Star Trek 45th Anniversary: Rene Auberjonois 360 - Page 3
Auberjonois continued to do guest starring roles as well as voice work in animated shows after Benson ended its run. He also became active in theatre once again.
Auberjonois’s first appearance in Star Trek came in 1991 at the request of a good friend, Nicholas Meyer. Meyer directed Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan and was directing the final original series film Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country. He played the small role of a sinister character named Colonel West.
Then opportunity knocked. Auberjonois revisited how he got the part of the beloved role of the grumpy Security Chief Odo on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.
“Star Trek was auditioning and my agent submitted me and I went in,” he remembered, “Michael Piller envisioned the character as a young Clint Eastwood type, I was quite different.”
Auberjonois explained how any good casting director in Hollywood does not send all of one type in as a way to shake things up and offer alternative suggestions.
“Junie Lowry the casting director knew my work; she sort of tossed me into the mix. As I was walking into the room Ron Surma who was the other casting director had explained to me that no one has been grumpy or grouchy enough yet. I walked into the room and that is the moment Odo’s voice came out.”
There was instantly a reaction in the room; Rick Berman, executive producer of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine knew they had their Odo. Rick Berman was convinced, as was Michael Piller (co-ececutive producer); however, there were additional people that needed to be sold on the idea of Auberjonois portraying Odo.
“I had to come back five more times to convince the powers that be at Paramount [Studios] that I was their Odo.”
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine was an incredibly well written, taut and tense television series. Most Star Trek is notably recognized as being good Trek or good sci-fi. Both do the show a tremendous disservice; Star Trek: Deep Space Nine is one of the finest examples of unbelievably fine television, under the command of the talented writer and executive producer Ira Steven Behr.Continued on the next page