Colm Meaney (born Colm J. Meaney) is an Irish actor known for playing Miles O’Brien in Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987–1994) and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1993–1999).
Colm Meaney Age
He was born on May 30, 1953 in Glasnevin, Dublin, Ireland.
Colm Meaney Height
He stands at a height of 5 feet 9 inches (1.8 m) tall.
Colm Meaney Wife
He has been married twice. He married Irish actress Bairbre Dowling in 1977. The couple divorced in 1994. He married French costume designer Ines Glorian in March 2007. They live in the small Majorcan town of Soller.
Colm Meaney Children
He has two children Ada Meaney born in 2005, and Brenda Meaney born in 1984.
Colm Meaney Career
He has guest-starred on many TV shows including Law & Order and The Simpsons and starred as Thomas Durant on Hell on Wheels (2011–2016). He has also had a career in motion pictures, and appeared in the film Layer Cake, The Damned United, all three film adaptations of Roddy Doyle’s The Barrytown Trilogy, and in Get Him to the Greek, as well as Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa. He was a principal character in the low-budget film The Englishman Who Went up a Hill but Came down a Mountain (1995). In 2017, he won the Best Actor IFTA for his portrayal of Irish politician Martin McGuinness in the film The Journey. In 2020, he was listed at number 24 on The Irish Times list of Ireland’s greatest film actors.
He started studying acting at 14, and he 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, including the 7:84 theatre group founded by John McGrath.Meaney’s first television appearance was in Z-Cars on BBC 1, 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. He 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 the main 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.
He 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, leader of the Genii on the Sci-Fi Channel (now Syfy) series Stargate Atlantis, guest-starred on Law & Order, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, and appeared as Bob O’Donnell on the ABC show Men in Trees. Meaney can also be seen in the film Die Hard 2 Released in 1990. In the film, Meaney plays the pilot for the plane Windsor 114 that was later crashed by Colonel Stuart. 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 the British comedy film Three and Out released in the UK on 25 April 2008. In July of the same year, An Post issued a postage stamp showing Meaney as Joe Mullen in the film Kings.
In 2009, he co-starred with Gerard Butler and Jamie Foxx in Law Abiding Citizen, playing Detective Dunnigan. In March 2009, he voiced 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, a mostly fictional retelling of the 44-day period in which Brian Clough was manager of Leeds United. He 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. For five seasons he portrayed railroad magnate Thomas Durant on AMC’s drama series Hell on Wheels.