Denis Leary
American actor, comedian, and writer
Denis Leary
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.
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Denis Leary Hilariously Owns Up To Kellyanne Conway Resemblance
Huffington Post - 23 days
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<i>Empire</i> is No. 1 With a Bullet, So Why Have All These Other Music Shows Failed?
Huffington Post - 5 months
For rock 'n' roll-based television shows, the hits don't seem to have kept on coming. Showtime announced last week that its backstage road crew dramedy Roadies has been cancelled, on the heels of similar shutdowns for HBO's '70s drama Vinyl and FX's comedy Sex&amp;Drugs&amp;Rock&amp;Roll (John Corbett and Elizabeth Gillies, above). Apparently viewers weren't as fascinated by the inner working of the rock 'n' roll biz as producers hoped they would be. In the longer historical perspective of television, that's not a surprise. Shows revolving around music - how that sausage is made - have never been a popular genre, despite the fact a huge percentage of TV viewers presumably have grown up listening to some kind of pop music. The producers of Roadies (above), Vinyl and S&amp;D&amp;R&amp;R may have hoped viewer interest was perking up a bit with the huge success of Fox's Empire, where music is woven prominently into every episode. They may have even been encouraged ...
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Denis Leary And James Corden Perform New 'I Hate Donald Trump' Anthem As The Clintons
Huffington Post - 7 months
If you’re sick and tired of playing the same old “F**k Donald Trump” song during protests and pregames, do we have some good news for you.  On Wednesday night’s episode of “The Late Late Show,” host James Corden and Denis Leary remixed the comedian’s 1993 hit “A**hole” with up-to-date lyrics sure to please every Trump hater out there. Dressed as the Democratic nominee for president and the former president himself, the late-night host and Leary belted their hearts out in some chic suits.  With lyrics like “He won’t show his taxes / He won’t even try / He’s kicking out babies when / they start to cry” and “I’ve never asked Russia / to hack the USA / or said that my daughter / is someone I want to date,” the song is definitely going to cause Trump’s tiny hands to ball up into wee little fists (though it doesn’t let the Clintons off the hook, either).  Sing it with us now!  “He’s an a**hole / What an a**hole / Trump’s an a**hole / He’s an a**hole / Such an ...
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Sunday Routine: How Denis Leary of ‘Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll’ Spends His Sundays
NYTimes - 7 months
The actor and producer Mr. Leary rises early, catches up with his adult children over brunch and strolls the empty summer streets of TriBeCa.
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How Denis Leary Honored David Bowie on Last Night’s ‘Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll’
Wall Street Journal - 8 months
"He's always been a huge part of my rock and roll life," Leary says of the late artist.
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Gas Station Accidentally Sells Penny Gas For Two Hours Thanks To Computer Glitch
Huffington Post - about 3 years
WOODSTOCK, Ill. (AP) — An error at northern Illinois gas station caused pumps to sell fuel for a penny a gallon. The (Crystal Lake) Northwest Herald reports ( ) a Shell station in Woodstock wound up mistakenly selling the nearly-free fuel for about two hours Sunday night. As word spread, cars lined up and jostled to fill-up. Woodstock Police Sgt. Dennis Leard says authorities had to use an emergency shut-off to stop the sales before the gas station closed in order to reset the pumps to regular prices. But before that, cars were blocking traffic and lining up on the street to reach the cheap gas. Leard says the station clerk working at the time wasn't aware of the glitch. It wasn't clear how much gas was sold. Woodstock is 50 miles northwest of Chicago. ___ Information from: The Northwest Herald,
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The Best Valentine's Day Gift Ever
Huffington Post - about 3 years
No sooner did my husband drive down the driveway last week when one of the smoke alarms in the house started blasting. Blasting as in ear-splitting, migraine-inducing, scare-the-dogs-off, hurt-your-molars blasting. Vic was too far away for me to catch him and ever since he lost his bluetooth ear piece somewhere in his old Honda Pilot he keeps his phone turned off until he arrives at his destination. He says that by not talking on the phone while driving, he's setting a good example for our teenage daughter about to get her driver's license. I think it's more that he cherishes his alone time and has figured out this is the best way to get small snatches of it without being marked MIA from his family role. So there I was, left alone in the house with a smoke alarm 20 feet above my head having its way with my central nervous system. I called a neighbor; he wasn't home. Left with no other choice that I could see, I just fled -- but not before taping a note to the door advising the fire ...
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‘Amazing Spider-Man 2′: Andrew Garfield swings into Super Bowl ad frenzy
LATimes - about 3 years
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Super Bowl turns into `Draft Day' before big game
The Brownsville Herald - about 3 years
NEW YORK (AP) -- It wasn't the raucous NFL draft, but it was Hollywood's next best thing when Kevin Costner, Jennifer Garner, Denis Leary and director Ivan Reitman gathered Friday just down a hotel hallway from the Super Bowl's media center to chat up their new movie "Draft Day," made with the full support of the league itself....
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Jennifer Garner Might Have A Crush On Tom Brady, Sorry Ben Affleck
Huffington Post - about 3 years
Jennifer Garner is married to one of the most handsome and beloved men in the world (ahem, Ben Affleck), but the actress isn't afraid to admit she checks out other guys. The 41-year-old chatted about her love of football during a press conference for her new flick "Draft Day" at the Super Bowl XLVIII media center at the Sheraton Hotel in New York on Jan. 31, and revealed that she's a huge New England Patriots fan -- to the dismay of many New York reporters. "I mean, I just like the Patriots," Garner admitted as the crowd booed. "Yeah, I can take it, go ahead, boo me, I don’t care," she joked, adding, "I like watching Tom Brady, not just because he’s handsome -- I get handsome, I understand handsome -- but he’s a fine leader, he’s a great quarterback and I like the team. I’m not going to apologize for that." But despite the fact that Garner knows a good-looking man when she sees one, the audience at the Super Bowl media center obviously knows a pretty woman when they see one too, ...
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Sirens' Denis Leary on Rescue Me Influences and Why He Won't Appear
Seattle Pi - about 3 years
After watching his former Rescue Me co-stars like Callie Thorne and Daniel Sunjata flock to USA for their follow-up projects, Denis Leary said it was a no-brainer to team up with the cable network for his new comedy, Sirens. "Thank God USA loved Rescue Me because now I can make some money off USA," Leary told reporters at the Television Critics Association winter TV previews Saturday. The half-hour comedy, which debuts March 6 at 10/9c on USA, follows three EMTs (Michael Mosley, Kevin Daniels and Kevin Bigley) whose silly and self-righteous personalities make them great at their job, but not so great in their personal lives. Leary's longtime producing partner, Jim Serpico, was approached by the original producers three years ago because they were Rescue Me fans. [USA was] basically pillaging the remains of Rescue Me, and Serpico said, 'I think we can make some money off these USA people.' [...] the show won't downplay the severity of these calls, such as one episode, titled "Fa ...
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Are You a Fan of Public Speaking?
Fox Business News - over 3 years
Tweets of the week: Here are the latest LOL-inducing, insightful and character-limited words of wisdom that helped me run my business this week. Know your audience. Who you think you SHOULD talk to and who you are actually talking to can be vastly different.#Facebook #YouCanDoSocial — Kim Garst ツ (@kimgarst) October 7, 2013 Why don't male models ever tie their boots? — Richard Lawson (@rilaws) October 7, 2013 Everyone is a better tweeter than headline editor. Writers should start with a placeholder headline. Tweet the story naturally. Use that. — Joseph Weisenthal (@TheStalwart) October 7, 2013 Can't look up shutdown's impact on real yield curve because the government's shutdown. #smh — Matt Yglesias (@mattyglesias) October 7, 2013 Hey, all Hotels... where do you buy those Kleenex boxes that only have 4 tissues in them? — Brian Scully (@BrianRScully) October 7, 2013 I'd rather be in a human centipede than a group tex ...
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What's the Best Way to 'Win' an Argument?
Huffington Post - over 3 years
This Sunday, Ann Leary wrote a beautiful New York Times "Modern Love" column about her marriage to actor Dennis Leary. She chronicles the high and low points of her marriage, focusing honestly on the painful lows. She admits that things got bad enough that they told their therapist the marriage was over. Describing their approach to playing tennis as a metaphor for their relationship, Leary makes a psychologically profound point about marriage in general: when couples constantly play to win, they usually lose. Leary explains that, for years, their approach to tennis was a dual desire to beat each other at all costs. They were so determined to win, that they needed to use their own set of rules: "I'm ashamed to admit that one year we spent several days of a family vacation not speaking to each other after a game of 'Dennis Tennis' that I had lost 'unfairly' (I repeatedly hissed at our children), until finally our son and daughter had to intervene and coerce a truce." Le ...
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Sadaf Fahim: The Youtube Sensation Who Stole From Patrice O'Neal
Huffington Post - over 3 years
There have been a few joke-stealing scandals in recent years: Carlos Mencia stealing from Joe Rogan, Jay Mohr from Rick Shapiro, the lesser-known (though no less egregious) instance of Denis Leary stealing from Louis C.K. And now, Kain Carter stealing from Patrice O'Neal, less than two years after Patrice's untimely death at age 41. Patrice's own comment on the Opie &amp; Anthony radio show makes the first salient point: Could you please stop saying 'jokes'? Back in the day when people stole jokes, it was: 'two Jews walk into a bar...' Carlos [Mencia] is taking your life's analogies, man. In the context of modern standup, a good comic's material comes out of their life experience and represents their analysis of the world. Stealing it means stealing their thoughts, their voice. What theft is more serious than that? It also takes many years to find the right expression for those thoughts and someone who steals is skipping all that hard work, the years of trying an ...
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Foster enjoys experience as an actor
Houston Chronicle - over 3 years
You remember Hollywood Henderson, right? Meet Hollywood Foster. Running back Arian Foster has a significant role in the Kevin Costner film, Draft Day, that will be released sometime in 2014. Costner plays the Cleveland Browns general manager. Jennifer Garner is the Browns’ capologist and Denis Leary is the head coach. They’re among the actors who star in the film that was partially shot at Radio City Music Hall during the last draft. Ivan Reitman, one of Hollywood’s best-known and longest-tenured directors, directs the film. When Foster sent in his audition tape, Reitman had no idea he was a Pro Bowl running back in the NFL. Reitman selected Foster from more than 40 candidates for the role of Ray Jennings, a running back who comes to New York for the draft. “The director liked my audition tape,” Foster said Saturday. “He asked me to do another thing, and he liked it again. They offered me a part in the movie, and I thought it would be a fun thing to be part of.” Foster, ...
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Denis Leary
  • 2016
    Age 58
    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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  • 2012
    Age 54
    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.
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  • 2011
    Age 53
    Leary was the star and co-creator of Rescue Me, that ended its seventh and final season on September 7, 2011.
    More Details Hide Details He has starred in many motion pictures, most recently as Captain George Stacy in Marc Webb's film, The Amazing Spider-Man (2012), Cleveland Browns Head Coach Vince Penn in Ivan Reitman's film, Draft Day (2014), and the voice of Diego in the Ice Age franchise.
  • 2009
    Age 51
    On March 21, 2009, he 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 on January 16, 2011, with a DVD release on January 18, 2011.
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    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.
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  • 2008
    Age 50
    In his 2008 book Why We Suck: A Feel Good Guide to Staying Fat, Loud, Lazy and Stupid, Leary wrote:
    More Details Hide Details 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 unwarranted over-diagnosis of autism, which he attributed to American parents seeking an excuse for behavioral problems and under-performance. Later, he apologized to parents with autistic children whom he had offended.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details On a later episode of the same show, Leary challenged this assertion by claiming that he (Leary) co-wrote the song with Chris Phillips.
    She has also written a novel, Outtakes From a Marriage, which was published in 2008.
    More Details Hide Details Her second novel, The Good House, was published in 2013. Leary is an ice hockey fan, and has his own backyard hockey rink at his home in Roxbury, Connecticut, with piping installed under the ice surface to help the ice 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."
    Also in 2008, Leary voiced a guest role as himself on the "Lost Verizon" episode of The Simpsons.
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    On September 9, 2008, Leary hosted the sixth annual Fashion Rocks event, which aired on CBS.
    More Details Hide Details In December of the year, he appeared in a video on critiquing a list of some of his "best" films, titled "Denis Leary Remembers Denis Leary Movies".
  • 2005
    Age 47
    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.
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  • 2003
    Age 45
    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."
    More Details Hide Details This joke was cut from the final broadcast. The feud is also mentioned in Cynthia True's biography American Scream: The Bill Hicks Story: 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."
  • 2001
    Age 43
    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.
    More Details Hide Details As the foundation's president, Leary has been active in all of the fundraising. 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. 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's act and material. The friendship ended abruptly as a result. In April 1993, the Austin Comedy News remarked on the similarities of Leary's performance, "Watching Leary is like seeing Hicks from two years ago. He smokes with the same mannerisms. (Hicks recently quit) He sports the same attitude, the same clothes. He touches on almost all of the same themes. Leary even invokes Jim Fixx." When asked about this, Hicks told the magazine, "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".
  • 2000
    Age 42
    Leary has close ties with 107.3/WAAF, which in 2000 released the station album Survive This!
    More Details Hide Details Part of the proceeds from this album were donated to the Leary Firefighters Foundation.
  • 1999
    Age 41
    On December 3, 1999, six firefighters from Leary's hometown of Worcester were killed in the Worcester Cold Storage Warehouse fire.
    More Details Hide Details 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.
  • 1993
    Age 35
    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.
    More Details Hide Details 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. The single was a minor hit there, peaking at No. 58 in the UK Singles Chart in January 1996. Leary has appeared in more than 40 films, including: The Sandlot as Scott's stepfather Bill, Monument Ave. The Matchmaker, The Ref, Draft Day, Suicide Kings, Dawg, Wag the Dog, Demolition Man, Judgment Night, The Thomas Crown Affair, and Operation Dumbo Drop. He had a tiny part in Oliver Stone's Natural Born Killers that was eventually cut. He held the lead role in two television series, The Job and Rescue Me, and he co-created the latter, in which he played Tommy Gavin, a New York City firefighter dealing with alcoholism, family dysfunction and other issues in post-9/11 New York City.
  • 1990
    Age 32
    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.
    More Details Hide Details He wrote and appeared on a local comedy series, The Late, Late Show, hosted by his friend, Lenny Clarke, and written by 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), and during this time, he developed his stage persona. He 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 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. One of these rants serves as an introduction to the video of "Shamrocks and Shenanigans (Boom Shalock Lock Boom)" by House of Pain. 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.
  • 1981
    Age 23
    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.
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  • 1957
    Denis Colin Leary was born on August 18, 1957, in Worcester, Massachusetts, the son of Roman Catholic immigrant parents from County Kerry, Ireland.
    More Details Hide Details His mother, Nora (née Sullivan) (b. 1929), was a maid, and his father, John Leary (1924-1985), was an auto mechanic. Being the son of Irish parents, Leary is a citizen of both the United States and Ireland. Through marriage, Leary is a third cousin of talk show host, Conan O'Brien. He attended Saint Peter's High School (now Saint Peter-Marian High School), in Worcester and graduated from Emerson College, in Boston. At Emerson, he met fellow comic Mario Cantone, whom to this day Leary considers his closest friend. At the school, he founded the Emerson Comedy Workshop, a troupe that continues on-campus today.
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