Denis Leary

Denis Leary

Known for: Acting
Birthday: 1957-08-18 (65 years old)
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Biography

Denis Colin Leary (born August 18, 1957) is an American actor and comedian. A native of Massachusetts, Leary first came to prominence as a stand-up comedian, especially through appearances on MTV (including the comedic song "Asshole") and through the stand-up specials No Cure for Cancer (1993) and Lock 'n Load (1997). Leary began taking roles in film and television starting in the 1990s, including substantial roles in the films Judgment Night (1993), Gunmen (1994), Operation Dumbo Drop (1995) and Wag the Dog (1996). In the 2000s, he developed and starred in the television show The Job (2001–2002) and was the star and co-creator of Rescue Me (2004–2011), for which he received two Primetime Emmy nominations, one for writing and one for acting. He has continued to take starring roles in films, including Captain George Stacy in The Amazing Spider-Man and Cleveland Browns head coach Vince Penn in Draft Day. Leary has also done voice work, including Francis the ladybug in A Bug's Life and Diego the saber tooth tiger in the Ice Age franchise. He and his wife Ann Leary are the inspiration behind the episode of the Amazon series Modern Love "Rallying to Keep the Game Alive". From 2015 to 2016, Leary wrote and starred in the comedy series Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll on FX.

Personal Life

Leary has been married to author Ann Lembeck Leary since 1989. They met when he was her instructor in an English class at Emerson College. They have two children, son John Joseph "Jack" (born 1990) and daughter Devin (born 1992). Ann Leary published a memoir, An Innocent, a Broad, about the premature birth of their son on a visit to London. She has also written a novel, Outtakes From a Marriage, which was published in 2008. Her second novel, The Good House, was published in 2013. Her essay in a New York Times column about her marriage to Denis inspired the Modern Love series Episode 4: "Rallying to Keep the Game Alive". Leary is an ice hockey fan and has a backyard rink at his home in Roxbury, Connecticut, with piping installed under the ice surface to help it stay frozen. He is a fan of the Boston Bruins and the Boston Red Sox, as well as the Green Bay Packers.Leary describes himself as a "Jack Kennedy Democrat" with some conservative ideologies, including support for the military. Leary told Glenn Beck, "I was a life-long Democrat, but now at my age, I've come to realize that the Democrats suck, and the Republicans suck, and basically the entire system sucks. But you have to go within the system to find what you want."Leary has said of his religious beliefs, "I'm a lapsed Catholic in the best sense of the word. You know, I was raised with Irish parents, Irish immigrant parents. My parents, you know, prayed all the time, took us to Mass. And my father would sometimes swear in Gaelic. It doesn't get more religious than that. But, no, after a while, they taught us wrong. I didn't raise my kids with the fear of God. I raised my kids with the sense of, you know, to me, Jesus was this great guy...."Leary is godfather to Damian Hurley, the son of actress Liz Hurley.

Early Life

Denis Colin Leary was born on August 18, 1957, in Worcester, Massachusetts, the son of Catholic immigrant parents from County Kerry, Ireland. His mother, Nora (née Sullivan) (b. 1929), was a maid, and his father, John Leary (1924–1985), was an auto mechanic. Leary is a citizen of both the United States and Ireland. Leary is a third cousin of talk show host Conan O'Brien.Leary attended Saint Peter's High School (now Saint Paul's) in Worcester and graduated from Emerson College in Boston. At Emerson, he met fellow comic Mario Cantone, whom Leary considers to be his closest friend. While a student, Leary founded the Emerson Comedy Workshop, a troupe that continues on the campus today.After graduating from Emerson in 1981, Leary taught comedy-writing classes at the school for five years. In May 2005 he received an honorary doctorate and spoke at his alma mater's undergraduate commencement ceremony; and is credited as Dr. Denis Leary on the cover of his 2009 book Why We Suck.

Filmography

All 110

Movies 78

Self 32

TV shows 32

Voice 3

Producer 3

Writter 2

Narrator 1

Self (archive footage)
Spider-Man: All Roads Lead to No Way Home (2022)

Spider-Man: All Roads Lead to No Way Home (2022)

Movie
9
Frank Donnelly
Law & Order: Organized Crime (2021)

Law & Order: Organized Crime (2021)

TV show
Actor
Patrice O'Neal: Killing Is Easy (2021)

Patrice O'Neal: Killing Is Easy (2021)

Movie
Sean Moody Sr.
The Moodys (2019)

The Moodys (2019)

TV show
Self - Host
9/11: Fifteen Years Later (2016)

9/11: Fifteen Years Later (2016)

Movie
Diego
Ice Age: Collision Course (2016)

Ice Age: Collision Course (2016)

Movie
6.35
Diego (voice)
Ice Age: The Great Egg-Scapade (2016)

Ice Age: The Great Egg-Scapade (2016)

Movie
7.5
Diego
Cosmic Scrat-tastrophe (2015)

Cosmic Scrat-tastrophe (2015)

Movie
6
Rick Wilson
Freaks of Nature (2015)

Freaks of Nature (2015)

Movie
6
Johnny Rock
Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll (2015)

Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll (2015)

TV show
6
Captain Stacy (uncredited)
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014)

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014)

Movie
6.43
Vince Penn
Draft Day (2014)

Draft Day (2014)

Movie
6
Writer
Sirens (2014)

Sirens (2014)

TV show
Self
Late Night with Seth Meyers (2014)

Late Night with Seth Meyers (2014)

TV show
3.5
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (2014)

The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (2014)

TV show
6.26
Self
Rite of Passage: The Amazing Spider-Man Reborn (2012)

Rite of Passage: The Amazing Spider-Man Reborn (2012)

Movie
Diego
Ice Age: Continental Drift (2012)

Ice Age: Continental Drift (2012)

Movie
6.25
Captain Stacy
The Amazing Spider-Man (2012)

The Amazing Spider-Man (2012)

Movie
6.91
Diego
Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas (2011)

Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas (2011)

Movie
9.5
Diego
Scrat's Continental Crack-Up: Part 2 (2011)

Scrat's Continental Crack-Up: Part 2 (2011)

Movie
Himself
Give It Up for Greg Giraldo (2011)

Give It Up for Greg Giraldo (2011)

Movie
Self
Denis Leary and Friends Present: Douchebags and Donuts (2011)

Denis Leary and Friends Present: Douchebags and Donuts (2011)

Movie
Self
Conan (2010)

Conan (2010)

TV show
8.14
Self
Back From Hell: A Tribute to Sam Kinison (2010)

Back From Hell: A Tribute to Sam Kinison (2010)

Movie
Diego
Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs (2009)

Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs (2009)

Movie
6.26
Self
Michael J. Fox: Adventures of an Incurable Optimist (2009)

Michael J. Fox: Adventures of an Incurable Optimist (2009)

Movie
Self
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (2009)

Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (2009)

TV show
3.5
George Carlin : The Kennedy Center Mark Twain Prize (2009)

George Carlin : The Kennedy Center Mark Twain Prize (2009)

Movie
Michael Whouley
Recount (2008)

Recount (2008)

Movie
Executive Producer
Canterbury's Law (2008)

Canterbury's Law (2008)

TV show
6
Self
Kings of Comedy USA (2006)

Kings of Comedy USA (2006)

Movie
Rachael Ray (2006)

Rachael Ray (2006)

TV show
self
World's Greatest Stand Up: Volume One (2006)

World's Greatest Stand Up: Volume One (2006)

Movie
Diego
Ice Age: The Meltdown (2006)

Ice Age: The Meltdown (2006)

Movie
6.26
Self
Merry F#%$in' Christmas (2005)

Merry F#%$in' Christmas (2005)

Movie
Himself / Executive Producer
Comedy Central Roast of Jeff Foxworthy (2005)

Comedy Central Roast of Jeff Foxworthy (2005)

Movie
NHL: Vintage Collection: Greatest Goals (2005)

NHL: Vintage Collection: Greatest Goals (2005)

Movie
Self
Last Laugh '04 (2004)

Last Laugh '04 (2004)

Movie
Himself
Reverse of the Curse of the Bambino (2004)

Reverse of the Curse of the Bambino (2004)

Movie
narrator
2004 Boston Red Sox: The Official World Series Film (2004)

2004 Boston Red Sox: The Official World Series Film (2004)

Movie
Fashion Rocks (2004)

Fashion Rocks (2004)

TV show
The Tony Danza Show (2004)

The Tony Danza Show (2004)

TV show
Tommy Gavin
Rescue Me (2004)

Rescue Me (2004)

TV show
5.87
Producer
Shorties Watchin' Shorties (2004)

Shorties Watchin' Shorties (2004)

TV show
Self - Host
Lord Stanley's Cup: Hockey's Ultimate Prize (2003)

Lord Stanley's Cup: Hockey's Ultimate Prize (2003)

Movie
Himself
The Curse of the Bambino (2003)

The Curse of the Bambino (2003)

Movie
Self
The Ellen DeGeneres Show (2003)

The Ellen DeGeneres Show (2003)

TV show
5.15
Self
Comedy Central Roast of Denis Leary (2003)

Comedy Central Roast of Denis Leary (2003)

Movie
Himself
Richard Pryor: I Ain't Dead Yet, #*%$#@!! (2003)

Richard Pryor: I Ain't Dead Yet, #*%$#@!! (2003)

Movie
Himself
When Stand Up Stood Out (2003)

When Stand Up Stood Out (2003)

Movie
Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn (2002)

Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn (2002)

TV show
Slater
The Secret Lives of Dentists (2002)

The Secret Lives of Dentists (2002)

Movie
6
Self
Contest Searchlight (2002)

Contest Searchlight (2002)

TV show
Crank Yankers (2002)

Crank Yankers (2002)

TV show
6
Diego
Ice Age (2002)

Ice Age (2002)

Movie
6.47
Douglas 'Dawg' Munford
Dawg (2002)

Dawg (2002)

Movie
Ray Pluto
Double Whammy (2001)

Double Whammy (2001)

Movie
6
Bill Tyler
Final (2001)

Final (2001)

Movie
Producer
Blow (2001)

Blow (2001)

Movie
6.06
Mike McNeil
The Job (2001)

The Job (2001)

TV show
6
The Fireman
Lakeboat (2000)

Lakeboat (2000)

Movie
Officer Fry
Company Man (2000)

Company Man (2000)

Movie
Teddy
Sand (2000)

Sand (2000)

Movie
Simon
Do Not Disturb (1999)

Do Not Disturb (1999)

Movie
Self
The Early Show (1999)

The Early Show (1999)

TV show
Wayne
Jesus' Son (1999)

Jesus' Son (1999)

Movie
Michael McCann
The Thomas Crown Affair (1999)

The Thomas Crown Affair (1999)

Movie
5.67
Bob Findley
True Crime (1999)

True Crime (1999)

Movie
Car Mechanic (voice)
Family Guy (1999)

Family Guy (1999)

TV show
6.11
Francis (voice)
A Bug's Life (1998)

A Bug's Life (1998)

Movie
6.7
Bobby O'Grady
Monument Ave. (1998)

Monument Ave. (1998)

Movie
Gil Mars
Small Soldiers (1998)

Small Soldiers (1998)

Movie
4
Fantasy World Cup (1998)

Fantasy World Cup (1998)

TV show
Lono Veccio
Suicide Kings (1998)

Suicide Kings (1998)

Movie
5.32
Mr. Beal
Wide Awake (1998)

Wide Awake (1998)

Movie
Doug
The Real Blonde (1998)

The Real Blonde (1998)

Movie
Fad King
Wag the Dog (1997)

Wag the Dog (1997)

Movie
5.4
Self
Denis Leary: Lock 'N Load (1997)

Denis Leary: Lock 'N Load (1997)

Movie
Nick
The Matchmaker (1997)

The Matchmaker (1997)

Movie
Self
The View (1997)

The View (1997)

TV show
6
Wheelchair Man (segment 'The Red Shoes')
Subway Stories: Tales from the Underground (1997)

Subway Stories: Tales from the Underground (1997)

Movie
Vinnie Franko
The Second Civil War (1997)

The Second Civil War (1997)

Movie
Jack Hanaway
Love Walked In (1997)

Love Walked In (1997)

Movie
E! True Hollywood Story (1996)

E! True Hollywood Story (1996)

TV show
Self
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah (1996)

The Daily Show with Trevor Noah (1996)

TV show
5.67
Johnny Crown / Johnny Alt
Underworld (1996)

Underworld (1996)

Movie
Francis 'Frank' O'Brien / Writer / Story
Two If by Sea (1996)

Two If by Sea (1996)

Movie
Jake
National Lampoon's Favorite Deadly Sins (1995)

National Lampoon's Favorite Deadly Sins (1995)

Movie
Self
The State's 43rd Annual All-Star Halloween Special (1995)

The State's 43rd Annual All-Star Halloween Special (1995)

Movie
Frank
The Neon Bible (1995)

The Neon Bible (1995)

Movie
Lt. David Poole
Operation Dumbo Drop (1995)

Operation Dumbo Drop (1995)

Movie
Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist (1995)

Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist (1995)

TV show
6.89
Space Ghost Coast to Coast (1994)

Space Ghost Coast to Coast (1994)

TV show
7
Gus
The Ref (1994)

The Ref (1994)

Movie
2
Fallon
Judgment Night (1993)

Judgment Night (1993)

Movie
6
Edgar Friendly
Demolition Man (1993)

Demolition Man (1993)

Movie
6.89
Self - Guest
Late Night with Conan O'Brien (1993)

Late Night with Conan O'Brien (1993)

TV show
6
Armor O'Malley
Gunmen (1993)

Gunmen (1993)

Movie
6
Sgt. Cooper
Who's the Man? (1993)

Who's the Man? (1993)

Movie
Bill
The Sandlot (1993)

The Sandlot (1993)

Movie
5.53
Himself
Denis Leary: MTV Unplugged (1993)

Denis Leary: MTV Unplugged (1993)

Movie
Himself / Writer
Denis Leary: No Cure for Cancer (1993)

Denis Leary: No Cure for Cancer (1993)

Movie
5.07
Mike McCracken
National Lampoon's Loaded Weapon 1 (1993)

National Lampoon's Loaded Weapon 1 (1993)

Movie
6.75
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (1992)

The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (1992)

TV show
5.75
Jake
Strictly Business (1991)

Strictly Business (1991)

Movie
The Simpsons (1989)

The Simpsons (1989)

TV show
6.22
Self - Guest
LIVE with Kelly and Ryan (1988)

LIVE with Kelly and Ryan (1988)

TV show
Newt
A Long Walk To Forever (1987)

A Long Walk To Forever (1987)

Movie
CBS News Sunday Morning (1979)

CBS News Sunday Morning (1979)

TV show
Nicotine Fiend
I Want My MTV (Video 1996)

I Want My MTV (Video 1996)

Movie

Ratings

Average 6.18
Based on 4.86 Million movie and tv ratings over time
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Denis Leary
Denis Leary
Denis Leary
Denis Leary

Information

Known for
Acting

Gender
Male

Birthday
1957-08-18 (65 years old)

Birth name
Denis Colin Leary

Place of birth
Worcester, United States of America

Citizenships
United States of America

Awards
Ellis Island Medal of Honor

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