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Also Known As: Denis Colin Leary Died:
Born: August 18, 1957 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Worcester, Massachusetts, USA Profession: screenwriter, actor, director, producer, comedian, author, acting instructor, teacher

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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...

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.

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 Draft Day (2014)
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 Recount (2008)
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 Ice Age (2002) Voice Of Diego The Saber-Tooth Tiger
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Raised in Boston, MA
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Taught comedy writing classes at Emerson College
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Began performing stand-up comedy in the late 1970s
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Hosted his own show at the underground club "Play It Again Sam"
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Co-founded the Comedy Workshop in Boston
1987:
Appeared in skits on the MTV game show "Remote Control"; popular characters were musician Keith Richards and artist Andy Warhol
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
1990:
West End theater debut, "No Cure For Cancer"
1991:
Off-Broadway debut, "No Cure For Cancer"
1991:
Began appearing in promos for MTV
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Worked as a contributing editor for <i>Details</i> magazine
1992:
Feature acting debut, "Strictly Business"
1992:
Published book <i>No Cure For Cancer</i>
1993:
Released first comedy album <i>No Cure For Cancer</i>; executive produced "Denis Leary: No Cure for Cancer" for the small screen
1993:
First leading role in a feature, "Judgment Night"
1994:
Landed breakthrough role as the smart-talking thief in Ted Demme's "The Ref"
1995:
Formed Apostle Pictures
1995:
Directed "Lust" segment (written by wife Anne Lembeck) of "National Lampoon's Favorite Deadly Sins"
1996:
First writing credit, "Two If By Sea"; co-wrote wife Ann and Mike Armstrong; also acted opposite Sandra Bullock
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"
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
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
2000:
Played supporting role in "Company Man"
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
2002:
Voiced a saber-toothed tiger in the animated feature "Ice Age"
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
2004:
Released the album <i>Merry F#%$in' Christmas</i>, which included a mix of new music and previously unreleased recordings
2006:
Once again voiced Diego the saber-toothed tiger in the sequel "Ice Age: The Meltdown"
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
2009:
Reprised role of Diego the saber-toothed tiger for "Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs"
2012:
Co-starred with Andrew Garfield in "The Amazing Spider-Man"
2012:
Returned to voice the sabre-toothed tiger Diego in "Ice Age: Continental Drift"
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Education

Saint Peter-Marian High School: Worcester , Massachusetts -
Emerson College: Boston , Massachusetts - 1979

Notes

Leary has been active in the Cam Neely Foundation, hosting several of their benefits. The foundation supports the Cam Neely House, which provides a space for cancer patients and their families at the New England Medical Center.

"I have a lot of anger about the loss of the way things used to be. Like how you can't get coffee-flavored coffee anymore because everything is frappuccino or mochaccino. Or get beer, not lager. I also riff a lot for the first time on organized religion, like sightings of the Virgin Mary. I've been a Catholic or a lapsed Catholic all my life, and I was an altar boy for 12 years, and I've never seen the Virgin Mary anywhere. I've put in a lot of time, and speaking for myself and altar boys everywhere, I say I hope she would appear to us first, however briefly, before she'd appear on a blueberry muffin on the back of a highway sign in Texas." --Denis Leary in Time Out New York, September 25-October 2, 1997.

"I've come to love Hanson. There's a giant rehab festival just waiting to happen. Those kids are going to crash and burn, and it's gonna be great. That drummer--what is he, six? They're gonna find him in a hotel with an eight-ball and a hooker." --Leary from HBO Comedy Hour's "Denis Leary: Lock 'n' Load", quoted in Us, December 1997.

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wife:
Ann Lembeck. Screenwriter.

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father:
John Leary. Mechanic. Died in 1985, one day after his 60th birthday.
mother:
Nora Leary. Maid.
son:
Jack Leary. Born c. 1990.
daughter:
Devin Leary. Born c. 1992.
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