Denis Leary

(Denis Colin Leary)

Denis Leary
Denis Leary
  • Born: August 18, 1957
  • Nationality: American, Irish
  • Profession: Actor









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Anthony Mackie in 'The Hurt Locker' is everything an actor can hope to be. So rock steady in his portrayal that you immediately forget every performance he may have previously given, and focus only on the character in front of you. Hope
Anybody who's done standup will tell you that there's nothing like it. The show starts at 8:00, the curtain goes up and there's nobody else except you and the audience, and you just perform for them for two hours. Nobody yells, 'Cut!' There are no retakes. That is still the most exciting medium for me, and I love it. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
Bill Murray doesn't do anything. He barely shows up at the movies he says he's going to do. Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
Certain movies like 'Wag The Dog,' we used improv on every scene that we did. Pretty much, we would shoot from the script and then some stuff that we came up with in rehearsal, and then we'd have at least one or two takes where we completely went off the script and just flew by the seat of our pants. Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
Doing the same character over and over, it gets boring.
Every actor thinks he can do comedy, and it's not true.
Everyone's got skeletons in their closet, and I've got a million in mine, believe me. I tested the envelope; I pushed it. Whenever somebody in authority told me not to do something, I did it just to find out why they said not to do it.
Firefighters are some of the most selfless public servants you will ever encounter.
Firefighters don't go on strike.
First of all, I have to have trucks because I live most of my time on a horse farm, so I've gotta have trucks. It's in the northeast; I've got to have pickup trucks to move snow, number one. Number two, just if I'm driving, I don't have to have an SUV, but I want a big car. Time
For us as writers, it's really important to have songs we believe in - even before sometimes we shoot a scene. If we have a song that's so perfectly designed for a scene on 'Rescue Me,' we'll play it on loud speakers during the shooting. It helps the cameraman and it helps the director, and it helps the actors know what the feel is.
George Carlin was great right up to the end of his life. But Richard Pryor was probably the best, most gifted stand-up comedian who will ever live. Life
Good actors, especially when they know their character, will come in and either tell you in advance that they have an idea, or in the middle of the rehearsal or the scene they'll let it loose and you go, 'Ah that's great.'
Having dealt with a lot of real firefighters, I know there are a lot of guys who, for lack of a better term, become addicted to the grief because it has kept them connected to these guys that they felt responsible for having lost.
Here's the problem with Easter. The Catholic Church needs to pick a date because it keeps moving. And I think the reason they always have Easter moving to different dates is to catch us.
Hockey's my favorite sport. Sports & Athletics
How many whales do we really need? I figure five. One for each ocean.
I actually like talking.
I always hated the Grateful Dead. Never even bought a Led Zeppelin album.
I basically - I don't like tattoos, unless you're a firefighter who has a tattoo that has to do with that or a military guy. That's - those are people who should have tattoos.
I believe in prescription drugs. I believe in feeling better.
I bought my daughter a Chihuahua and I fell in love with it. So now I carry Coco around with me all the time. Time ;Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
I can't text. My fingers are too big.
I did 12 years with nuns, you know. So I came out of it going, like, 'I think Jesus is all right.' The rest of it I think stinks to the high heavens.
I didn't raise my kids with the fear of God. Religion & God
I do have to say that I think that President Obama is the greatest President in the history of all of our Presidents, and that he can do no wrong in my book. So how's that for prejudice on the Democratic side? History
I don't believe in the power of words. Power
I don't really have a lot of fun playing just straight good guys. It's not my thing. It's like Tom Hanks territory.
I don't want a president like me! I suck, okay. I want an elitist, smart guy.
I don't want to see a 'Sopranos' movie. This is just me. I like to think the end is where it was on TV as opposed to becoming a movie.
I don't watch 'American Idol.' I don't watch any of that stuff.
I fell asleep during 'Year One' twice. And my son, who never falls asleep during a Jack Black movie, also nodded off. That's how bad it was. I was incredibly disappointed.
I guess you get pigeon-holed in Hollywood, but I'm ok with that because I've been able to do a lot. I started in the theater, then I went to stand-up comedy, and then when I went into the movies to do comedy and drama and big movies and small movies. Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
I have a lot of conservative views on a lot of things.
I know gay - gay people who aren't married who are better parents than some, you know, straight people I know who are married.
I learned a long time ago, if you want to keep your friends in show business, don't get famous. Because as soon as you get famous, a lot of the people you used to know, who didn't, become incredibly bitter and jealous. It's part of the territory. Time ;Fame ;Business, Commerce & Finance
I like Jesus, I mean, I think he was a good guy.
I love America. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
I love French stuff. Mmmm, french fries. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
I love Santa Monica and Venice because I like the beach. I have a lot of friends in that area. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
I obviously identify with the anti-authority figure. I've pretty much always had problems with authority, ever since I was a kid.
I obviously identify with the anti-authority figure. I've pretty much always had problems with authority, ever since I was a kid. But, yeah, it's not identifying, I think it's more a part of my natural DNA that I question anybody who has a plan. Everybody's got to have an angle; that's the way I grew up.
I really like 'Batman.' Not the TV show, but the dark 'Batman.'
I really want to do a western film. It's one of my favorite movie genres of all time. Time
I really, really like 'Eastbound & Down.' It's one of the few things that makes me laugh.
I really, really like 'Eastbound & Down.' It's one of the few things that makes me laugh. It's almost too funny to get an award. Humor
I remember 9/11; we had 'Comics Come Home' about a month after those events. That night, even the comedians were concerned. Would the audience be ready to laugh? It was a release for everyone.
I spent a long time working in the movies to figure out that kind of acting and also how to write and produce for the screen. Time ;Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
I studied acting in school and then, of course, couldn't get an acting job.
I think all priests should be married.
I think daycare is great for people who have to work two jobs. My problem is with people who are dropping kids off at daycare because they want to go out and spend the day golfing or getting their nails done. You know what I mean? That's not why they invented daycare. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
I think it's a shame when you come across young actors and musicians who haven't had the time to learn their craft. It doesn't matter if it's acting or music; you really have to learn how to do it from the bottom up because unless you have a great work ethic... fame is a terrible thing to have. Time ;Music, Chants & Rapps ;Work, Workers & The Labor Force
I think we should take Iraq and Iran and combine them into one country and call it Irate. All the pissed off people live in one place and get it over with.
I think we're going to carry the 'Ice Age's up to 'Ice Age 15,' which means basically they'll be in the present decade.
I want you to take away the hope because that's the thing that's killing me. Hope
I wanted to be a hockey player. Where I grew up, the basketball courts were rarely used. I was terrible in school and actually said, 'I'm going to be a hockey player.'
I wasn't the best student. I wasn't stupid, but I wasn't paying a lot of attention.
I went to school with Steven Wright, who was the shyest guy I knew, and one day someone suddenly told me that he was in a club doing standup comedy. I went down to his club and he was great. Another friend of mine, who was pretty much a thief by trade, was hosting the show. So I thought, 'If these guys can do it, then so can I.'
I went to see the 'Spider-Man' movies because my wife is a fan, and so are my kids. Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
I will not bond. I will not share. I refuse to nurture.
I would have to commit a crime and have cops chase me. That would be the only way to get me to jog five miles.
I write what I think is funny and I write from a sense of popping a balloon or a sense of injustice, whether it's about yourself, or whether it's about something else. It's my worldview; it doesn't mean that everybody has to agree with it. Humor
I'd love to do another television series. I really love the writing process, and as an actor I really like how much you get to examine in television. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
I'd love to play in a Red Sox game. It would be so awesome to actually walk out on the field and play, just for one inning. I'd also steal everything I could get my hands on in the clubhouse, which is why they won't let me do it. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
If a character dies, you get to do a big, juicy death scene. But the flip side is you're out of the sequel, which is where the real money is. Death ;Money, Coins & Minting
If I'm president, there are going to be government vans that drive around and pick up people who shouldn't be wearing certain clothing. Talk about lack of civil rights - I'm sorry, I'm pulling you right off the street, and we're giving you clothes that you're going to be O.K. in. Government
If you do good work, it tends to stick around. People still come up to me and say, 'The Ref' is my favorite Christmas movie.' Work, Workers & The Labor Force
If you had no enemies, you had no fun.
If you see me doing a new stand-up special, it probably means I've been out of work for a while. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
If you want a long-term relationship that doesn't require a lot of work, I say, get a dog. They love you no matter what. But when it comes to humans, there's no secret; you really have to appreciate the person every single day. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex ;Work, Workers & The Labor Force
If you're over 52 years old and you're on Facebook, do us all a favor and log off now.
I'm a huge Kevin Youkilis fan.
I'm a lapsed Catholic in the best sense of the word.
I'm a pretty boring guy. Compared to Ashton Kutcher, I live a really boring existence.
I'm born and raised in the Northeast. My parents are Irish immigrants. So our tendency is to shy away from the big yellow ball that comes up in the sky every once in a while.
I'm no day at the beach. And if it is a beach, it's Hampton Beach. Ever been there? It's not nice.
I'm not really a Spider-Man fan. I'm more of a Batman guy.
I'm not saying being a comedian is brain surgery, but it is definitely - it's like being a carpenter. You learn how to make tables and chairs. You have to have the right tools, and you have to know how to put the thing together, right?
I'm praying for 'Ice Age' 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10. Because I really think we can run those characters into the '60s, and I'm talking the 1960s, you know? The Civil Rights Movement. That's what I'm praying for, because then I wouldn't have to do anything else.
I'm pretty much a chocolate guy. I'm up for any type of chocolate. Any chocolate.
I'm really good at laundry, and I have no problem cleaning the kitchen.
I'm really happy I went to a Catholic school because a lot of the repressive tactics they use make for great senses of humor. Humor
I'm still pretty self-centered, greedy and angry.
In addition to my cousin, there were 30 or 40 guys I grew up with who became firefighters as well. So, I've been around firefighters all my life. Life
In my experience in series TV, if you have a good crew and a great cast, it's going to be a great group - similar to the theater where it's a bunch of people who are really talented and go to work each day and challenge each other, and if you are lucky enough to get a hit then it's five or six or seven years of this kind of work. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
It says on the back of the Nyquil box, 'May cause drowsiness.' It should say, 'Don't make any plans, OK? Kiss your family and friends good-bye.' Families, Children & Parenting
It would be great if firefighters across the country had the guarantee that they would be making enough money to support their family right from the get-go, but that's not the case. Families, Children & Parenting ;Money, Coins & Minting
I've always had a thing for Catwoman. Michelle Pfeiffer or Halle Berry in tight leather pants, with the boots - I'm pretty good with either one.
I've been nominated for Emmys and Golden Globes, but I've never won one and I probably never will.
I've eaten things that didn't complain this much.
Jon Stewart is exactly the same guy he's always been, only with money. He knows that the moment he really believes he's important, the funny goes away and he becomes Bill O'Reilly, except shorter and Jewish. Humor ;Money, Coins & Minting
Kathy Bates is sexy. It's partly because of her talent, but she's got a great face, and a great laugh.
Kids are incredibly expensive. But it pays off later when they are better educated, bigger, and better-looking than you. And find you incessantly boring and uncool.
Let me tell you something: I love the Yankees. And let me tell you why: because without the Yankees, there is nobody to hate. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
Most movies suck, even the independent ones. Hollywood is like baseball: Hit three good ones out of 10 and you're a Hall of Famer. Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
Most of the women placed in the fire department here in New York never passed the physical test. And a fat guy or a short guy, or anybody not passing the test in a life-or-death job, leads to friction. Women
Most people don't know how underpaid and often ill-equipped urban fire departments are across North America.
My biggest regret in life is that I didn't hit John Denver in the mouth while I has the chance. Life
My brother and I tortured my mother growing up.
My career plan at this point is 'Ice Age 5' through '10,' and even '12,' and 'Spider Man' - you know, basically I'd be Emma Stone's dad for the rest of my career. I really don't have any problem doing that. Families, Children & Parenting
My charity is in the business of helping firefighters in any way that we can. For instance, after 9/11 we were the second-fastest charity to raise and distribute money to the widows and surviving family members of the 343 firefighters who died that day. Business, Commerce & Finance ;Families, Children & Parenting ;Money, Coins & Minting
My cousin Jerry Lucey and five other firefighters died in a warehouse fire in Worcester, Mass. - my hometown - right in the middle of our old neighborhood downtown when a homeless couple started a fire to keep warm and the entire building went up. My cousin died trying to save homeless people who had already left the building.
My dad was very much a John Wayne kind of guy, but he was also a great guy, great sense of humor, a real dedicated dad. I don't think he ever missed a hockey game I was in. Humor ;Families, Children & Parenting
My father could swear in Gaelic and English, by the way, ladies and gentlemen.
My father left Ireland because he did not want to muck horse manure for the rest of his life, and he wanted to come to New York. Life
My goal is to leave this planet with the biggest carbon footprint I can possibly leave.
My kids watch everything downloaded; they have no idea what the numbers or the names of the channels mean, except, 'FX makes the show that I see on my computer.' So it's harder to get a show on the air, but at the same time, there are a lot of terrific shows. Time
My nieces and my nephews think the only thing that I do is 'Ice Age.' That's fine with me because pretty soon they'll grow up enough to realize that I suck or that my time has passed, whichever it might be. Time
My only worry about tweeting and modern technology is how it has crept into even the darkest corners of the absolute global village we live in. Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
No matter what anybody says, relationships are based on physical attraction. The first time I saw my wife, it was pure animal whatever. Time
No woman can be completely happy at any one moment in time. They're always anticipating the next thing to argue or complain about. Time
Nobody can make more fun of me than I already make of myself.
Not eating meat is a decision, eating meat is an instinct. Nutrition, Food, Starvation, Farming & Agriculture
Once you have a firefighter in your family, your family and the families from his crew become one big extended family. Families, Children & Parenting
One of those things that I like about TV is that if you get a group of people you like, you can work with these people for months at a time, and you can discover their strengths and weaknesses, and you can use those in the direction where you take the characters. Time ;Work, Workers & The Labor Force
One thing that's great about firefighters: If they don't have the equipment they desperately need, they don't have the help, they don't care. They'll do it on their own.
People saying, 'Life didn't turn out the way I wanted it to.' Welcome to the club. I wanted to be the starting center-fielder for the Boston Red Sox, for chrissakes! Life
Racism isn't born, folks, it's taught. I have a two-year-old son. You know what he hates? Naps! End of list.
Science fiction was never my thing. I have no interest in it. Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
Science fiction was never my thing. I have no interest in it. So I don't think I could successfully pull off being on a project like that without really losing my mind. Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
Some people expect me to be funny all the time, and I'm not necessarily funny all the time. Time ;Humor
Sometimes 'great acting' is just showing off - chewing up scenery and dialogue and other actors - the equivalent of a theatrical sugar rush.
Stand-up comedy and comedy in general is the ultimate form of free speech, because you get to poke holes in all the pretentious bubbles politicians and pundits and popes and pretenders try to float over our heads.
Technology is changing, so the viewership is getting broken up. My kids watch everything downloaded; they have no idea what the numbers or the names of the channels mean, except 'FX makes the show that I see on my computer.' Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
Temptation's something you have to deal with even if you're not famous. It's harder when you're famous because it's a lot more in your face, and that makes it a little more difficult to walk away from sometimes. Fame
The best comedy audiences in the country and this is tried and true, I'm not just saying it, in my opinion are Boston, Atlanta, and Chicago.
The best thing about series TV is that everyone you work with is hand-picked, as compared to working on a film. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
The biggest battle for a lot of people who come out of the theater, which is where I was trained, is that they can never forget that a camera is pointed at them.
The first movie I saw where it convinced me I could be an actor was 'Mean Streets,' so whenever I see Robert De Niro and he says, 'Hi, Denis,' it's still a really big deal.
The Social Wishlist on Facebook is a great example of everything right about social media.
The thing with movies is, because you have so little time, I always feel like there are more things we could've done with the character. If we'd done a sequel to 'The Thomas Crown Affair,' what would that have been like? But for the most part, you try not to think of that, because it's just going to break your heart. Time ;Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
The things that make me angry still make me angry. George Carlin is 67, and he's still as funny as he's ever been, and he's still angry. And that makes me feel good, because I feel like if I stick around long enough, I'll still be able to work. Humor ;Work, Workers & The Labor Force
There are some guys I know for a fact, like Louis C.K., who always talk about how not-great of an actor he is, and he's terrific on his show. But I know Louis would play a fantastic dramatic role in something, too. He just needs somebody to grab him and say, 'Come in here and do this.'
There we were in the middle of a sexual revolution wearing clothes that guaranteed we wouldn't get laid.
There's no male Oprah.
There's no way around it - drama is very difficult to shoot. It's very heavy and something that you carry with you for the course of the day.
There's not going to be a 'Rescue Me' movie. Not a chance.
Usually when you watch a film, you're just sort of biting your nails about things you could have done differently.
Vacuuming is great. I do the laundry. I love washing machines. I'm the maid in my house. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
We live in a country where John Lennon takes eight bullets, Yoko Ono is walking right beside him and not one hits her. Explain that to me!
What firefighters and people in our military and cops do is separate from what the rest of us do; basically these people say, 'I'm going to protect all these strangers.'
What's politically correct a lot of times is not funny. Humor
When I go to Batman movies, I always think, 'Man, I would like to be a bad guy in a Batman movie.' especially as they got darker when they go to the Christian Bale era. Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
When I was a teenager, you couldn't get straight pants. Then in '76, when punk started to hit, it was a revelation that you could find straight pants again.
When I was doing standup, I always wanted to get out of the standup world and take it back into the theatrical world, like with 'No Cure For Cancer.'
When I'm on stage, that's me. It's blown up, but that's me.
Where I grew up, the basketball courts were rarely used.
Willem Dafoe and I are actually the same person.
With any actor, if you know your character well enough, you'll know pretty much what he would say under any circumstance, or whatever situation might rear its head.
Wolfhounds helped kill off the wolves in Ireland.
You can have good writing, but a great actor will make it feel and sound like great writing. You can have great writing, and mediocre actors will make it feel mediocre. Without the actors, you have nothing.
You can't teach somebody how to be funny. You're either funny, or you ain't. Humor
You try to - you want to fly on both sides of the political fence because that's where the - where the comedy is.

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