Actor Rene Auberjonois dies from lung cancer at 79

Longtime film and TV star Rene Auberjonois, perhaps best known for his portrayal of Odo on “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine,” or more recently as Paul Lewiston on “Boston Legal,” has passed away at the age of 79, Variety reported.

According to his son, Remy-Luc, Auberjonois succumbed to metastatic lung cancer and died at his home in Los Angeles, California.

In addition to his son Remy-Luc, Auberjonois is survived by his wife, writer Judith Auberjonois, to whom he was married for 56 years.

He also leaves behind two sisters, a daughter, a son-in-law and daughter-in-law, and three grandchildren.

Award-winning actor

Like many actors, Auberjonois first began his acting career in the theater and won a prestigious Tony award for best lead actor for the musical “Coco,” in which he starred alongside famed actress Katherine Hepburn. He was also nominated for Tony awards in 1973, 1984, and 1989.

His first foray into Hollywood films was his portrayal of Father Mulcahy in “M*A*S*H.” He starred or played supporting roles in countless other movies over the year, including “King Kong” in 1976, “Batman Forever” in 1995, and “The Patriot” in 2000.

He also provided voiceover work for a number of projects, including his Odo character in several Star Trek video games, and most notably for Chef Louis in 1989’s Disney classic “The Little Mermaid” and as Prince Philippe Renaldi in “The Princess Diaries.”

Famous TV star

It was arguably on TV that Auberjonois became most recognizable as a star, most recently on “Boston Legal.” His role on “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine,” however, also gained him fame among sci-fi fans and in the comic-con convention circuit.

The actor was nominated for an Emmy award for best supporting actor in 1984 as Clayton Runnymede Endicott III in the long-running ABC sitcom “Benson,” and was similarly nominated for another Emmy in 2001 for best guest actor for his role as Judge Mantz in “The Practice” on ABC.

As a guest actor, he made appearances on numerous other TV programs ranging from “The Jeffersons” and “Murder, She Wrote,” to “Outer Limits” and “Stargate SG-1,” as well as dramas like “L.A. Law” and comedies like “Frasier” and “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.”

Outpouring of support on social media

Auberjonois’ death has undoubtedly spurred sorrow among not only his family but his many fans and friends.

Social media showed an outpouring of condolences and support and tributes from the actor’s colleagues and co-stars.

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