Colm Meaney is the kind of actor who can easily lose himself in the role of an "Everyman", a hardnosed government agent or a psychotic madman with equal ease. Born and raised in Dublin, Ireland with his three brothers and raised by strict Roman Catholic parents, he entered…more
Colm's favorite city is Paris, France.
Colms favorite food is his mother's cooking.
Colm won the best actor award at the Irish Film Awards for his performance in How Harry Became a Tree.
Colm won an Obie Award for his performance in The Cider House Rules.
For his performance in A Moon For The Misbegotten, Colm was nominated for the Olivier Award.
When asked who he thought was a great actor, Colm said Daniel Day-Lewis. When he was asked the worse, he said Steven Seagal.
Com joined Sinn Fein, an Irish Republican Party, when he was fourteen.
Colm attended the Galway Film Fleadh on July 2001.
Colm made his tv debut on the British tv show Z Cars in 1978.
Colm studied theatre at Dublin's Abbey School of Music & Drama.
Despite most of his acting work being in the US or the UK, Colm owns a home in Spain.
As of June 2009, Colm Meaney took on the role of celebrity spokesman for the Halifax Bank in Ireland. This was the first time he had been involved in any sort of advertising campaign.
On February 28, 2009, Colm Meaney attended a fund raiser for The Greater Philadelphia Film Office, an organization which is dedicated to bringing film projects to the area. In attendance were many of the main cast and crew of the film Law Abiding Citizen, including actors Jamie Foxx, Gerard Butler, Michael Irby, Bruce McGill, Leslie Bibb, director F. Gary Gray and producers Lucas Foster and Alan Siegel.
In 2008, Colm Meaney's image was used on a 55c denomination stamp in Ireland. The picture used was from his role in "Kings", a film directed by Tom Collins and based on the play "Kings of the Kilburn Highroad" by Jimmy Murphy. "Kings" is a 2007 film featuring both the Irish and English languages and was Ireland's official entry for Best Foreign-language Film in the 2008 Academy Awards.
In 2007, Colm Meaney appeared in Eugene O'Neill's play A Moon For The Misbegotten alongside Kevin Spacey in London, England.
Colm Meaney had been cast in the role of "Lt. Gene Hunt" in the American version of the television series "Life on Mars" and had even shot the pilot episode, but was later replaced by Harvey Keitel. The pilot was reshot with Keitel in the role.
While playing "Gene" in the British film, "Layer Cake" (2004), he co-starred with "Star Trek: Nemesis" star, Tom Hardy.
Colm has appeared in 225 different episodes of various Star Trek shows.
In the 1970s, he performed with the leftist 7:84 Theater Company, a troupe presenting plays for "working-class audiences", dealing with "political, social and cultural issues of inequality, prejudice and oppression."
In 2002, he was nominated for a Gemini Award in the category "Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Dramatic Program or Mini-Series" for his work on "Random Passage".
In 2003, he won an IFTA Award in the category "Best Actor in a Feature Film" for his work on "How Harry Became a Tree".
His performance as Harry in "How Harry Became A Tree" won Meaney a "Best Actor" award at the 2003 Newport Beach Film Festival.
He has no relation to the science fiction writer John Meaney, though the latter does have a brother who is also named Colm.
Despite having different names in each movie, he played the same character in The Commitments (1991), The Snapper (1993) (TV) and The Van (1996)
Colm played the same character, Chief Miles Edward O'Brien, on Star Trek: The Next Generation and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine for twelve consecutive years from 1987 to 1999. The only other Star Trek actor to do this is Michael Dorn.
Along with Jonathan Frakes, Brent Spiner, Marina Sirtis, Michael Dorn and Jeffrey Combs, he is one of only six actors to appear in the finales of two different "Star Trek" series. "Star Trek: The Next Generation" (1987) and "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine" (1993)
He is the former son-in-law of Irish-American actors Vincent Dowling and Brenda Doyle.
He was nominated for a Golden Globe Award in the category "Best Actor" for his role in The Snapper (1993).
He appeared in the stage production "A Moon For The Misbegotten" at the London's Old Vic theatre in September 2006.
He has a daughter, Ada, born in 2004. The mother's name was never publicly revealed to protect her privacy.
Meaney claims he played trombone for 10 minutes, and jokes he was in an accordion band for even less than that.
Meaney claims the worst actor he ever had to work with was Steven Seagal in "Under Siege" (1992).
He is the only actor to appear in thirteen different seasons of "Star Trek", more than any other actor in Star Trek history. ("Star Trek: The Next Generation" (1987) Season 1-6 and "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine" (1993) Season 1-7 ).
Colm Meaney: (about the episode of The Simpsons he voice worked in) Yeah I was, I thought it was very funny and I thought they understood the Celtic Tiger thing, I mean it was just coming to the end of it, but I thought it was funny that no one goes to the pub any more, they are all working. I just thought it was a funny take on things.
Colm Meaney: (When asked if he would like to revisit his role as Chief O'Brien) No! I spent seven years in space! That was plenty!
Colm Meaney: (On the Star Trek francise reboot) I just caught it on a plane and it looked great to me. It was beautifully shot, they had obviously spared no expense on the effects and all of that, it looked great. And I think the performances were terrific and it seemed very exciting.
Colm Meaney: (On his fans) There was the STAR TREK audience who knew me for that work exclusively and then there were people who knew me from the films I had made, particularly the independent and European films, who were almost unaware that I had even done STAR TREK. So it was kind of nice because it was like I had two separate careers.
Colm Meaney: If I did want to direct I'd want to do a feature and I really don't think I have the temperament for it. You've got to concentrate on one project for two years of your life. I'm not a long distance runner, I'm a sprinter! I think I can be useful in terms of producing and helping to get something up and running. There's so many good directors out there, why does every actor want to direct?
Colm Meaney: (On Irish-Americans and their views of Ireland) A lot of them don't want to hear anything negative or hear of any problems in Ireland. They don't want to hear about stuff like that. They have this romanticised idea in their head and they want that to be confirmed.
Colm Meaney: (On leaving Ireland to continue his career) My leaving was through choice - I didn't really have to go. I have to say, I was in London in the 1970s and I bumped into a lot of guys like these and, to my shame, I wasn't very sympathetic. I always felt like, 'Look, I can go home any time. Why are you sitting here crying in your pint about the old country? If you want to go, the boat and train are there - go and you'll be home in the morning.' Without really understanding what was going on.
Colm Meaney: (On Trekkies) It's funny; they've always been so polite. They're the only people who ever called me Mr. Meaney. They just wanna let you know what they think, or that they love the show or whatever and it's "thank you very much for listening to me and goodbye"!
Colm Meaney: (With what he brought to his role in "Three and Out") With good writing I always compare it to good music, ya know? It's there on the page already. Like I say, it was a very well written well observed character so I just had to play the notes.
Colm Meaney: I'm not a big method actor. I'm much more superficial.
Colm Meaney: I've got three brothers, and I think relationships between siblings are very interesting and not examined very much in film.
Colm Meaney: It's almost like I'm two different actors. Most people in the business, in the feature film business--directors, producers--they don't even know I did Trek. Which is good, in a way, because the danger in doing something like Star Trek is that you end up in that pigeonhole and you're doing that the rest of your life.
Colm Meaney: I avoid those Star Trek conventions as much as I can. I didn't do them at all when I was doing the show. But I've done about four or five since. Talking about the show reminds you of things that you went through. So it's fun. When the show was on, I couldn't have handled it. I didn't want that direct connection.
Colm Meaney: You don't want to be just playing one character for the rest of your life, and I told that to [producer] Rick Berman. And he said he would always get me out to do a feature I really wanted to do. And for seven years he was true to his word. It was amazing.
They'd write me out of a couple of episodes or they'd maybe shoot two days back-to-back-the last day of one episode and the first day of another episode-which would cut me loose for two or three weeks. It was kind of a scheduling nightmare, but it was well worth doing. And I'll always be grateful to Rick for that, because for seven years he really made that work.