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Colm Meaney

Highest Rated:   97% The Snapper (1993)
Lowest Rated:   5% The Cold Light of Day (2012)
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Birthplace:   Dublin, Ireland
Colm Meaney is no stranger to the run down Barrytown district of Dublin depicted in The Commitments, The Snapper, and The Van, having grown up near the much mythologized neighborhood. The Dublin native began his acting career at the age of 14, eventually receiving formal training at Dublin's prestigious Abbey Theatre School of Acting and going on to join the Irish National Theatre Company. Meaney eventually graduated to the English stage, working in various London theaters, and then began to audition for television work, mainly landing bit parts in such TV shows as the cop drama Z Cars.Meaney moved to the U.S. in 1982, continuing to work mainly on the stage, but gradually made the transition into television and film playing small parts and guest roles on a variety of series. He was part of the cast of One Life to Live from 1986 to 1987, playing Patrick London, and then was hired for a bit part on Encounter at Farpoint, the pilot for the Star Trek: The Next Generation series. He was hired again for another part and then given the role of Chief Miles Edward O'Brien, and quickly went from being a bit player to an important member of the ensemble cast. The character was transferred to Star Trek: Deep Space Nine in the pilot for that series, and Meaney became a staple member of the show's cast.During his tenure on both Star Trek series, Meaney's motion picture career began to take off, as the bit parts he was given gradually became more substantial. Meaney made his greatest impact in smaller films like the so-called Barrytown Trilogy -- The Commitments (1991), in which he played the father of one of the band members; The Snapper (1993), in which he portrayed Dessie, who finds himself out of a job and suddenly a grandfather; and The Van (1996), which cast him as Larry, a layabout who manages to have a grand idea one day that results in his and a friend Bimbo starting a business out of a derelict vending van. Meaney was also notable in 1996's The Englishman Who Went Up a Hill But Came Down a Mountain: his Morgan the Goat, a randy Welsh pub owner with a flair for smart remarks, was an appropriate foil for the naive Englishman played by Hugh Grant. Meaney has continued to divide his time between the U.K. and the U.S., making particularly notable appearances in Paul Quinn's This Is My Father (1998), which cast him as the swishy son of an old gypsy woman; Lodge Kerrigan's Claire Dolan, in which he played a high-class pimp; Ted Demme's Monument Avenue (1998), which featured him as the bullying leader of a Boston gang; and Chapter Zero (2000), an independent comedy that cast Meaney as the cross-dressing father of a struggling writer.He continued to work steadily well into the 21st century in a variety of projects including Bitter Harvest, Intermission, Layer Cake, and Turning Green. He played soccer coach Don Revie in the sports drama The Damned United before playing the father of a strung-out rockstar in the comedy Get Him to the Greek. He appeared in Robert Redford's historical drama The Conspirator, as well as the period drama Bel Ami.

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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
66% The Journey
  • Martin McGuinness
$33.4k 2017
19% Pelé: Birth of a Legend
  • Coach George Raynor
$40.6k 2016
No Score Yet Secrets of Emily Blair
  • Father Avital
2016
No Score Yet Dangerous Arrangement
  • Leslie
2015
62% One Chance
  • Roland Potts
$1.4M 2014
87% Alan Partridge
  • Pat Farrell
$0.2M 2014
17% Free Birds
  • Myles Standish
$46.7M 2013
No Score Yet The Devil's Hand (Where the Devil Hides)
  • Elder Beacon
2013
No Score Yet Whole Lotta Sole (Stand Off)
  • Detective Weller
2013
14% A Belfast Story
  • Actor
2013
No Score Yet The Ballad Of County Clare
  • Actor
2013
67% Parked
  • Fred Daly
2012
5% The Cold Light of Day
  • Bandler
$3.8M 2012
14% Soldiers of Fortune
  • Mason
$39.3k 2012
No Score Yet The Hot Potato
  • Harry
2012
28% Bel Ami
  • Monsieur Rousset
$0.9M 2012
No Score Yet The Yank
  • Fintan McGuire
2012
55% The Conspirator
  • Gen. David Hunter
$11.6M 2011
No Score Yet The Perfect Stranger (El Perfecto Desconocido)
  • Mark O'Reilly
2011
No Score Yet The Flight of the Swan
  • Giannopolus
2010
72% Get Him to the Greek
  • Jonathan Snow
$61M 2010
No Score Yet Alleged
  • H. L. Mencken
2010
25% Law Abiding Citizen
  • Detective Dunnigan
$73.4M 2009
93% The Damned United
  • Don Revie
$0.4M 2009
No Score Yet The Race
  • Actor
2009
No Score Yet The Race
  • Frank Kensay
2009
No Score Yet Clean Break
  • Actor
2008
22% Alice
  • King of Hearts
2008
20% Three and Out
  • Tommy Cassidy
2008
No Score Yet Unnatural Causes
  • Actor
2008
No Score Yet The Metrosexual
  • Actor
2007
No Score Yet Kings
  • Joe
2007
No Score Yet Robert Ludlum's Covert One: The Hades Factor
  • Peter Howell
2006
No Score Yet Five Fingers
  • Gavin
2006
No Score Yet A Lobster Tale
  • Cody Brewer
2006
No Score Yet Caved In: Prehistoric Terror
  • Vincent
2006
42% Turning Green
  • Tom
2005
81% Layer Cake
  • Gene
$2.3M 2005
46% The Boys and Girl from County Clare
  • Jimmy
2004
25% Renegade
  • McClure
2004
No Score Yet Bad Apple
  • Cuthbert Gibbons
2004
17% Battle of the Brave
  • Actor
2004
73% Intermission
  • Jerry
$0.8M 2003
60% King of Texas
  • Tumlinson
2002
No Score Yet Backflash
  • Gin O'Malley
2002
No Score Yet Random Passage
  • Thomas Hutchings
2002
No Score Yet How Harry Became a Tree
  • Harry
2001
No Score Yet Chapter Zero
  • Frank Lazarus
1999
No Score Yet The Magical Legend of the Leprechauns
  • Seamus Muldoon
1999
38% Mystery, Alaska
  • Mayor Scott Pitcher
1999
75% This Is My Father
  • Seamus Kearney
1999
No Score Yet Four Days
  • Fury
1999
No Score Yet October 22
  • Actor
1998
No Score Yet Money Kings
  • Al Sheehan
1998
25% Claire Dolan
  • Roland Cain
1998
90% Monument Ave.
  • Jackie O'Hara
1998
No Score Yet The Last of the High Kings
  • Jim Davern
1998
No Score Yet Vig
  • Actor
1998
56% Con Air
  • Duncan Malloy
1997
38% The Van
  • Larry
1997
No Score Yet Owd Bob
  • Keith Moore
1997
No Score Yet War of the Buttons
  • Geronimo's Dad
1995
58% The Englishman Who Went up a Hill But Came Down A Mountain
  • Morgan the Goat
1995
41% The Road to Wellville
  • Dr. Lionel Badger
1994
No Score Yet Scarlett
  • Actor
1994
97% The Snapper
  • Dessie Curley
1993
80% Into the West
  • Barreller
1993
No Score Yet Star Trek: Deep Space Nine - Behind the Scenes
  • Actor
1993
75% Under Siege
  • Director
  • Daumer
1992
94% The Last of the Mohicans
  • Major Ambrose
1992
50% Far and Away
  • Kelly
1992
88% The Commitments
  • Mr. Rabbitte
1991
70% Come See the Paradise
  • Gerry McGurn
1990
69% Die Hard 2
  • Windsor Plane Pilot
1990
64% Dick Tracy
  • Cop at Tess'
1990
No Score Yet Perfect Witness
  • Meagher
1989
92% The Dead
  • Mr. Bergin
1987
No Score Yet Omega Syndrome
  • Sean
1987
No Score Yet Kenny Rogers as The Gambler, Part III: The Legend Continues
  • Tinkerer
1987
No Score Yet Unnatural Causes
  • Actor
1986

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Will
2017
  • James Burbage
  • 2017
No Score Yet Hell on Wheels
2011-2016
  • Thomas "Doc" Durant
  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2014
  • 2013
  • 2012
  • 2011
68% Childhood's End
2015
  • Wainwright
  • 2015
No Score Yet Alice
2009
  • King of Hearts
  • 2009
29% Mercy
2009-2010
  • Dr. Parks
  • 2009
No Score Yet The Simpsons
1989
  • Voice
  • 2009
No Score Yet Law & Order
1990-2010
  • Landon Wyatt
  • 2008
No Score Yet Law & Order: Criminal Intent
2001-2011
  • Judge Harold Garrett
  • 2005
No Score Yet Family Guy
1999
  • Voice
  • 1999
No Score Yet Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
1993-1999
  • Miles O'Brien
  • 1999
  • 1998
  • 1997
  • 1996
  • 1995
  • 1994
  • 1993
No Score Yet Star Trek: The Next Generation
1987-1994
  • Transporter Chief Miles O'Brien Security Guard Chief O'Brien O'Brien Conn Ensign
  • 1994
  • 1993
  • 1992
  • 1991
  • 1990
  • 1989
  • 1988
  • 1987
No Score Yet MacGyver
1985-1992
  • Malcolm
  • 1991
No Score Yet The Driver
2014
  • Actor

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