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    • Rene is on the Honorary Benefit Committee for the 3rd Annual RUNNING OF THE RED BULLS. This is a benefit that assists the Red Bull Theater in New York City.

    • Rene performed a radio reading of Guy de Maupassant's short story Minuet for WNYC.

    • Rene provides the voice of Mr. House in the videogame Fallout.

    • Rene's first movie was an uncredited role in Lilith with Warren Beatty and Jean Seberg.

    • Rene avoided the draft in the 1960's because he was married.

    • During McCarthyism, Rene's father was investigated but was cleared of any charges. Mostly due to his war record.

    • Rene was nominated for an Emmy for his role as Clayton Endicott III in Benson.

    • As of Feb. 2011, Rene lives in Boonville, CA.

    • Rene performed King Lear and A Cry of Players on Broadway.

    • Rene help create numerous theatre companies which include: American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco, the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles, and the Brooklyn Academy of Music Repertory Company in New York.

    • Rene and Nana Visitor perform a stage show called Cross Our Hearts. It features them reading poetry and short stories on the topic of love.

    • Rene and Ted Danson both attended Carnegie University, though Rene was eight years ahead of him.

    • At Rene's first Star Trek convention, he completely forgot the name of his character he played in Star Trek VI. It was Colonel West.

    • While Rene directed eight episodes of DS9, he always felt his best work was on the episode Hippocratic Oath.

    • Rene never has watched any episode of Deep Space Nine. He just never liked to watch his own performances.

    • In 2008, The Bishop Planetarium of Sarasota California commissioned Rene to narrate the astronomy presentation which provides viewers with a look at what worlds outside our solar system might look like.

    • Rene has performed in the following Broadway plays:

      Anything Goes (2006)
      Sly Fox (2004)
      Dance of the Vampires (2002 - 2003)
      City of Angels (1989 - 1992)
      Metamorphosis (1989)
      Big River (1985 - 1987)
      Break a Leg (1979)
      The Good Doctor (1973 - 1974)
      Tricks (1973)
      Twelfth Night (1972)
      Coco (1969 - 1970)
      Fire! (1969)
      A Cry of Players (1968 - 1969)
      King Lear (1968 - 1969)

    • He and his Star Trek: Deep Space Nine co-star Colm Meaney appeared in Stargate SG-1, playing the leader of a human civilisation on another planet whose population lived under the surface. In both cases, the main characters of the series in question attempted to form an alliance and arrange an exchange of technology before learning that this civilisation could not be trusted.

    • René was nominated for three Tony Awards for his perfomances in City of Angels, Big River and The Good Doctor. He won a Tony for his role in Coco.

    • René is one of 32 actors or actresses to have starred in both the original Star Trek series (up to and including Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (1991)) and the "new generation" of shows set in the 24th century.

    • He turned down the role of Father Mulcahy in the TV series M*A*S*H, which he had played in the 1970 motion picture.

    • He has directed many theatrical productions and some TV shows, including several episodes of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine .

    • He had recorded dramatic readings of a variety of books on tape which includes Aloysius Pendergast's audio novel Cold Vengeance.

    • In 1969, he won a role in his first Broadway musical, Coco, with Katharine Hepburn, for which he won a Tony Award.

    • He is a vocal supporter of various charitable organizations, such as Doctors Without Borders (Médecins Sans Frontières).

    • Rene is the great-great-great grandson of Joachim Murat, King of Naples, and his wife Caroline Bonaparte, the sister of the Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte. Rene's mother was Princess Laure Louise Napoléone Eugénie Caroline Murat.

    • He turned down the role of Bosley in the movie Charlie's Angels

    • He has appeared with William Shatner in two different productions: Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country and Boston Legal.

    • He has appeared with Micheal Dorn in five different productions: Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country, Aladdin, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, The Savage Dragon, and Captain Simian & The Space Monkeys.

  • Quotes

    • (on the movie M*A*S*H)
      Rene Auberjonois: The studio wasn't really paying much attention to the film and it turned out quite different from the original screenplay by Ring Lardner and very much removed from the book. Before it was released there was a screening for the critics in New York and when Pauline Kael, the most important critic in the country at the time, was asked what should be done with the movie, she said 'Are you nuts? Release it!' It became a huge hit.

    • (about his childhood in Rockland County, New York)
      Rene: We were there from when I was eight to sixteen years old - the longest period of my childhood that we were ever settled, and for me the happiest. It was about thirty miles outside of New York City and there was no real town to speak of. I attended the local public school in a little red brick building and also went to junior high and high school there for a couple of years

    • On acting in King Lear
      Rene Auberjonois: I played Lear when I was very young and of course I couldn't possibly achieve it, but it was a tremendous challenge and it taught me a tremendous amount.

    • (On the Odo and Quark relationship)
      Rene Auberjonois: But that relationship was so embedded in the audience's understanding and psyche that it took on a weight that far surpassed how much time we actually spent with each other. So I think the writers knew that Quark-Odo was likely to be a running theme

    • (On his character Odo)
      Rene Auberjonois: He was a very unformed being. Just as Pinocchio was wooden, Odo was a mass of liquid, really, and he was trying to get some kind of shape to his life and to who he was and he wanted to answer the questions he had about what his role was meant to be in that particular universe.

    • (On the Enterprise episode Oasis in comparisson to the DS9 episode Shadowplay)
      Rene Auberjonis: It was the same sort of story. That was not really a putdown, but when you've done that many years of writing stories, there will be recurring themes.

    • (Speaking of his role as Odo on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine )
      Rene Auberjonois: I have had my share of successes and my share of flops. But nothing has ever been like this. Deep Space Nine is completely beyond anything that I have ever experienced.

    • Reporter: Do you and William Shatner share sci-fi-convention war stories?
      Rene Auberjonois: [Chuckles] To a degree. I've got to tell you, one of the great joys is Shatner. I just adore the man. If you had asked me five years ago - his reputation as a diva had preceded him and not to his best advantage. But then I started to meet him at conventions and I was completely charmed by him. One of the wonderful things about Bill is how interested he is in other people.

    • Rene Auberjonois: My wife, Judith, is the best person in the world.

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