The actor was born in New York in 1940. This story has been corrected to say that the “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine” show ran until 1999. AP Emmy Award-winning actor Robert Guillaume, best known as the title character in the TV sitcom “ Benson,” died Tuesday. “I also run into people, and they think I’m their cousin or their dry cleaner. I will keep you in my thoughts and remember a wonderful friendship with René. Auberjonois later decided to pursue a career as a performer, joining theater companies and landing roles on Broadway in 1968. Auberjonois was also a regular on the ABC law-firm dramedy “Boston Legal” from 2004 to 2008. 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. 24/7 coverage of breaking news and live events. 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.”, “I am all of those characters, and I love that,” Auberjonois said in a 2011 interview with the “Star Trek” website. In addition to his son, he is survived by his wife of 56 years, writer Judith Auberjonois; sisters Marie-Laure Degener and Anne Auberjonois; daughter Tessa Auberjonois; son-in-law Adrian Latourelle, daughter-in-law Kate Nowlin and three grandchildren. She was 94 years old. René Auberjonois as Odo in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. The bible-reading Auberjonois responds, deadpan: “He was drafted.”, “I actually made that line up when we were rehearsing the scene,” Auberjonois said. 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. All Rights reserved. He was 79. “And it became a kind of an iconic line for the whole film.”. 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.”. ", George Takei tweeted: “”Star Trek fans knew him as Odo from Deep Space Nine. The actor, who played Bernie Scripps in the ITV series, died on … He played Odo on “Deep Space Nine” from 1993 until 1999 and became a regular at “Star Trek” conventions, where he raised money for 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. His other memorable recurring roles were as Walter Nowack in Madam Secretary; a cardinal in Archer; and a judge in Judging Amy. The actor died Sunday at his home in Los Angeles of metastatic lung cancer, his son Rèmy-Luc Auberjonois told The Associated Press. 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. The same year he played an off-the-wall ornithologist in Altman’s Brewster McCloud, a saloonkeeper alongside Warren Beatty in McCabe & Mrs. Miller in 1971 and appeared in Altmans Images in 1972. Catch up on the developing stories making headlines. (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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Sadly, Billie Bird succumbed to Alzheimer's disease on November 27, 2002. And then later, well, spoiler alert: He 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. 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. We knew him as René. William Shatner said that “to sum up his life in a tweet is nearly impossible. David Ogden Stiers, actor who shone in M*A*S*H, dies at 75. He was 89. In a career spanning six decades, the actor worked on Broadway, in Hollywood’s 70s golden age and TV. 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.