Auberjonois in 2014
René Murat Auberjonois
June 1, 1940
New York City, U.S.
|Died||December 8, 2019 (aged 79)|
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
|Alma mater||Carnegie Institute of Technology|
Judith Helen Mihalyi (m. 1963)
|Children||two, including Remy Auberjonois|
In films, Auberjonois portrayed Father Mulcahy in the film version of MASH (1970); the expedition scientist Roy Bagley in King Kong (1976); 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 voiced Flanagan.
In various long-running television series, Auberjonois portrayed a number of characters, including Clayton Endicott III on Benson, for which he was an Emmy Award nominee, and Paul Lewiston on Boston Legal.
Auberjonois provided 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); Karl Schafer in the Uncharted video game series; and Odo in Star Trek Online.
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.
Auberjonois had a sister and a brother, and two half-sisters from his mother's first marriage. His family moved to Paris after World War II. That is where, at an early age, he decided to become an actor.
After a few years in France, the family moved back to the United States and joined the South Mountain Road artists' colony in Rockland County, New York, whose residents included Burgess Meredith, John Houseman, and Lotte Lenya. During this part of his youth, he performed the young boy's part 'Bert' in All My Sons with the community theatre group The Rockland Foundation Players (which later changed its name to Elmwood Playhouse).
The Auberjonois family also lived in London, where Auberjonois completed high school while studying theatre. To complete his education, he attended the Carnegie Institute of Technology (now Carnegie Mellon University), graduating in 1962.
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 Theater in San Francisco, the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles, and the Brooklyn Academy of Music Repertory Company in New York City. He was a member of the Peninsula Players summer theater program during the 1962 season.
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.
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.
Auberjonois' other Broadway appearances included 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 Outstanding Featured Actor In A Play, an Outer Critics Circle Award.
Auberjonois 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 John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., and the Metropolitan Opera in New York.
Auberjonois directed many theatrical productions, and 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. in 2008 as the titular character in Molière's The Imaginary Invalid.
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 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. His other notable film appearances include; 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.
In addition to having been a regular actor on three television shows (Benson, a situation comedy; Star Trek: Deep Space Nine in science fiction; and Boston Legal, a legal comedy-drama), Auberjonois guest starred 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 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 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 (as the treacherous "Dr. Braxis"), 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 directed television shows, including Marblehead Manor, and various episodes of Deep Space Nine.
Auberjonois was active in radio drama. He read "The Stunt" by Mordechai Strigler for the National Public Radio (NPR) series Jewish Stories From the Old World to the New, and he recorded novels on tape. On PRI, he was 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 Louis the Chef 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, Green Goblin, The Kingpin, Aunt May and Doctor Strange appeared.
In 1984-1985, he lent his voice to DeSaad, an associate of the villainous Darkseid on the animated series Super Friends. From 1986 to 1987, 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 Guys 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.
In 2011, he voiced villain Mark Desmond in Cartoon Network's Young Justice. He was also the voice of Leonard Mcleish in the Pound Puppies series, Pepé Le Pew in 2011 on The Looney Tunes Show, Azmuth in Ben 10: Omniverse, and Ebony Maw in Avengers Assemble.
One of Auberjonois' 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.
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 voiced Dr. Ignatio Mobius in Command & Conquer: Renegade. He reprised his role as Odo in the game Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: The Fallen. In June, 2018 he reprised his role as Odo in the massively multiplayer online role-playing game Star Trek Online.
Auberjonois was married to his wife Judith since 1963. They had two children, Tessa and Remy.
Auberjonois's other voice talents also included book narrations.
|Blood Royal: A True Tale of Crime and Detection in Medieval Paris||Eric Jager||2014|
|World War Z: The Complete Edition (Movie Tie-in Edition): An Oral History of the Zombie War||Max Brooks||2013|
|The Bull Dancers||Jay Lake||2010|
|The Rise and Fall of
Khan Noonien Singh, Vol. 2
(Star Trek: The Eugenics Wars)
|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:
|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|
|1970||MASH||Father John Patrick "Dago Red" Mulcahy|
|1970||Brewster McCloud||The Lecturer|
|1971||McCabe & Mrs. Miller||Pat Sheehan|
|1971||The Birdmen (a.k.a. Escape of the Birdmen)||Halden Brevik / Olav Volda||TV movie|
|1972||Pete 'n' Tillie||Jimmy Twitchell|
|1975||The Hindenburg||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|
|1991||Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country||Colonel West||Uncredited|
|1992||The Player||René Auberjonois|
|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|
|2015||This Is Happening||Cal Plotz|
|2019||Windows on the World||Maury|
|Raising Buchanan||President James Buchanan|
Final film role
|1966||NET Playhouse||Ofoeti||Episode: "Ofoeti"|
|1971||The Mod Squad||Nelson/Endicott Faraday||Episode: "We Spy"|
|1971||McMillan & 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"|
|1975||The Bob Newhart Show||Dr. Alan Durocher||Episode: "Shrinks Across the Sea"|
|1976||Baa Baa Black Sheep||Matthew Hooper||Episode: "Small War"|
|1979||The Rockford Files||Masters||Episode: "With the French Heel Back, Can the Nehru Jacket Be Far Behind?"|
|1979||Wonder Woman||Mr. Kimball||Episode: "Spaced Out"|
|1979||Charlie's Angels||Freddie Fortune||Episode: "Angels on Skates"|
|1979||Mrs. Columbo||Monsieur Gerard||Episode: "Word Games"|
|1979||The Wild Wild West Revisited||Captain Sir David Edney|
|1980-1986||Benson||Clayton Endicott, III||135 episodes|
|1987-1988||Murder, She Wrote||Professor Harry Papasian/
Captain Walker Thorn
|1988||L.A. Law||Kevin Richardson||Episode: "The Son Also Rises"|
|1989||A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court||Merlin|
|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||Episode: "The Partner"|
|2002||Star Trek: Enterprise||Ezral||Episode: "Oasis"|
|2004-2008||Boston Legal||Paul Lewiston||71 episodes|
|2010||It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia||Dr. Larry Meyers||Episode: "The Gang Gets A New Member"|
|2010-2014||Warehouse 13||Hugo Miller||4 episodes|
|2011||Criminal Minds||Colonel Ron Massey||Episode: "Self-Fulfilling Prophecy"|
|2012||Grey's Anatomy||Neil Sheridan||Episode: "Support System"|
|2013||1600 Penn||Winslow Hannum||2 episodes|
|2013||The Good Wife||Coroner Claypool||1 episode|
|2016||Madam Secretary||Walter Nowack||4 episodes|
|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||Geppetto's Secret||Mr. Sneap|
|Stewie Griffin: The Untold Story||Odo||Direct-to-video|
|2007||Chill Out, Scooby-Doo!||Alphonse LaFleur|
|2014||Planes: Fire & Rescue||The Concierge|
|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|
|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||DuckTales||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||Rugrats||Jonathan Kraskell||Episode: "Mommy's Little Assets"|
|1994||Aladdin||Nefir Hasenuf||3 Episodes|
|1996||The Great War and the Shaping of the 20th Century||Jean Jaurès / Mustafa Kemal Atatürk||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||Extreme Ghostbusters||College professor||Episode: "Fallout"|
|1999||Men in Black: The Series||Quin'toon||Episode: "The Lost Continent Syndrome"|
|1999||Xyber 9: New Dawn||Xyber 9||22 Episodes|
|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)
|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||Avengers Assemble||Ebony Maw||2 Episodes|
|1996||Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Harbinger||Odo|
|1999||Gabriel Knight 3: Blood of the Sacred, Blood of the Damned||Taxi Driver / Bigout|
|1999||Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: The Fallen||Odo|
|2000||Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver 2||Janos Audron|
|2000||Legacy of Kain: Blood Omen 2||Janos Audron|
|2002||Command & Conquer: Renegade||Dr. Ignatio Mobius|
|2002||New Legends||Topo / Kang|
|2003||Legacy of Kain: Defiance||Janos Audron|
|2005||God of War||Talos|
|2009||Uncharted 2: Among Thieves||Karl Schäfer|
|2010||Fallout: New Vegas||Mr. House|
|2011||Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception||Karl Schäfer|
|2015||Skylanders: SuperChargers||Pomfrey Lefuzzbutton|
|2018-2019||Star Trek Online||Odo|
Called an 'actor's actor' by his peers, Auberjonois, a 1962 graduate of the School of Drama, earned many accolades for his performances in television, in film and on Broadway during his 40-year career.