René Auberjonois from 'Star Trek' and 'Boston Legal' Has Died at Age 79

Over the past weekend, it was revealed that actor René Auberjonois had passed away at the age of 79. The star was well-known for his roles in “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine,” “Boston Legal” and many more.

Rèmy-Luc Auberjonois, the actor’s son, shared how his father had died at home on Sunday after battling with metastatic lung cancer. The star’s official Twitter account also confirmed the news with a message saying: “(Minions say: We’re sad to confirm that René passed away today, Sunday, December 8).”

In 1940, Auberjonois was born in New York City to Swiss-American journalist Fernand Auberjonois and Princess Laure Louise Napoléone Eugénie Caroline Murat. He graduated from the Carnegie Institute of Technology (currently the Carnegie Mellon University) in 1962.

Rene Auberjonois at the "Star Trek" convention on August 14, 2005 in Las Vegas, Nevada | Photo: Getty Images

Rene Auberjonois at the "Star Trek" convention on August 14, 2005 in Las Vegas, Nevada | Photo: Getty Images

WHERE RENÉ BEGAN HIS CAREER

The actor started his career by working in theater before making his Broadway debut in 1968. The following year, the star received a Tony Award for best actor in a lead role in a musical.

Auberjonois earned the accolade for acting the part of Sebastian Baye in the play “Coco” alongside Katharine Hepburn. He received three more Tony nominations in 1973, 1984 and 1989.

Rene Auberjonois at the Project Imaginat10n Film Festival on December 5, 2013 in New York City | Photo: Brian Ach/Getty Images

Rene Auberjonois at the Project Imaginat10n Film Festival on December 5, 2013 in New York City | Photo: Brian Ach/Getty Images

THE ACTOR’S EMMY NOMINATIONS

The actor was also nominated for an Emmy Award twice. His first one was in 1984 for outstanding supporting actor in a comedy series for his role on "Benson."

Auberjonois’ second nomination was in 2001 for outstanding guest actor in a drama series in "The Practice." In 1970, he appeared in his big-screen debut in the film version of “M*A*S*H" as Father John Patrick “Dago Red” Mulcahy.

Rene Auberjonois at Florida Supercon on July 1, 2016 in Miami, Florida | Photo: Gustavo Caballero/Getty Images

Rene Auberjonois at Florida Supercon on July 1, 2016 in Miami, Florida | Photo: Gustavo Caballero/Getty Images

HIS “LITTLE MERMAID” VOICE OVER WORK

From 1980 until 1986, Auberjonois played the role of Clayton Endicott III in “Benson.” The talented actor also did voice-over work for dozens of audiobooks and also voiced Chef Louis in 1989’s animated Disney movie “The Little Mermaid.”

Several celebrities took to social media to bid the actor farewell upon hearing about his death. John Stamos, 56, took to Twitter writing: “You were the first and the best! #RIP CHEF LOUIS.”

CELEBRITIES PAY TRIBUTE

Last month, Stamos played Chef Louis in “The Little Mermaid Live!” In his post, the “Fuller House” actor included a side-by-side of the animated character and Auberjonois.

William Shatner also took to social media to pay tribute to the late actor. He sent his love to Auberjonois’ family and vowed to keep them “in my thoughts.”

RENÉ’S GAME VOICE ARTIST WORK

The star’s voice acting work also branched out into video games. He portrayed the Greek mythological figure Talos in the first “God of War” 2005 game.

In 2010, he voiced Mr. House in “Fallout: New Vegas” and he also starred as Karl Schafer in the “Uncharted” video game series, and Odo in “Star Trek Online.”

Auberjonois is survived by his wife Judith Auberjonois, a writer whom he was married to for 56 years. He’s also survived by their two children, Rèmy-Luc and Tessa, and three grandchildren.

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