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Quote:‘Benson,’ ‘Star Trek’ actor René Auberjonois has died at 79

LOS ANGELES (AP) — René Auberjonois, a prolific actor best known for his roles on the television shows “Benson” and “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine” and his part in the 1970 film “M.A.S.H.” playing Father Mulcahy, has died. He was 79.

The actor died Sunday at his home in Los Angeles of metastatic lung cancer, his son Remy Auberjonois told The Associated Press.

René Auberjonois worked constantly as a character actor in several golden ages, from the dynamic theater of the 1960s to the cinema renaissance of the 1970s to the prime period of network television in the 1980s and ’90s — and each generation knew him for something different.

For film fans of the 1970s, he was Father John Mulcahy, the military chaplain who played straight man to the doctors’ antics in “M.A.S.H.” It was his first significant film role and the first of several for director Robert Altman.

For sitcom watchers of the 1980s, he was Clayton Runnymede Endicott III, the hopelessly highbrow chief of staff at a governor’s mansion on “Benson,” the ABC series whose title character was a butler played by Robert Guillaume.

And for sci-fi fans of the 1990s and convention-goers ever since, he was Odo, the shape-shifting Changeling and head of space-station security on “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.”

“I am all of those characters, and I love that,” Auberjonois said in a 2011 interview with the “Star Trek” website. “I also run into people, and they think I’m their cousin or their dry cleaner. I love that, too.”

Auberjonois was born in New York in 1940, the son of Fernand Auberjonois, Swiss-born foreign correspondent for U.S. newspapers, and the grandson of a Swiss post-impressionist painter also named René Auberjonois.

The younger René Auberjonois was raised in New York, Paris, and London, and for a time lived with his family in an artists’ colony in Rockland County, New York, whose residents included the actors John Houseman, Helen Hayes and Burgess Meredith.

After graduating from college at Pittsburgh’s Carnegie Institute of Technology, now Carnegie Mellon, Auberjonois hopped around the country joining theater companies, eventually landing three roles on Broadway in 1968, including playing the Fool in a long-running version of King Lear.

The following year he would play Sebastian Baye opposite Katharine Hepburn in “Coco,” a play on the life of designer Coco Chanel that would earn him a Tony for best actor in a leading role in a musical.

He would later see Tony nominations for 1973’s “The Good Doctor,” 1984’s “Big River,” and 1989’s “City of Angels.”
In 1970, Auberjonois began his run with Altman, playing Mulcahy in “M.A.S.H.”

In his most famous exchange from the movie, Sally Kellerman’s Margaret Houlihan wonders how such a degenerate doctor as Donald Sutherland’s Hawkeye Pierce could reach a position of responsibility in the U.S. Army.

A bible-reading Auberjonois responds, deadpan: “He was drafted.”

“I actually made that line up when we were rehearsing the scene,” Auberjonois said on the podcast “The Gist” in 2016. “And it became a kind of an iconic line for the whole film.”

The same year he played an off-the-wall ornithologist in Altman’s “Brewster McCloud,” played a saloonkeeper alongside Warren Beatty in the director’s western “McCabe & Mrs. Miller” in 1971 and appeared in Altman’s “Images” in 1972.

He spent much of the rest of the 1970s doing guest spots on TV shows before joining the cast of “Benson” in its second season in 1980, where he would remain for the rest of the show’s seven seasons, playing the patrician political adviser and chronic hypochondriac Endicott.

Much of his later career was spent doing voices for animation, most memorably as the French chef who sings the love song to fish-killing “Les Poissons” in Disney’s 1989 “The Little Mermaid.”

He played Odo on “Deep Space Nine” from 1993 until 1998 and became a regular at “Star Trek” conventions, where he raised money for Doctors Without Borders and signed autographs with a drawing of Odo’s bucket, where the character would store himself when he returned to his natural gelatinous state.

Auberjonois was also a regular on the ABC law-firm dramedy “Boston Legal” from 2004 to 2008.

Late in his career, Auberjonois would work with independent filmmakers including the artful director Kelly Reichardt, for whom he appeared in 2016’s “Certain Women” and 2019’s “First Cow,” his final role.

He is survived by his wife of 56 years Judith and their two children, Tessa and Remy.


I believe he wasn't on anyone's list
Let's Go Ben!
Don't forget...

Extra bonus points now in effect....

25 extra points for any nominee to die in December of 2019.

25 extra points for any nominee to die in the last week of December of 2019 (in addition to the above 25 extra points for the month of December 2019).
(10-04-2019, 12:23 PM)Jimmie the Mum Wrote: [ -> ]This thread is dead..

Can't be.  It's not on Ben's list... Tongue   Big Grin
Mum's going to take the title this year.
I hope that's not a bad omen if I take it.  Huh
I need a miracle, a wish...
I used to listen to him many years ago...

Quote:Don Imus, former Fox Business host and radio legend, dead at 79

One of the legends of radio, Don Imus, has died.

Imus passed away Friday morning at Baylor Scott and White Medical Center in College Station, Texas, after being hospitalized on Christmas Eve, a representative said. The cause of death was not given. He was 79.

For nearly six years the veteran morning man had his daily radio show, “Imus in the Morning,” simulcast on the Fox Business Network. Imus had been a staple of New York radio since 1971 working at some of the biggest radio stations in the city, WNBC, WFAN and WABC. The always colorful host did have some brief timeouts in New York. There were absences from time to time for substance abuse problems. In 1977 a house cleaning at WNBC sent him back to Cleveland where he came from in 1971 only to return to WNBC two years later.

Last year, Imus announced his retirement from WABC-AM radio. He left the air March 29 announcing on Twitter: “Turn out the lights... the party’s over.”

Late Friday, FOX Business anchor Connell McShane, who worked with Imus during his run at the FOX Business Network, said of the controversial radio jock:  "Not many people can say they changed the industry they worked in, but the I-Man did. He changed radio, and changed it for the better. It truly was an honor to have the opportunity to work with him and learn so much from him. He was one of the best natural broadcasters of all time, and one of the smartest and funniest people I ever met.”

There are no details yet on plans for a service. However, the family has requested that for memorial donations be made to the Imus Ranch Foundation, which supports charities for children with cancer and other major illnesses.

The Imus Ranch in New Mexico became such an integral part of Imus' later life that he moved the production of his radio and TV shows there. The summer spot for children with cancer, which opened in 1998 to offer young people the "cowboy" experience," closed in 2014 after Imus broke his ribs in a fall and was unable to breathe at high altitude, according to The Non-Profit Times, which reported on the ranch's sale.

It was the work at the ranch that his longtime TV producer said should standout now.

"Don Imus’ talent and gift as a broadcaster speak for itself. But what I hope he is really remembered for is all the good he did during his life," said Tom Bowman who is now vice president of programming at the Fox Business Network. "Charity work, starting a ranch that hosted and gave kids with cancer hope, leading the effort to increase the compensation for families of soldiers who gave their lives for their country and raising money for the facilities that injured service members and their families used during recovery. Like all of us he was not perfect but he tried to do his best to help others. That’s what I will think about”

Imus made his mark in New York radio with outrageous characters, such as a televangelist huckster named Billy Sol Hargus, and brazen comments. When female callers would phone into his WNBC program, he would often ask "Are you naked?"

The radio show was so popular that other outlets wanted a piece. "God's Other Son" was a novel about the fictional Hargus that Imus wrote. It was rereleased in 1994 and became a best-seller.

But as he aged and changed, his radio show changed with him. Besides the stunts and comedy bits, it became a home for conversation and political leaders from both sides of the aisle would appear on his program to talk politics and policy. From Democratic Sen. Bill Bradley, of New Jersey, to the late Republican Sen. John McCain, of Arizona.

Still, his acceptance into the mainstream media — his WFAN show was simulcast on MSNBC starting in 1996 — did not protect him from himself. In 2007,he made racially disparaging comments about members of Rutgers University’s women’s basketball team, calling them “nappy-headed hos.” Advertisers deserted the show. He later met with members of the team and apologized in person. Nonetheless, he was dropped by MSNBC and CBS-owned WFAN.

He resurfaced a little less than a year later on Citadel Radio and its New York flagship, WABC, with a simulcast on RFD-TV, the rural television network. In 2009, Imus and RFD-TV mutually agreed to end their contract three years early and Imus became the morning show on FOX Business replacing "Money for Breakfast."

He was born July 23, 1940 in Riverside, Calif. and raised in Prescott, Ariz. where his family owned a large ranch. He was a high school drop out who joined the Marines.

Following his discharge, he moved to California with the goal of becoming a disc jockey. He enrolled in a Hollywood broadcasting school and eventually became a "deejay" at KUTY in Palmdale. He moved on to Sacramento's KXOA and was eventually named disc jockey of the year for medium-size markets by Billboard magazine, which landed him a gig in the birthplace of rock 'n' roll, Cleveland, in 1970 on WGAR.  From there it was on to New York and broadcasting history.

Imus is survived by his wife Deirdre, his sons Wyatt and Lt. Zachary Don Cates and daughters Nadine, Ashley, Elizabeth and Toni.
I didn't know he was a Marine.
That one was shocking.
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