Denis Leary is an actor, writer and producer who co-created the highly acclaimed 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. The series was a flagship show on FX and was nominated for ten Emmy Awards and five Golden Globes as well as winning Peabody, Producers Guild and Humanitas awards during its seven seasons. Michael J. Fox was also awarded the Best Supporting Actor Emmy for his work during season 4. 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 the 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.