An actor who became a familiar face on television through regular roles on sitcoms and dramas, including “Benson,” “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine” and “Boston Legal,” has died. Rene Auberjonois died Sunday from metastatic lung cancer at his home in Los Angeles, according to media reports. He was 79.
Auberjonois, a two-time Primetime Emmy nominee, played Clayton Endicott III on the ABC sitcom “Benson” from 1980-1986, earning his first Emmy nomination for the role in 1984. He later received a nomination for a guest appearance on “The Practice” in 2001.
He had a long run in the 1990s as Odo on “Star Trek: deep Space Nine,” and was part of the ensemble nominated for Screen Actors Guild Awards for outstanding performance in a drama series for “Boston Legal” in 2006, 2007 and 2008. More recently he played Walter Nowack on “Madam Secretary.”
He also did extensive voice work on television, including providing voices for “Justice League,” “The Legend of Tarzan,” “The Looney Tunes Show,” “Avatar: the Last Airbender,” “Archer” and “Pound Puppies.”
Auberjonois also had a prolific career in films, including playing Father Mulcahy in the original film version of “MASH” in 1970.
Here’s a clip from “Benson” in which Auberjonois, as Clayton Endicott, competes with Robert Guillaume’s Benson DuBois in an insult contest …