Denis Leary

Actor + Comedian + Writer
Born Aug 18, 1957

Denis Colin Leary is an American actor, comedian, writer, director and film producer. 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 ended its seventh and final season on September 7, 2011. Leary has starred in many motion pictures, most recently as Captain George Stacy in Marc Webb's 2012 film The Amazing Spider-Man and the voice of Diego in the animated Ice Age series.… Read More

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1957 Birth Denis Colin Leary was born on August 18, 1957, in Worcester, Massachusetts, the son of Roman Catholic immigrant parents from County Kerry, Ireland. … Read More


1981 23 Years Old After graduating with the Emerson Class of 1981, he took a job at the school teaching comedy writing classes and maintained the job for five years.


1990 32 Years Old Leary began working as a comedian in the Boston comedy scene of the 1980s at the underground club, Play It Again Sam's; however, his first real gig was at the Rascals Comedy Club as part of the TV show, The Rascals Comedy Hour, on October 18, 1990. … Read More
1993 35 Years Old In 1993, his sardonic song about the stereotypical American male, "Asshole", achieved much notoriety; however, this bit was allegedly stolen from Louis CK, discussed by Louis on an interview on the Opie and Anthony Show. … Read More


1999 - 2000 2 More Events
2001 43 Years Old 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. … Read More
2003 45 Years Old During Leary's 2003 Comedy Central Roast, 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." … Read More
2005 47 Years Old He 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.


…  On September 9, 2008, Leary hosted the sixth annual Fashion Rocks event, which aired on CBS. … Read More
2009 51 Years Old 1 More Event
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.
2011 53 Years Old Leary was the star and co-creator of Rescue Me, that ended its seventh and final season on September 7, 2011. … Read More
2012 54 Years Old He played Captain George Stacy in the movie The Amazing Spider-Man, released in July 2012. He wrote the American adaptation of Sirens. He is an Executive Producer of the documentary, BURN, that chronicles the struggles of the Detroit Fire Department. BURN made its debut on April 23, 2012, at the Tribeca Film Festival.
2016 58 Years Old As of 2016, Leary wrote and has been starring in the comedy series, Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll, that premiered on FX on July 16, 2015.
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