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Denis Leary

Highest Rated:   100% Burn (2012)
Lowest Rated:   10% Strictly Business (1991)
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Birthplace:   Worcester, Massachusetts, USA
Boston-born Denis Leary is the sneering, tousle-haired comedian who popularized the cautionary phrase "two words." (His routine went something like this: "Regarding Bill Clinton's foreign policy, two words: Jimmy...Carter.") Best known for his many MTV appearances, Leary excels in playing characters who wavered between quiet sarcasm and howling insanity. His one-man show No Cure for Cancer premiered in New York in 1991, scoring a hit with its "intellectual guerilla" comedy. Among Leary's numerous films were National Lampoon's Loaded Weapon (1993), Judgment Night (1993), and Operation Dumbo Drop (1995). His best screen showing was as the beleaguered burglar and reluctant kidnapper in The Ref (1994). He later starred in Wag the Dog (1997), Jesus' Son (1999), and Joe Mantegna's directorial debut, Lakeboat (2000). Leary also served as a producer of the 2001 film Blow. In 2001, he starred as a New York detective in a night time drama called The Job. The series was cancelled before the end of the second season, but Leary was soon back in the movies, lending his voice to the character of Diego in the animated feature Ice Age. Then in 2004, Leary took on the character that would come to define the second leg of his career, accepting the lead role of firefighter Tommy Gavin on the FX series Rescue Me. Critically acclaimed and renowned for pushing the borders of cable television, the show proved to be a huge hit, and Leary won an Emmy for his performance. After the show wrapped in 2011, Leary would spend the followng years appearing in projects like The Amazing Spider Man.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
16% Ice Age: Collision Course
  • Diego
$64.1M 2016
No Score Yet Ice Age: The Great Egg-Scapade
  • Diego
2016
No Score Yet Freaks Of Nature
  • Rick Wilson
2015
No Score Yet Cosmic Scrat-tastrophe
  • Diego
2015
60% Draft Day
  • Coach Penn
$21.2M 2014
No Score Yet Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas
  • Actor
2013
100% Burn
  • Executive Producer
$0.2M 2012
38% Ice Age: Continental Drift
  • Diego
$161.4M 2012
73% The Amazing Spider-Man
  • Captain Stacy
$262.1M 2012
91% Joan Rivers: A Piece Of Work
  • Actor
$3M 2010
46% Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs (Ice Age 3)
  • Diego
$124.7M 2009
76% Recount
  • Michael Whouley
2008
57% Ice Age 2: The Meltdown
  • Diego
$195.3M 2006
No Score Yet When Stand Up Stood Out
  • Actor
2005
No Score Yet Comedy Central Roast of Jeff Foxworthy
  • Actor
2005
No Score Yet Comedy Central Roast of Denis Leary
  • Actor
2004
No Score Yet Richard Pryor - I Ain't Dead Yet #%$#@!! Uncensored
  • Actor
2004
No Score Yet Complete Denis Leary
  • Actor
2004
85% The Secret Lives of Dentists
  • Slater
$3.7M 2003
36% Double Whammy
  • Ray Pluto
2002
77% Ice Age
  • Diego
$176.4M 2002
No Score Yet Dawg
  • Doug Menford
2002
No Score Yet Sand
  • Teddy
2002
42% Final
  • Bill
2001
55% Blow
  • Producer
2001
14% Company Man
  • Off. Fry
2001
83% Lakeboat
  • Fireman
2000
No Score Yet Do Not Disturb (Silent Witness)
  • Actor
1999
70% The Thomas Crown Affair
  • Det. Michael McCann
1999
81% Jesus' Son
  • Wayne
1999
55% True Crime
  • Bob
1999
92% A Bug's Life
  • Francis
1998
90% Monument Ave.
  • Bobby O'Grady
1998
48% Small Soldiers
  • Gil Mars
1998
40% Wide Awake
  • Mr. Beal
1998
32% The Real Blonde
  • Doug
1998
No Score Yet Love Walked In
  • Jack Hanaway
1998
85% Wag the Dog
  • Fad King
1997
No Score Yet Denis Leary: Lock 'N Load
  • Actor
1997
52% The Matchmaker
  • Nick
1997
No Score Yet SUBWAYStories: Tales from the Underground
  • Actor
1997
No Score Yet Subway Stories
  • Wheelchair Man
1997
34% Suicide Kings
  • Lono Vecchio
1997
No Score Yet The Second Civil War
  • Vinnie Franco
1997
No Score Yet Underworld
  • Johnny Crown
1996
60% The Neon Bible
  • Frank
1996
No Score Yet National Lampoon's Favorite Deadly Sins
  • Director
  • Jake
1995
31% Operation Dumbo Drop
  • David Poole
1995
11% Two if by Sea
  • Frank O'Brien
  • Screenwriter
1995
46% Natural Born Killers
  • Actor
1994
71% The Ref
  • Gus
1994
31% Judgment Night
  • Fallon
1993
62% Demolition Man
  • Edgar Friendly
1993
15% Gunmen
  • Armor
1993
43% Who's the Man?
  • Sgt. Moore
1993
57% The Sandlot
  • Bill
1993
15% National Lampoon's Loaded Weapon 1
  • Mike McCracken
1993
No Score Yet Denis Leary: No Cure for Cancer
  • Actor
1992
10% Strictly Business
  • Jake
1991

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
2014
  • Guest
  • 2017
  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2014
No Score Yet The View
1997
  • Guest
  • 2017
  • 2014
  • 2010
33% Chelsea
2016
  • Actor
  • Guest
  • 2016
No Score Yet Nightcap
2016
  • Actor
  • 2016
61% Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll
2015-2016
  • Johnny Rock
  • Producer
  • Creator
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
  • 2016
  • 2015
No Score Yet The Late Late Show With James Corden
2015
  • Guest
  • 2016
  • 2015
No Score Yet The Talk
2010
  • Guest
  • 2016
  • 2015
81% Maron
2013-2016
  • Executive Producer
  • Himself
  • Producer
  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2014
  • 2013
38% Benders
2015
  • Executive Producer
  • Producer
  • 2015
No Score Yet Jimmy Kimmel Live
2003
  • Guest
  • 2015
73% Sirens
2014-2015
  • Creator
  • 2015
  • 2014
No Score Yet American Masters
2001
  • Appearing
  • 2014
No Score Yet Late Night With Seth Meyers
2014
  • Guest
  • 2014
No Score Yet The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson
2005-2014
  • Guest
  • 2014
No Score Yet Conan
2010
  • Guest
  • 2014
  • 2012
  • 2011
No Score Yet Late Show With David Letterman
1993-2015
  • Guest
  • 2012
No Score Yet The Daily Show With Jon Stewart
1999-2015
  • Guest
  • 2012
  • 2011
  • 2010
  • 2009
  • 2008
  • 2007
  • 2006
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
1992-2014
  • Guest
  • 2012
  • 2010
  • 2004
  • 2002
  • 2001
No Score Yet Rescue Me
2004-2011
  • Executive Producer
  • Tommy Gavin
  • Producer
  • Screenwriter
  • Creator
  • Voice
  • 2011
  • 2010
  • 2009
  • 2008
  • 2007
  • 2006
  • 2005
  • 2004
No Score Yet Late Night With Jimmy Fallon
2009-2014
  • Guest
  • 2010
  • 2009
No Score Yet The Simpsons
1989
  • Voice
  • 2008
No Score Yet The Apprentice
2004
  • Actor
  • Appearing
  • 2006

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