René Auberjonois

René Murat Auberjonois was born on June 1, 1940 in New York City. René was born into an already artistic family, which included his grandfather, a well-known Swiss painter, and his father Fernand, a writer. The Auberjonois family moved to Paris shortly after World War II, and it was there that René made an important career decision at the age of six. When his school put on a musical performance for the parents, little René was given the honor of conducting his classmates in a rendition of "Do You Know the Muffin Man?". When the performance was over, René took a bow, and, knowing that he was not the real conductor, imagined that he had been acting. He decided then and there that he wanted to be an actor. After leaving Paris, the Auberjonois family moved into an Artist's Colony in upstate New York.

At an early age, René was surrounded by musicians, composers and actors. Among his neighbors were Helen Hayes, Burgess Meredith and John Houseman, who would later become an important mentor. Houseman gave René his first theater job at the age of 16, as an apprentice at a theater in Stratford, Connecticut. René would later teach at Juilliard under Houseman. René attended Carnegie-Mellon University and studied theater completely, not only learning about acting but about the entire process of producing a play. After graduating from CMU, René acted with various theater companies, including San Francisco's American Conservatory Theater and Los Angeles' Mark Taper Forum. In 1969, he won a role in his first Broadway musical, "Coco" (with Katharine Hepburn), for which he won a Tony Award.

Since then, René has acted in a variety of theater productions, films and television presentations, including a rather famous stint as Clayton Endicott III on the comedy series Benson (1979), not to mention seven years on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1993) as Odo. René has also done dramatic readings of a variety of books on tape. René's most recent projects have included The Patriot (2000), starring Mel Gibson, and Sally Hemings: An American Scandal (2000). In the fall of 2000, he also appeared on NBC's Frasier (1993) and ABC's The Practice (1997).

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Cast Credits

The Librarians (2014)
Guest starring as Mr. McGuire
Madam Secretary (2014)
Guest starring as Walter Nowack (4 episodes)
Masters of Sex (2013)
Guest starring as Dr. George Papanikolaou
1600 Penn (2012)
Guest starring as Winslow Hannum (2 episodes)
The Good Wife (2009)
Guest starring as Coroner Claypool
Archer (2009)
Guest starring as Mannfred (2 episodes)
Guest starring as Cardinal Giancarlo Corelli
Warehouse 13 (2009)
Guest starring as Hugo Miller (3 episodes)
Criminal Minds (2005)
Guest starring as Colonel Ron Massey
It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia (2005)
Guest starring as Dr. Larry Meyers
Grey's Anatomy (2005)
Guest starring as Neil Sheridan
Boston Legal (2004)
Starring as Paul Lewiston (55 episodes)
Guest starring as Paul Lewiston (15 episodes)
Xiaolin Showdown (2003)
Starring as Master Fung
NCIS (2003)
Guest starring as Dr. Felix Blackwell
  • Episode 10x03: Phoenix (Oct 9, 2012)
Judging Amy (1999)
Guest starring as Judge Jackson Keeler (4 episodes)
Family Guy (1999)
Guest starring as Constable Odo
Stargate SG-1 (1997)
Guest starring as Alar
The Practice (1997)
Guest starring as Judge F. Mantz
The Outer Limits (1995)
Guest starring as Dlavan
Frasier (1993)
Guest starring as Professor William Tewksbury (2 episodes)
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1993)
Starring as Odo (26 episodes)
Guest starring as Douglas Pabst
Civil Wars (1991)
Guest starring as Eugene Wilkenson
L.A. Law (1986)
Guest starring as Kevin Richardson
Blacke's Magic (1986)
Guest starring as Pym
Beyond Westworld (1980)
Guest starring as Power
Benson (1979)
Starring as Clayton Endicott III (3 episodes)
Rosetti and Ryan (1977)
Guest starring as Jonathan
Black Sheep Squadron (1976)
Guest starring as Matthew Hooper
Wonder Woman (1975)
Guest starring as Kimball