Denis Leary is an Emmy and Golden Globe nominated actor, writer and producer who co-created the highly acclaimed FX landmark drama Rescue Me, about the struggles of FDNY firefighters after 9/11. The series shot on location in New York City and established groundbreaking levels for use of live fire and smoke as well as on-camera stunt work for many of its action scenes. Emmy-winning writer and director Peter Tolan – a native of Scituate, Mass. – was Leary’s creative partner on the show.
Leary was born and raised in the Main South section of Worcester, Massachusetts. He is the cousin of Firefighter Jerry Lucey who gave his life in the line of duty while fighting this Worcester Cold Storage Warehouse fire on December 3, 1999. The fire also took the lives of Leary’s fellow St. Peter’s classmate Lt. Tom Spencer as well as Firefighters Paul Brotherton, James Lyons, Timothy Jackson and Joseph McGuirk. Leary created the Leary Firefighters Foundation as a result of the tragic fire.