Caption: Colm Meaney at Destination Star Trek
An acting enthusiast from the age of fourteen, Colm Meaney received his professional education at the Abbey Theatre School of Acting in his hometown of Dublin, Ireland. After being cast in several television roles at home, he moved to America in the hopes of landing work in Hollywood. Soon he was working regularly, appearing on shows such as Moonlighting, Remington Steele and MacGyver. A motion picture career burgeoned as well, with roles in Die Hard 2, Dick Tracy, and Last of the Mohicans. But it was Meaney’s ongoing appearances as an initially unnamed crewman in Star Trek: The Next Generation that gave him real job security. After appearing in 52 episodes of TNG as “Miles O’Brien,” Meaney accepted the opportunity to continue as the same character on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. At the conclusion of that series, seven years later, Meaney moved home to Ireland, relaunching his international career with such critically acclaimed titles as The Commitments, The Snapper, The Man Who Went Up a Hill and Came Down a Mountain and Kings. When an interesting opportunity presents itself, Meaney isn’t averse to returning to the States, and has played guest roles in series as varied as Law and Order and The Simpsons.