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Entertainment

AFP
December 9, 2019

Rene Auberjonois dies of cancer in Los Angeles

Entertainment

AFP
Mon, Dec 09, 2019
Rene Auberjonois dies of cancer in Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES: Hollywood star and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine   actor Rene Auberjonois died in Los Angeles on Sunday after a battle with lung cancer. He was 79.

"We are heartbroken to confirm that Rene passed away today," a statement on the actor´s website said.

In his official biography, the cause given was metastatic lung cancer.

Auberjonois earned legions of fans for his role as Odo, the shape-shifting head of security on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, one of the many spinoff series spawned by the legendary science fiction show.

He also was known for his portrayal in the 1980s of Clayton Endicott III, the chief of staff to a governor on the long-running sitcom Benson.

Other career highlights include his appearance in Robert Altman´s 1970 film MASH  as Father Mulcahy; a role on the quirky TV drama Boston Legal; and a host of voice roles in animated fare, including his performance as Chef Louis in Disney's The Little Mermaid.

Auberjonois, the son of a writer, grew up in Paris and New York, where his family lived in an artists´ colony.

After university, he broke into showbiz on the stage, and earned a Tony award for his first Broadway musical, Coco  — about the life of French fashion designer Coco Chanel — opposite Katharine Hepburn in the title role.

Auberjonois is survived by his wife Judith and two children, Tessa and Remy-Luc.