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Lenny Clarke          

Comedian and Actor, Famous for His Role on "Rescue Me"

Lenny Clarke was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts, one of eight children. He decided to pursue stand-up comedy one night when he was working as a janitor, putting himself through college at University of Massachusetts/Boston. That night Lenny Clarke went to the Ding-Ho Restaurant in Cambridge and saw some comics performing. Convinced he could do the same thing, he returned the next week and... "The rest, as they say, is history!," he exclaims.

Lenny Clarke spent several years as the regular host of the open-mike nights there and has since traveled the world as a stand-up. His gifted comedic abilities captured the attention of the legendary Rodney Dangerfield who gave Lenny his first big break on TV, casting him on the HBO special "Nothin' Goes Right," in 1988. Lenny Clarke and Dangerfield also worked together years later on Rodney's movie, "Meet Wally Sparks."

After years of hard work, Lenny Clarke was "discovered" at the Montreal Comedy Festival. CBS gave him his own TV series, the eponymous "Lenny," which ran for 18 episodes. His other TV work includes four-plus years on "The John Larroquette Show," as Officer Adam Hampton, hosting "The Sunday Comics," guest appearances on "Touched by an Angel" and "Love Boat: The Next Wave," two years on "The Job," his own Comedy Central special, five years on "It's all Relative," five-plus years on "Rescue Me," and 3 episodes on the Fox Series, "Brothers."

His feature films include "Me, Myself and Irene," "Rounders," "There's Something About Mary," "Two if by Sea," "Southie," "Massholes," "Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events," "Fever Pitch" and the independent film "Bluff."

Lenny Clarke has numerous charities close to his heart. Prompted by his sister's battle with MS, he works for numerous charities related to that cause, as well as for the Genesis Fund which helps to prevent and treat birth defects. He resides in Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts, with his wife, Jennifer, a charter fishing boat captain.

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