René Auberjonois, an actor who rose to prominence with roles on Benson, Star Trek: Deep Area 9, and the movie M.A.S.H., died Sunday at his residence in Los Angeles of metastatic lung most cancers, the Related Press reported. He was 79.
Auberjonois was a personality actor and carried out in theater of the 1960s. He made the transition to movie within the 1970s, and appeared on a string of well-liked tv sequence within the 1980s and ’90s.
He made a mark as Father Mulcahy in Robert Altman’s 1970 movie M.A.S.H. Auberjonois would later win over a legion of tv followers as Clayton Runnymede Endicott III, chief of workers on the governor’s mansion on the sitcom Benson, which aired from 1979-1986.
He segued to sci-fi tv along with his portrayal of Constable Odo, the station’s chief of safety, on Star Trek: Deep Area 9, which aired from 1993-1999.
(L to R) Robert Guillaume, James Noble, René Auberjonois in “Benson.” (Credit score: ABC)
In 1984, Auberjonois obtained a Primetime Emmy nomination for his function on Benson. He picked up a second Emmy nomination in 2001 within the visitor actor drama sequence class for taking part in Decide Mantz on authorized drama The Observe.
His different memorable recurring roles had been as Walter Nowack in Madam Secretary; a cardinal in Archer; and a decide in Judging Amy.
Auberjonois additionally did intensive voice work in animation, together with because the singing French chef in Disney’s 1989 movie The Little Mermaid. He performed Kangent in The Pirates of Darkish Water; and Dr. March in Batman: The Animated Collection.
The actor was born in New York in 1940. He graduated from Pittsburgh’s Carnegie Institute of Expertise, now Carnegie Mellon. Auberjonois later determined to pursue a profession as a performer, becoming a member of theater corporations and touchdown roles on Broadway in 1968. He earned Tony nominations for his stage work in 1973’s “The Good Physician,” 1984’s “Huge River,” and 1989’s “Metropolis of Angels.”