Rene Auberjonois was born June 1, 1940.
René Murat Auberjonois is the actor best known for portraying Chief of Security Odo on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. He has also directed many episodes of the series. Prior to assuming the role of Odo, he appeared as Col. West in Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country, although his scenes were initially cut for the film’s theatrical release. In addition, he made a guest appearance as Ezral in the Star Trek: Enterprise episode “Oasis”.
Auberjonois first gained fame on television for his Emmy Award-nominated role as the snooty Clayton Endicott III on the comedy series Benson. Auberjonois joined the cast of Benson at the start of its second season in 1980 and remained with the series until its end in 1986. One of his co-stars was Ethan Phillips (Neelix of Star Trek: Voyager), who joined the show’s cast at the same time but left before the final season.
In addition, Auberjonois has made guest appearances on numerous television shows. His first was a 1971 episode of The Mod Squad, a series starring Tige Andrews and DS9 guest actor Clarence Williams III. He followed this with guest spots on Harry O (with Henry Darrow and Anthony Zerbe), The Rookie (in an episode with Gail Strickland), Baa Baa Black Sheep (starring John Larroquette and James Whitmore, Jr.), Starskey and Hutch (starring David Soul, in an episode with Tracey Walter), Hart to Hart (with Madlyn Rhue), and Charlie’s Angels (two episodes, including one with Ed Begley, Jr.), among many other shows. Auberjonois concluded the 1970s with his second of two appearances on Mrs. Columbo, starring pre-Voyager Kate Mulgrew in the title role.
Although his role on Benson limited other live-action television appearances, Auberjonois took on more guest-starring roles after Benson concluded in 1986. He appeared in two episodes of Murder, She Wrote, one in 1987 with Alex Henteloff and another the following year with Frank Gorshin and Matt McCoy. He then appeared on an episode of L.A. Law along with his son, Remy, as well as fellow Trek performers James Avery, Corbin Bernsen, Larry Drake, Miriam Flynn, and Gregg Henry. He later appeared on such shows as Matlock (with Daniel Roebuck), UPN’s The Burning Zone (with Theodore Bikel), Tracey Takes On (starring Seymour Cassel), and CBS’s Chicago Hope.
Auberjonois appeared in ABC’s made-for-TV movie Geppetto, which aired in 2000. Also featured in this movie were Star Trek: The Next Generation actor Brent Spiner and Star Trek: Voyager actress Scarlett Pomers. Additionally, Auberjonois was seen on Sci-Fi Channel’s Stargate SG-1 and The Secret Adventures of Jules Verne, working with John Rhys-Davies in the latter. In 2001, Auberjonois guest-starred in two episodes of Frasier, playing Kelsey Grammer’s character’s mentor from Harvard, Dr. William Tewksbury. He appeared in the episodes “Frasier’s Edge” and “The Wizard and Roz”.
Between 2000 and 2002, Auberjonois guest-starred in two episodes of The Practice, receiving his second Emmy nomination (after Benson) for his first appearance on the show. Boston Legal, in which Auberjonois later starred, is an off-shoot of The Practice, although he did not play the same character.
Auberjonois attended the Comedy Central Roast of William Shatner in August 2006, where his Boston Legal co-star and fellow Trek actor was subjected to the whims of stand-up comics. Also in the audience were Jeri Ryan of Voyager fame (who guest-starred on Boston Legal) and Brent Spiner from TNG. Shatner’s TOS cohorts Nichelle Nichols and George Takei participated in the roast, as did Voyager guest star Andy Dick, while Clint Howard and Sarah Silverman had recorded messages to Shatner (Howard appeared in character as an alcoholic Balok, addicted to tranya). The event was hosted by Jason Alexander.
In 2010 Auberjonois became the first former Star Trek star to be a guest star on the Syfy series Warehouse 13. In the episode he played Hugo Miller, a former warehouse employee who accidentally downloaded half of his mind into an experimental computer system. At the end of the episode his character, with his mind whole again, was offered a job by another visiting guest, Douglas Fargo (Neil Grayston) from Syfy’s Eureka. He has yet to make an appearance on that series.
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