Celebrity Birthday of the Day – June 1

I had a tough time choosing today’s celebrity birthday of the day, but seeing as this is The Back Row and we love our character actors, I decided to go with a famous “That Guy”: Rene Auberjonois. Auberjonois decided to become an actor when his family joined an artists’ colony in Rockland County, New York, where some of the other residents included Burgess Meredith and Helen Hayes. Auberjonois made important contacts at the colony, and began working at a theatre as an apprentice at age sixteen. Following his graduation from college, Auberjonois began acting in numerous stage productions. His first credited film role was as Father Mulcahy in the movie M*A*S*H. This role would lead to him working with Robert Altman again on Brewster McCloud and McCabe & Mrs. Miller. Auberjonois has done extensive work in film, having appeared in such movies as Batman Forever, Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country, the 1976 remake of King Kong, Where The Buffalo Roam, Inspector Gadget, and providing the voice of Louis the French chef in The Little Mermaid (“How I love les poissons”), but his film credits are nothing compared to the amount of work he has done in television. A small sampling of his notable TV credits include roles on Boston Legal, Grey’s Anatomy, Hogan’s Heroes, The Rockford Files, Charlie’s Angels, Starsky & Hutch, The Jeffersons, The Outer Limits, The Night Gallery, Matlock, Murder, She Wrote, The Bionic Woman, Frasier, Stargate SG-1, Archer, L.A. Law, The Practive, It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia, Star Trek: Enterprise, and Criminal Minds. By far his most famous TV role, however, has got to be as Odo on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. But that’s not all! Auberjonois is also an accomplished voice actor, providing his vocal talent to such properties as Batman: The Animated Series, Avatar the Last Airbender, Justice League Unlimited, and The Last Unicorn. This guy can do anything! Rene Auberjonois turns 72 today.

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