Leary named 'Fashion Rocks' host

Leary named 'Fashion Rocks' host

NEW YORK, July 30 (UPI) -- U.S. comedian and television actor Denis Leary will preside over the upcoming "Fashion Rocks" special in New York this September, CBS announced.
Michael J. Fox to appear on 'Rescue Me'

Michael J. Fox to appear on 'Rescue Me'

LOS ANGELES, July 16 (UPI) -- Actor Michael J. Fox is set to appear in four episodes of Denis Leary's New York-set firefighter series, "Rescue Me," FX has announced.
'Rescue Me' minisodes to air on FX, Web

'Rescue Me' minisodes to air on FX, Web

LOS ANGELES, June 2 (UPI) -- Sony Pictures Television said Monday it is producing 10 standalone so-called minisodes of the New York-set firefighter series "Rescue Me."
HBO film 'Recount' to premiere in Florida

HBO film 'Recount' to premiere in Florida

JACKSONVILLE, Fla., April 30 (UPI) -- HBO, Comcast and the Jacksonville Office of Film and Television will roll out the red carpet for the premiere of "Recount" at the Florida Theatre.

Leary helps rebuild New Orleans firehouses

NEW ORLEANS , Jan. 25 (UPI) -- Actor and comedian Denis Leary is using his charitable foundation to help New Orleans rebuild firehouses it lost in Hurricane Katrina.

Fox renews 'Rescue Me' for fifth season

NEW YORK, Nov. 2 (UPI) -- Denis Leary's acclaimed New York firefighter drama "Rescue Me" will be back for a fifth season on FX, Zap2it.com reported.

Spader wins Emmy for 'Boston Legal'

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 16 (UPI) -- James Spader won the award for best lead actor in a drama at the 59th annual Emmy Awards ceremony in Los Angeles Sunday night.

'Rescue Me' chief tees off on Leary

NEW YORK, June 28 (UPI) -- "Rescue Me" star Jack McGee, whose character died this week, said in an interview in New York he thinks producer and series star Denis Leary mistreated him.

'Rescue Me' company gets new TV deal

NEW YORK, June 13 (UPI) -- The New York-based production company Apostle, which created the cable series "Rescue Me," has been given a new three-year deal by Sony.

New 'Bionic Woman' among NBC pilots

NEW YORK, Jan. 3 (UPI) -- A modernized take on "The Bionic Woman" is among three new hourlong U.S. pilots that the NBC network has picked up to bolster its programming.

'Rescue Me' in season three finale

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 28 (UPI) -- The finale of FX's "Rescue Me," airing Tuesday, will include an appearance by the show's co-creator Peter Tolan as well as a visit to Ground Zero.

'West,' '24,' 'Anatomy' lead Emmy bids

NORTH HOLLYWOOD, Calif., July 6 (UPI) -- TNT miniseries "Into the West" led the Emmy Award nominations Thursday, followed by network drama series "24" and "Grey's Anatomy."

Leary gives scathing 'Playboy' interview

NEW YORK, June 30 (UPI) -- Denis Leary, known for his outspokenness, singles out several Hollywood celebrities for sharp criticism in a new Playboy interview.

'Rescue Me' shocks its viewers

LOS ANGELES, June 26 (UPI) -- After the airing of last week's episode, Peter Tolan, the co-creator of FX's "Rescue Me," has gotten a lot of negative feedback about the ending scene.

More screen time for 'Rescue Me' brother

NEW YORK, June 11 (UPI) -- Actor Dean Winters says he is happy to have more screen time on "Rescue Me"-- even if it means his character must lock horns with star Denis Leary.
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Denis Leary
Denis Leary arrives for the premiere of "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" at the Ziegfeld Theatre in New York on July 9, 2009. (UPI Photo/Laura Cavanaugh)

Denis Colin Leary (born August 18, 1957) is an American actor, comedian, singer, writer and director. Leary is known for his biting comedic style and his 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.

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