- Denis Leary
Leary in June 2010
Birth name Denis Colin Leary Born August 18, 1957
Worcester, Massachusetts, U.S.
Medium Stand up, Music, Television, Film Years active 1987–present Genres Observational comedy, Black comedy, Insult comedy, Satire, Musical comedy Subject(s) American culture, Current events, Politics, Recreational drug use, Drinking culture Influences Lenny Bruce, George Carlin, Richard Pryor, Bill Hicks, Michael Gough, Sam Kinison Spouse Ann Lembeck (1989–present; 2 children) Notable works and roles No Cure for Cancer
Lock 'n Load
Gus, in The Ref
Michael McCann, in The Thomas Crown Affair
Diego, in Ice Age
Tommy Gavin, in Rescue Me
Bill, in The Sandlot
Denis Colin Leary (born August 18, 1957) is an Irish-American actor, comedian, writer and director. Leary is known for his biting, fast paced comedic style and chain smoking. He is the star and co-creator of the television show Rescue Me, which began its seventh and final season in July 2011.
Leary was born in Worcester, Massachusetts, the son of Irish Catholic immigrants. His mother, Nora (née Sullivan), was a maid, and his father, John Leary, was an auto mechanic. As both of his parents are from Killarney, County Kerry, Ireland, Leary holds both Irish and American citizenship. Through marriage, Leary is a third cousin of talk show host Conan O'Brien. He attended Saint Peter-Marian High School, in Worcester.
Leary is a graduate of Emerson College, in Boston. While at Emerson, he met fellow comic Mario Cantone, who to this day Leary considers his closest friend. Comedian Steven Wright and actress Gina Gershon also attended Emerson at the same time as Leary. At the school, he founded the Emerson Comedy Workshop, a troupe that continues on-campus as of 2011. After graduating with the Emerson Class of 1979, he took a job at the school teaching comedy writing classes and maintained the job for five years. Leary received an honorary doctorate and spoke briefly at his alma mater's undergraduate commencement ceremony on May 16, 2005; he is thus credited as "Dr. Denis Leary" on the cover of his 2009 book, Why We Suck.
Leary began working as a comedian in the Boston comedy scene of the 1980s, where he hosted his own show at the underground club "Play It Again Sam's". He also wrote and appeared on a local comedy series, Lenny Clarke's Late Show, hosted by his friend Lenny Clarke and written by Boston comedy writer Martin Olson. Leary and Clarke both spoke about their early affiliations and influences in the Boston comedy scene in the documentary film When Standup Stood Out (2006). It was during this time that he developed his stage persona. He also appeared in skits on the MTV game show Remote Control, playing such characters as Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones, the "brother" of co-host Colin Quinn, and artist Andy Warhol.
Leary first earned fame when he ranted about R.E.M. in an early 1990s MTV sketch. Several other commercials for MTV quickly followed, in which Leary would rant at high speeds about a variety of topics, playing off the then-popular and growing alternative scene. He released two records of his stand-up comedy: No Cure for Cancer (1993) and Lock 'n Load (1997). In late 2004, he released the EP Merry F#%$in' Christmas, which included a mix of new music, previously unreleased recordings, and some tracks from Lock 'n Load.
In 1993, his sardonic song about the stereotypical American male, "Asshole", achieved much notoriety. It was voted #1 in an Australian youth radio poll (the Triple J Hottest 100). The song was used as part of the Holsten Pils series of ads in the UK, in which Leary was participating, with adapted lyrics criticizing a drunk driver.
Leary has appeared as an actor in over 40 movies, including The Sandlot, as Scott's stepfather Bill, Monument Ave., The Matchmaker, The Ref, Suicide Kings, Dawg, Wag the Dog, Demolition Man, Judgment Night, The Thomas Crown Affair, and Operation Dumbo Drop. He had a small part in Oliver Stone's Natural Born Killers, playing a ranting inmate during a prison riot; his part was eventually cut, but can be seen on the Special Edition DVD. He has had the lead role in two television series, The Job and the FX cable-network series Rescue Me, of which he is also co-creator. He plays Tommy Gavin, a New York City firefighter dealing with alcoholism, family dysfunction, and other issues in post-9/11 New York City. He received Emmy nominations in 2006 and 2007 for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series.
In addition, Leary has provided voices for characters in animated films, such as a fire-breathing dragon named Flame in the series The Agents, a prehistoric saber-toothed cat named Diego in the Ice Age film trilogy, and the pugnacious ladybug Francis in A Bug's Life. He has produced numerous movies, television shows, and specials through his production company, Apostle; these include Comedy Central's Shorties Watchin' Shorties, the stand-up special Denis Leary's Merry F#$%in' Christmas, and the movie Blow. As a Boston Red Sox fan, he narrated the official 2004 World Series film. In 2006, Leary and Lenny Clarke appeared on television during a Red Sox telecast and, upon realizing that Red Sox first baseman Kevin Youkilis is Jewish, delivered a criticism of Mel Gibson's antisemitic comments. As an ice hockey fan, Leary hosted the National Hockey League video NHL's Greatest Goals. In 2003, he was the subject of the Comedy Central Roast of Denis Leary.
Leary did the TV voiceover for MLB 2K8 advertisements, where he used his trademark rant style in baseball terms, and ads for the 2009 Ford F-150 pickup truck. He has also appeared in commercials for Hulu and DirecTV's NFL Sunday Ticket package. Leary was a producer of the Fox Broadcasting series Canterbury's Law, and wrote and directed its pilot episode. Canterbury's Law aired in the spring of 2008 and was canceled after eight episodes.
On September 9, 2008, Leary hosted the sixth annual Fashion Rocks event, which aired on CBS. In December of the year, he appeared in a video on funnyordie.com critiquing a list of some of his "best" films, titled "Denis Leary Remembers Denis Leary Movies". Also in in 2008, Leary voiced a guest role as himself on the "Lost Verizon" episode of The Simpsons.
On March 21, 2009 Leary began the "Rescue Me Comedy Tour" in Atlantic City, New Jersey. The 11-date tour, featuring Rescue Me co-stars Lenny Clarke and Adam Ferrara, was Leary's first stand-up comedy tour in 12 years. The Comedy Central special Douchebags and Donuts, filmed during the tour, debuted on American television January 16, 2011, with a DVD release on January 18, 2011.
On January 1, 2010, both Leary and Lenny Clarke sang the Neil Diamond song "Sweet Caroline" at the 2010 NHL Winter Classic at Fenway Park, flanked by members of the Boston and Worcester Fire Departments. Nine days later, Leary sang at Road Recovery, on New York City's The Bowery, along with Peter Frampton, John Varvatos and Leary's band The Enablers.
He is currently writing the American adaptation of British comedy Sirens.
Leary has been married to writer 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 an overseas visit to London. She has also written a novel, Outtakes From a Marriage, which was published in 2008.
Leary is an ice hockey fan and has his own backyard hockey rink at his home in Connecticut, with piping installed under the ice surface to help the ice stay frozen. His favorite National Hockey League team is the Boston Bruins. He is also a Boston Red Sox fan, as well as a fan of the Green Bay Packers.
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 supported Barack Obama in the 2008 presidential election.
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 Firefighters Foundation
On December 3, 1999, six firefighters from Leary's hometown of Worcester were killed in the Worcester Cold Storage 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. Since its creation in the year 2000, the foundation has distributed over $2.5 million (USD) to fire departments in the Worcester, Boston, and New York City areas for equipment, training materials, new vehicles, and new facilities. Leary won $125,000 for the foundation on the game show Who Wants to Be a Millionaire. Leary has close ties with 107.3 WAAF-FM, which in 2000 released the station album Survive This! Part of the proceeds from this album were donated to the Leary Firefighters Foundation.
A separate fund run by Leary's foundation, the Fund for New York's Bravest, has distributed over $2 million to the families of the 343 firemen killed in the September 11 attacks in 2001 in addition to providing funding for necessities such as a new mobile command center, first responder training, and a high-rise simulator for the New York City Fire Department's training campus. This new fund was established because the families of the Worcester fire did not want to include New York families into the fund. As a result, Leary created a separate fund for New York.
As the foundation's president, Leary has been active in all of the fundraising, usually presenting large checks and donated equipment personally. The close relationship he has developed with the FDNY as well as with individual firefighters across the New York/New England area has resulted in Leary's most recent television show, Rescue Me, a comedy-drama on FX. In the pilot episode of the show, he is seen wearing a Leary Firefighter Foundation 9-11 Memorial T-shirt.
In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, Leary donated over a dozen boats to the New Orleans Fire Department to aid in rescue efforts in future disasters. The foundation also rebuilt entire NOLA firehouses.
Statements concerning autism
In his 2008 book Why We Suck: A Feel Good Guide to Staying Fat, Loud, Lazy and Stupid, Leary said:There is a huge boom in autism right now because inattentive mothers and competitive dads want an explanation for why their dumb-ass kids can't compete academically, so they throw money into the happy laps of shrinks... to get back diagnoses that help explain away the deficiencies of their junior morons. I don't [care] what these crackerjack whack jobs tell you — your kid is not autistic. He's just stupid. Or lazy. Or both.
In response to the controversy, Leary stated that the quote was taken out of context and that in that paragraph he had been talking about the trend of overdiagnosis of autism, which he attributed to American parents seeking an excuse for behavioral problems and underperformance. Later, he apologized to parents with autistic children whom he had offended.
Allegations of plagiarism
For many years, Leary had been friends with fellow comedian Bill Hicks. When Leary's comedy album No Cure for Cancer was released, many people believed Leary had stolen Hicks' act and material. The friendship ended abruptly as a result. Hicks once told an interviewer: "I have a scoop for you. I stole his [Leary's] act. I camouflaged it with punchlines, and to really throw people off, I did it before he did".
At least three stand-up comedians have gone on the record stating they believe Leary stole Hicks' material, comedic persona and attitude. One similar routine was about the band Judas Priest, during which Hicks says, "I don’t think we lost a cancer cure."
During a 2003 roast of Denis Leary, comedian Lenny Clarke, a friend of Leary's, said there was a carton of cigarettes backstage from Bill Hicks with the message, "Wish I had gotten these to you sooner." This joke was cut from the final broadcast.
The feud is also mentioned in Cynthia True's biography American Scream: The Bill Hicks Story:
Leary was in Montreal to host the "Nasty Show," at Club Soda, and Colleen was coordinating the talent so she was standing backstage when she heard Leary doing material that sounded incredibly similar to old Hicks riffs, including his perennial Jim Fixx joke: ("Keith Richards outlived Jim Fixx, the runner and health nut dude. The plot thickens."). When Leary came offstage, Colleen, more stunned than angry, said, "Hey, you know that's Bill Hicks' material! Do you know that's his material?" Leary stood there, stared at her without saying a word and briskly left the dressing room.
According to the book, True said upon hearing a tape of Leary's album No Cure for Cancer, "Bill was furious. All these years, aside from the occasional jibe, he had pretty much shrugged off Leary's lifting. Comedians borrowed, stole stuff and even bought bits from one another. Milton Berle and Robin Williams were famous for it. This was different. Leary had, practically line for line, taken huge chunks of Bill's act and recorded it."
In a 2008 appearance on The Opie and Anthony Show, comedian Louis CK claimed that Leary stole his "I'm an asshole" routine, which was then expanded upon and turned into a hit song by Leary. On a later episode of the same show, Leary challenged this assertion by claiming that he (Leary) co-wrote the song with Chris Phillips.
Year Result Award Category Film/Show 2009 Nominated Golden Globe Awards Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television Recount (2008) 2008 Nominated Emmy Awards Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie Recount (2008) 2007 Nominated Emmy Awards Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series Rescue Me 2007 Nominated Satellite Awards Best Actor in a Series, Drama Rescue Me 2007 Nominated Prism Awards Performance in a Drama Series, Multi-Episode Storyline Rescue Me 2006 Nominated Emmy Awards Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series Rescue Me 2006 Nominated Satellite Awards Best Actor in a Series, Drama Rescue Me 2006 Nominated Prism Awards Performance in a Drama Series, Multi-Episode Storyline Rescue Me 2005 Nominated Emmy Awards Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series Rescue Me 2005 Nominated Golden Globe Awards Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Drama Rescue Me 2005 Nominated Satellite Awards Best Actor in a Series, Drama Rescue Me 2003 Nominated Kids' Choice Awards Favorite Voice from an Animated Movie Ice Age 2003 Nominated DVD Exclusive Awards Best Actor Double Whammy (2001) 2002 Nominated Television Critics Association Awards Individual Achievement in Comedy The Job 2000 Won Blockbuster Entertainment Awards Favorite Supporting Actor - Drama/Romance The Thomas Crown Affair (1999) 1996 Won CableACE Awards Best Directing: Comedy National Lampoon's Favorite Deadly Sins (1995) 1992 Won Edinburgh International Arts Festival Critic's Award No Cure for Cancer (1992) 1992 Won BBC Festival Recommendation Award No Cure for Cancer (1992)
Year Title Role Notes 1987 Long Walk to Forever Newt short film 1991 Strictly Business Jake cameo 1993 The Sandlot Bill Who's the Man? Sergeant Cooper Demolition Man Edgar Friendly National Lampoon's Loaded Weapon 1 Mike McCracken cameo, performing "You Really Got Me" Judgment Night Fallon 1994 The Ref Gus Gunmen Armor O'Malley Natural Born Killers Prison Inmate director's cut, cameo 1995 National Lampoon's Favorite Deadly Sins Jake TV-movie, also directed segment "Lust" Operation Dumbo Drop CW3 David Poole The Neon Bible Frank 1996 Underworld Johnny Crown/Johnny Alt Two If by Sea Francis "Frank" O'Brien also writer 1997 The Second Civil War Vinnie Franko TV-movie Love Walked In Jack Hanaway also producer Subway Stories Guy in wheel chair TV movie, segment "The Red Shoes" Wag the Dog Fad King Suicide Kings Lono Veccio The Real Blonde Doug The MatchMaker Nick 1998 Monument Ave. Bobby O'Grady a.k.a Snitch, also uncredited writer Wide Awake Mr. Beal Small Soldiers Gil Mars A Bug's Life Francis voice 1999 True Crime Bob Findley Jesus' Son Wayne Do Not Disturb Simon The Thomas Crown Affair Det. Michael McCann 2000 Sand Teddy Lakeboat The Fireman Company Man Officer Fry 2001 Double Whammy Det. Raymond Pluto also uncredited producer Final Bill performing "Little Sister" 2002 Dawg Douglas "Dawg" Munford a.k.a Bad Boy Ice Age Diego voice The Secret Lives of Dentists Slater 2003 When Stand Up Stood Out Himself documentary The Curse of the Bambino Himself documentary Reverse of the Curse of the Bambino Himself documentary (sequel) 2006 Ice Age: The Meltdown Diego voice 2008 Recount Michael Whouley TV-movie 2009 Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs Diego voice 2012 The Amazing Spider-Man George Stacy filming Ice Age: Continental Drift Diego voice, in production
Year Title Role Note(s) 1987 Remote Control Various roles All episodes 1990 Afterdrive Himself Talk show 1992 Tonight with Jonathan Ross 2 episodes 1994 Mike & Spike Charles S. Baby Episode: "Person To Insect" 1995 Mike & Spike Charles S. Baby Episode: "Person To Shoe" Mike & Spike Charles S. Baby Episode: "Person To Alien" 1998 The Late Late Show with Tom Snyder Himself Episode dated 24 April 1998 1998 Fantasy World Cup Himself Episode #1.15 1998 Space Ghost Coast to Coast Himself Episode: "Waiting For Edward" 2001–2002 The Rosie O'Donnell Show Himself Guest at two episodes 2001–2002 The Job Mike McNeil Also writer and producer
2002 Contest Searchlight Fictionalized version of himself All episodes 2002 Crank Yankers Joe Smith (voice) Episode: 1.2 2004–2011 Rescue Me Tommy Gavin nominated for Golden Globe and Emmy
also creator, producer and writer
2005 The Charlie Rose Show Himself one episode Last Call with Carson Daly Himself two episodes (2004–2005) The Tony Danza Show Himself episode dated 13 July 2005 The Big Idea with Donny Deutsch Himself one episode 2006 Rachael Ray Himself 1 episode Late Show with David Letterman Himself 5 episodes (2003, -4, -5, -6, -7) Late Night with Conan O'Brien Himself 6 episodes (1997–2007) Live with Regis and Kathie Lee Himself 2 episodes The Tonight Show with Jay Leno Himself 6 episodes (1997–2007) 2007 Jimmy Kimmel Live! Himself Episode dated 12 September 2007 The Ellen DeGeneres Show Himself Episode dated 2 October 2007 The View Himself 4 episodes (2005–2007) 2008 The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson Himself 3 episodes (two of them in last seasons) The Simpsons Himself 1 episode - "Lost Verizon" Family Guy Himself 1 episode The Bonnie Hunt Show Himself Episode dated 3 December 2008 Jimmy Kimmel Live! Himself Episode dated 3 December 2008 2009 The Daily Show Himself 14 episodes (1997–2011) The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien Himself Episode dated 29 October 2009 2010 Late Show with David Letterman Himself Episode dated 26 July 2010 2011 Conan Himself Episode dated 12 January 2011
- Quaker State Motor Oil
- MTV promos (1991–93)
- Lotus Notes
- Holsten O'Pils beer
- Ford F-150 (voice only) (2009-2011)
- Hulu (2009)
- DirecTV NFL Sunday Ticket (2009)
- 2008: Why We Suck: A Feel Good Guide to Staying Fat, Loud, Lazy and Stupid, Viking ISBN 978-0-670-03160-3
- 2010: Suck On This Year : LYFAO @ 140 Characters or Less, Viking ISBN 978-0-670-02289-2
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