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Denis Leary Biography

Birth Place:
Worcester, Massachusetts, United States
Actor, comedian, producer, writer

Fast Facts

  • Classmates at Emerson College included Mario Cantone, Eddie Brill and Steven Wright
  • Founded the Emerson Comedy Workshop and briefly taught at the college after graduating
  • Formed his own production company called Apostle
  • Won a CableACE Award for Best Director of a comedy for Showtime's National Lampoon's Favorite Deadly Sins
  • Founded the Leary Firefighters Foundation in response to a warehouse fire in downtown Worcester that killed six firefighters, including his first cousin
  • Third cousin of Conan O'Brien (through marriage)


  • 2009Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television: nominated
  • 2008Emmy-Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie: nominated
  • 2007Emmy-Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series: nominated
  • 2006Emmy-Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series: nominated
  • 2005Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Drama: nominated