Meaney in 2011
|Born||Colm J. Meaney
30 May 1953
|Spouse(s)||Bairbre Dowling (1977–1994)
Ines Glorian (2007–present)
Colm J. Meaney (//;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 hit 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.
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.
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.
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 2005.567 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.
|Les Roses de Dublin||Michael Kavanaugh||TV miniseries|
|1983||Playboy of the Western World||Shawn||TV film|
|1984||The Hidden Curriculum||David Dunn||TV film|
|1987||Kenny Rogers as The Gambler, Part III: The Legend Continues||Tinkerer||TV film|
|The Dead||Mr. Bergin|
|1989||Perfect Witness||Meagher||TV film|
|1990||Die Hard 2||Pilot|
|Dick Tracy||Cop at Tess's|
|Come See the Paradise||Gerry McGurn|
|1991||The Commitments||Jimmy Rabbitte, Sr.|
|The Last of the Mohicans||Maj. Ambrose|
|Far and Away||Kelly|
|Into the West||Barreller|
|1993||The Snapper||Dessie Curley||Nominated – Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy|
|1994||War of the Buttons||Jerome/Geronimo's father|
|The Road to Wellville||Dr. Lionel Badger|
|1995||The Englishman Who Went Up a Hill But Came Down a Mountain||Morgan the Goat|
|The Last of the High Kings||Jim Davern|
|1997||Con Air||DEA Agent Duncan Malloy|
|Owd Bob||Keith Moore|
|1998||This Is My Father||Seamus, Owner of the Bed-and-Breakfast|
|Monument Ave.||Jackie O'Hara||a.k.a. Snitch|
|Claire Dolan||Roland Cain|
|Money Kings||Al Sheehan||TV film; a.k.a. Vig|
|1999||Mystery, Alaska||Mayor Scott Pitcher|
|The Magical Legend of the Leprechauns||Seamus Muldoon|
|Chapter Zero||Frank Lazarus|
|Most Important||Dan O'Neill|
|How Harry Became a Tree||Harry||Irish Film and Television Award for Best Actor|
|2002||Random Passage||Thomas Hutchings||TV miniseries
Nominated – Gemini Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Dramatic Program or Mini-Series
|King of Texas||Mr. Tumlinson||TV film|
|2003||The Boys From County Clare||Jimmy|
|Bad Apple||Gibbons||TV film|
|Caved In: Prehistoric Terror||Vincent||TV film|
|Covert One: The Hades Factor||Peter Howell||TV film|
|A Lobster Tale||Cody|
|2007||Kings||Joe Mullan||Nominated – Irish Film and Television Award for Best Actor|
|The Metrosexual||The Mayor||Great Lakes Film Festival Award for Best Supporting Actor|
|2008||Clean Break||Trevor Jones|
|Three and Out||Tommy|
|2009||ZOS: Zone of Separation||George Titac||TV miniseries|
|The Damned United||Don Revie|
|The Race||Frank Kensay|
|Law Abiding Citizen||Detective Dunnigan|
|Alice||King of Hearts||TV miniseries|
|2010||Get Him to the Greek||Jonathan Snow|
|Alleged||H. L. Mencken|
|The Conspirator||Gen. David Hunter|
|2011||El Perfecto Desconocido||Mark O'Reilly|
|2012||Whole Lotta Sole||Detective Weller|
|Bel Ami||Monsieur Rousset|
|2013||Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa||Pat Farrell|
|One Chance||Roland Potts|
|1978||Z Cars||McGlin||One episode|
|1982||Play for Tomorrow||Kevin Murphy||One episode|
|1986||Moonlighting||Katharina Suitor||One episode|
|1987||Remington Steele||Man in Tavern||One episode|
|Tales from the Darkside||Constable||One episode|
|1987–1988||One Life to Live||Patrick London|
|1987–1994||Star Trek: The Next Generation||Chief Miles O'Brien||Recurring Character|
|1990||Equal Justice||Nucchi||One episode|
|Father Dowling Mysteries||Ernie||One episode|
|1991||The New Adam-12||Father||One episode|
|MacGyver||Dr. Irwin Malcolm||One episode|
|1993||Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman||Jake Slicker||Pilot episode|
|Brooklyn Bridge||Mr. Kramer||One episode|
|1993–1999||Star Trek: Deep Space Nine||Chief Miles O'Brien||Series regular|
|1994||Scarlett||Father Colum O'Hara||TV miniseries|
|1996||Gargoyles||Mr. Dugan||Voice only; one episode|
|2004||The Murdoch Mysteries||Inspector Brackenreid||Two episodes|
|2004, 2006||Stargate Atlantis||Chief Cowen (leader of the Genii until killed in episode Coup D'État)||Three episodes|
|2005||Law & Order: Criminal Intent||Judge Harold Garrett||Episode: In the Wee Small Hours|
|2006||The Unit||Charge D'Affaires||One episode|
|2007||Men in Trees||Bob O'Donnell||Two episodes|
|2008||Law & Order||Wyatt Landon||One episode|
|2009||The Simpsons||Tom O'Flanagan||Voice only; episode: In the Name of the Grandfather|
|2011–present||Hell On Wheels||Thomas "Doc" Durant||Series regular
Nominated – Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor on Television
- "StarTrek.com Article: Las Vegas 2004: Sunday's Highlights". Archived from the original on 14 August 2004. Retrieved 1 January 2006.
- "Colm Meaney". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved Dec.9, 2009.
- "Stargate Atlantis on Sci Fi". TVguide. Retrieved 9 Dec. 2009.
- 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.
- "'I had no time for them crying into their pints'". The Irish Times – via HighBeam Research (subscription required). 2007-09-22.
- "Stroke-ism and greed: why Colm Meaney is convinced we've sold our souls". The Mail on Sunday – via HighBeam Research (subscription required). 2012-08-26.
- Meaney: still cursing after all these years Sunday Independent, 2011-10-16.
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