1. He has guest-starred on many TV shows from Law & Order to The Simpsons, and during its run, starred as Thomas Durant on Hell on Wheels.
2. He began studying acting when he was 14 years old and entered the Abbey Theatre School of Acting after secondary school.
3. He became a member of the Irish National Theatre and worked for the next eight years in England, touring with several theatre companies.
4. He guest-starred on shows such as Remington Steele and Moonlighting before embarking on a successful film career; he received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor for his role in The Snapper.
5. Meaney first appeared on Star Trek: The Next Generation in its 1987 pilot episode, “Encounter at Farpoint”, as an unnamed helm officer.
6. In 1993, Meaney left The Next Generation for a more prominent regular role in its spin-off Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and remained on that show until its final episode, in 1999.
7. With 225 total appearances on Star Trek, he has made more appearances on the franchise than any other actor except Michael Dorn.
8. Due to rights issues, the family name was changed from film to film.
9. Meaney starred in British comedy film Three and Out released in the UK on 25 April 2008.
10. In July of the same year An Post issued a postage stamp showing Meaney as Joe Mullen in the film Kings.
11. In 2009, Meaney co-starred with Gerard Butler and Jamie Foxx in Law Abiding Citizen, wherein Meaney played Detective Dunnigan.
12. In the same month the film The Damned United was released, a mostly fictional retelling of the 44-day period in which Brian Clough was manager of Leeds United.
13. He also co-starred in Soldiers of Fortune with Christian Slater and Ving Rhames.
14. In 2013, Meaney co-starred with Steve Coogan in Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa.
15. Meaney married Irish actress Bairbre Dowling in 1977, with whom he had a daughter, Brenda, in 1984.
16. The couple divorced in 1994. He married French costume designer Ines Glorian in March 2007.