You may recognize him from many different productions, but before Colm Meaney took on the responsibility of bringing Chief Miles Edward O’Brien to life, he gained notoriety in other appearances and roles. In this article, we will look at what he and fellow castmate, Mark Allen Shepherd (Morn) have been up to since the cancellation of Deep Space Nine.
Recap of the Original Cast
Appearing in the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine television series included a regular 1993-1999 cast of: Avery Brooks (as Capt. Benjamin Lafayette Sisko), appearing in 172 episodes; Alexander Siddig (as Dr. Julian Bashir), appearing in 168 episodes; Nana Visitor (as Col. Kira Nerys), appearing in 167 episodes; Rene Auberjonois (as Constable Odo), appearing in 164 episodes; Colm Meaney (as Chief Miles Edward O’Brien), appearing in 156 episodes; Armin Shimerman (as Quark), appearing in 154 episodes; Terry Farrell (as Lt. Cmdr. Jadzia Dax), appearing in 145 episodes; Mark Allen Shepherd (as Morn), appearing in 83 episodes; Cirroc Lofton (as Jake Sisko), appearing 82 episodes; and Michael Dorn (as Lt. Cmdr. Worf), appearing in 101 episodes from 1995 to 1999.
Colm Meaney (Chief Miles Edward O’Brien)
With a distinct accent that originates from his upbringing in Dublin, Ireland, Meaney has enjoyed an extensive acting career, which dates back to the late 70s. Television appearance before landing his role on Deep Space Nine has included “Moonlighting” and “Tales From the Darkside.” Movie roles include the character of Tinkerer in “”The Gamble: Part 3: The Legend Continues,” which starred country singer, Kenny Rogers. He has also appeared in numerous other movies, including “Die Hard II,” and “Under Siege.”
While playing Chief Miles Edward O’Brien, Meaney appeared in 156 episodes of Deep Space Nine. Throughout the show, his character was involved with Keiko Ishikawa, where they later produced a daughter, Molly, and later a son. Their son, Kirayoshi, was the product of an emergency surrogate pregnancy through fellow crewmember, Major Kira.
After the cancellation of Deep Space Nine, Meaney dove into a variety of movie roles, including Intermission (2003), Layer Cake (2004) and Five Fingers (2006). His latest acting endeavors include the 2007 production, “The Metrosexual,” which is currently in the post-production phase.
Did You Know?
1) From 1987 to 1999, Meaney played the same character in both Star Trek: The Next Generation and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.
2) The role and rank of Meaney’s Deep Space Nine character took many years to develop.
Mark Allen Shepherd (Morn)
Shepherd has made several appearances throughout the Deep Space Nine television series; all of the were uncredited. In 1993, Shepherd appeared in Star Trek: Next Generation, as well as Star Trek: Voyager before appearing in more than 80 episodes. After the cancellation of the show, Shepherd made his last acting (to date) in the 2001 movie, Babylon Vista.
Did You Know?
1) Shepard earned a degree in biology.
2) Shepherd never actually spoke a work on the television series.
3) He appeared on the show over the course of seven years and remained uncredited for the duration of his appearances.