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Denis Leary, the Renaissance Man of 'Rescue Me'

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Denis Leary, the Renaissance Man of 'Rescue Me'

Denis Leary, the Renaissance Man of 'Rescue Me'

Denis Leary, the Renaissance Man of 'Rescue Me'

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Denis Leary writes, stars in and serves as executive producer for the FX network's Rescue Me. Scott Gries/Getty Images hide caption

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Denis Leary writes, stars in and serves as executive producer for the FX network's Rescue Me.

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On TV's Rescue Me, the comic, actor and writer Denis Leary plays a highly strung, highly macho fireman Tommy Gavin, who deals with raging fires and his own raging male ego. Season 4 of the FX network series is due out on DVD June 3.

Leary, who's worked in films including The Thomas Crown Affair and The Ref, sidelines as a singer, too; his comedy CD No Cure for Cancer spawned the provocatively titled hit single "A—hole."

He recently starred in the HBO movie Recount, about the disputed U.S. presidential elections of 2000.

This interview first aired on June 7, 2007.