Rene Auberjonois is Security Officer Odo, an alien male who is a shape shifter. In his natural shape, he is a gelatinous liquid, however he can take any form he desires. To assimilate and function on the space station, he takes on a humanoid shape. "Odo is a curmudgeon of sorts," Rene explains. "He is very rigid and uptight, yet there is a wonderful humor about him." At the conclusion of the 4th season, Odo lost his shape-shifting abilities, and season five will reveal Odo as a human for the first time.
A member of the Second Drama Quartet, Rene toured with fellow thespians Ed Asner, Dianne Wiest and Harris Yulin during STAR TREK: DEEP SPACE NINE's third season hiatus. He appeared with the Quartet in a theatrical production of "Don Juan In Hell." The company's tour included performances in New York, Stanford, Santa Barbara and Los Angeles. During the show's first season hiatus, Rene appeared in the Miramax feature film, "The Ballad of Little Jo." In the film, released in September 1993, Rene portrayed the character of Straight Hollander.
Rene was born in New York City and raised in nearby Rockland County. At 16, Rene took to the stage under the tutelage of family friend and noted director John Houseman. The son of a news correspondent, Rene moved with his family to London, England, where he continued his theatre training while completing high school. Returning to the United States to attend college, he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Drama from Carnegie-Mellon University in Pennsylvania.
Immediately following college, Rene began his career in theatre at the prestigious Arena Stage in Washington, D.C., and from there he traveled between Los Angeles and New York starring in numerous theatre productions. He helped found the American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco, the Mark Taper Repertory in Los Angeles, and the Brooklyn Academy of Music Repertory Company in New York. Additionally, Rene has starred in such productions as Shakespeare's "Richard III," and "Twelfth Night."
Rene's first appearance on Broadway was in the musical "Coco" with Katherine Hepburn, for which he won a Tony Award. He was also honored with Tony Award nominations for his performances in the Broadway productions of "Big River," "The Good Doctor," and for his role as movie mogul Buddie Fidler in the musical "City of Angels."
While his theatre credits are impressive, Rene has also made his mark on the silver screen, beginning with his debut in Robert Altman's ground-breaking black comedy "M*A*S*H." Since then he has appeared in feature films such as "Eyes of Laura Mars," "Brewster McCloud," "The Hindenberg" (co-starring George C. Scott), and in the remake of "King Kong." In addition, he has appeared in last summer's blockbuster "Batman Forever" as the insane psychiatrist Dr. Burton.
Rene's voice is also instantly recognizable. Rene was the voice of Chef Louis in Disney's animated feature "Little Mermaid," and provided a voice-over for Turner Broadcasting's first feature film, "Cats Don't Dance." The actor has also recorded many novels, including Batman Forever, Shadow Moon, based on George Lucas' film "Willow," and two Star Trek novels.
On television, Rene is a two-time Emmy Award nominee for his performances in ABC's "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" and "Benson." Perhaps it is for his six-year portrayal of Chief of Staff Clayton Endicott III on the hit series "Benson" for which he is best remembered by television audiences. Rene is also known for his work on Showtime's Faerie Tale Theatre in "The Frog Prince" with Robin Williams, and "Sleeping Beauty." He has also guest starred on countless television shows, including "Matlock," "Civil Wars," and "L.A. Law."