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 Posted:   Dec 8, 2019 - 3:52 PM   
 By:   msmith   (Member)

Very talented actor with a large body of work left behind.
Rest In Peace.

 Posted:   Dec 8, 2019 - 4:01 PM   
 By:   Montana Dave   (Member)

Very talented; extremely versatile actor. I remember seein him in the lobby of Grauman's Chinese Theater on New Years Eve for a screening of his 'The Hindenburg', in 1974 turning into 1975. My favorite performance of his was in 'IMAGES', 1972. R.I.P; Sir.

 Posted:   Dec 8, 2019 - 4:14 PM   
 By:   Adam B.   (Member)

He had a small but memorable role in the 1976 King Kong and was the original Father Mulcahy in MASH. He was good in comedic roles.

 Posted:   Dec 8, 2019 - 4:24 PM   
 By:   zooba   (Member)

Oh no! So sad to hear this.

 Posted:   Dec 8, 2019 - 5:34 PM   
 By:   Octoberman   (Member)

He was excellent in everything I saw him in, regardless of the size of the role.


 Posted:   Dec 8, 2019 - 8:56 PM   
 By:   dragon53   (Member)

That makes three recent STAR TREK-related deaths.


 Posted:   Dec 9, 2019 - 1:08 AM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

I have no idea about any STAR TREK things, but I remember him fondly for the marvelous film IMAGES. And then I've seen him in various supporting roles over the years, although their names escape me at the moment.

Sorry to hear he's passed.

 Posted:   Dec 14, 2019 - 1:16 AM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

Rene Auberjonois made his feature film debut in a supporting role in the Warren Beatty-Jean Seberg film LILITH. In the 1964 drama, “Vincent Bruce” (Beatty), a young Korean War veteran, returns to his Maryland hometown and begins working as an occupational therapist at a nearby mental institution for the wealthy. There he meets the beautiful “Lilith Arthur” (Seberg), who lives in a secret world of her own creation, and he falls in love with her. Rene Auberjonois played “Howie” in the film.

Because of her early work in Britain and France, particularly her lead role in Jean-Luc Godard’s BREATHLESS (1960), Jean Seberg is often thought of as a French actress. But she was born in Iowa of Swedish, English, and German ancestry. She regarded LILTH as her favorite film.

Robert Rossen directed the film, his last. Kenyon Hopkins’ score was released on a Colpix LP, but has not been re-issued on CD.

 Posted:   Dec 14, 2019 - 10:52 AM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

Working again with director Richard Lester, Nicolas Roeg was the cinematographer on 1968’s PETULIA. The setting of John Haase’s novel, in and around Los Angeles, in the areas of Balboa, Santa Monica, and Hollywood, was moved to San Francisco. Lester was quoted as saying that Los Angeles was “too powerful a city” for the “sad love story,” and that he considered San Francisco a “more subtle” backdrop. Other cities considered before San Francisco were London, Rome, and Paris.

Rene Auberjonois had a small role as a salesman in the drama. John Barry’s score was issued on a Warner Bros. LP, which was re-issued on CD by Film Score Monthly in 2005.

 Posted:   Dec 14, 2019 - 11:14 AM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

In his first film for director Robert Altman, Rene Auberjonois co-starred as “Father John Mulcahy” in the 1970 Korean War comedy M*A*S*H. According to actor Malachy McCourt, he was the original choice for the part of Father Mulcahy, because Robert Altman wanted a "real Irish priest". Producer Ingo Preminger didn't agree, so the part ultimately went to Auberjonois.

The scene where Father Mulcahy is blessing a Jeep was improvised. Auberjonois found the blessing in a copy of the Army Chaplain's Handbook, and thought it would be a good addition to the story, and to his character. Altman agreed, and the scene was shot in one take.

Auberjonois received his first poster credit for M*A*SH. Johnny Mandel’s score for the film was released on a Columbia Records LP and had its first of many CD reissues in Japan in 1992.

 Posted:   Dec 14, 2019 - 2:19 PM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

Bud Cort’s casting as the lead in Robert Altman’s BREWSTER McCLOUD was announced in a 7 May 1970 Daily Variety brief. Cort had appeared in M*A*S*H, as had the following six actors also cast in the film: Sally Kellerman, Rene Auberjonois, Michael Murphy, John Schuck, G. Wood, and Corey Fisher. The film was a fantasy about an introverted loner (Cort) living in the bowels of the Houston Astrodome who plots to develop - with the aid of a mysterious guardian angel - a pair of wings that will help him fly. Auberjonois appeared as “The Lecturer,” a pedantic ornithologist, in the 1970 film. Gene Page’s score was released on an MGM LP and re-issued on CD by Chapter III in 2000.

Rene Auberjonois in BREWSTER McCLOUD

 Posted:   Dec 14, 2019 - 5:29 PM   
 By:   ZapBrannigan   (Member)

I first saw Rene Auberjonois in KING KONG, having gone out to see it at the show. And then came THE BIONIC WOMAN, about a year later. He played an art forger, and I remember Jaime giving him a pep talk when he got despondent because he would never measure up to the great masters. I have the series on DVD, and one of these days I'll have time to watch my many DVD sets. But I remember that performance.

Now, having looked him up, I see that he was on MAN FROM ATLANTIS as well. Most likely I forgot him there because it was a terrible episode. But I have the DVD set waiting for me. And he was on CHARLIE'S ANGELS twice, and WONDER WOMAN that I should have remembered.

I didn't really care for his role in STAR TREK VI; it seemed like he was too clearly against the character he was playing, and playing him to sound like a fool. A good antagonist thinks he's right and makes his case.

DEEP SPACE NINE: it's unfortunate they had to bury him under so much latex, but that's spin-off TREK for you. The series had many exceptionally good episodes.

 Posted:   Dec 15, 2019 - 12:12 PM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

In his third film for Robert Altman, Rene Auberjonois played saloon owner “Patrick Sheehan,” in McCABE & MRS. MILLER, Altman’s 1971 western starring Warren Beatty and Julie Christie.

During post-production on the film, Robert Altman was having a difficult time finding a proper musical score, until he attended a party where the album "Songs of Leonard Cohen" was playing and noticed that several songs from the album seemed to fit in with the overall mood and themes of the movie. Cohen, who had been a fan of Altman's previous film, BREWSTER McCLOUD, allowed him to use three songs from the album - "The Stranger Song", "Sisters of Mercy" and "Winter Lady" - although Altman was dismayed when Cohen later admitted that he didn't like the movie. A year later, Altman received a phone call from Cohen, who told him that he changed his mind after re-watching the movie with an audience and now loved it. Cohen’s three songs for the film were also released on 45s in Europe.

Rene Auberjonois in McCABE & MRS. MILLER

Vilmos Zsigmond shot the film near Vancouver, Canada. For a distinctive look, Altman and Zsigmond chose to "flash" (pre-fog) the film negative before its eventual exposure, as well as use a number of filters on the cameras, rather than manipulate the film in post-production. In this way the studio could not force Altman to change the film's look to something less distinctive. Upon its initial release, the first two major prints of the film for critical screenings on the East and West Coasts were rushed from a Canadian laboratory with poor sound quality and color fidelity, resulting in a hostile critical reception. Upon viewing corrected prints later, two critics changed their negative reviews.

 Posted:   Dec 15, 2019 - 2:28 PM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

Robert Altman raised $807,000 from independent sources to produce his 1972 film IMAGES after every major studio declined to subsidize it. The film ultimately was produced by Lion’s Gate Films, a company founded by Altman, and the British-based Hemdale Group.

Excerpts from the 1973 bookIn search of unicorns, credited onscreen as: “‘in search of unicorns’ a book for children by Susannah York,” are heard intermittently throughout the film, recited in voice-over narration by York, who portrayed "Cathryn." Although York wrote the book while IMAGES was in production, it was a personal project unrelated to the film. The character of Cathryn is a schizophrenic housewife, engulfed by terrorizing apparitions, who kills off each, unknowing if these demons are merely figments of her hallucinatory imagination or part of reality.

Throughout the film, the character "Hugh," who is portrayed by Rene Auberjonois, makes banal jokes, many reflecting the film's themes of schizophrenia and duality, such as his nonsensical question, "What is the difference between a rabbit?" (The answer: "Nothing. One is both the same.") In depicting Cathryn’s schizophrenia, the film remains ambiguous about whether a character appearing in a scene is “real” or part of Cathryn’s hallucination. Windchimes and other exotic sound effects, which are performed on the soundtrack by Stomu Yamash’ta, precede sequences depicting the hallucinations. John Williams Oscar-nominated score has had several unofficial releases on LP and CD.

Rene Auberjonois in IMAGES

Robert Altman originally planned to shoot in Vancouver, Canada (where he had filmed McCABE AND MRS. MILLER and the 1969 film THAT COLD DAY IN THE PARK). However, ultimately, the film was shot by Vilmos Zsigmond at the Ardmore Studios, in and around Dublin, and Loch Bray, Ireland. IMAGES was rejected by Cinema 5's Don Rugoff and United Artists' David Picker, before Columbia acquired the film for distribution.

 Posted:   Dec 15, 2019 - 4:01 PM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

The romantic comedy-drama PETE ‘N’ TILLIE begins in the early 1960s in San Francisco, where single, thirty-three-year-old “Tillie Schlaine” (Carol Burnett) attends a party by “Burt and Gertrude Wilson” (Barry Nelson and Geraldine Page) for the express purpose of meeting “Pete Seltzer” (Walter Matthau). The encounter is awkward, with Tillie unsure how to respond to Pete’s biting wit and lecherous approach. Years later, Tillie begins doing charity work and strikes up a friendship with flamboyant homosexual “Jimmy Twitchell” (René Auberjonois).

Martin Ritt directed the 1972 film. John Williams’ score was released by Varese Sarabande in 2017. Walter Matthau was to sing the theme song, entitled “Love's the Only Game in Town”, with music by John Williams and lyrics by Marilyn and Alan Bergman, but the theme is heard in the film only as an instrumental. Matthau’s recording was, however, released as a single on Decca Records. Carol Burnett also recorded the song for Columbia Records.

 Posted:   Dec 15, 2019 - 4:13 PM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

In 1937, among the passengers of THE HINDENBURG, the ill-fated German zeppelin making an Atlantic crossing from Germany to the U.S., are Burgess Meredith and Rene Auberjonois as con men “Emilio Pajetta” and “Major Napier,” respectively. Robert Wise directed this 1975 historical drama. David Shire's score was released on an MCA LP, which was re-issued on CD by Intrada in 2007.


In the ultimate disaster film parody, a nuclear powered bus is going non-stop from New York to Denver and is plagued by disasters due to the machinations of a mysterious group allied with the Oil lobby. When the driver is injured, a formerly great, but now washed up, down-on-his-luck type (who as it happens, used to be engaged to the inventor's daughter) is brought in to drive THE BIG BUS.

Joseph Bologna stars as that driver, "Dan Torrance." Among the varied passengers is “Father Kudos” (Rene Auberjonois), a priest who wants to date. James Frawley directed the 1976 comedy. David Shire's score was released by Film Score Monthly in 2011.

 Posted:   Dec 16, 2019 - 12:02 AM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

The 1976 version of KING KONG was filmed over eight months in locations including Los Angeles, New York City, and Hawaii. Principal photography was initially scheduled to begin 15 April 1976, but due to competition from Universal, producer Dino De Laurentiis pushed the production start date forward four months, to begin on 5 January 1976, even though the sets were not yet constructed and the forty-foot mechanical “King Kong” had not been fabricated.

The film starred Jessica Lange as aspiring actress “Dwan” and Jeff Bridges as “Jack Prescott,” a Princeton University primate paleontologist. Rene Auberjonois co-starred as a geologist named “Bagley.” Principal photography concluded on 31 August 1976, four days behind schedule, with a budget that increased from $6.7 to $23.7 million in eight months. The film took in $37 million in rentals in the U.S. alone. John Barry’s score was re-recorded for a Reprise LP that was re-issued on CD by Film Score Monthly in 2005. In 2012, FSM released the complete original score.

Rene Auberjonois, Jessica Lange, Jeff Bridges, and Charles Grodin in KING KONG

 Posted:   Dec 16, 2019 - 5:11 AM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

John Williams Oscar-nominated score has had several unofficial releases on LP and CD.

The Prometheus CD of IMAGES from 2007 is not 'unofficial'; it is very much a legit release. But it IS lacking in sound quality, as one had to use the old promo LP as source material. So a further cleaned-up reissue would be much appreciated, at least by me who consider it one of Williams' very best scores (and one of the best films he's scored).

 Posted:   Dec 16, 2019 - 4:17 PM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

Rene Auberjonois had a supporting role as “Dr. Eugene Lyons” in THE RHINEMANN EXCHANGE, a television mini-series based on the Robert Ludlum bestseller. Set during World War II, the film followed an intelligence officer (Stephen Collins) who is dispatched by the U.S. government to arrange an exchange in Argentina of industrial diamonds needed by the Germans for a secret gyroscope needed by the Allies. Burt Kennedy directed the film, which premiered on NBC on 10 March 1977. Michel Colombier provided the unreleased score.

 Posted:   Dec 17, 2019 - 1:00 AM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

In the 1978 thriller EYES OF LAURA MARS, a famous fashion photographer, “Laura Mars” (Faye Dunaway), develops a disturbing ability to see through the eyes of a killer. Rene Auberjonois played “Donald Phelps,” Laura’s agent. Irvin Kirshner directed the film. Artie Kane’s score was released on a Columbia LP, but has not been re-issued on CD.

Faye Dunaway and Rene Auberjonois in EYES OF LAURA MARS

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