Cast and Crew - Miles O'Brien

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O'Brien joined Starfleet as an impulsive act two days before he was supposed to leave for the unwanted Aldebaran Music Academy to play cello.

Nearly a year after sign-up in 2346, though, he came face to face with death for the first time at age 18 as a member of the U.S.S. Rutledge under Capt. Maxwell, when he was forced to kill a Cardassian who jumped him on patrol on Setlik III after the massacre there during the border wars. The do-or-die pressure of that incident is what awakened his dormant interest in mechanics: he saved 13 men by getting a field transporter operational in less than 10 minutes with no prior knowledge - a cool-headed feat that led to his post as Maxwell's tactical officer. Since then he's used transporters for 22 years without an accident, and served until 2362 on that ship.

Two years later and brief stints aboard two more ships, he was among the first crew aboard the new Galaxy-class Enterprise when it departed Utopia Planetia, serving in command division as a relief conn officer and later on the battle bridge after saucer separation en route to Deneb IV. After transferring to the gold tunic of the operations division during his first year, his favorite worksite on 1701-D became Transporter Room 3.

Himself a brave man, he once admitted he'd be scared to try a Klingon exchange program as Riker once did, and later confided he most feared for his life during the Borg attack at Wolf 359.

After proposing to her in her Arboretum on the Enterprise, he survived her bridal "cold feet" and married botanist Keiko Ishikawa with La Forge as his best man in Ten-Forward on SD 44390, or May 23, 2367; Data, who had introduced them, served as bridal escort. Keiko has tried to give him her green thumb as well as her neatness streak, both without success; he's become known as the "Black Thumb."

He became a father a year later when his daughter Molly was born, with a second child expected early in 2373.

In 2369, O'Brien accepted a promotion to Chief of Operations on Space Station Deep Space Nine, and left the U.S.S. Enterprise.

Born and raised in Dublin, Ireland, Meaney began studying acting at the age of 14. After high school, Meaney entered the Abbey Theatre School of Acting, part of the Irish National Theatre, and later joined the company as a professional actor. He spent eight years in England, touring with several theatre companies. It was then that Meaney made his first television appearances in the BBC production of Z Cars and the independent British production of Strangers before moving to New York.

Meaney also appeared in the action blockbuster "Con Air" with Nicholas Cage and John Cusack. Additionally, he starred in "The Van," "Owd Bob" (with James Cromwell), "Noose" (with Denis Leary), "This is My Father" (with Aidan Quinn and James Caan) and an untitled Lodge Kerrigan film which co-stars Katrin Cartridge and Vincent D'Onofrio.

Meaney's feature film career continues to flourish with "Four Days" and "Mystery, Alaska." He has also starred in such feature films as "The Dead," "The Commitments," "Dick Tracy," "Die Hard II," "Under Siege," "The Last of the Mohicans" and "Far and Away." Meaney's critically acclaimed performance in the 1994 Miramax Film "The Snapper" earned him a Golden Globe nomination for "Best Actor." Meaney has also appeared in "The Road To Wellville" with Anthony Hopkins and in "The Englishman Who Went Up a Hill But Came Down a Mountain" with Hugh Grant.

Prior to his role as Miles O'Brien on Star Trek: The Next Generation, Meaney guest-starred in such shows as Remington Steele, Moonlighting and Tales From The Dark Side.

Biographies derived and edited from the Official Site.