • Hamilton
  • Voice
  • 2002
  • 2000
No Score Yet Frasier
1993-2004
  • Dr. Tewksbury Professor Tewksbury
  • Guest
  • 2001
No Score Yet Justice League
2004
  • Voice
  • 2001
No Score Yet Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
1993-1999
  • Odo
  • Director
  • 1999
  • 1998
  • 1997
  • 1996
  • 1995
  • 1994
  • 1993
No Score Yet Wonder Woman (1976)
1975-1979
  • Kimball
  • 1979
No Score Yet American Masters
2001
  • Performer

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