‘Benson,’ ‘Star Trek’ actor René Auberjonois has died at 79 René Auberjonois, a prolific actor best known for the TV shows “Benson” and “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine,” has died For film fans of the 1970s, he was Father John Mulcahy, the military chaplain who played straight man to the doctors’ antics in “M.A.S.H.” It was his first significant film role and the first of several for director Robert Altman. HEARTBEAT and Blackadder star Peter Benson has died aged 75 after a short illness. “And it became a kind of an iconic line for the whole film.”. The series was a spin-off of Soap in which the character Benson, portrayed by Robert Guillaume, first appeared as the wise-cracking yet level-headed African-American butler for the highly dysfunctional Tate family. However, Benson avoided the soap opera format of its parent series for a more conventional sitcom structure, and the lead character eventually moved from his service position to a ro… Benson is an American sitcom television series that originally aired on ABC from September 13, 1979, to April 19, 1986. For sitcom watchers of the 1980s, he was Clayton Runnymede Endicott III, the hopelessly highbrow chief of staff at a governor’s mansion on “Benson,” the ABC series whose title character was a butler played by Robert Guillaume. Following a party crasher's suicide note video leveled rape allegations and a police cover up, Benson and the squad went into investigation mode. I will keep you in my thoughts and remember a wonderful friendship with René. The younger René Auberjonois was raised in New York, Paris, and London, and for a time lived with his family in an artists’ colony in Rockland County, New York, whose residents included the actors John Houseman, Helen Hayes and Burgess Meredith. David Ogden Stiers, actor who shone in M*A*S*H, dies at 75. Subscribe to Deadline Breaking News Alerts and keep your inbox happy. After Benson wrapped, she was also steadily working and she struck gold again as Mrs. Philbert in the TV series Dear John. When I look out to the stars, I shall think of you, friend.". AP Emmy Award-winning actor Robert Guillaume, best known as the title character in the TV sitcom “ Benson,” died Tuesday. “And it became a kind of an iconic line for the whole film.”. Auberjonois would later win over a legion of television fans as Clayton Runnymede Endicott III, chief of staff at the governor’s mansion on the sitcom Benson, which aired from 1979-1986. This story has been corrected to say that the “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine” show ran until 1999. “I also run into people, and they think I’m their cousin or their dry cleaner. We want to hear from you! René Auberjonois, the actor best known for his roles on the television shows Benson and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and his part in the 1970 film M.A.S.H., has died aged 79. All Rights reserved. In 1970, Auberjonois began his run with Altman, playing Mulcahy in M*A*S*H* In his most famous exchange from the movie, Houlihan wonders how such a degenerate doctor as Hawkeye Pierce could reach a position of responsibility in the US Army. The actor was born in New York in 1940. He played Odo on Deep Space Nine from 1993 until 1998 and became a regular at Star Trek conventions, where he raised money for Médecins Sans Frontières, also known as Doctors Without Borders, and signed autographs with a drawing of Odo’s bucket, where the character would store himself when he returned to his natural gelatinous state. A bible-reading Auberjonois responds, deadpan: “He was drafted.”, “I actually made that line up when we were rehearsing the scene,” Auberjonois said on the podcast “The Gist” in 2016. And for sci-fi fans of the 1990s and convention-goers ever since, he was Odo, the shape-shifting Changeling and head of space-station security on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. Auberjonois was a character actor and performed in theater of the 1960s. For film fans of the 1970s, he was Father John Mulcahy, the military chaplain who played straight man to the doctors antics in M.A.S.H. He spent much of the rest of the 1970s doing guest spots on TV shows before joining the cast of Benson in its second season in 1980, where he would remain for the rest of the shows seven seasons, playing the chronic hypochondriac Endicott. The younger René Auberjonois was raised in New York, Paris, and London, and for a time lived with his family in an artists’ colony in Rockland County, New York, whose residents included the actors John Houseman, Helen Hayes and Burgess Meredith. Sadly, Billie Bird succumbed to Alzheimer's disease on November 27, 2002. And then later, well, spoiler alert: He died. Much of his later career was spent doing voices for animation, most memorably as the French chef who sings the love song to fish-killing Les Poissons in The Little Mermaid. In a career spanning six decades, the actor worked on Broadway, in Hollywood’s 70s golden age and TV. For sitcom watchers of the 1980s, he was Clayton Runnymede Endicott III, the hopelessly highbrow chief of staff at a governors mansion on Benson, the ABC series whose title character was a butler played by Robert Guillaume. René Auberjonois, an actor who rose to prominence with roles on Benson, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, and the film M.A.S.H., died Sunday at his home in Los Angeles of metastatic lung cancer, the Associated Press reported. (L to R) Robert Guillaume, James Noble, René Auberjonois in “Benson.” (Credit: ABC), ‘One Day At a Time’ Canceled By Pop, Will Be Shopped By Sony Pictures TV, MGM Resorts Will Lay Off 18,000 Workers As Business Still Lags From Pandemic, L.A. 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Auberjonois was born in New York in 1940, the son of Fernand Auberjonois, Swiss-born foreign correspondent for U.S. newspapers, and the grandson of a Swiss post-impressionist painter also named René Auberjonois. “I am all of those characters, and I love that,” Auberjonois said in a 2011 interview with the Star Trek website. René Auberjonois, an actor who rose to prominence with roles on Benson, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, and the film M.A.S.H., died Sunday at his home in … He was 89. The following year he would play Sebastian Baye opposite Katharine Hepburn in “Coco,” a play on the life of designer Coco Chanel that would earn him a Tony for best actor in a leading role in a musical. Turn on desktop notifications for breaking stories about interest? Send us a tip using our annonymous form. To Judith, Tessa & Remy I send you my love & strength. We knew him as René. Her last acting credit is an episode of George and Leo in 1997. René Auberjonois worked constantly as a character actor in several golden ages, from the dynamic theatre of the 1960s to the cinema renaissance of the 1970s to the prime period of network television in the 1980s and 90s. The following year he would play Sebastian Baye opposite Katharine Hepburn in Coco, a play on the life of designer Coco Chanel that would earn him a Tony for best actor in a leading role in a musical. Gordon & Gansa Set ‘Dinner At The Center Of The Earth’ Pilot With Showtime & Sony TV. He would later see Tony nominations for 1973’s “The Good Doctor,” 1984’s “Big River,” and 1989’s “City of Angels.”, In 1970, Auberjonois began his run with Altman, playing Mulcahy in “M.A.S.H.”. LOS ANGELES -- René Auberjonois, a prolific actor best known for his roles on the television shows “Benson” and “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine” and his part in the 1970 film “M.A.S.H.” playing Father Mulcahy, has died. René Auberjonois in 1970, the year he palyed Father Mulcahy in the screen version of M.A.S.H. The same year he played an off-the-wall ornithologist in Altman’s “Brewster McCloud,” played a saloonkeeper alongside Warren Beatty in the director’s western “McCabe & Mrs. Miller” in 1971 and appeared in Altman’s “Images” in 1972.

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