René Auberjonois
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René Murat Auberjonois
1, 1940 (1940-06-01) (age 80

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New York, New York, U.S.
Residence Boonville, California, U.S.[1]
Education Carnegie Mellon University (BFA)
Occupation Actor, singer
Years active 1962–present
Spouse(s) Judith Helen Mihalyi (m. 1963)
Children Tessa Auberjonois
Remy Auberjonois
Parent(s) Fernand Auberjonois
Laure Louise Napoléone Eugénie Caroline Murat
Relatives Joachim Murat
Caroline Bonaparte
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René Murat Auberjonois (/rəˈn ˈbɛərʒənwɑː/;[2] born June 1, 1940) is an American actor and singer.[3]

In films, Auberjonois has portrayed Father Mulcahy in 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 lent his voice as Flanagan, the human film director of "Li'l Ark Angel".

In various long-running television series, Auberjonois portrayed a number of characters, including: Clayton Endicott III on Benson (for which he was nominated an Emmy Award), Odo on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, and Paul Lewiston on Boston Legal.

He has also branched out into 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.

Early lifeEdit

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.

Auberjonois has written that his French family name, an uncommon one in the U.S., means "armorer", or one who makes armor.[4]

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.[3]

Auberjonois has a sister and a brother, and two half-sisters from his mother's first marriage.[5] His family moved to Paris, France, after World War II, where at an early age he decided to become an actor.[3]

After a few years in France, the family moved back to the United States and joined an artists' colony in Rockland County, New York, whose residents included Burgess Meredith, John Houseman, and Helen Hayes. The Auberjonois family also lived in London, United Kingdom, where Auberjonois completed high school while studying theatre. To complete his education, he attended and graduated from the Carnegie Institute of Technology (now Carnegie Mellon University) in 1962.[6]



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 Theatre in San Francisco, the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles, and the Brooklyn Academy of Music Repertory Company in New York. He was a member of the Peninsula Players summer theater program during the 1962 season.[7]

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.[8]

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.[8]

Other Broadway appearances include 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 an Outer Critics Circle Award.[citation needed]

Auberjonois has 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 Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., and the Metropolitan Opera in New York.[citation needed]

Auberjonois has directed many theatrical productions, and has 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., as the titular character in Molière's The Imaginary Invalid through July 27, 2008.

Auberjonois was on the advisory board of Sci-Fest, the first annual Los Angeles Science Fiction One-Act Play Festival, held in May 2014.[9]

In 2018, Auberjonois was inducted into the American Theater Hall of Fame.[10]


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 has 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. Other notable film appearances have included: 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.


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In addition to having been a regular actor on three TV shows (Benson, a situation comedy; Star Trek: Deep Space Nine in science fiction; and Boston Legal, a legal dramedy), Auberjonois has been a guest star 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 has 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 has 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 has directed TV shows, including Marblehead Manor, and various episodes of Deep Space Nine.

Voice actingEdit

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Auberjonois has been active in radio drama. He read "The Stunt" by Mordechai Strigler for the NPR series Jewish Stories From the Old World to the New, and he has recorded novels on tape. On PRI, he has been 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 Chef Louis 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, The Green Goblin, The Kingpin, Aunt May and Doctor Strange appeared.

In 1984-85, he lent his voice to Desaad, an associate of the villainous Darkseid on the animated series Super Friends. From 1986-87, 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 Guy's 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.[11]

In 2011, he voiced villain Mark Desmond in Cartoon Network's Young Justice, is the voice of Leonard Mcleish in the Pound Puppies series, and is the current voice of Pepé Le Pew in the Looney Tunes Show in 2011, Azmuth in Ben 10 Omniverse, and Ebony Maw in Avengers Assemble.[12]

Video gamesEdit

Template:BLP unsourced section One of Auberjonois's 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.

More recently, 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 voices Dr. Ignatio Mobius in Command and 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 MMORPG game Star Trek Online [13]

Book narrationsEdit

Auberjonois's other voice talents also include book narrations.

The Pendergast novelsEdit
Other novelsEdit
Title Contributors Year
World War Z: The Complete Edition (Movie Tie-in Edition): An Oral History of the Zombie War Max Brooks (author) 2013
The Bull Dancers Jay Lake 2010
The Rise and Fall of
Khan Noonien Singh, Vol. 2
(Star Trek: The Eugenics Wars)
Greg Cox 2002
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:
Fallen Heroes
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



List of live-action performances in film
Year Title RoleNotes
1970MASHFather John Patrick "Dago Red" Mulcahy
1970Brewster McCloudThe Lecturer
1971McCabe and Mrs. MillerPat Sheehan
1971The Birdmen (a.k.a. Escape of the Birdmen)Halden Brevik / Olav VoldaTV movie
1972Pete 'n' TillieJimmy Twitchell
1975The HindenbergMajor Napier
1976The Big BusFather Kudos
1976King KongRoy Bagley
1978Eyes of Laura MarsDonald Phelps
19863:15 The Moment of TruthPrincipal Horner
1986The Christmas StarSumner
1987WalkerMajor Siegfried Henningson
1988Police Academy 5: Assignment Miami BeachTony
My Best Friend Is a VampireModoc
1989The FeudReverton
1991Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered CountryColonel WestUncredited
1992The PlayerActor (Himself)
1993The Ballad of Little JoStraight Hollander
1995Batman ForeverDr. Burton
1997Snide and PrejudiceDr. Sam Cohen
Los Locos: Posse Rides AgainPresidente
1999Inspector GadgetDr. Artemus Bradford
2000The PatriotReverend Oliver
We All Fall DownTim
2001The Princess DiariesVoice of Philippe RenaldiUncredited
2004EulogyParson Banke
2015This Is HappeningCal Plotz
2016Certain Women Albert
Blood Stripe Art
2019 Windows on the World Maury
First Cow
Raising Buchanan President James Buchanan

Television Edit

List of live-action performances in Television
Year Title RoleNotes
1966NET Playhouse Episode: "Ofoeti"
1971The Mod Squad Nelson/Endicott Faraday Episode: "We Spy"
1971McMillan and Wife Andre StrykerEpisode: "Once Upon a Dead Man"
1971Night Gallery William SharstedEpisode: "Camera Obscura"
1972NET Playhouse George WashingtonEpisode:"Portrait of the Hero as a Young Man"
1973Love, American StyleGeorgeEpisode: "Love and the Spaced-Out Chick"
1973Conflict MonceauEpisode:"Incident at Vichy"
1974Theatre in America EdgarEpisode: "King Lear"
1974Ben Franklin in Paris King Louis XVIEpisode: "The Ambassador"
1975Harry O Rabbit Episode: "Anatomy of a Frame"
1975The Jeffersons Inspector Keller Episode: "Harry and Daphne"
1975The Bob Newhart Show Dr. Alan Durocher Episode: "Shrinks Across the Sea"
1976Baa Baa Black SheepMatthew Hooper Episode: "Small War"
1979Wonder WomanMr. Kimball Episode: "Spaced Out"
1979Charlie's AngelsFreddie Fortune Episode: "Angels on Skates"
1979Mrs ColumboMonsieur GerardEpisode: "Word Games"
1980-1986BensonClayton Endicott, III 135 episodes
1987-1988Murder, She WroteProfessor Harry Papasian / Captain Walker Thorn2 episodes
1988L.A. LawKevin RichardsonEpisode: "The Son Also Rises"
1992Eerie, IndianaThe DonaldEpisode: "Zombies in P.J.s."
1993-1999Star Trek: Deep Space NineOdo173 episodes
1998The Outer LimitsDlavanEpisode: "Promised Land"
1999Chicago HopeDr. Walter PerryEpisode: "Oh What a Piece of Work Is Man"
2000Stargate SG-1AlarEpisode: "The Other Side"
2000The PracticeJudge F. Mantz 2 episodes
2001FrasierProfessor William Tewksbury 2 episodes
2001 Nash BridgesHagen Bridges 1 episode: "The Partner"
2002Star Trek: EnterpriseEzral 1 episode: "Oasis"
2004-2008Boston LegalPaul Lewiston 71 episodes
2010It's Always Sunny in PhiladelphiaDr. Larry Meyers 1 episode
2010-2014Warehouse 13Hugo Miller 4 episodes
2011Criminal MindsColonel Ron Massey 1 episode
2012Grey's AnatomyNeil Sheridan 1 episode
20131600 PennWinslow Hannum 2 episodes
2013The Good WifeCoroner Claypool 1 episode
2016Madam SecretaryWalter Nowack 4 episodes[14]


List of voice performances in films[15]
Year Title RoleNotes
1982The Last UnicornThe Speaking Skull
1989The Little MermaidChef Louis
1992Little Nemo: Adventures in SlumberlandProfessor Genius
1997Cats Don't DanceFlanigan
2000The Little Mermaid II: Return to the SeaChef LouisDirect-to-video
An American Tail: The Treasure of Manhattan IslandDithering
Joseph: King of DreamsButler
2002The Cat ReturnsNatoriEnglish Dub
Tarzan & Jane Renard DumontDirect-to-video
2005Geppetto's SecretMr. Sneap
Stewie Griffin: The Untold StoryOdoDirect-to-video
2007Chill Out, Scooby-Doo!Alphonse LaFleur
2014Planes: Fire and Rescue The Concierge
List of voice performances in animated series
Year Title RoleNotes
1981The Smurfs various roles
1984Super Friends: The Legendary Super Powers ShowDeSaadEpisode: "Darkseid's Golden Trap"
1984Challenge of the GoBotsDr. Zebediah Braxis3 Episodes
1985The Super Powers Team: Galactic GuardiansDesaad6 Episodes
1986WildfireAlvinar6 Episodes
1987The New Adventures of Jonny QuestVarious roles13 Episodes
1987SnorksDr. Strangesnork / Additional Voices 42 Episodes
1987Pound PuppiesPoodle/Pierre 2 Episodes
1988DuckTalesDr. NogoodEpisode: "Double-O Duck"
1988SupermanGeneral ZodEpisode: "The Hunter"
1992Batman: The Animated SeriesDr. March2 Episodes
1991–1993The Pirates of Dark WaterKangent16 Episodes
1992Teenage Mutant Ninja TurtlesProfessor ChumleyEpisode: "Super Irma"
1994AladdinNefir Hasenuf3 Episodes
1996The Great War and the Shaping of the 20th CenturyJean Jaurès / Mustafa Kemal Atatürk3 Episodes
1995–1996The Savage DragonHorde3 Episodes
1997Captain Simian & the Space MonkeysGardener / Alien GladiolusesEpisode: "Escape from the Plant of the Apes"
1997Jumanji 2 Episodes
1997Extreme GhostbustersCollege professorEpisode: "Fallout"
1999Men in Black: The SeriesQuin'toonEpisode: "The Lost Continent Syndrome"
1999Xyber 9 Xyber 9
2000The Wild ThornberrysMerrick DahsEpisode: "Happy Old Year"
2001–2002The Legend of TarzanRenard Dumont12 Episodes
2001House of MouseChef LouisEpisodes: "Goofy's Menu Magic"
2001–2004Justice LeagueKanjar Ro, Guardian (uncredited)
Galius Zed, DeSaad, Steppenwolf (uncredited)
3 Episodes
2003The Mummy Scarab2 Episodes
2003Xiaolin ShowdownMaster FungSeason 1
2005Avatar: The Last Airbender Mechanist3 Episodes
2005Duck DodgersMcChirpyEpisode: "Bonafide Heroes"
2010ArcherManfred / Cardinal Giancarlo Corelli 3 Episodes
2010Young JusticeMark Desmond / Blockbuster 2 Episodes
2011–2012The Looney Tunes ShowPepé Le Pew 3 Episodes
2012–2014Ben 10: OmniverseAzmuth 6 Episodes
2010–2013Pound PuppiesLeonard McLiesh49 Episodes
2014Wander Over YonderMauriceEpisode: "The Lonely Planet"
2015Buddy: Tech DetectiveGrampsTV Movie
2015Avengers AssembleEbony Maw 2 Episodes

Video games Edit

Deep Space Nine directorial creditsEdit

Personal lifeEdit

He has been married to his wife Judith since 1963. They have two children, Tessa and Remy, and three grandchildren.


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