Rene Auberjonois

Rene Auberjonois

Birth name: René Murat Auberjonois
Born: June 1, 1940
Age: 82
Birthplace: New York, New York, U.S.
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René Murat Auberjonois (/rəˈneɪ oʊˈbɛərʒənwɑː/;[2] born June 1, 1940) is an American actor and singer.[3]

In films, Auberjonois has portrayed Father Mulcahy in MASH (1970), and Chef Louis in The Little Mermaid (1989), in which he sang "Les Poissons". In the American animated musical comedy film Cats Don't Dance (1997), Auberjonois lent his voice as Flanagan, the human film director of "Li'l Ark Angel".

In various long-running television series, Auberjonois portrayed a number of characters, including: Clayton Endicott III on Benson (for which he was nominated for an Emmy Award), Odo on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, and Paul Lewiston on Boston Legal.

He has also branched out into voice acting for video games, having appeared in a number of popular video games. He portrayed the Greek mythological figure Talos in the first God of War (2005) game, the enigmatic Mr. House in Fallout: New Vegas (2010), and Karl Schafer in the Uncharted video game series.

Auberjonois was born in New York City. His father, Swiss-born Fernand Auberjonois (1910-2004), was a Cold War-era foreign correspondent and Pulitzer Prize-nominated writer. His paternal grandfather, also named René Auberjonois, was a Swiss post-Impressionist painter. His mother, Princess Laure Louise Napoléone Eugénie Caroline Murat (1913-1986), was a great-great granddaughter of Joachim Murat, one of Napoleon's marshals and King of Naples during the First French Empire, and his wife, Caroline Bonaparte, Napoleon's youngest sister.

His maternal grandmother, Hélène Macdonald Stallo (1893-1932), was an American, from Cincinnati, Ohio; his maternal grandfather's mother was a Russian noblewoman, Eudoxia Michailovna Somova (1850-1924), and his maternal grandfather's paternal grandmother, Caroline Georgina Fraser (1810–1879) who was married to Prince Napoleon Lucien Charles Murat, was an American, from Charleston, South Carolina.[3]

Auberjonois has a sister and a brother, and two half-sisters from his mother's first marriage.[4] His family moved to Paris, France, after World War II, where at an early age he decided to become an actor.[3]

After a few years in France, the family moved back to the United States and joined an artists' colony in Rockland County, New York, whose residents included Burgess Meredith, John Houseman, and Helen Hayes. The Auberjonois family also lived in London, United Kingdom, where Auberjonois completed high school while studying theatre. To complete his education, he attended and graduated from the Carnegie Institute of Technology (now Carnegie Mellon University) in 1962.[5]




After college, Auberjonois worked with several different theatre companies, beginning at the prestigious Arena Stage in Washington, D.C., and then he traveled between Los Angeles, California, and New York, working in numerous theatre productions. He helped found the American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco, the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles, and the Brooklyn Academy of Music Repertory Company in New York. He was a member of the Peninsula Players summer theater program during the 1962 season.[6]

In 1968, Auberjonois landed a role on Broadway, and appeared in three plays simultaneously: as Fool to Lee J. Cobb's King Lear (the longest running production of the play in Broadway history), as Ned in A Cry of Players (opposite Frank Langella), and as Marco in Fire! In 1969, he earned a Tony Award for his performance as Sebastian Baye alongside Katharine Hepburn in Coco.[7]

He received Tony nominations for his roles in Neil Simon's The Good Doctor (1973) opposite Christopher Plummer; as the Duke in Big River (1984), winning a Drama Desk Award; and, memorably, as Buddy Fidler/Irwin S. Irving in City of Angels (1989), written by Larry Gelbart and Cy Coleman.[7]

Other Broadway appearances include Malvolio in Twelfth Night (1972); Scapin in Tricks (1973); Mr. Samsa in Metamorphosis (1989); Professor Abronsius in Dance of the Vampires (musical), the English-language version of Jim Steinman's musical adaptation of Tanz der Vampire; and Jethro Crouch in Sly Fox (2004), for which he was nominated for an Outer Critics Circle Award.[citation needed]

Auberjonois has appeared many times at the Mark Taper Forum, notably as Malvolio in Twelfth Night and as Stanislavski in Chekhov in Yalta. As a member of the Second Drama Quartet, he toured with Ed Asner, Dianne Wiest, and Harris Yulin. He appeared in the Tom Stoppard and André Previn work, Every Good Boy Deserves Favor, at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., and the Metropolitan Opera in New York.[citation needed]

Auberjonois has directed many theatrical productions, and has starred in the Washington D.C. production of 12 Angry Men (2004), where he portrayed "Juror #5" to Roy Scheider's "#8" and Robert Prosky's "#3". He made his debut at the Shakespeare Theatre Company in Washington, D.C., as the titular character in Molière's The Imaginary Invalid through July 27, 2008.

Auberjonois was on the advisory board of Sci-Fest, the first annual Los Angeles Science Fiction One-Act Play Festival, held in May 2014.[8]


Auberjonois played Father Mulcahy in the original film version of MASH. His subsequent film roles included the gangster Tony in Police Academy 5: Assignment Miami Beach (1988), and Reverend Oliver in The Patriot (2000). He has made cameo appearances in a number of films, including: Dr. Burton, a mental asylum doctor patterned after Tim Burton, in Batman Forever (1995), and a bird expert who gradually transforms into a bird in Robert Altman's 1970 film Brewster McCloud. He appeared as Colonel West in the 1991 Star Trek film Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country. Other notable film appearances have included: McCabe & Mrs. Miller (1971), Images (1972), Pete 'n' Tillie (1972), The Hindenburg (1975), King Kong (1976), The Big Bus (1976), Eyes of Laura Mars (1978), Where The Buffalo Roam (1980), Walker (1987), My Best Friend Is a Vampire (1988), The Feud (1989), Inspector Gadget (1999), and Eulogy (2004).

Auberjonois portrayed the character of Straight Hollander in the 1993 Miramax film The Ballad of Little Jo. He voiced Professor Genius in Little Nemo: Adventures in Slumberland, Louis the Chef in the 1st and 2nd Little Mermaid films, Flanagan in Cats Don't Dance, the Butler in Joseph: King of Dreams, and the concierge in Planes: Fire & Rescue.


Auberjonois (right) with Star Trek: Deep Space Nine co-stars Armin Shimerman (left) and Nana Visitor (center)

In addition to having been a regular actor on three TV shows (Benson, a situation comedy; Star Trek: Deep Space Nine in science fiction; and Boston Legal, a legal dramedy), Auberjonois has been a guest star on many television series, including: Ellery Queen, Family, Grey's Anatomy, The Rockford Files, Charlie's Angels, Starsky & Hutch, Wonder Woman, Harry O, The Jeffersons, The Outer Limits, Night Gallery, Hart to Hart, Matlock, Murder, She Wrote, The Bionic Woman, Frasier, Judging Amy, Chicago Hope, The Bob Newhart Show, Star Trek: Enterprise, Stargate SG-1, Warehouse 13, Archer, L.A. Law, The Practice (for which he received an Emmy nomination, playing a different character than the one he has played on The Practice spinoff Boston Legal), Saving Grace, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Criminal Minds, NCIS, The Good Wife, The Librarians, and Madam Secretary.

His television movie credits include The Rhinemann Exchange, The Dark Secret of Harvest Home, Disney's Geppetto, Gore Vidal's Billy The Kid, the remake of A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court, and the Sally Hemings: An American Scandal (2000) miniseries. He portrayed the character, Fortunato, in an episode of American Masters entitled "Edgar Allan Poe: Terror of the Soul" (1995). He received a third Emmy Award nomination for his performance in ABC's The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. He played NASA scientist, Dr. Felix Blackwell, in the episode "Phoenix" on NCIS.

Auberjonois as Odo in Star Trek:Deep Space 9

Auberjonois has voiced animated roles, including characters on Snorks, Batman: The Animated Series, Leonard McLeish on Pound Puppies (2010), Avatar the Last Airbender, Master Fung in the first episodes of Xiaolin Showdown (before being replaced by Maurice LaMarche), Azmuth on Ben 10 Omniverse, Renard Dumont on The Legend of Tarzan, Justice League Unlimited, Max Steel, Fantastic Max, Challenge of the Gobots, Archer, Young Justice, Random! Cartoons, and Avengers Assemble. He lent his voice talents to the 2001 Public Broadcasting System (PBS) American Experience documentary, "Woodrow Wilson", as the title character, along with the 2003 PBS historical documentary Kingdom of David: The Saga of the Israelites.

Auberjonois has directed TV shows, including Marblehead Manor, and various episodes of Deep Space Nine.

Voice acting

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Pictured in 2010

Auberjonois has been active in radio drama. He read "The Stunt" by Mordechai Strigler for the NPR series Jewish Stories From the Old World to the New, and he has recorded novels on tape. On PRI, he has been featured numerous times on Selected Shorts, reading works of dramatic fiction. His voice was heard in Disney's The Little Mermaid (receiving alphabetical top billing as Chef Louis and singing "Les Poissons"), and as The Skull in The Last Unicorn.

He did voice work on the Challenge of the GoBots series in 1980s as Dr. Braxis, He was the voice of Peter Parker on the 1972 Buddah Records Spider-Man LP "From Beyond the Grave" (BDS 5119), a radio-style narrative replete with sound effects and rock and roll song interludes provided by "The Webspinners", in which the characters of The Vulture, The Lizard, The Green Goblin, The Kingpin, Aunt May and Doctor Strange appeared.

In 1984-85, he lent his voice to Desaad, an associate of the villainous Darkseid on the animated series, Super Friends. From 1986-87, he voiced Alvinar in the cartoons series Wildfire. He also provided the voice of Professor Genius in Little Nemo: Adventures in Slumberland.

He provided the voice for Janos Audron, an ancient vampire in the Legacy of Kain video game series; he was in Soul Reaver 2, Blood Omen 2, and Legacy of Kain: Defiance. He provided the voice of Angler in the Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End video game. He voice-played General Zod in the Joseph Ruby-Kenneth Spears animated Superman series episode titled "The Hunter".

Auberjonois provided minor character voices for Justice League, reprising his role as Desaad, and parts such as 2003's "In Blackest Night", as Kanjar-Ro, a pirate testifying in the trial of the Green Lantern, and as a fellow member of the Green Lantern Corps in other episodes.

In 2003, he provided the voice of Katori in the English dubbed version of semi-sequel to the Hayao Miyazaki film Whisper of the Heart, The Cat Returns. He reprised an animated version of his character Odo from Star Trek: Deep Space Nine in a cutaway joke in Family Guy's Stewie Griffin: The Untold Story. The cutaway featured a more humanoid-faced Odo threatening Stewie's alleged cousin Quark Griffin. Auberjonois also lent his voice to Skylanders: SuperChargers.[9]

In 2011, he voiced villain Mark Desmond in Cartoon Network's Young Justice, is the voice of Leonard Mcleish in the Pound Puppies series, and is the current voice of Pepé Le Pew in the Looney Tunes Show in 2011, Azmuth in Ben 10 Omniverse, and Ebony Maw in Avengers Assemble.[10]

Video games

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One of Auberjonois's earliest forays into video game voice acting was the role of Janos Audron in Soul Reaver 2; he continued to voice the character in subsequent releases in the Legacy of Kain series. According to a behind-the-scenes featurette in Soul Reaver 2, showing candid discussions among the voice actors during recording, he was surprised at the quality of the writing, asking, "This is for a video game?!" when the purpose of the recordings was brought to light.

More recently, Auberjonois provided the voice of Karl Schäfer, the honourable German explorer in the video game Uncharted 2: Among Thieves, and Mr. House, the reclusive New Vegas casino owner in the 2010 video game Fallout: New Vegas. He also voices Dr. Ignatio Mobius in Command and Conquer: Renegade. He reprised his role as Odo in the game Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: The Fallen. In June, 2018 he will reprise his role as Odo in the MMORPG game Star Trek Online [11]

Book narrations

Auberjonois's other voice talents also include book narrations.

The Pendergast novels
  • The Cabinet of Curiosities (2002)
  • Still Life with Crows (2003)
  • Diogenes Trilogy
    • Brimstone (2004)
    • Dance of Death (2005)
    • The Book of the Dead (2006)
  • The Wheel of Darkness (2007)
  • Cemetery Dance (2009)
  • Helen Trilogy
    • Fever Dream (2010)
    • Cold Vengeance (2011)
    • Two Graves (2012)
Other novels
Title Contributors Year
World War Z: The Complete Edition (Movie Tie-in Edition): An Oral History of the Zombie War Max Brooks (author) 2013
The Bull Dancers Jay Lake 2010
The Rise and Fall of
Khan Noonien Singh, Vol. 2
(Star Trek: The Eugenics Wars)
Greg Cox 2002
Frenchtown Summer Robert Cormier 2000
Isaac Asimov Countdown 2000 edited by
Martin H. Greenberg
Talismans of Shannara Terry Brooks 1998
The Last Day Glenn Kleier 1997
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly Jean-Dominique Bauby 1997
Shadow Dawn George Lucas
and Chris Claremont
Mind Slash Matter Edward Wellen 1995
Shadow Moon George Lucas
and Chris Claremont
The Cricket in Times Square George Selden 1995
Batman Forever Peter David 1995
Last Defender of Camelot Roger Zelazny 1995
Unicorn Variation Roger Zelazny 1995
The Fourth Procedure Stanley Pottinger 1995
Star Trek Deep Space Nine:
K. W. Jeter 1995
The List of 7 Mark Frost 1994
Star Trek Deep Space Nine:
Fallen Heroes
Dafydd ab Hugh 1994
Slaves of Sleep &

the Masters of Sleep

L. Ron Hubbard 1993
Murder at the National Cathedral Margaret Truman 1993
Body and Soul Frank Conroy 1993



List of live-action performances in film
Year Title Role Notes
1970 MASH Father John Patrick "Dago Red" Mulcahy
1970 Brewster McCloud The Lecturer
1971 McCabe and Mrs. Miller Pat Sheehan
1972 Images Hugh
1972 Pete 'n' Tillie Jimmy Twitchell
1975 The Hindenberg Major Napier
1976 The Big Bus Father Kudos
1976 King Kong Roy Bagley
1978 Eyes Of Laura Mars Donald Phelps
1986 3:15 The Moment of Truth Principal Horner
1986 The Christmas Star Sumner
1987 Walker Major Siegfried Henningson
1988 Police Academy 5: Assignment Miami Beach Tony
My Best Friend Is a Vampire Modoc
1989 The Feud Reverton
1991 Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country Colonel West Uncredited
1992 The Player Actor (Himself)
1993 The Ballad of Little Jo Straight Hollander
1995 Batman Forever Dr. Burton
1997 Snide and Prejudice Dr. Sam Cohen
Los Locos: Posse Rides Again Presidente
1999 Inspector Gadget Dr. Artemus Bradford
2000 The Patriot Reverend Oliver
We All Fall Down Tim
2001 The Princess Diaries Voice of Philippe Renaldi Uncredited
2004 Eulogy Parson Banke
2015 This Is Happening Cal Plotz
2016 Certain Women Albert
Blood Stripe Art


List of live-action performances in Television
Year Title Role Notes
1966 NET Playhouse Episode: "Ofoeti"
1971 The Mod Squad Nelson/Endicott Faraday Episode: "We Spy"
1971 McMillan and Wife Andre Stryker Episode: "Once Upon a Dead Man"
1971 Night Gallery William Sharsted Episode: "Camera Obscura"
1972 NET Playhouse George Washington Episode:"Portrait of the Hero as a Young Man"
1973 Love, American Style George Episode: "Love and the Spaced-Out Chick"
1973 Conflict Monceau Episode:"Incident at Vichy"
1974 Theatre in America Edgar Episode: "King Lear"
1974 Ben Franklin in Paris King Louis XVI Episode: "The Ambassador"
1975 Harry O Rabbit Episode: "Anatomy of a Frame"
1975 The Jeffersons Inspector Keller Episode: "Harry and Daphne"
1976 Baa Baa Black Sheep Matthew Hooper Episode: "Small War"
1979 Wonder Woman Mr. Kimball Episode: "Spaced Out"
1979 Charlie's Angels Freddie Fortune Episode: "Angels on Skates"
1980-1986 Benson Clayton Endicott, III 135 episodes
1987-1988 Murder, She Wrote Professor Harry Papasian / Captain Walker Thorn 2 episodes
1988 L.A. Law Kevin Richardson Episode: "The Son Also Rises"
1992 Eerie, Indiana The Donald Episode: "Zombies in P.J.s."
1993-1999 Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Odo 173 episodes
1998 The Outer Limits Dlavan Episode: "Promised Land"
1999 Chicago Hope Dr. Walter Perry Episode: "Oh What a Piece of Work Is Man"
2000 Stargate SG-1 Alar Episode: "The Other Side"
2000 The Practice Judge F. Mantz 2 episodes
2001 Frasier Professor William Tewksbury 2 episodes
2001 Nash Bridges Hagen Bridges 1 episode: "The Partner"
2002 Star Trek: Enterprise Ezral 1 episode: "Oasis"
2004-2008 Boston Legal Paul Lewiston 71 episodes
2010 It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia Dr. Larry Meyers 1 episode
2010-2014 Warehouse 13 Hugo Miller 4 episodes
2011 Criminal Minds Colonel Ron Massey 1 episode
2013 1600 Penn Winslow Hannum 2 episodes
2013 The Good Wife Coroner Claypool 1 episode
2016 Madam Secretary Walter Nowack 4 episodes[12]


List of voice performances in films[13]
Year Title Role Notes
1982 The Last Unicorn The Speaking Skull
1989 The Little Mermaid Chef Louis
1992 Little Nemo: Adventures in Slumberland Professor Genius
1997 Cats Don't Dance Flanigan
2000 The Little Mermaid II: Return to the Sea Chef Louis Direct-to-video
An American Tail: The Treasure of Manhattan Island Dithering
Joseph: King of Dreams Butler
2002 The Cat Returns Natori English Dub
Tarzan & Jane Renard Dumont Direct-to-video
2005 Gepetto's Secret Mr. Sneap
Stewie Griffin: The Untold Story Odo Direct-to-video
2007 Chill Out, Scooby-Doo! Alphonse LaFleur
2014 Planes: Fire and Rescue The Concierge
List of voice performances in Animated Series
Year Title Role Notes
1981 The Smurfs various roles
1984 Super Friends: The Legendary Super Powers Show Desaad Episode: "Darkseid's Golden Trap"
1984 Challenge of the GoBots Dr. Zebediah Braxis 3 Episodes
1985 The Super Powers Team: Galactic Guardians Desaad 6 Episodes
1986 Wildfire Alvinar 6 Episodes
1987 The New Adventures of Jonny Quest Various roles 13 Episodes
1987 Snorks Dr. Strangesnork / Additional Voices 42 Episodes
1987 Pound Puppies Poodle/Pierre 2 Episodes
1988 Duck Tales Dr. Nogood Episode: "Double-O Duck"
1988 Superman General Zod Episode: "The Hunter"
1992 Batman: The Animated Series Dr. March 2 Episodes
1991-1993 The Pirates of Dark Water Kangent 16 Episodes
1992 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Professor Chumley Episode: "Super Irma"
1994 Aladdin Nefir Hasenuf 3 Episodes
1996 The Great War and the Shaping of the 20th Century Jean Jaures / Mustafa Kemal Ataturk 3 Episodes
1995-1996 The Savage Dragon Horde 3 Episodes
1997 Captain Simian & the Space Monkeys Gardener / Alien Gladioluses Episode: "Escape from the Plant of the Apes"
1997 Jumanji 2 Episodes
1997 Extreme Ghostbusters College professor Episode: "Fallout"
1999 Men in Black: The Series Quin'toon Episode: "The Lost Continent Syndrome"
1999 Xyber 9 Xyber 9
2000 The Wild Thornberrys Merrick Dahs Episode: "Happy Old Year"
2001-2002 The Legend of Tarzan Renard Dumont 12 Episodes
2001 House of Mouse Chef Louis Episodes: "Goofy's Menu Magic"
2001-2004 Justice League Kanjar Ro, Guardian (uncredited)
Galius Zed,Desaad, Steppenwolf (uncredited)
3 Episodes
2003 The Mummy Scarab 2 Episodes
2003 Xiaolin Showdown Master Fung Season 1
2005 Avatar: The Last Airbender Mechanist 3 Episodes
2005 Duck Dodgers McChirpy Episode: "Bonafide Heroes"
2010 Archer Manfred / Cardinal Giancarlo Corelli 3 Episodes
2010 Young Justice Mark Desmond / Blockbuster 2 Episodes
2011-2012 The Looney Tunes Show Pepé Le Pew 3 Episodes
2012-2014 Ben 10: Omniverse Azmuth 6 Episodes
2010-2013 Pound Puppies Leonard McLiesh 49 Episodes
2014 Wander Over Yonder Maurice Episode: "The Lonely Planet"
2015 Buddy: Tech Detective Gramps TV Movie
2015 Marvel Avengers Assemble Ebony Maw 2 Episodes

Video games

  • Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Harbinger (1996) as Odo (voice) [14]
  • Gabriel Knight 3: Blood of the Sacred, Blood of the Damned (1999) as taxi driver/bigot (voice) [14]
  • Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: The Fallen (1999) as Odo (voice) [14]
  • Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver 2 (2000) as Janos Audron (voice) [14]
  • Legacy of Kain: Blood Omen 2 (2000) as Janos Audron (voice) [14]
  • Command and Conquer: Renegade (2002) as Dr. Ignatio Mobius (voice) [14]
  • New Legends (2002) as Topo, Kang (voice) [14]
  • Legacy of Kain: Defiance (2003) as Janos Audron (voice) [14]
  • God of War (2005) as Talos (voice) [14]
  • Uncharted 2: Among Thieves (2009) as Karl Schäfer (voice) [14]
  • Fallout: New Vegas (2010) as Mr. House (voice) [14]
  • Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception (2011) as Karl Schafer (voice) [14]
  • Skylanders: SuperChargers (2015) as Pomfrey Lefuzzbutton (voice) [14]

Deep Space Nine directorial credits

  • "Prophet Motive"
  • "Family Business"
  • "Hippocratic Oath"
  • "The Quickening"
  • "Let He Who Is Without Sin..."
  • "Ferengi Love Songs"
  • "Waltz"
  • "Strange Bedfellows"

Personal life

He has been married to his wife Judith since 1963. They have two children, Tessa and Remy, and three grandchildren.

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