Perhaps Rene Auberjonois’s best-known early role was that of Father Mulcahy in the Robert Altman-directed feature film M*A*S*H. Auberjonois spent his childhood traveling between New York, where he was born, Paris, where he decided to become an actor, and London, where he completed high school. After graduating from the Carnegie Institute of Technology, he appeared in plays on both American coasts, becoming a founder of the American Conservatory Theater, the Mark Taper Forum and the Brooklyn Academy of Music. His first role on Broadway was as the Fool in “King Lear;” a year later he earned a Tony Award for his work alongside Katherine Hepburn in “Coco.” When he wasn’t acting onstage, Auberjonois appeared in hundreds of television series, including Star Trek: Deep Space Nine as Odo, and in many features, such as The Patriot and Batman Forever. He garnered Emmy Award nominations for his work in Benson and The Practice. For portraying attorney Paul Lewiston on Boston Legal, Auberjonois received three Screen Actors Award nominations and one win—the Prism Award for Best Performance in a Drama Series.
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