Offerman at the 71st Annual Peabody Awards Luncheon
June 26, 1970 |
Joliet, Illinois, U.S.
|Occupation||Actor, writer, carpenter|
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.
Offerman was born in Joliet, Illinois, and grew up in Minooka, Illinois. 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. Offerman was raised Catholic and received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1993. That year, he and a group of fellow students co-founded the Defiant Theatre, a Chicago-based theatre company.
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. During this time, Offerman became acquainted with Amy Poehler, who was heavily involved with the Chicago improv comedy scene.
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 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 has 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". Slate magazine declared Offerman "Parks and Recreation's secret weapon", and said he regularly stole scenes and "has a gift for understated physical comedy". 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 Poehlers' 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.
Offerman has also been featured in the Adult Swim series Childrens Hospital with Rob Corddry and Rob Huebel. He is the voice Axe Cop in the animated series of the same name, premiered on July 27, 2013. 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 fulminations of life, manliness, meat, and of course, growing the perfect mustache. 
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".
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. He also released an instructional DVD in 2008 entitled Fine Woodstrip Canoe Building with Nick Offerman, shot by Jimmy Diresta. Diresta's pay for shooting the DVD was a canoe, the second one Offerman has built. The writers of Parks and Recreation added a fondness for woodworking to Offerman's character.
Offerman's wife, actress Megan Mullally, has a recurring role on Parks and Recreation as his character's second ex-wife Tammy. He is good friends with actor Rainn Wilson; the two became friends while auditioning for the same roles early in their careers and remained in touch. Offerman even built Wilson's kitchen table. Offerman is a fan of the Chicago Cubs and Chicago Bears, and has been featured with fellow actor and Chicago White Sox fan Craig Robinson in a series of commercials for New Era Cap Company.
|1997||Going All the Way||Wilks||Film debut|
|1998||City of Angels||Construction Worker|
|2005||Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous||Karl Steele|
|2006||Wristcutters: A Love Story||Cop|
|2006||3 lbs||Dr. Coffey|
|2007||The Go-Getter||Nick the Potter / Mowhawk Trumpeter / Bald Phone Translator|
|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||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|
|2014||The Lego Movie||Metalbeard||Voice|
|2014||22 Jump Street||Deputy Chief Hardy||Post-Production|
|2014||Ernest & Celestine||George||Voice|
|2014||Date and Switch||Terry|
|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||The King of Queens||The Man||Episode: "Thanks, Man"|
|2001–03||NYPD Blue||Steven Debrees, Billy||2 episodes|
|2003–04||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|
|2008–13||Childrens Hospital||Chance Briggs||10 episodes|
|2009–present||Parks and Recreation||Ron Swanson||Main Cast
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"|
Episode: "Viking Days"
|2013||Drunk History||Johnny Cool||Episode: "Boston"|
|2013–present||Axe Cop||Axe Cop||Voice
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