Just a reminder…quite a few of the male characters in Deep Space Nine were played by actors already in their 40s or later. It’s been 20 years since the series ended, and more than 25 years since production started. [LINK]
René Auberjonois, best known for his roles in “Boston Legal” and “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine,” died at his home in Los Angeles due to metastatic lung cancer. He was 79.
His son Rèmy-Luc confirmed the news to the Associated Press.
Auberjonois was a prolific television actor, appearing as Paul Lewiston in 71 episodes of “Boston Legal” and as Clayton Runnymede Endicott III in ABC’s long-running sitcom “Benson” — a role that earned him an Emmy nomination for best supporting actor in a comedy in 1984. He played shape-shifter Changeling Odo in “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine,” and carried that role into video games, voicing Odo in “Harbinger” and “The Fallen.” His appearance as Judge Mantz in ABC’s “The Practice” earned him another Emmy nod for guest actor in a drama in 2001.
His guest roles were numerous, appearing on classics like “Murder, She Wrote,” “The Jeffersons,” “The Outer Limits,” “L.A. Law,” “Stargate SG-1,” “Frasier,” and the more recent hit “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.”
He was remembered on social media by his “Deep Space Nine” co-star Armin Shimerman, who played Quark.
“His last message to me was entitled ‘Don’t forget…’ I know that I, Kitty and all that knew him will never forget. The world seems noticeably emptier now. I loved him.”
He hadn’t given the public any indication that he was terminally ill, though apparently his co-stars were in the know, as Rick Berman indicated on Twitter that there had been a low-key dinner party that was understood to be the last time they’d see him.