Nick Offerman

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Nick Offerman
Nick Offerman at UMBC (cropped).jpg
Offerman visiting the campus of University of Maryland Baltimore County on October 12, 2013
Born (1970-06-26) June 26, 1970 (age 44)
Joliet, Illinois, U.S.
Alma mater University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (B.A.)
Occupation Actor, writer, carpenter
Years active 1997–present
Spouse(s)
Website
www.offermanwoodshop.com

Nick Offerman (born June 26, 1970) is an American actor, writer, and carpenter widely known for his breakout role as Ron Swanson in the acclaimed NBC sitcom Parks and Recreation, in which he received the Television Critics Award for Individual Achievement in Comedy.

Early life[edit]

Offerman was born in Joliet, Illinois, and grew up in Minooka, Illinois.[2] He is the son of Cathy (née Roberts), a nurse, and Ric Offerman, who taught social studies at a junior high school in nearby Channahon.[3][4][5] Offerman was raised Catholic[6][7] and received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign in 1993.[2] That year, he and a group of fellow students co-founded the Defiant Theatre, a Chicago-based theatre company.[2]

Career[edit]

Offerman at the 2014 Sundance Awards Ceremony

Offerman lived in Chicago in the mid-1990s, where he participated with theatre companies such as Steppenwolf, Goodman, and Wisdom Bridge. At Steppenwolf, he also worked as a fight choreographer and master carpenter.[8] During this time, Offerman became acquainted with Amy Poehler, who was heavily involved with the Chicago improv comedy scene.[2]

In 2003, he married Will & Grace actress Megan Mullally and has also appeared on her talk show, The Megan Mullally Show. At the same time, he began appearing on television: as a plumber on Will & Grace during its fourth season's Thanksgiving episode, on The King of Queens as a hobo, in three episodes of 24, and in an episode of The West Wing. Prior to Parks and Recreation, his most prominent role was as factory worker and Benny-Lopez-love-interest Randy McGee on George Lopez. He appeared twice on Gilmore Girls, in 2003's The Festival of Living Art" and 2005's "Always a Godmother, Never a God". Offerman played would-be assassin of Wild Bill Hickok, Tom Mason, in an early episode of the HBO series Deadwood and in the third-season episode of Monk "Mr. Monk and the Election" as a helper for the campaign of Natalie Teeger. In 2007, Offerman co-starred in the Comedy Central series American Body Shop.

In 2009, Office producers Michael Schur and Greg Daniels offered Offerman a regular supporting role in their NBC sitcom Parks and Recreation: that of Ron Swanson, the deadpan, government-hating head of a government parks department and therefore boss of Amy Poehler's character Leslie Knope.[2] Slate magazine declared Offerman "Parks and Recreation's secret weapon", and said he regularly stole scenes and "has a gift for understated physical comedy".[9] The role weaves antagonism and political philosophy with humanity, while the intense libertarian philosophy the character lives out is often played off against the equally intense liberalism and 'do-gooder' mentality of Poehler's character, Leslie Knope. Offerman has said that supporting parts such as that of Parks and Recreation are his ideal roles, and that he draws particular inspiration from Reverend Jim Ignatowski, the character played by Christopher Lloyd in the sitcom Taxi.[2]

Offerman has also been featured in the Adult Swim series Childrens Hospital with Rob Corddry and Rob Huebel. He is the voice of Axe Cop in the animated series of the same name, premiered on July 27, 2013.[10] In the same year, Offerman portrayed Johnny Cool in the "Boston" episode of Derek Waters' Drunk History on Comedy Central.

In October 2013, Offerman released a book titled Paddle Your Own Canoe: One Man's Fundamentals for Delicious Living, in which he shares his humorous ruminations on life, manliness, meat, and of course, growing the perfect mustache.[11]

Offerman has appeared in films such as November (2004), Cursed (2005), Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous (2005), Sin City (2005), The Men Who Stare at Goats (2009), and The Kings of Summer (2013). He also appeared in the 2006 film Wristcutters: A Love Story as a cop who attempts to arrest Shannyn Sossamon's character, Mikal. 2012 saw him in two film roles, as 21 Jump Street's Deputy Chief Hardy and in Casa de Mi Padre as DEA Agent Parker. Additionally, he starred and produced an independent film, Somebody Up There Likes Me (2012), shot in Austin, Texas. He appeared in the 2013 comedy We're the Millers, which starred Jason Sudeikis and Jennifer Aniston. He voiced Metalbeard in The Lego Movie. Offerman conceived of and starred in punk band FIDLAR's 2013 video for their song "Cocaine".[12] Offerman also played an alcoholic college guidance counselor in Believe Me (2014).

Woodworking[edit]

In addition to acting, Offerman is also a professional boat builder and has a side business as a wood craftsman. Offerman makes furniture and other wooden structures such as canoes and boats at his woodshop.[13] He also released an instructional DVD in 2008 titled Fine Woodstrip Canoe Building with Nick Offerman, shot by Jimmy Diresta. Diresta's pay for shooting the DVD was a canoe, the second Offerman has built.[14] The writers of Parks and Recreation added a fondness for woodworking to Offerman's character.

Writing[edit]

In addition to all of his other work, Offerman released a book in 2013 called Paddle Your Own Canoe: One Man's Fundamentals for Delicious Living

Personal life[edit]

Offerman has been married to actress Megan Mullally since the 20th September 2003.[15] They met while acting in The Berlin Circle,[16] a play produced by the Evidence Room Theatre Company, and married after dating for eighteen months. Mullally has a recurring role on Parks and Recreation as Ron Swanson's second ex-wife, Tammy. The couple have also appeared together on film: For example, both actors played roles in The Kings of Summer.

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1997 Going All the Way Wilks
1998 City of Angels Construction Worker
1999 Treasure Island Samuel
2000 Groove Sergeant Channahon
2004 November Officer Roberts
2005 Cursed Officer
2005 Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous Karl Steele
2005 Sin City Shlubb
2006 Wristcutters: A Love Story Cop
2006 3 lbs Dr. Coffey
2007 The Go-Getter Nick the Potter
2009 The Men Who Stare at Goats Scotty Mercer
2009 Taking Chances Sheriff Hoke Hollander
2010 All Good Things Jim McCarthy
2012 Somebody Up There Likes Me Sal
2012 Smashed Dave Davies
2012 21 Jump Street Deputy Chief Hardy
2012 Casa de Mi Padre DEA Agent Parker
2013 We're the Millers Don Fitzgerald
2013 The Kings of Summer Frank Toy
2013 In a World... Heners
2013 Paradise Mr. Mannerhelm
2014 The Lego Movie Metalbeard (voice)
2014 Ernest & Celestine George (voice) English dub
2014 Date and Switch Terry
2014 Nick Offerman: American Ham Himself
2014 22 Jump Street Deputy Chief Hardy
2014 Knight of Cups Post-Production
2014 Believe Me Post-production
2015 A Walk in the Woods Filming
2015 Welcome to Happiness Moses Filming
2015 Me and Earl and the Dying Girl Filming

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1997 ER Rog Episode: "Ambush"
1998 Profiler Bobby Episode: "Fans First"
1999 The West Wing Jerry Episode: "The Crackpots and These Women"
2001 Will & Grace Nick the Plumber Episode: "Moveable Feast"
2002 The Practice Charles Rossi Episode: "Manifest Necessity"
2003 Good Morning Miami Police Officer Episode: "About a Ploy"
2003 24 Marcus 3 episodes
2003 The King of Queens The Man Episode: "Thanks, Man"
2001–2003 NYPD Blue Steven Debrees, Billy 2 episodes
2003–2004 George Lopez Randy 8 episodes
2004 Deadwood Tom Mason Episode: "Deep Water"
2005 Life on a Stick Greg Episode: "The Gods of TV"
2005 Monk Jack Whitman Episode: "Mr. Monk and the Election"
2003, 2005 Gilmore Girls Beau Belleville 2 episodes
2006 CSI: NY Joe Green Episodes: "Cool Hunter"
2007 American Body Shop Rob 10 episodes
2008–2013 Childrens Hospital Chance Briggs 10 episodes
2009–present Parks and Recreation Ron Swanson TCA Award for Individual Achievement in Comedy (2010-2011)
Nominated – TCA Award for Individual Achievement in Comedy (2009-2010)
Nominated – Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series(2011-2012)
Nominated – EWwy Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series (2010)
2012 Bob's Burgers Cooper (voice) Episode: "Bob Fires the Kids"
2012 The Cleveland Show Harris Grundle (voice) Episode: "Tis the Cleveland to Be Sorry"
2013 Conan Ron Burgundy Episode: "Occupy Conan: When Outsourcing Goes Too Far"
2013 Out There Doug (voice) Episode: "Viking Days"
2013 Drunk History Johnny Cool Episode: "Boston"
2013–2014 Axe Cop Axe Cop (voice) 12 episodes
2014 Comedy Bang! Bang! Himself Episode: "Nick Offerman Wears a Green Flannel Shirt & Brown Boots"
2014 Gravity Falls Agent Powers (voice, credited as Key Vigenère) Episode: "Scary-Oke"

Music Videos[edit]

He starred in the music video "Cocaine" by FIDLAR. Offerman also directed the music video for "Low Key" from Tweedy's debut album, Sukierae.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Susman, Gary (23 September 2003). "Trophy Husband". ew.com. Retrieved 6 September 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f Ryan, Maureen (2009-09-23). "Nick Offerman serves up solid comedy on "Parks and Recreation"". Chicago Tribune (Chicago, Illinois). Retrieved 2009-10-17. 
  3. ^ "Local News", The Herald-News (Joliet), 30 November 2003
  4. ^ Ken O'Brien (1997-10-19). "Cast party: When NBC's "ER" drew a large national audience... - Chicago Tribune". Articles.chicagotribune.com. Retrieved 2014-01-02. 
  5. ^ Bill Cribbs. "Northeastern Illinois Obituary Collection - 140". Genealogybuff.com. Retrieved 2014-01-02. 
  6. ^ Rock 'n Roll Ghost. "TV Interview: Nick Offerman – Parks and Recreation (NBC)". Rocknrollghost.com. Retrieved 2014-01-02. 
  7. ^ "Nick Offerman, deadpan man - Viewer Discretion". Boston.com. 2010-02-24. Retrieved 2014-02-06. 
  8. ^ Adams, Erik (2012-06-21). "Showrunner Michael Schur on building Parks And Recreation’s fourth season (Part 4 of 5) | TV | The Walkthrough". The A.V. Club. Retrieved 2012-09-06. 
  9. ^ Weiner, Jonah (2009-12-02). "You Really Should Be Watching Parks and Recreation". Slate. Retrieved 2009-12-06. 
  10. ^ Fitzpatrick, Kevin (January 8, 2013). "FOX RELEASES ‘AXE COP’ VOICE CAST, SETS SATURDAY ANIMATION DOMINATION HD PREMIERE". ScreenCrush. Retrieved May 11, 2013. 
  11. ^ Paddle Your Own Canoe: One Man's Fundamentals for Delicious Living - Nick Offerman - Google Boeken. Books.google.com. Retrieved 2014-06-10. 
  12. ^ "How Punk Band FIDLAR Recruited 'Parks and Rec' Star Nick Offerman for NSFW Video (Q&A)". hollywoodreporter.com. Retrieved 6 November 2013. 
  13. ^ "Offerman Woodshop". offermanwoodshop.com. Retrieved 6 September 2012. 
  14. ^ "Ace on the House Premier". adamcarolla.com. 14 January 2011. Retrieved 6 September 2012. [dead link]
  15. ^ Fox, Jesse David. "The History of Nick Offerman and Megan Mullally’s Awesome Marriage". Vulture. Retrieved 31 March 2014. 
  16. ^ "Nick Offerman Talks Costarring With Wife Megan Mullally". Huffington Post. 29 May 2013. Retrieved 31 March 2014. 

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