Denis Leary

Denis Leary

Aug. 18th, 1957
Born in
Worcester, Massachusetts, USA
6' 2"

Denis Leary's Main TV Roles

Show Character(s)
Rescue Me TV Show
Rescue Me
The Job TV Show
The Job
Tonight with Jonathan Ross (UK) TV Show
Tonight with Jonathan Ross (UK)
Paramount City (UK) TV Show
Paramount City (UK)

Main Movie Roles

2014 - Draft Day
2009 - Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs
2006 - Ice Age 2: The Meltdown
2002 - Ice Age
2002 - Bad Boy
2001 - Double Whammy
2001 - Final
1999 - Do Not Disturb
1999 - True Crime
1999 - The Thomas Crown Affair
1998 - Wide Awake
1998 - Snitch
1998 - Small Soldiers
1998 - A Bug's Life
1997 - Suicide Kings
1997 - The MatchMaker
1997 - The Real Blonde
1997 - Wag the Dog
1996 - Two If by Sea
1995 - Operation Dumbo Drop
1994 - The Ref
1993 - Judgment Night
1993 - The Sandlot
1993 - Who's the Man?
1993 - Demolition Man
1993 - Loaded Weapon 1

Guest TV Roles

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Denis Leary was born and raised in Worcester, Massachusetts, the son of Nora and John Leary, Irish immigrants who had grown up together. After a childhood in the 1960s, Leary went to Emerson College in Boston, where he tried his hand at acting and writing. He was a charter member of Emerson's Comedy Workshop, and taught at the college for five years after graduating. By that point he had written several pieces for magazines and had worked at stand-up comedy for a time. In 1990 he and his wife Ann flew to London to perform in the BBC's Paramount City. That weekend Ann's water broke. Their planned weekend trip became a stay of months, and Denis, with not a whole lot to do in London, wrote a one-man comedy act. He brought friends in from the States, and they wrote songs to perform on stage. Leary, with Chris Phillips and Adam Roth (I) on guitar, performed "No Cure For Cancer" at the Edinburgh International Arts Festival in Scotland. Despite some protests about the title, the show won the Critic's Award and the BBC Festival Recommendation. The next year the show was moved to America, and it was eventually taped and broadcast on Showtime (No Cure for Cancer (1992) (TV)). The show spawned a book, CD, cassette, and a videotape. It also started Leary's movie career. Since then, he has starred in several films and has had two of his own TV series.

  • Leary's _"Rescue Me" (2004)_ (qv) character, Tommy Gavin, was probably named for his childhood friend Tommy Spencer, a firefighter who was killed in the December 1999 warehouse fire that inspired Leary to establish the Leary Firefighters Foundation in 2000.
  • Loves sports and originally wanted to be an NHL star. That all changed when he got kicked off his high school hockey team because of poor grades.
  • Lives in New York City.
  • Denis got behind the wheel of a fire engine during September 11, 2001, when the New York Fire Department was short-handed responding to the collapse of the World Trade center.
  • Father of 'Jack Leary' (qv).
  • Good friend of Joe Mantegna.
  • His interest in the perils of firemen and his co-creation of the series _"Rescue Me" (2004)_ (qv) stemmed from a tragic 1999 warehouse fire in his hometown of Worcester, Massachusets, that took the lives of six firemen, including his cousin and a childhood friend.
  • Cousin of 'Conan O'Brien' (qv) and 'Jane O'Brien (II)' (qv).

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