Class of 1979
Worcester-born Leary attended Emerson at the same time as Steven Wright and actress Gina Gershon. In 1976, he helped start the Emerson Comedy Workshop, a training ground for countless artists ever since.
Leary has since found fame — appearing in sketches and commercials on MTV, and recording several comedy albums. Today, Leary is the star and co-creator of FX's Emmy-nominated TV show "Rescue Me."
--Stephanie Shore, Boston.com Correspondent
At left, Leary fronts a band while in college.