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 Posted:   Dec 17, 2019 - 10:11 AM   
 By:   Mark R. Y.   (Member)

René morphing his face to look like Lloyd Bridges is one of the great moments of cinema.

 Posted:   Dec 17, 2019 - 9:42 PM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

Bill Murray played Hunter S. Thompson and Rene Auberjonois was “Harris,” a journalist for The Washington Post, in WHERE THE BUFFALO ROAM, a 1980 semi-biographical film based on the experiences of gonzo journalist Thompson. Art Linson directed the 1980 film. Neil Young’s score and various songs were released on an MCA LP, which has never been reissued on CD.

 Posted:   Dec 17, 2019 - 11:06 PM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

In the Rankin-Bass animated film THE LAST UNICORN, a brave unicorn (Mia Farrow) and a magician fight an evil King who is obsessed with attempting to capture the world's unicorns. Christopher Lee voiced “King Haggard” in both the English and German-language versions of the film. The film was based on the 1968 novel by Peter S. Beagle. Actor Paul Frees, who played the “Talking Cat,” was initially cast as the “Speaking Skull,” but Rene Auberjonois, who claimed that THE LAST UNICORN was his favorite novel and ardently pursued the filmmakers, won the role.

The Speaking Skull voiced by Rene Auberjonois in THE LAST UNICORN

Songwriter Jimmy Webb spent nearly one month composing the seventy-eight minutes of music in the film, and several of the “narrative songs” were performed by the band America. Virgin Records released the soundtrack.

 Posted:   Dec 17, 2019 - 11:34 PM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

Rene Auberjonois played kings in two episodes of Shelly Duvall’s Showtime series “Fairie Tale Theatre”. In 1982’s THE TALE OF THE FROG PRINCE, he played “King Ulrich” to Robin Williams’ Frog Prince. And in 1983’s SLEEPING BEAUTY, he played “King Boris” to Bernadette Peters’ Sleeping Beauty.

Roberta Maxwell (left) and Rene Auberjonois (right) in THE TALE OF THE FROG PRINCE

Eric Idle directed and narrated THE FROG PRINCE, and Jeremy Kagan directed SLEEPING BEAUTY. Both episodes were scored by Lennie Niehaus.

 Posted:   Dec 17, 2019 - 11:54 PM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

Before "Benson" there was "Soap", in which from 1977-80 Robert Guillaume played "Benson DuBois," the black butler and only sane member of the Tate household headed by "Jessica Tate" (Katherine Helmond).

In 1979, Benson was sent by Jessica Tate to help her widowed cousin, "Gov. James Gatling" (James Noble). Benson found himself moved from one loony bin to another. Gov. Gatling was a sweet, well-meaning man, but terribly naive; "Katie" (Missy Gold) was his precocious daughter; "Gretchen" (Inga Swenson, who had also been on "Soap") was the formidable German housekeeper; and "Marcy" (Caroline McWilliams) was his secretary.

Benson, though theoretically only in charge of the governor's household, kept order around the executive mansion, did constant battle with Gretchen, helped raise little Katie, and generally assisted the meek governor in deciding what to do, both politically and personally. Of less help to the chief executive were his political aide "John Taylor" (Lewis J. Stadlen) (replaced by "Clayton Endicott III" (Rene Auberjonois) after the first season), his bumbling press assistant "Pete" (Ethan Phillips), and messenger boy "Frankie" (Jerry Seinfeld, during season 2).

"Benson" ran for 159 episodes over 7 seasons, ending in 1986. Rene Auberjonois appeared in 135 episodes, winning an Emmy Nomination in 1979 as Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series. He lost to Pat Harrington for “One Day At a Time.”

Rene Auberjonois, Inga Swenson, James Noble, Robert Guillaume, and Ethan Phillips, in “Benson”

 Posted:   Dec 18, 2019 - 12:16 AM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

In WALKER, William Walker and his mercenary corps enter Nicaragua in the middle of the 19th century in order to install a new government by a coup d'etat. All is being financed by American multimillionaire Cornelius Vanderbilt (Peter Boyle) who has his own interest in this country. Rene Auberjonois played one of Walker’s loyal followers, “Major Siegfried Henningson.”

Sy Richardson, Ed Harris, and Rene Auberjonois in WALKER

Alex Cox directed the 1987 film. Joe Strummer’s score was released by Virgin Movie Music.

 Posted:   Dec 18, 2019 - 2:19 PM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

The Police Academy's commandant (George Gaynes) will be honored at a police convention in Miami Beach. At the airport he picksup a wrong bag with stolen diamonds. The "owners"--diamond thief “Tony” (Rene Auberjonois) and his confederates--want them back, in POLICE ACADEMY 5: ASSIGNMENT MIAMI BEACH. Harvey Korman was the first choice for the role of Tony, but was unavailable for the filming dates, leading to Rene Auberjonois being cast instead.


Regarding his experience working on this film, Auberjonois stated, "Why I choose to do things is a mystery to me sometimes. I've done things that, on the face of it, you think, 'why would anybody do Police Academy 5?' I had to look at the role, and see if there's a reason to do it. I did it because it was an opportunity to play a character that nobody else was ever going to let me play. I had a great time doing it, don't regret it for a moment, and I'd do it again in a minute."

Alan Myerson directed the 1988 film. Robert Folk’s score has not had a release.

 Posted:   Dec 18, 2019 - 2:49 PM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

Rene Auberjonois provided the voice of “Professor Genius” in the animated feature LITTLE NEMO: ADVENTURES IN SLUMBERLAND. The film was directed by Masami Hata and William T. Hurtz. Released in Japan in 1989, the film did not play in the U.S. or elsewhere in the world until more than three years later in 1992. The film's soundtrack, with songs written by Richard and Robert Sherman, and a score composed by Thomas Chase and Steve Rucker, was released on Continuum Records.

Gabriel Damon as “Nemo” and Rene Auberjonois as “Professor Genius” in LITTLE NEMO: ADVENTURES IN SLUMBERLAND

 Posted:   Dec 18, 2019 - 3:24 PM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

It was a nod to Rene Auberjonois’ star-power and name recognition that he was top-billed in the voice cast of Disney’s THE LITTLE MERMAID, even though his role of “Chef Louis” was a small one. The 1989 film was the first of what would become a renaissance of Disney animation, and the studio apparently felt that his name should precede those of Jodi Benson (“Ariel”), Pat Carroll (“Ursula”), and Samuel E. Wright (“Sebastian”), all of whom had much larger parts in the film.

Ron Clements and John Musker directed the film, with Alan Menken and Howard Ashman’s score and songs released on Disney CDs.

 Posted:   Dec 18, 2019 - 4:01 PM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

In 1991, Rene Auberjonois filmed some scenes for STAR TREK VI: THE UNDISOVERED COUNTRY, playing “Colonel West,” that did not appear in the released film, but later showed up in the VHS and DVD releases of an expanded version of the film.

In 1992, Auberjonois appeared as himself in his fifth Robert Altman film, THE PLAYER, Altman’s tale of Hollywood and its denizens.

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When his father is murdered, “Ned Blessing” (Daniel Baldwin) is hauled into court and accused of the crime, on the strength of his reputation as a gunman, in the made-for-television film NED BLESSING: THE TRUE STORY OF MY LIFE. Rene Auberjonois appeared as “Marquis” in the western, which aired on CBS on 14 April 1992. Peter Werner directed, and Basil Poledouris provided the unreleased score.

 Posted:   Dec 18, 2019 - 7:48 PM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

After being thrown out of her home, a young woman (Suzy Amis) decides to disguise herself as a man to survive the ruthless Wild West, in THE BALLAD OF LITTLE JO. Rene Auberjonois played a salesman named “Streight Hollander” in the 1993 western, which was based on the real life of Jo Monaghan. Maggie Greenwald wrote and directed the film. David Mansfield’s score was released by Intrada.

Rene Auberjonois and Suzy Amis in THE BALLAD OF LITTLE JO

 Posted:   Dec 18, 2019 - 11:00 PM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

“Star Trek: Deep Space Nine” was a television series created by Rick Berman and Michael Piller. It originally aired from January 1993 to June 1999, in syndication, spanning 176 episodes over seven seasons. The fourth series in the Star Trek franchise, it served as the third sequel to “Star Trek: The Original Series.’ Set in the 24th century, when Earth is part of a United Federation of Planets, it is based on the eponymous space station Deep Space Nine, located adjacent to a wormhole connecting Federation territory to the Gamma Quadrant on the far side of the Milky Way galaxy.

The series starred Avery Brooks as Commanding Officer “Benjamin Sisko,” Nana Visitor as First Officer “ Kira Nerys,” and Rene Auberjonois as Chief of Security “Odo.” Constable Odo is a Changeling, capable of assuming any shape he wishes, but usually assumes the shape of a male adult humanoid. He was found in the Denorios Belt, brought back to the planet Bajor by the Cardassians (who maintained a military occupation of Bajor), and raised in a laboratory by a Bajoran scientist, Doctor Mora. Odo yearns to find his own people, but when he finally does, he is less than pleased to discover that they rule the Gamma Quadrant with an iron fist.

Nana Visitor and Rene Auberjonois in “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine”

Constable Odo was originally envisioned as a young Clint Eastwood type or a "kind of young John Wayne Sheriff-in-town." When Rene Auberjonois was called in for his audition, the casting director told him that none of the previous actors had been "grouchy enough." So Auberjonois improvised his lines using his most gravelly voice, and secured the role.

In 1999, Aubejonois won an award as “Best Actor in a Syndicated Series” from the Online Film & Television Association.

 Posted:   Dec 18, 2019 - 11:15 PM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

Between seasons of “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine,” Rene Auberjonois filmed a cameo for BATMAN FOREVER, as “Dr. Burton.” Although credited prominently, he only appeared in a single scene. Joel Schumacher directed the 1995 film. Atlantic Records released both a song CD and a score CD by Elliot Goldenthal. La-La Land issued an expanded 2-disc score set in 2012.

Val Kilmer and Rene Auberjonois in BATMAN FOREVER

 Posted:   Dec 18, 2019 - 11:35 PM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

In 1999’s INSPECTOR GADGET, Matthew Broderick is “John Brown,” a rent-a-cop security guard who patrols outside the building where two scientists, “Brenda” (Joely Fisher) and her father “Artemus Bradford” (René Auberjonois), are working to construct artificial limbs that can be operated through mind control. The possibilities of such technology catch the attention of “Sandford Scolex” (also known as "Dr. Claw" and played by Rupert Everett), who steals the functioning limb with plans to replicate it and use it to evil's advantage.

Joely Fisher and Rene Auberjonois in INSPECTOR GADGET

David Kellogg directed this action comedy. Hollywood Records released only a song CD, while John Debney’s score has had only a promotional release.

 Posted:   Dec 18, 2019 - 11:48 PM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

The made-for-television film GEPPETTO was a musical adaptation of PINOCCHIO, which finds the lonely woodcarver “Geppetto” (Drew Carey) getting his wish for a child of his own granted when the “Blue Fairy” (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) brings one of his marionettes (Seth Adkins) to life; however, being a parent is not as easy as he had expected. Rene Auberjonais plays “Prof. Buonragazzo,” an eccentric inventor blind to Geppetto’s true wishes.

The film aired as part of “The Wonderful World of Disney” series on ABC on 7 May 2000. Tom Moore directed the production. Stephen Schwartz’s song score was released by Walt Disney Records.

 Posted:   Dec 19, 2019 - 12:21 AM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

Rene Auberjonois played “Reverend Oliver” in THE PATRIOT, which found peaceful farmer “Benjamin Martin” (Mel Gibson) driven to lead the Colonial Militia during the American Revolution when a sadistic British officer murders his son. Roland Emmerich directed the film. John Williams’ score was released by Hollywood Records.

 Posted:   Dec 19, 2019 - 1:13 PM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

“Boston Legal” was a legal comedy-drama television series created by David E. Kelley. A spin-off of the long-running Kelley series “The Practice,” “Boston Legal” followed the exploits of former “Practice” character “Alan Shore” (James Spader) at the legal firm of Crane, Poole & Schmidt where he is best friends with founding partner “Denny Crane” (William Shatner) and is arguably their best lawyer. Candice Bergen was “Shirley Schmidt,” and René Auberjonois was Senior Partner “Paul Lewiston.” The Lewiston character was rarely seen in a courtroom, and even less often had dialogue when seen there.

Candice Bergen and Rene Auberjonois in “Boston Legal”

“Boston Legal” aired from October 3, 2004, to December 8, 2008. Auberjonois appeared regularly during the show’s first three seasons and in a recurring role in the final two seasons. In all, he appeared in 71 of the series’ 101 episodes.

The Season 2 cast of “Boston Legal”: (top row) – Justin Mentell and Ryan Michelle Bathe
(bottom row) – William Shatner, Mark Valley, Julie Bowen, James Spader, Candice Bergen, and Rene Auberjonois

 Posted:   Dec 19, 2019 - 1:51 PM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

CERTAIN WOMEN follows a handful of intersecting lives across Montana. A lawyer (Laura Dern) tries to defuse a hostage situation and calm her disgruntled client (Jared Harris), who feels slighted by a workers' compensation settlement. A married couple (Michelle Williams and James Le Gros) breaks ground on a new home but exposes marital fissures when they try to persuade an elderly neighbor (Rene Auberjonois) to sell his stockpile of sandstone. A ranch hand (Lily Gladstone) forms an attachment to a young lawyer (Kristen Stewart), who inadvertently finds herself teaching a twice-weekly adult education class, four hours from her home.

Kelly Reichardt wrote and directed the 2016 film. Jeff Grace provided the unreleased score.

 Posted:   Dec 19, 2019 - 3:02 PM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

In addition to his screen work, Rene Auberjonois won Broadway's 1970 Tony Award as Best Supporting or Featured Actor (Musical) for "Coco". He was also nominated as Best Supporting or Featured Actor (Dramatic) in 1974 for "The Good Doctor", and as Best Actor (Featured Role - Musical) in 1985 for "Big River" and in 1990 for "City of Angels".

Very early on in his career, he tried changing his surname to "Aubert" because casting directors were unable to pronounce "Auberjonois". When he discovered that his new name caused just as much trouble, he decided to keep the real one. (His name is pronounced "oh-bear-zhon-wah". The French translation is "Armor-bearer".)

Auberjonois once said “I'm never going to retire. I'll die with my boots on.” True to his word, he worked on 4 screen projects in 2019, and has a final one forthcoming in 2020—a lead role in an independent thriller titled CORTEX.

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