Colm Meaney

Colm Meaney

May. 30th, 1953
Born in
Dublin, Ireland
5' 11

Colm Meaney's Main TV Roles

Show Character(s)
Hell on Wheels TV Show
Hell on Wheels
Star Trek: The Next Generation TV Show
Star Trek: The Next Generation
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine TV Show
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
Alice (2009) TV Show
Alice (2009)
Scarlett TV Show
The Driver (UK) TV Show
The Driver (UK)
Journey's End: The Saga of Star Trek The Next Generation TV Show
Journey's End: The Saga of Star Trek The Next Generation
The Murdoch Mysteries (CA) (2004) TV Show
The Murdoch Mysteries (CA) (2004)
ZOS: Zone of Separation (CA) TV Show
ZOS: Zone of Separation (CA)

Main Movie Roles

2016 - Norm of the North
2013 - A Belfast Story
2013 - One Chance
2013 - Free Birds
2012 - Soldiers of Fortune
2012 - Bel Ami
2012 - The Cold Light of Day
2011 - The Conspirator
2009 - The Damned United
2009 - Law Abiding Citizen
2008 - Three and Out
2008 - Clean Break
2006 - Five Fingers
2004 - Blueberry
2004 - Layer Cake
2003 - Intermission
1999 - Mystery, Alaska
1998 - October 22
1998 - Claire Dolan
1998 - Snitch
1997 - Con Air
1996 - The Van
1995 - The Englishman Who Went Up a Hill But Came Down a Mountain
1994 - War of the Buttons
1994 - The Road to Wellville
1992 - The Last of the Mohicans
1992 - Under Siege
1992 - Far and Away
1991 - The Commitments
1990 - Dick Tracy
1990 - Come See the Paradise
1990 - Die Hard 2: Die Harder
1987 - The Dead

Guest TV Roles

Show Name
Characters Played
Ep Count
Judge Harold Garrett
Bob O'Donnell
Dr. Irwin Malcolm
Man in Tavern
Jake Slicker
Kevin Murphy
Katerina Suitor
Tom O'Flanagan (Voiced)
[Complete List]


Colm J. Meaney 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 hell on wheels
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.
Meaney's first marriage in 1977 was to Irish actress Bairbre Dowling,with whom he had a daughter, Brenda, in 1989. They divorced in 1994 He married a second time in March 2007 to French costume designer, Ines Glorian, with whom he had a daughter, Ada, in 2005. He currently lives in the Majorcan town of soller He is unrelated to the science fiction writer John Meaney , the latter has a brother named Colm Meaney.
Meaney is an outspoken supporter of the Irish Republican political party Sinn Féin. While not currently a member, he has said that he had joined the party when he was 14 In October 2011, Meaney supported the Sinn Féin politician Martin McGuinness in his Irish presidential election bid.

  • Despite having different names in each movie, he played the same character in _The Commitments (1991)_ (qv), _The Snapper (1993) (TV)_ (qv) and _The Van (1996)_ (qv).
  • Is the only actor to appear in 14 different seasons of "Star Trek," more than any other actor (_"Star Trek: The Next Generation" (1987)_ (qv), seasons 1 through 7, and _"Star Trek: Deep Space Nine" (1993)_ (qv), seasons 1 through 7).
  • Both he and his _"Star Trek: Deep Space Nine" (1993)_ (qv) co-star 'Rene Auberjonois' (qv), appeared in "Stargate" series, each playing the leader of a human civilization on another planet whose population lived under the surface. In both cases, the main characters of the series in question attempted to form an alliance and arrange an exchange of technology before learning that this civilization could not be trusted. Meaney played Cowen, leader of the Genii in three episodes of _"Stargate: Atlantis" (2004)_ (qv); Auberjonois played Alar, leader of the Eurondans, in one episode of _"Stargate SG-1" (1997)_ (qv).
  • Along with 'Patrick Stewart (I)' (qv) and 'Armin Shimerman' (qv), he is one of only three actors to appear in the pilots of two different "Star Trek" series: _"Star Trek: The Next Generation" (1987)_ (qv) and _"Star Trek: Deep Space Nine" (1993)_ (qv) for Patrick and Colm. Armin appeared in _"Star Trek: Deep Space Nine" (1993)_ (qv) and _"Star Trek: Voyager" (1995)_ (qv).
  • Was a background character on _"Star Trek: The Next Generation" (1987)_ (qv)'s pilot episode, Encounter at Farpoint (1987). He had a semi-recurring role as "Battle Bridge Conn." His character was eventually given a name and rank (transporter chief Miles Edward O'Brien). He was made the engineer of DS9 on _"Star Trek: Deep Space Nine" (1993)_ (qv) in 1993.
  • Former son-in-law of Irish-American actor 'Vincent Dowling' (qv) and 'Brenda Doyle' (qv).
  • Was offered the chance to direct an episode of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine like his DS9 co stars Avery Brooks, Rene Auberjonois, Alexander Siddig, Michael Dorn and Andrew Robinson, but declined.
  • Acted in the Focus Company in Dublin with 'Gabriel Byrne' (qv) and 'Stephen Rea (I)' (qv) in the late 1970s.

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