DENIS LEARY: A COUNTRY BOY AT HEART WITH A HEART AS BIG AS HIS COUNTRY

Published on: April 2, 2003

When he's not acting, producing TV programs or raising money for the nation's firefighters, straight-talking comic Denis Leary spends time at his beautiful Connecticut horse farm.

The former star of ABC's cop comedy "The Job" was taking time out to relax on his 100-acre spread after finishing up his new film "The Secret Lives of Dentists" and producing a television series starring Elizabeth Hurley when he spoke to The ENQUIRER from his home.

Leary bought the farm, located an hour from New York City, five years ago, and takes every opportunity to enjoy it with his wife Ann, their two children, Jack, 13, and Devin, 11, an Irish wolfhound named Clancey, and six horses.

"The horses are for my kids," Leary explained in an exclusive interview. "We have a red one, a couple of brown ones and some black ones.

"My two favorite areas of the farm are the poolroom, which is in the guesthouse, and the skate house which is next to our outdoor skating rink."

The skate house is where Leary, who once dreamed of playing professional hockey, houses his collection of hockey memorabilia, including sticks used by two athletes Leary respects greatly, Mark Messier and Bobby Orr.

But the people he ad-mires most are firefighters, Leary is quick to point out.

"Firefighters are the real heroes in America," declared the 45-year-old actor, who has founded a charity for his heroes called the Leary Firefighters Foundation, and was instrumental in raising millions of dollars for them after the 9-11 terror attacks.

"I'm devoting every spare moment to fund-raising for them. Acting is my job -- firefighters are my passion."