René Auberjonois, a prolific actor best known for his roles on the television shows Benson and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and his part in the 1970 film M.A.S.H. playing Father Mulcahy, has died. He was 79. The actor died Sunday at his home in Los Angeles of metastatic lung cancer, his son Remy Auberjonois told The Associated Press.
René worked constantly as a character actor in several golden ages, from the dynamic theater of the 1960s to the cinema renaissance of the 1970s to the prime period of network television in the 1980s and ‘90s — and each generation knew him for something different.For film fans of the 1970s, he was Father John Mulcahy, the military chaplain who played straight man to the doctors’ antics in M.A.S.H. It was his first significant film role and the first of several for director Robert Altman.