René Auberjonois, best known for his roles in Robert Altman's 'M*A*S*H' and 'Star Trek: Deep Space Nine', has died at the age of 79.
Originally beginning his career in theatre, Auberjonois was cast in 'M*A*S*H' as Fr. Mulcahy, the fastidious military chaplain playing straight against the doctor's antics. The movie would serve as the jumping-off point for the famous TV series.
Throughout the '80s, he starred in the sitcom 'Benson', and had a role in Disney's 'The Little Mermaid' as Louis, the outrageously French chef who tried to cook Sebastian. Arguably his best known role to date was as Odo, the security chief of the station on 'Star Trek: Deep Space Nine'.
(Minions say: We're sad to confirm that René passed away today, Sunday, December 8) https://t.co/lmYlIqS6Ld
— Rene Auberjonois (1940-2019) (@reneauberjonois) December 8, 2019
'Star Trek' alum such as William Shatner, Terry Farrell, showrunner Bryan Fuller, and of course Armin Shimerman who played his opposite number, Quark, shared their thoughts on Auberjonois' passing on Twitter.
I have just heard about the death of my friend and fellow actor @reneauberjonois. To sum up his life in a tweet is nearly impossible. To Judith, Tessa & Remy I send you my love & strength. I will keep you in my thoughts and remember a wonderful friendship with René.
— William Shatner (@WilliamShatner) December 8, 2019
AS GREAT A SHAPESHIFTER AS AN ACTOR AS ODO HIMSELF, RENE AUBERJONOIS HAS REJOINED THE GREAT LINK, AND I WILL FOREVER BE GRATEFUL FOR EVERYTHING HE HAS GIVEN US pic.twitter.com/i73d1pYgUB
— Bryan Fuller (@BryanFuller) December 9, 2019
It is with great heartache and loss I share with you the passing of dear,dear Rene Auberjonois.His last message to me was entitled "Don't forget..." I know that I,Kitty,and all that knew him will never forget.The world seems noticeably emptier now. I loved him.
— Armin Shimerman (@ShimermanArmin) December 8, 2019
@reneauberjonois You were a spectacular artist from Altman film IMAGES to Star Trek:DS9 and the million performances in between. A devoted family man, a visual artist, and loving and loves le human being. Thanks for showing the world how to do it. #love #admiration
— Gates McFadden (@gates_mcfadden) December 8, 2019
Rene Auberjonois was a wonderful actor and an even better human being. It was an honor to write for him. A class act in every possible way. I'm heartbroken. "And flights of angels sing thee to thy rest." #DS9 https://t.co/oDkfleXIM3
— Robert Hewitt Wolfe (@writergeekrhw) December 8, 2019
He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Judith, and his two children, Tessa and Remy.