I was saddened to learn that René Auberjonois, of Star Trek, Boston Legal and – oh no, he was the French Chef in The Little Mermaid! – passed away yesterday.
René has been a dependable and lovable force of entertainment for so long, it’s hard to imagine him not being around to delight us with more roles. But the ones he has given us over the decades are more than enough. And, like his Founder alter ego, he has a habit of showing up in places you least expect to see him. And, in doing so, elevating whatever you happen to be watching.
Farewell, René. You will be missed – but your legacy will live on.