Actor René Auberjonois has died yesterday (Sunday), at 79 after a battle with metastatic lung cancer.
In a career spanning six decades, René Auberjonois, a prolific actor, was best known for his television roles on shows like Benson and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and his part as Army chaplain Father John Mulcahy in the 1970 film M*A*S*H*
Born in New York on June 1, 1940, Auberjpnois also worked on Broadway and won a Tony Award in 1970 for his role in “Coco,” a Broadway musical about Coco Chanel designer that starred Katharine Hepburn.
He was nominated in 1975, 1985 and 1990 for his roles in “The Good Doctor,” “Big River” and “City of Angels,” respectively.
He was nominated for an Emmy twice. The first nomination was in 1984 as outstanding supporting actor in a comedy series for his role as Clayton Endicott III, the hard-working yet pompous governor’s chief of staff he portrayed for seven seasons on “Benson.”
He was remembered on social media by his Deep Space Nine co-stars.
‘I have just heard about the death of my friend and fellow actor,’ William Shatner tweeted. ‘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.’
A tweet from George Tekei reads: ‘This is a terrible loss. Star Trek fans knew him as Odo from Deep Space Nine. We knew him as René. He was a wonderful, caring, and intelligent man. He shall be missed. When I look out to the stars, I shall think of you, friend.’
This is a terrible loss. Star Trek fans knew him as Odo from Deep Space Nine. We knew him as René. He was a wonderful, caring, and intelligent man. He shall be missed. When I look out to the stars, I shall think of you, friend. https://t.co/IE2gtivRcg
— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) December 8, 2019