MCM: Colm Meaney


St. Patrick’s Day is this week, so I’m using that as an excuse to finally give Colm Meaney his Man Candy Monday due. If you’re an American of a certain age, Meaney was THE obligatory Irishman in any network TV show, plus he kept showing up in indie art-house films. And, of course, he really made a name for himself in Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987-1994) and Deep Space Nine (1993-1999). But he’s also done a fair number of frock flicks, and he’s still working in Hollywood and beyond.



Katerina Suitor in “Atomic Shakespeare,” Moonlighting (1986)

Colm Meany, Moonlighting (1986)

Kids, if you haven’t seen this episode, look it up on YouTube or something, because before Buffy & Glee did their genre-breaking eps, we had real classics back in the ’80s!



Mr. Bergin in The Dead (1987)

The Dead (1987)

A beautiful adaption of a James Joyce short story, set on New Year’s Eve.



Kelly in Far and Away (1992)

Colm Meany, Far and Away (1992)

At lease he had a real Irish accent, unlike the movie’s stars!



Maj. Ambrose in The Last of the Mohicans (1992)

Colm Meany, The Last of the Mohicans (1992)

Colm Meany had a tiny role here, & I think he’s with Wes Studi here behind the scenes.



Dr. Lionel Badger in The Road to Wellville (1994)

Colm Meany, The Road to Wellville (1994)

A silly, kind of weird movie about Dr. Kellogg (yes, of the cereal) & his healthy living sanitarium c. 1900s.



Father Colum O’Hara in Scarlett (1994)

Colm Meany, Scarlett (1994)

Because Scarlett goes back to Ireland, of course.



Morgan the Goat in The Englishman Who Went Up a Hill But Came Down a Mountain (1995)

Colm Meany, The Englishman Who Went Up a Hill But Came Down a Mountain (1995)

Part of the great Hugh Grant period film rush of the 1990s. Meany was pretty hilarious here, & he’s said in interviews that he enjoys comedic roles.



Thomas Hutchings in Random Passage (2002)

Colm Meany, Random Passage (2002)

A TV miniseries set in colonial Newfoundland.



Inspector Brackenreid in “Poor Tom Is Cold” & “Except the Dying,” The Murdoch Mysteries (2004)

Colm Meany, The Murdoch Mysteries (2004)

Two episodes of the ongoing murder mystery series set in the 1890s.



H.L. Mencken in Alleged (2010)

Colm Meany, Alleged (2010)

Playing the real columnist who drummed up furor over the Scopes “Monkey Trial” of 1925.



Monsieur Rousset in Bel Ami (2012)

Colm Meany, Bel Ami (2012)

Not a great movie, but that’s far more Robert Pattinson’s fault! Colm Meany plays a wealthy publisher.



Thomas ‘Doc’ Durant in Hell on Wheels (2011-2016)

Colm Meany, Hell on Wheels (2011-2016)

Based on a real person, a doctor who got involved in finance & trains after the Civil War.



James Burbage in Will (2017)

Colm Meany, Will (2017)

Apparently the only character in this short-lived TV series who had a somewhat decently historical costume!



Father Francis in Tolkien (2019)

Colm Meany, Tolkien (2019)

The priest who helps out Tolkien & his brother’s family & then becomes their legal guardian when Tolkien’s mother dies.



Major Brendan Archer in The Singapore Grip (2020)

Colm Meaney, The Singapore Grip (2020)

A miniseries about on a British family during the 1940s Japanese invasion of Singapore.




King Francis in The Serpent Queen (filming)

Colm Meaney will have a key role in this TV miniseries about Catherine de Medici, coming soon on Starz!.



What’s your favorite historical costume movie or TV role by Colm Meaney?

12 Responses

  1. Boxermom

    Not a Frock Flick, but I loved him in The Commitments as the Elvis- obsessed dad of the main character. :)

  2. florenceandtheai

    He was a hoot in The Englishman Who…A Mountain. He plays a Welsh-speaking Welshman (the two aren’t always hand in hand). He was a hoot there, and his facility with accents (Doc Durant is an American character, and he nailed the Rs) never ceases to impress me. I like any role when he sings.

  3. Monabel

    The 1986 photo from Moonlighting makes him look too much like the repellent Depardieu. But, yes, a lovely actor.

  4. Gray

    “The Dead” is such a little gem! That last voiceover is so poignant and moving!

    I made British uniforms on “Last of the Mohicans”, but mine all had khaki linings and facings. But I wasn’t the only one so…

    Are those hosen/breeches in “Will” corduroy???

  5. Cheryl from Maryland

    Saw “Atomic Shakespeare” when it first aired — so enthralled by the ability of Curtis Armstrong (AKA Booger from “Animal House”) as Bert Viola to handle the most complicated of lines in approximating blank verse while still keeping his characteristic voice AND being funny. Thanks for the link — I’ve watched the first 10 minutes and think my first impression is correct. Also, he is wearing a great hat.

  6. mmcquown

    I’d have to say the Goat, because I’ve seen so few of the others. Hell of Wheels was a good example of him being a bad guy. Was surprised to see him as Brackenried; had seen only the other actor. Murdoch advances a year each season, so they are now in the 20th century.

  7. MoHub

    Meaney was in the pilot for Doctor Quinn, but he was replaced in the series.

  8. MarcAnthony

    He played Alf, the villainous character Lord Henry’s foot man, on the late, great ABC Soap Opera “One Life to Live”

  9. BlairBurton

    The Dead is set at an Epiphany celebration, not New Year’s Eve.

  10. Lily Lotus Rose

    Ok, as TNG nerd I am soooo happy to see Colm Meaney featured here!! I LOVED him as O’Brien and I loved him and Keiko as a couple. TNG was my first introduction to Meaney as an actor, and he was such a sweetheart good man in that role that, still to this day, I’m always jarred when he plays a real SOB. But he’s SO GOOD at those kinds of roles, too. He is such a good actor. I love him in every role. I CANNOT believe that I’m saying this (because overall I loathed this show), but my fave of his Frock Flick roles is as Burbage in Will. First of all, he did a great job. Secondly, he had a role, and I like it when he gets to shine. Great choice!