René Auberjonois, an actor known for his role in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and voice work in Disney’s The Little Mermaid, passed away on December 8 in his home in Los Angeles due to metastatic lung cancer, according to the Washington Post.
- Auberjonois was also known for his roles in the television series Benson and the 1970 film M.A.S.H.
- Auberjonois was a character actor in theater, film and television through the 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s.
- The actor was born in in New York City on June 1, 1940 and was raised in New York, Paris and London.
- He graduated from Pittsburgh’s Carnegie Institute of Technology in 1962 before joining various theater companies around the county, eventually landing three roles on Broadway in 1968.
- He later won a Tony Award for best actor for his role in Coco, a play on the life of designer Coco Chanel.
- Later in his career, Auberjonois did most of his work in voice-over, including his role as the French chef in Disney’s The Little Mermaid in 1989.
- He also went on to be a regular in the ABC dramady Boston Legal from 2004 to 2008.
- Auberjonois is survived by his wife of 56 years, the former Judith Mihalyi; his daughter, Tessa Auberjonois; his son, Rèmy-Luc Auberjonois; two sisters; and three grandchildren.