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 materUniversity of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (B.A.)
OccupationActor, writer, carpenter
Years active1997–present
Spouse(s)
Website
www.offermanwoodshop.com
 
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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 materUniversity of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (B.A.)
OccupationActor, writer, carpenter
Years active1997–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.

Personal life[edit]

Offerman has been married to actress Megan Mullally since the 20th September 2003.[15] They met whilst 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 as both actors played roles in The Kings of Summer.

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
1997Going All the WayWilks
1998City of AngelsConstruction Worker
1999Treasure IslandSamuel
2000GrooveSergeant Channahon
2004NovemberOfficer Roberts
2005CursedOfficer
2005Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and FabulousKarl Steele
2005Sin CityShlubb
2006Wristcutters: A Love StoryCop
20063 lbsDr. Coffey
2007The Go-GetterNick the Potter / Mowhawk Trumpeter / Bald Phone Translator
2009The Men Who Stare at GoatsScotty Mercer
2009Taking ChancesSheriff Hoke Hollander
2010All Good ThingsJim McCarthy
2012Somebody Up There Likes MeSal
2012SmashedDave Davies
201221 Jump StreetDeputy Chief Hardy
2012Casa de Mi PadreDEA Agent Parker
2013We're the MillersDon Fitzgerald
2013The Kings of SummerFrank Toy
2013In a World...Heners
2013ParadiseMr. Mannerhelm
2014The Lego MovieMetalbeard (voice)
2014Ernest & CelestineGeorge (voice)English dub
2014Date and SwitchTerry
2014Nick Offerman: American HamHimself
201422 Jump StreetDeputy Chief Hardy
2014Knight of CupsPost-Production
2014Believe MePost-production
2015A Walk in the WoodsFilming
2015Welcome to HappinessMosesFilming
2015Me and Earl and the Dying GirlFilming

Television[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
1997ERRogEpisode: "Ambush"
1998ProfilerBobbyEpisode: "Fans First"
1999The West WingJerryEpisode: "The Crackpots and These Women"
2001Will & GraceNick the PlumberEpisode: "Moveable Feast"
2002The PracticeCharles RossiEpisode: "Manifest Necessity"
2003Good Morning MiamiPolice OfficerEpisode: "About a Ploy"
200324Marcus3 episodes
2003The King of QueensThe ManEpisode: "Thanks, Man"
2001–2003NYPD BlueSteven Debrees, Billy2 episodes
2003–2004George LopezRandy8 episodes
2004DeadwoodTom MasonEpisode: "Deep Water"
2005Life on a StickGregEpisode: "The Gods of TV"
2005MonkJack WhitmanEpisode: "Mr. Monk and the Election"
2003, 2005Gilmore GirlsBeau Belleville2 episodes
2006CSI: NYJoe GreenEpisodes: "Cool Hunter"
2007American Body ShopRob10 episodes
2008–2013Childrens HospitalChance Briggs10 episodes
2009–presentParks and RecreationRon SwansonTCA 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)
2012Bob's BurgersCooper (voice)Episode: "Bob Fires the Kids"
2012The Cleveland ShowHarris Grundle (voice)Episode: "Tis the Cleveland to Be Sorry"
2013ConanRon BurgundyEpisode: "Occupy Conan: When Outsourcing Goes Too Far"
2013Out ThereDoug (voice)Episode: "Viking Days"
2013Drunk HistoryJohnny CoolEpisode: "Boston"
2013–2014Axe CopAxe Cop (voice)12 episodes
2014Comedy Bang! Bang!HimselfEpisode: "Nick Offerman Wears a Green Flannel Shirt & Brown Boots"
2014"Gravity Falls"Agent Powers (voice)Episode: "Scary-Oke"

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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