Date of Birth : May 30th 1953
Irish actor widely known for playing Miles O’Brien in Star Trek: The Next Generation and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.
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 spent 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 also 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 1987 in its pilot episode, Encounter At Farpoint. His character was eventually given the name of Miles O’Brien. In 1993, Meaney left The Next Generation for its spin-off Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, and remained on Deep Space Nine until its final episode in 1999. With 211 total appearances on Star Trek (157 on Deep Space Nine and 54 on The Next Generation), he has made more appearances on the franchise than any other actor except Michael Dorn (282). Meaney appeared in two Star Trek pilot episodes (The Next Generation and Deep Space Nine), a distinction shared with Patrick Stewart and Armin Shimerman. Meaney is also one of six actors to appear in the finales of two different Star Trek series.
He has also played a minor recurring role as Cowen, leader of the Genii on the Sci-Fi Channel series Stargate Atlantis, and he guest-starred on Law & Order: Criminal Intent.
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; however due to rights issues the family name changed from film to film.
Meaney was married to Irish actress Bairbre Dowling, but they are now divorced. He remarried in March 2007 to Ines Glorian. He is a fan of Dublin’s gaelic football team and Shamrock Rovers.
He is unrelated to the science fiction writer John Meaney, though the latter does have a brother who is also named Colm.