Colm Meaney

Actor
Curly-haired Irish player Colm Meaney, perhaps best known to American audiences as Chief Engineer Miles O'Brien on the hit syndicated series "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine", has had a long and varied career in features, as ... Read more »
Born: 05/29/1953 in Dublin, IE

Filmography

Actor (86)

Hell on Wheels 2011 - 2015 (TV Show)

Actor

A Lobster Tale 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Alan Partridge 2014 (Movie)

Pat Farrell (Actor)

Alleged 2014 (Movie)

H.L. Mencken (Actor)

One Chance 2014 (Movie)

Roland Potts (Actor)

Pele 2014 (Movie)

George Raynor (Actor)

Sacrifice 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Devil's Hand 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

A Belfast Story 2013 (Movie)

Detective (Actor)

Blueberry 2013 (Movie)

McClure (Actor)

Free Birds 2013 (Movie)

Myles Standish (Voice)

Stand Off 2013 (Movie)

Weller (Actor)

Bel Ami 2012 (Movie)

Monsieur Rousset (Actor)

Parked 2012 (Movie)

Fred (Actor)

Soldiers of Fortune 2012 (Movie)

Mason (Actor)

The Cold Light of Day 2012 (Movie)

(Special Appearance)

The Perfect Stranger 2012 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Conspirator 2011 (Movie)

General Hunter (Actor)

Alice 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

Get Him to the Greek 2010 (Movie)

Jonathan Snow (Actor)

Law Abiding Citizen 2009 (Movie)

Detective Dunnigan (Actor)

Mercy 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Damned United 2009 (Movie)

Don Revie (Actor)

The Race 2009 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Simpsons 2009 (Tv Show)

Voice

Turning Green 2009 (Movie)

Tom (Actor)

A Deal is a Deal 2008 (Movie)

Tommy Cassidy (Actor)

Law & Order 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

Life on Mars 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

Kings 2007 (Movie)

Joe (Actor)

Men in Trees 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

Robert Ludlum's Covert One: The Hades Factor 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

Stargate: Atlantis 2004, 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Unit 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

Five Fingers 2005 (Movie)

Gavin (Actor)

Law & Order: Criminal Intent 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

Layer Cake 2005 (Movie)

Gene (Actor)

Nouvelle-France 2005 (Movie)

Benjamin Franklin (Actor)

The Boys and Girl From County Clare 2005 (Movie)

Jimmy (Actor)

Intermission 2004 (Movie)

Detective Jerry Lynch (Actor)

Renegade 2003 (Movie)

(Actor)

Backflash 2001 (Movie)

(Actor)

How Harry Became A Tree 2001 (Movie)

Harry (Actor)

Brooklyn Bridge 1992 - 1993, 1999 - 2000 (Tv Show)

Actor

Claire Dolan 2000 (Movie)

Roland Cain (Actor)

Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman 1992 - 1993, 1999 - 2000 (Tv Show)

Actor

Family Guy 1999 - 2000 (Tv Show)

Voice

Jack's Place 1991 - 1993, 1999 - 2000 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Magical Legend of the Leprechauns 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Four Days 1999 (Movie)

Fury (Actor)

Mystery, Alaska 1999 (Movie)

Mayor Scott Pitcher (Actor)

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine 1992 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

This Is My Father 1999 (Movie)

Seamus Kearney--Owner of the Bed-and-Breakfast (Actor)

Vig 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Chapter Zero 1998 (Movie)

Frank Lazarus (Actor)

Last of the High Kings 1998 (Movie)

Jim Davern (Actor)

Monument Ave. 1998 (Movie)

Jackie O'Hara (Actor)

Owd Bob 1998 (Movie)

Keith Moore (Actor)

Con Air 1997 (Movie)

Malloy (Actor)

October 22 1997 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Van 1997 (Movie)

Larry (Actor)

The Englishman Who Went Up A Hill But Came Down A Mountain 1995 (Movie)

Morgan the Goat (Actor)

The Science of Star Trek 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

War of the Buttons 1995 (Movie)

Geronimo's Dad (Actor)

Star Trek: The Next Generation 1987 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

The Road to Wellville 1994 (Movie)

Dr Lionel Badger (Actor)

Into the West 1993 (Movie)

Barreller (Actor)

The Snapper 1993 (Movie)

Dessie (Actor)

Far and Away 1992 (Movie)

Kelly (Actor)

The Last of the Mohicans 1992 (Movie)

Major Ambrose (Actor)

Under Siege 1992 (Movie)

Daumer (Actor)

The Commitments 1991 (Movie)

Mr Rabbitte (Actor)

Come See the Paradise 1990 (Movie)

Gerry McGurn (Actor)

Dick Tracy 1990 (Movie)

Cop at Tess' (Actor)

Die Hard 2: Die Harder 1990 (Movie)

Pilot--Windsor Plane (Actor)

Omega 7 1987 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Dead 1987 (Movie)

Mr Bergin (Actor)

Alleged (TV Show)

Actor

Bad Apple (TV Show)

Actor

Gargoyles (TV Show)

Voice

King Of Texas (TV Show)

Actor

Perfect Witness (TV Show)

Actor

Scarlett (TV Show)

Actor

The Perfect Stranger (Movie)

(Actor)

Biography

Curly-haired Irish player Colm Meaney, perhaps best known to American audiences as Chief Engineer Miles O'Brien on the hit syndicated series "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine", has had a long and varied career in features, as both a scene-stealing supporting player and a charismatic lead. Determined to be an actor since age 13, Meaney spent some time in a fisherman training program after leaving high school, but soon began his career at the renowned Abbey Theatre, first as an student in its training program and later on the Dublin stage before moving to Great Britain where he joined 7:84, a leftist theater group. He traveled to the USA in 1982, settling in the Hell's Kitchen section of Manhattan, and jetted back-and-forth between the New York and London stages. After four years of continent-hopping, Meaney and his then-wife actress Bairbre Dowling moved to Los Angeles, where he soon made his feature debut in the action thriller "Omega 7/Omega Syndrome" (1986). The following year would bring him back to Ireland for a role in "The Dead", John Huston's final film, an adaptation of James Joyce's short story. Meaney was initially cast in a recurring role of Engineer Miles O'Brien in the syndicated "Star Trek" spin-off "Star Trek: The Next Generation" (from 1987 to 1992), and was later upgraded to regular as Chief Engineer O'Brien, the most accessible and human character, on "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine" (syndicated, 1993-99). While Meaney worked extensively in television during this time, even taking a supporting part in the 1994 CBS miniseries "Scarlett" in addition to his series role, his film career didn't slow down.

Relationships

Bairbre Dowling Actor

Wife
Married 1977 Divorced 1994

Ines Glorian

Wife
Married March 15, 2007

Brenda Meaney

Daughter
Born c. 1984 mother, Bairbre Dowling

EDUCATION

Quit high school to take part in a government-run fisherman training program

Abbey Theatre School

Dublin
Attended for two years

Dublin Drama School

Dublin
Attended for one year

Milestones

2012

Co-starred with Robert Pattinson in the Parisian-set period drama "Bel Ami," based on the novel by Guy de Maupassant

2010

Cast in the comedy feature "Get Him to the Greek"

2009

Portrayed the former Leeds manager Don Reviethe in the British film "The Damned United"

2009

Played a detective in "Law Abiding Citizen" opposite Gerard Butler and Jamie Foxx

2007

Starred in the Irish film "Kings"

2004

Co-starred with Daniel Craig in the British gangster hit "Layer Cake," directed by Matthew Vaughn

2004

Co-starred with Colin Farrell in the drama "Intermission"

2004

Played recurring role of Cowen, leader of the Genii, on the Sci Fi Channel series "Stargate Atlantis"

2003

Starred in the musical comedy "The Boys and Girl from County Clare"

2002

Co-starred in the TNT movie "King of Texas," which reset Shakespeare's "King Lear" in the U.S.

2001

Played the title role in the film "How Harry Became a Tree"

1999

Co-starred in the off-Broadway staging of "The Cider House Rules – Part One: Here in St. Cloud's"

1999

Played the mayor of a small-town in the David E. Kelley penned "Mystery Alaska"

1999

Starred as the leader of the leprechauns in the NBC fantasy miniseries "The Magical Legend of the Leprechauns"

1999

Delivered supporting turn as the fey operator of a bed & breakfast in "This Is My Father"

1998

Cast as a gangster who forces the title character into a life of prostitution in "Claire Dolan"

1997

Played a short-tempered DEA agent in "Con Air"

1996

Re-teamed with Frears for the third film in Doyle's Barrytown trilogy "The Van"

1996

Cast in featured role as a slick politician in "Last of the High Kings"

1995

Delivered memorable role as strong-willed innkeeper Morgan the Goat in "The Englishman Who Went Up a Hill but Came Down a Mountain"

1994

Appeared opposite then-wife Bairbre Dowling as parents of a leader of a children's gang in "The War of the Buttons"

1994

Played the title character's cousin in "Scarlett," the CBS miniseries sequel to "Gone With the Wind"

1994

Co-starred as a zealot vegetarian in "The Road to Wellville," Alan Parker's 1907-set satire of health fanaticism

1993

Landed first lead role in "The Snapper," the second film in Doyle's Barrytown trilogy directed by Stephen Frears

1993

Joined the cast of the "Star Trek" spin-off series "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine"; reprised role of O'Brien

1992

Featured in Ron Howard's period drama "Far and Away"

1991

Re-teamed with Parker in "The Commitments," playing the colorful father of the band's manager; the first film in Doyle's Barrytown trilogy

1990

Landed bit parts in Warren Beatty's appropriately cartoonish "Dick Tracy" and the action sequel "Die Hard 2: Die Harder"

1990

First film with director Alan Parker, "Come See the Paradise"

1988

Featured on Broadway in "Breaking the Code"

1987

Played supporting role in John Huston's "The Dead"

1987

Cast as Engineer Miles O'Brien on the "Star Trek" spin-off "Star Trek: The Next Generation" (Syndicated)

1986

Moved to Los Angeles, CA

1981

Made his Broadway debut in "Nicholas Nickleby"

1981

Feature acting debut, "Nailed"

1978

First television appearance, "Z-Cars" on BBC1

Joined 7:84, a small British leftist theater company

Moved to London in his early 20s

Bonus Trivia

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Meaney, so often a supporting player, on taking lead in Stephen Frears' "The Snapper": "In terms of having to be the lead in a picture, I'm glad it was a sort of nice, small, offbeat piece, with a genius director. I'm not great on responsibility. I remember when I did a play in New York: Michael Gough, the English actor, talked about the joys of being a supporting actor. You don't have the awful responsibility of sink or swim on you. And you get to play all these marvelously different and bizarre characters." – quoted in The New York Times, Nov. 21, 1993

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"I don't understand this need Americans have to label everything. I guess I understand it from a marketing point of view, but for an actor, it's all kind of maddening. I don't feel like I'm like anyone out there, but I've been called everything from a young Gene Hackman to an old Sean Penn." – Meaney to the New York Post, May 11, 1995

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