As a comedian, film star, producer, writer, and musician, Denis Leary is talented in virtually every aspect of showbiz. The multi-talented artist is known for his work on the highly acclaimed comedy-drama series Rescue Me, in which he acted as lead actor, co-creator, and co-producer. He also created the comedy series Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll, in which he acted as co-producer and lead actor.
Denis Leary has also had his fair share of blockbuster films, playing a language role in the highly successful animated comedies A Bug’s Life (1998) and the Ice Age franchise. Leary also played the lead role in the box office hit The Amazing Spider-Man, released in 2012.
Denis Leary’s Bio, Age
Denis Colin Leary was born on 18 August 1957 in Worcester, Massachusetts, as the son of Irish immigrants Nora (née Sullivan) and John Leary. He is the second of his parents’ 4 children. He received his high school education at Saint Peter’s High School in Worcester, then studied at Emerson College in downtown Boston. Denis Leary is credited with setting up the Comedy Workshop at Emerson College, and after graduating he was hired by the school to teach comedy writers.
He began his showbiz career as a comedian who performed in various clubs in Boston. He also appeared on several television shows, including The Rascals Comedy Hour and The Late, Late Show. Leary gained fame in the early 1990s when he titled a series of commercials on MTV. As his fame grew, he released the comedy albums No Cure for Cancer (1993) and Lock ‘n Load (1997). His third comedy album Merry F#%$in’ Christmas was released in November 2004.
Denis Leary’s most notable acting achievements include the single-camera sitcom The Job (2001-02) and the comedy-drama series Rescue Me (2004-2011), in which he also acted as co-creator. His starring role as Tommy Gavin in Rescue Me earned him a Golden Globe nomination in 2005 and two consecutive Emmy Award nominations for Outstanding Actor in a drama series in 2006 and 2007. He also received a third Emmy nomination and a second Golden Globe nomination for his supporting role in the highly acclaimed Telefilm Recount (2008). Denis Leary appeared in the 2012 blockbuster The Amazing Spider-Man, in which he played the character of Captain George Stacy.
Thanks to his many talents as an actor, writer, producer, singer, and comedian, Denis Leary can look back on a busy and long showbiz career. He was also responsible for several major commercials and has also signed numerous lucrative sponsorship contracts. The net assets of Denis Leary are estimated at 25 million dollars.
Denis Leary is currently married to Ann Lembeck Leary, a writer, and radio show host. The couple has been married for several decades and entered into the bond of marriage on August 19, 1989. Interestingly, the duo met at Emerson College during an English class where Leary acted as tutor and Lembeck as a student.
The couple has 2 children together. Their first child, a son named John Joseph “Jack”, was born on April 9, 1990, in London, England. The couple welcomed their second child, a daughter named Devin, born in 1992. Jack Leary has since ventured into acting and appeared in films such as Monument Ave. (1998), The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014) and Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll (2015).
In March 2004 Ann Lembeck Leary published the memoirs An Innocent, a Broad, which depicts the premature birth of her first child during a holiday in England. She has also published a number of novels, including Outtakes From a Marriage (2008) and The Good House (2013).
Height and Other Body Measurements
Denis Leary stands at an impressive height of 188 cm (6 feet 2 inches). He has a bodyweight of 98 kg (216 lbs). The multi-talented actor has a chest measurement of 44 inches (112 cm), while his waist and biceps measure 36 inches (91.5 cm) and 17 inches (43 cm) respectively.
Other Facts About Denis Leary
As a teenager, Denis Leary was a passionate hockey player and also aspired to become a professional athlete. However, due to bad grades, he was expelled from high school by his hockey team.
Although the talented actor did not realize his dreams of becoming a professional hockey player, his passion for the sport still remains. Denis Leary hosted the National Football League (NHL) “Greatest Goals” video in 2005.
In 2000 he founded the Leary Firefighters Foundation in memory of 6 firefighters who died in December 1999 in a warehouse fire in his hometown of Worcester.
On 16 May 2005, Denis Leary received an honorary doctorate from his Alma Mater Emerson College.
Denis Leary is a distant cousin of comedian/talk show host Conan O’Brien and his sister Jane O’Brien, who is a writer and producer. In 2009 Leary was a guest on the talk show The Tonight Show of the former together with Conan O’Brien.