Colm Meaney

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Colm Meaney
Colm Meaney - Cannes.jpg
Meaney in 2011
BornColm J. Meaney
(1953-05-30) 30 May 1953 (age 61)
Dublin, Ireland
Years active1978–present
Spouse(s)Bairbre Dowling (1977–1994)
Ines Glorian (2007–present)
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Colm Meaney
Colm Meaney - Cannes.jpg
Meaney in 2011
BornColm J. Meaney
(1953-05-30) 30 May 1953 (age 61)
Dublin, Ireland
Years active1978–present
Spouse(s)Bairbre Dowling (1977–1994)
Ines Glorian (2007–present)

Colm J. Meaney (/ˈkɒləm/;[1] Irish: Colm Ó Maonaigh; born 30 May 1953) is an Irish actor widely known for playing Miles O'Brien in Star Trek: The Next Generation and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. He is second only to Michael Dorn in most appearances in Star Trek episodes. He has guest-starred on many TV shows from Law & Order to The Simpsons, and currently stars as railroad magnate Thomas Durant on AMC's drama series Hell on Wheels.

He has also had a significant career in motion pictures, appearing in the film The Damned United; all three film adaptations of Roddy Doyle's The Barrytown Trilogy; Get Him to the Greek and Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa.

Early life[edit]

Meaney was born in Dublin. He started studying acting when he was fourteen years of age, and entered the Abbey Theatre School of Acting after secondary school. He became a member of the Irish National Theatre and worked for the next eight years in England, touring with several theatre companies.


Colm Meaney (right) with Deep Space 9 co-stars Marc Alaimo (left) and Armin Shimerman (middle)

Meaney's first television appearance was in Z-Cars on BBC1 in 1978. He guest-starred on shows such as Remington Steele and Moonlighting before embarking on a successful film career; he received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor for his role in The Snapper.

Meaney first appeared on Star Trek: The Next Generation in its 1987 pilot episode, "Encounter at Farpoint", as an unnamed helm officer. His character became a frequently recurring one, and was given the name of Miles O'Brien as he became more prominent in the crew as Transporter Chief. In 1993, Meaney left The Next Generation for a more prominent regular role in its spin-off Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, and remained on that show until its final episode in 1999. With 225 total appearances on Star Trek, he has made more appearances on the franchise than any other actor except Michael Dorn.

Meaney played Colum O'Hara in the 1994 miniseries Scarlett, the sequel to Gone With the Wind. He has played a minor recurring role as Cowen,[2] leader of the Genii on the Sci-Fi Channel (now Syfy) series Stargate Atlantis,[3] guest-starred on Law & Order, Law & Order: Criminal Intent and appeared as Bob O'Donnell on the ABC show Men in Trees.

He was the only actor to appear in all three film adaptations of Roddy Doyle's The Barrytown Trilogy, wherein he played the father of the Rabbitte family. Due to rights issues, the family name was changed from film to film. His stage appearances include the Old Vic production of Eugene O'Neill's A Moon for the Misbegotten. Meaney starred in British comedy film Three and Out released in the UK on 25 April 2008. In July of the same year An Post (Irish mail agency) issued a postage stamp showing Meaney as Joe Mullen in the film Kings.[4]

In 2009 Meaney co-starred with Gerard Butler and Jamie Foxx in Law Abiding Citizen wherein he played Detective Dunnigan. In March 2009, Meaney guest-starred as an Irish bartender on the St. Patrick's Day episode of The Simpsons, "In the Name of the Grandfather". In the same month the film The Damned United was released, chronicling the 44-day period in which Brian Clough was manager of Leeds United. Meaney played the former Leeds manager Don Revie. He also co-starred in Soldiers of Fortune with Christian Slater and Ving Rhames. In 2013, Meaney co-starred with Steve Coogan in Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa. In 2014, he appeared as The Horse in the BBC's three-part crime story, The Driver.

Personal life[edit]

Meaney's first marriage in 1977 was to Irish actress Bairbre Dowling,[5] with whom he had a daughter, Brenda, in 1984. They divorced in 1994.[6] He married a second time in March 2007 to French costume designer, Ines Glorian, with whom he had a daughter, Ada, in 2005.[5][6][7] He currently lives in the Mallorca town of Sóller. He is unrelated to the science fiction writer John Meaney; the latter has a brother named Colm Meaney.

He supported Sinn Féin candidate Martin McGuinness during the 2011 Irish Presidential Election.[8]


1981NailedYounger Protestant
Les Roses de DublinMichael KavanaughTV miniseries
1983Playboy of the Western WorldShawnTV film
1984The Hidden CurriculumDavid DunnTV film
1987Kenny Rogers as The Gambler, Part III: The Legend ContinuesTinkererTV film
Omega SyndromeSean
The DeadMr. Bergin
1989Perfect WitnessMeagherTV film
1990Die Hard 2Pilot
Dick TracyCop at Tess's
Come See the ParadiseGerry McGurn
1991The CommitmentsJimmy Rabbitte, Sr.
1992Under SiegeDaumer
The Last of the MohicansMaj. Ambrose
Far and AwayKelly
Into the WestBarreller
1993The SnapperDessie CurleyNominated – Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
1994War of the ButtonsJerome/Geronimo's father
The Road to WellvilleDr. Lionel Badger
1995The Englishman Who Went Up a Hill But Came Down a MountainMorgan the Goat
1996The VanLarry
The Last of the High KingsJim Davern
1997Con AirDEA Agent Duncan Malloy
Owd BobKeith Moore
1998This Is My FatherSeamus, Owner of the Bed-and-Breakfast
Monument Ave.Jackie O'Haraa.k.a. Snitch
22 OctoberSteve
Claire DolanRoland Cain
Money KingsAl SheehanTV film; a.k.a. Vig
1999Mystery, AlaskaMayor Scott Pitcher
The Magical Legend of the LeprechaunsSeamus Muldoon
Chapter ZeroFrank Lazarus
Four DaysFury
Most ImportantDan O'Neill
2001BackflashGin O'Malley
How Harry Became a TreeHarryIrish Film and Television Award for Best Actor
2002Random PassageThomas HutchingsTV miniseries
Nominated – Gemini Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Dramatic Program or Mini-Series
King of TexasMr. TumlinsonTV film
2003The Boys From County ClareJimmy
IntermissionJerry Lynch
2004BlueberryJimmy McClure
Bad AppleGibbonsTV film
Layer CakeGene
Nouvelle-FranceBenjamin Franklin
2005Turning GreenTom
2006Five FingersGavin
Caved In: Prehistoric TerrorVincentTV film
Covert One: The Hades FactorPeter HowellTV film
A Lobster TaleCody
2007KingsJoe MullanNominated – Irish Film and Television Award for Best Actor
The MetrosexualThe MayorGreat Lakes Film Festival Award for Best Supporting Actor
2008Clean BreakTrevor Jones
Three and OutTommy
2009ZOS: Zone of SeparationGeorge TitacTV miniseries
The Damned UnitedDon Revie
The RaceFrank Kensay
Law Abiding CitizenDetective Dunnigan
AliceKing of HeartsTV miniseries
2010Get Him to the GreekJonathan Snow
AllegedH. L. Mencken
ParkedFred Daly
The ConspiratorGen. David Hunter
2011El Perfecto DesconocidoMark O'Reilly
2012Whole Lotta SoleDetective Weller
Bel AmiMonsieur Rousset
2013Alan Partridge: Alpha PapaPat Farrell
One ChanceRoland Potts
Free BirdsMyles StandishVoice only
2014The Devil's HandElder Beacon
1978Z CarsMcGlinOne episode
1982Play for TomorrowKevin MurphyOne episode
StrangersSmollettOne episode
1986MoonlightingKatharina SuitorOne episode
1987Remington SteeleMan in TavernOne episode
Tales from the DarksideConstableOne episode
1987–1988One Life to LivePatrick London
1987–1994Star Trek: The Next GenerationChief Miles O'BrienRecurring Character
1990Equal JusticeNucchiOne episode
Father Dowling MysteriesErnieOne episode
1991The New Adam-12FatherOne episode
MacGyverDr. Irwin MalcolmOne episode
1993Dr. Quinn, Medicine WomanJake SlickerPilot episode
Brooklyn BridgeMr. KramerOne episode
1993–1999Star Trek: Deep Space NineChief Miles O'BrienSeries regular
1994ScarlettFather Colum O'HaraTV miniseries
1996GargoylesMr. DuganVoice only; one episode
2004The Murdoch MysteriesInspector BrackenreidTwo episodes
2004, 2006Stargate AtlantisChief Cowen (leader of the Genii)Three episodes
2005Law & Order: Criminal IntentJudge Harold GarrettEpisode: In the Wee Small Hours
2006The UnitCharge D'AffairesOne episode
2007Men in TreesBob O'DonnellTwo episodes
2008Law & OrderWyatt LandonOne episode
2009The SimpsonsTom O'FlanaganVoice only; episode: In the Name of the Grandfather
2011–presentHell on WheelsThomas "Doc" DurantSeries regular
Nominated – Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor on Television
2014The DriverThe HorseTV series

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  1. ^ " Article: Las Vegas 2004: Sunday's Highlights". Archived from the original on 14 August 2004. Retrieved 1 January 2006. 
  2. ^ "Colm Meaney". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 9 December 2009. 
  3. ^ "Stargate Atlantis on Sci Fi". TVguide. Retrieved 9 December 2009. 
  4. ^ Warren, Brian (Spring 2009). "That Was the Year That Was–2008 (part 1)". The Revealer (Seminole, FL: Éire Philatelic Association) 58 (4): 63. ISSN 0484-6125. 
  5. ^ a b "'I had no time for them crying into their pints'". The Irish Times  – via HighBeam Research (subscription required). 22 September 2007. 
  6. ^ a b "Stroke-ism and greed: why Colm Meaney is convinced we've sold our souls". The Mail on Sunday  – via HighBeam Research (subscription required). 26 August 2012. 
  7. ^ Meaney: still cursing after all these years Sunday Independent, 16 October 2011.
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