Comedian, movie star, producer, writer and musician, Denis Leary is talented in virtually every aspect of showbiz. The multi-talented artist is well-known for his work on the highly-acclaimed comedy-drama series Rescue Me in which he served as lead actor, co-creator, and co-producer. He also created the comedy series Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll in which he served as co-producer and lead actor.
Denis Leary has also had his fair share of blockbuster features having played voice roles in the highly successful animation comedies A Bug’s Life (1998) and the Ice Age franchise. Leary also starred in the 2012 box-office hit The Amazing Spider-Man.
Denis Leary Bio, Age
Denis Colin Leary was born on August 18, 1957, in Worcester, Massachusetts to Irish immigrants Nora (née Sullivan) and John Leary. He is the second of his parent’s 4 children. He had his high school education at Saint Peter’s High School in Worcester after which he studied at Emerson College located in downtown Boston. Denis Leary is credited to have instituted the Comedy Workshop at Emerson College and upon completion of his studies, he was employed by the school to teach comedy writing.
He began his showbiz career as a comedian performing in several clubs around Boston. He also appeared on several TV shows including The Rascals Comedy Hour and The Late, Late Show. Leary gained prominence in the early 1990s when he headlined a series of commercials on MTV. Following his growing profile, 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 credits include the single-camera sitcom The Job (2001-02), as well as the comedy-drama series, Rescue Me (2004-2011), doubling as co-creator in the latter. His lead role as Tommy Gavin in Rescue Me earned him a Golden Globe nomination in 2005 and 2 consecutive Emmy Award nominations in 2006 and 2007 for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series. He also scored a third Emmy nomination as well as a second Golden Globe nomination for his supporting role in the highly-acclaimed telefilm Recount (2008). Denis Leary was featured in the 2012 blockbuster The Amazing Spider-Man in which he portrayed the character, Captain George Stacy.
Thanks to his numerous talents as an actor, writer, producer, singer, and comedian, Denis Leary has had a very busy and long-running showbiz career. He has also headlined several major commercials and has also enjoyed numerous lucrative endorsement deals. Denis Leary’s net worth is estimated to be $25 million.
Denis Leary is currently married to Ann Lembeck Leary, a writer, and radio show host. The couple has been married for several decades having tied the knot on August 19, 1989. Interestingly, the duo met at Emerson College during an English class where Leary was the tutor and Lembeck was 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 was born in 1992. Jack Leary has since ventured into acting and has appeared in films like Monument Ave. (1998), The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014), and Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll (2015).
In March 2004, Ann Lembeck Leary released the memoir An Innocent, a Broad, which chronicles the premature birth of their first child while on a vacation to England. She also has a number of novels to her name including Outtakes From a Marriage (2008) and The Good House (2013).
Height and Other Body Measurements
Denis Leary stands at an impressive height of 6 feet 2 inches (188 cm). He maintains a body weight of 98 kg (216 lbs). The multi-talented actor has a chest circumference 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 passionate about hockey and also aspired to become a professional athlete. However, he was sent off his high school Hockey team due to low grades.
The talented actor may not have achieved his dreams of becoming a professional hockey player, however, his passion for the sport still persists. Denis Leary was the host of the National Football League’s 2005 video NHL’s Greatest Goals.
In 2000, he founded the Leary Firefighters Foundation in memory of 6 firefighters who lost their lives in December 1999 during a warehouse fire that occurred in his hometown of Worcester.
On May 16, 2005, Denis Leary received an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from his alma mater Emerson College.
Denis Leary is a distant cousin of fellow comedian/talk show host Conan O’Brien and his sister Jane O’Brien who is a writer and producer. In 2009, Leary made a guest appearance on the former’s talk show The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien.