This beloved Star Trek actor died in his home after succumbing to lung cancer at the age of 79. Best known for his role in “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine,” this actor had a long and incredibly successful career in both television and on stage.
Trekkies everywhere are mourning the passing of René Auberjonois, better known to them as Odo.
René Auberjonois’ Amazing Career as an Actor
Auberjonois’ had a long and impressive career both on a live stage and in front of a camera, though many don’t realize how much time he spent in theater before transitioning to Hollywood.
He starred opposite Katharine Hepburn in “Coco” and won a Tony for Best Lead Actor in a Musical. He was nominated three other times for Tony awards following that – once in 1973 for “The Good Doctor”, once in 1984 for “Big River”, and finally in 1989 for “City of Angels”.
His first film role was in “MASH”, where he appeared several times as Father Mulcahy. He had several one-off roles in major shows like “The Jeffersons”, “The Outer Limits”, “Murder, She Wrote”, “Frasier”, and even “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia”.
His major television role was in “Boston Legal”, where Auberjonois played Paul Lewiston in over 70 episodes of the long-running show. He was also a supporting character in “Benson” in the 1980s which nabbed him an Emmy nomination.
What fans most loved Auberjonois for, however, was his role as Odo in “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine”. Between 1993 and 1999 he was in over 170 episodes of the show as Odo, a member of the Changelings and head of Deep Space Nine security.
Not Just Hollywood: René Auberjonois Did Voice Work, Too
Auberjonois didn’t just spend time in front of a camera, but a lot of his time was spent behind a mic, too. He played a regular character on the kid’s television show “Ben 10,” and he did voice work for several video games, including multiple of the “Uncharted” series on PlayStation 4.
He voiced Odo several times for various Star Trek video games as well, showing how much he loved his character he was best known for. He also was in several episodes of “Archer”, “Pound Puppies”, and more.
Co-Stars and Family Mourn His Loss
His passing was confirmed by his son, Remy-Luc Auberjonois. He is survived by his son, his wife, Judith, a daughter, Tessa, and several members of his extended family, including two sisters, a son-in-law, a daughter-in-law, and three grandchildren.
Armin Shimerman, who played Quark on “Deep Space Nine,” took to Twitter to express his deep sadness as the loss of someone he “loved”.
It is with great heartache and loss I share with you the passing of dear,dear Rene Auberjonois.His last message to me was entitled “Don’t forget…” I know that I,Kitty,and all that knew him will never forget.The world seems noticeably emptier now. I loved him.
— Armin Shimerman (@ShimermanArmin) December 8, 2019
George Takei, best known for his role as Sulu in the Star Trek universe, also expressed his sadness at the loss of his good friend and fellow Star Trek alumn.
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