Also Credited As:Rene Murat Auberjonois
About Rene Auberjonois
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.
|Judith Mihalyi. married on October 19, 1963|
|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|
|Carnegie Institute of Technology, Pittsburgh , Pennsylvania|
|Cast in the black comedy "Eulogy"|
|Had recurring role on the NBC sitcom "Frasier"|
|Earned Emmy nomination for guest appearance as a judge in an episode of the ABC drama series "The Practice"|
|Again provided voice of Louis in the direct-to-video sequel "The Little Mermaid II: Return to the Sea"|
|Had featured role as a cleric in "The Patriot"|
|Reunited with "Big River" co-star Brent Spiner in the Disney/ABC TV musical "Geppetto"|
|Cast as Odo, the shape-shifting security chief, on the syndicated spin-off "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine"; also directed episodes|
|Co-starred in the revisionist Western "The Ballad of Little Jo"|
|Had cameo appearance as himself in Altman's "The Player"|
|Acted in the feature film "Star Trek: The Undiscovered Country"|
|Had featured role of studio head Buddy Fiedler in the award-winning musical "City of Angels"|
|Voiced the character Louis in Disney's "The Little Mermaid"|
|Began doing cartoon voices with "Challenge of the GoBots"|
|Returned to Broadway in featured role of the Duke in "Big River", Roger Miller's musicalization of "Huckleberry Finn"|
|While working on TV series, found time to act at productions at Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles|
|Played political aide Clayton Endicott III on the ABC sitcom "Benson"|
|Briefly returned to Broadway in the short-lived "Break a Leg"|
|Made miniseries debut in "The Rhinemann Exchange" (NBC)|
|Had co-starring role in the remake of "King Kong"|
|Played Edgar in TV version of "King Lear"|
|Won Tony nomination for his work in Neil Simon's "The Good Doctor"|
|Reteamed with Altman on "McCabe & Mrs. Miller"|
|First episodic appearance, episode of "Night Gallery" (NBC)|
|Made TV-movie debut in "Andre Stryker" (NBC)|
|Played Father Mulcahy in Robert Altman's seminal comedy "M*A*S*H*"; also appeared in Altman's "Brewster McCloud"|
|Appeared on Broadway alongside Katharine Hepburn in the musical "Coco"; won Tony Award|
|Made Broadway debut in "Fire!"|
|Taught acting at the University of California at Berkeley, San Francisco State University and Juilliard School|
|Made Off-Broadway debut as the Fool in Lincoln Center production of "King Lear"|
|Was member of American Conservatory Theatre (ACT) in San Francisco, California|
|Film debut, "Lilith"|
|Appeared in repertory theater with the Arena Stage in Washington, DC|
|Hired for first theater job by Houseman; served as an apprentice at a theater in Stratford, Connecticut|
|Family returned to USA and settled in artists' colony in upstate New York; met John Houseman who eventually became a mentor|
|Family moved to Paris, France (date approximate)|