Jun. 1st, 1940
New York City, New York, USA
Rene Auberjonois' Main TV Roles
Main Movie Roles2001 - The Princess Diaries
2000 - The Patriot
1999 - Inspector Gadget
1997 - Cats Don't Dance
1995 - Batman Forever
1992 - The Player
1991 - Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country
1989 - The Little Mermaid
1988 - Police Academy 5: Assignment Miami Beach
1982 - The Last Unicorn
1980 - Where The Buffalo Roam
1978 - Eyes of Laura Mars
1976 - The Big Bus
1976 - King Kong
1975 - The Hindenburg
1972 - Images
1971 - McCabe & Mrs. Miller
1970 - MASH
Guest TV Roles
Additional Voices (Voiced)
Galius Zed (Voiced)
Judge Jackson Keeler
Pepé Le Pew (Voiced)
Councilman Leo Brodsky
René Murat Auberjonois was born on June 1, 1940, in New York City. René was born into an already artistic family, which included his grandfather, a well-known Swiss painter, and his father Fernand, a writer. The Auberjonois family moved to Paris shortly after World War II, and it was there that René made an important career decision at the age of six. When his school put on a musical performance for the parents, little René was given the honor of conducting his classmates in a rendition of Do You Know the Muffin Man? When the performance was over, René took a bow, and, knowing that he was not the real conductor, imagined that he had been acting. He decided then and there that he wanted to be an actor. After leaving Paris, the Auberjonois family moved into an Artist's Colony in upstate New York. At an early age, René was surrounded by musicians, composers, and actors. Among his neighbors were Helen Hayes (I), Burgess Meredith and John Houseman (I), who would later become an important mentor. Houseman gave René his first theater job at the age of 16, as an apprentice at a theater in Stratford, Connecticut. René would later teach at Juilliard under Houseman. René attended Carnegie-Mellon University and studied theater completely, not only learning about acting but about the entire process of producing a play. After graduating from CMU, René acted with various theater companies, including San Francisco's American Conservatory Theater and Los Angeles' Mark Taper Forum. In 1969, he won a role in his first Broadway musical, Coco (with Katharine Hepburn), for which he won a Tony. Since then, René has acted in a variety of theater productions, films, and television presentations, including a rather famous stint as Clayton Endicott III on the comedy series "Benson" (1979), not to mention 7 years on "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine" (1993) as Odo. René has also done dramatic readings of a variety of books on tape. René's most recent projects have included The Patriot (2000), starring Mel Gibson (I), and Sally Hemings: An American Scandal (2000) (TV). Look for him the fall of 2000 on NBC's "Frasier" (1993), and ABC's "The Practice" (1997).
- Outside of the _"Star Trek" (1966)_ (qv) cast, he is the oldest "Star Trek" cast member.
- Won Broadway's 1970 Tony Award as Best Supporting or Featured Actor (Musical) for "Coco." He was also nominated as Best Supporting or Featured Actor (Dramatic) in 1974 for "The Good Doctor," and as Best Actor (Featured Role - Musical) in 1985 for "Big River" and in 1990 for "City of Angels."
- Is one of only 32 actors or actresses to have starred in both the original Star Trek (up to and including _Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (1991)_ (qv)) and then in one of the spin offs.
- Has two children, 'Tessa Auberjonois' (qv) and 'Remy Auberjonois' (qv).
- Siblings: Anne Auberjonois, Michael Auberjonois and 2 stepsisters named Ghislaine Vautier (author) as well as Marie-Laure Degener (opera performer).
- In the same tradition as 'Jonathan Frakes' (qv), of _"Star Trek: The Next Generation" (1987)_ (qv) reprising Cmdr. Riker, Auberjonois voiced his Constable Odo from _"Star Trek: Deep Space Nine" (1993)_ (qv) for an episode of _"Family Guy" (1999)_ (qv).
- Tried changing his surname very early on to "Aubert" because casting directors were unable to pronounce "Auberjonois." When he discovered that his new name caused just as much trouble, he decided to keep the real one.
- Has appeared in two different productions which featured a character named General Hammond: _MASH (1970)_ (qv) and _"Stargate SG-1" (1997)_ (qv).