Denis Leary

Actor, Screenwriter, Comedian
Having made his mark as an angry man comedian in the early 1990s with a stand-up act that lambasted every aspect of popular culture, actor Denis Leary put his abrasive persona to good use when he made the transition to ... Read more »
Born: 08/18/1957 in Worcester, Massachusetts, USA

Filmography

Actor (104)

Freaks of Nature 2015 (Movie)

Rick Wilson (Actor)

Jimmy Kimmel Live 2015 (Tv Show)

Guest

Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll 2001 - 2011, 2013 - 2015 (TV Show)

Actor

The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon 2014 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Guest

Draft Day 2014 (Movie)

Coach Penn (Actor)

Late Night with Seth Meyers 2014 (Tv Show)

Guest

Maron 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Voice

Ice Age: Continental Drift 2012 (Movie)

Diego (Voice)

The Amazing Spider-Man 2012 (Movie)

Captain Stacy (Actor)

The Daily Show 2011 - 2012 (Tv Show)

Guest

The Late Show With David Letterman 2008 - 2012 (Tv Show)

Guest

The Tonight Show With Jay Leno 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Conan 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Crank Yankers 2001 - 2011 (Tv Show)

Voice

Rescue Me 2001 - 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

2009 Golden Globe Awards Red Carpet Special 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

Fashion Rocks 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Host

George Carlin: Mark Twain Prize 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs 2009 (Movie)

Voice of Diego (Actor)

Countdown To The Emmys 2007 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

Fashion Rocks 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

National Memorial Day Concert 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

The 14th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

Denis Leary's Merry F#%$in Christmas 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

Fashion Rocks 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

Ice Age: The Meltdown 2006 (Movie)

Diego (Voice)

Comedy Central Roast: Jeff Foxworthy 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Comedy Central's Last Laugh '04 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Fashion Rocks 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Host

100 Greatest Stand-Ups of All Time 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Comedy Central's Bar Mitzvah Bash! 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

In Search of Ted Demme 2004 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Mouthing Off: 51 Greatest Smartasses 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Richard Pryor: I Ain't Dead Yet, #*%$#@!! 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Shorties Watchin' Shorties 2004 (Tv Show)

Voice

Tough Crowd With Colin Quinn 2002 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Elvis Lives 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

The Comedy Central Roast of Denis Leary 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

The Secret Lives of Dentists 2003 (Movie)

Slater (Actor)

Dawg 2002 (Movie)

Douglas "Dawg" Menford (Actor)

Ice Age 2002 (Movie)

of Diego the Saber-Tooth Tiger (Voice)

The Concert For New York City 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

The Job 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

AFI's 100 Years... 100 Thrills 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Company Man 2001 (Movie)

Officer Fry (Actor)

Final 2001 (Movie)

Bill Tyler (Actor)

Lakeboat 2001 (Movie)

Fireman (Actor)

Comedy Rx: Comics Come Home 5 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Do Not Disturb 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Double Whammy 2000 (Movie)

Ray Pluto (Actor)

Dr. Katz: Professional Therapist 1994 - 2000 (TV Show)

Voice

Jesus' Son 2000 (Movie)

Wayne (Actor)

Comics Come Home 4 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Sex With Cindy Crawford 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

The Entertainment Business 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

The Thomas Crown Affair 1999 (Movie)

Detective Michael McCann (Actor)

True Crime 1999 (Movie)

Bob Findley (Actor)

A Bug's Life 1998 (Movie)

of Francis (Voice)

Denis Leary: Lock 'n Load 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Do Not Disturb 1998 (Movie)

Simon (Actor)

Love Walked In 1998 (Movie)

Jack Morrisey (Actor)

Monument Ave. 1998 (Movie)

Bobby O'Grady (Actor)

Sand 1998 (Movie)

(Actor)

Small Soldiers 1998 (Movie)

Gil Mars (Actor)

The Real Blonde 1998 (Movie)

Doug (Actor)

The Suicide Kings 1998 (Movie)

Lono Vecchio (Actor)

Wide Awake 1998 (Movie)

Mr Beal (Actor)

Comics Come Home 2 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Subway Stories: Tales From the Underground 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

The Matchmaker 1997 (Movie)

Nick (Actor)

The Second Civil War 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Underworld 1997 (Movie)

Johnny Crown (Actor)

Wag the Dog 1997 (Movie)

Fad King (Actor)

Comics Come Home 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

The Blockbuster Entertainment Awards 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Presenter

The Neon Bible 1996 (Movie)

Frank (Actor)

The State's 43rd Annual Halloween Special 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Two If By Sea 1996 (Movie)

Frank (Actor)

Operation Dumbo Drop 1995 (Movie)

David Poole (Actor)

The 1995 ESPY Awards 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Presenter

The Blockbuster Entertainment Awards 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Presenter

Best of Comedy Club Network 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Best of Showtime Comedy Club Network 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Gunmen 1994 (Movie)

Armor O'Malley (Actor)

Natural Born Killers 1994 (Movie)

(director's cut) (Actor)

The Ref 1994 (Movie)

Gus (Actor)

Alan King: Inside the Comedy Mind 1990 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Demolition Man 1993 (Movie)

Edgar Friendly (Actor)

Denis Leary: No Cure For Cancer 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Judgment Night 1993 (Movie)

Fallon (Actor)

London Underground 1990 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

National Lampoon's Loaded Weapon 1 1993 (Movie)

Mike McCracken (Actor)

Rock the Vote 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

The 1992 MTV Video Music Awards 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Presenter

The Sandlot 1993 (Movie)

Bill (Actor)

Who's the Man? 1993 (Movie)

Sergeant Cooper (Actor)

Contest Searchlight (TV Show)

Actor

Recount (TV Show)

Actor
Producer (9)

Benders 2015 - 2016 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Sirens 2001 - 2011, 2013 - 2015 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Burn 2012 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Canterbury's Law 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

In Search of Ted Demme 2004 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Denis Leary: Behind the Anger 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Blow 2001 (Movie)

(Producer)

Comics Come Home 3 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Monument Ave. 1998 (Movie)

(Co-Producer)
Music (2)

The Wedding Weekend 2007 (Movie)

"Life's Gonna Suck" (Song)

National Lampoon's Loaded Weapon 1 1993 (Movie)

("You Really Got Me") (Song Performer)
Writer (2)

Two If By Sea 1996 (Movie)

(From Story)

Two If By Sea 1996 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Biography

Having made his mark as an angry man comedian in the early 1990s with a stand-up act that lambasted every aspect of popular culture, actor Denis Leary put his abrasive persona to good use when he made the transition to the screen. He first gained widespread notice with his fast-talking rants that were featured in between commercials on MTV. After achieving a minor hit in the music world with the sardonic 1993 single "Asshole," Leary starred in the funny, but under-performing comedy "The Ref" (1994) before appearing in the cringe-worthy comedy "Operation Dumbo Drop" (1995). He delivered sturdy performances in uncharacteristically dramatic fare like "Love Walked In" (1997), "Monument Ave" (1998), "The Thomas Crown Affair" (1999) and "Jesus' Son" (1999). Despite a series of uneven roles, Leary finally found his groove as the star, co-creator and executive producer of "Rescue Me" (FX, 2004-2011), a gritty and acerbically funny look at a group of fireman coping with their dysfunctional lives post-9/11. Irreverent, shocking and sometimes controversial, "Rescue Me" proved to be the perfect vehicle for Leary's sardonic wit, playing a recovering alcoholic who struggles to keep together what's left of his family while constantly battling his inner demons. Hailed by critics and blasted by some of the more overzealous watchdog groups, the show allowed Leary to put the full force of his talents on display while opening doors to more mainstream projects.

Relationships

John Leary

Father
Irish-American Died in 1985 one day after his 60th birthday

Nora Leary

Mother
Irish-American

Devin Leary

Daughter
Born in 1992; mother, Ann Lembeck

Jack Leary

Son
Born in 1990, three months prematurely; mother, Ann Lembeck

Ann Lembeck From Story

Wife
Met when he was her instructor for an English class at Emerson College Married Aug. 19, 1989 She published memoir An Innocent, a Broad (2005), about the premature birth of their son on an overseas visit to England; also published the novel Outtakes on a Marriage (2008) also published the novel, Outtakes on a Marriage (2008)

Conan O'Brien Actor

Cousin
Distant cousins; O'Brien jokingly said on "Late Night with Conan O'Brien" (NBC) that "all Irish people are related"

EDUCATION

Saint Peter-Marian High School

Worcester , Massachusetts

Emerson College

Boston , Massachusetts 1979
Classmates with fellow comic Mario Cantone; founded the "Emerson Strip and Sweat Shop"; after graduating taught comedy writing classes for five years

Milestones

2012

Returned to voice the sabre-toothed tiger Diego in "Ice Age: Continental Drift"

2012

Co-starred with Andrew Garfield in "The Amazing Spider-Man"

2009

Reprised role of Diego the saber-toothed tiger for "Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs"

2008

Produced the Fox series "Canterbury's Law"; also wrote and directed the pilot episode

2008

Portrayed Democratic political consultant Michael Whouley in the HBO film "Recount"; earned Emmy and Golden Globe nominations for Supporting Actor in a TV Movie

2006

Once again voiced Diego the saber-toothed tiger in the sequel "Ice Age: The Meltdown"

2004

Released the album Merry F#%$in' Christmas, which included a mix of new music and previously unreleased recordings

2004

Starred as Manhattan firefighter Tommy Gavin on the FX drama "Rescue Me"; also served as creator, writer, and executive producer; received Golden Globe (2004) and Emmy (2006, 2007) nominations for Best Lead Actor

2002

Voiced a saber-toothed tiger in the animated feature "Ice Age"

2001

Co-created the ABC sitcom "The Job"; also played the lead role of an Irish-American police officer

2001

Played a mental patient in the digitally-shot "Final," directed by Campbell Scott

2000

Played supporting role in "Company Man"

1999

Co-starred with Pierce Brosnan and Rene Russo in the remake of "The Thomas Crown Affair"

1999

Played a supporting role in "Jesus' Son" starring Billy Crudup

1998

Provided the voice of Francis in the animated feature "A Bug's Life"

1998

First co-producing credit, "Monument Ave"; re-teamed with director Demme and writing partner Armstrong

1997

Featured in "Wag the Dog" and "Suicide Kings"

1997

Returned to the one-man rant in a live show "Denis Leary: Lock 'n Load"; filmed by Demme for HBO's "Comedy Hour"

1996

First writing credit, "Two If By Sea"; co-wrote wife Ann and Mike Armstrong; also acted opposite Sandra Bullock

1995

Directed "Lust" segment (written by wife Anne Lembeck) of "National Lampoon's Favorite Deadly Sins"

1995

Formed Apostle Pictures

1994

Landed breakthrough role as the smart-talking thief in Ted Demme's "The Ref"

1993

Released first comedy album No Cure For Cancer; executive produced "Denis Leary: No Cure for Cancer" for the small screen

1993

First leading role in a feature, "Judgment Night"

1992

Published book No Cure For Cancer

1992

Feature acting debut, "Strictly Business"

1991

Began appearing in promos for MTV

1991

Off-Broadway debut, "No Cure For Cancer"

1990

West End theater debut, "No Cure For Cancer"

1990

Hosted the cable comedy showcase "London Underground" (Comedy Central)

1990

Wrote the one-man show "No Cure For Cancer"; debuted at the Edinburgh International Arts Festival

1987

Appeared in skits on the MTV game show "Remote Control"; popular characters were musician Keith Richards and artist Andy Warhol

Worked as a contributing editor for Details magazine

Co-founded the Comedy Workshop in Boston

Raised in Boston, MA

Taught comedy writing classes at Emerson College

Began performing stand-up comedy in the late 1970s

Hosted his own show at the underground club "Play It Again Sam"

Bonus Trivia

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Leary was actively involved with the Cam Neely Foundation, hosting several of their benefits. The foundation supported the Cam Neely House, which provided a space for cancer patients and their families at the New England Medical Center.

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On Dec. 3, 1999, six firefighters from Leary's hometown of Worcester were killed in a massive warehouse fire. Among the dead were Leary's cousin Jerry Lucey and his close childhood friend Lt. Tommy Spencer. In response, the comedian founded the Leary Firefighters Foundation.

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