Star Trek: DS Nine René Auberjonois R.I.P.

Prolific actor René Auberjonois, best known for his role as shape-shifter Changeling Odo in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, has died at the age of 79.

The actor died Sunday at his home in Los Angeles of metastatic lung cancer, his son Rèmy-Luc confirmed to the Associated Press.

Auberjonois’ character Odo in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine was often treated as an outside by other characters, which in turn made Odo rather gruff and persnickety at time. His character was hilariously sarcastic, but he also could show a certain sensitivity that only outsiders can fully understand. He was one of my favorite Star Trek characters.

His Deep Space Nine co-star Armin Shimerman who played Quark tweeted on Sunday a favorite memory of the actor.

“His last message to me was entitled ‘Don’t forget…’,” Shimerman tweeted. “I know that I, Kitty and all that knew him will never forget. The world seems noticeably emptier now. I loved him.”

Star Trek actor George Takei also tweeted his condolences.

“This is a terrible loss,” Takei tweeted. “Star Trek fans knew him as Odo from Deep Space Nine. We knew him as René. He was a wonderful, caring, and intelligent man. He shall be missed. When I look out to the stars, I shall think of you, friend.”

His Boston Legal co-star and fellow Star Trek actor William Shatner also tweeted his thoughts about Auberjonois.

“I have just heard about the death of my friend and fellow actor Rene Auberjonois,” Shatner wrote. “To sum up his life in a tweet is nearly impossible. To Judith, Tessa & Remy I send you my love & strength. I will keep you in my thoughts and remember a wonderful friendship with René.”

Many more remembrances at c|net (article source) and StarTrek.

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