Nick Offerman

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Nick Offerman
Nick Offerman Sundance 2014 (cropped).jpg
Offerman at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival
Born(1970-06-26) June 26, 1970 (age 43)
Joliet, Illinois, U.S.
OccupationActor, writer, carpenter
Years active1997–present
Spouse(s)Megan Mullally (2003–present)[1]
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Nick Offerman
Nick Offerman Sundance 2014 (cropped).jpg
Offerman at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival
Born(1970-06-26) June 26, 1970 (age 43)
Joliet, Illinois, U.S.
OccupationActor, writer, carpenter
Years active1997–present
Spouse(s)Megan Mullally (2003–present)[1]

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]


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 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".[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 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.[2]

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.[10] In the same year, Offerman portrayed Johnny Cool in the "Boston" episode of Derek Waters' Drunk History on Comedy Central.

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".[11]


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.[12] 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.[13] The writers of Parks and Recreation added a fondness for woodworking to Offerman's character.

Personal life[edit]

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.[14] 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.[15]

Offerman although raised catholic is an atheist. In his book he describes his distaste for religion altogether and say anyone who believes in god instead of science is an "ignorant fool".



1997Going All the WayWilksFilm debut
1998City of AngelsConstruction Worker
1999Treasure IslandSamuel
2000GrooveSergeant Channahon
2004NovemberOfficer Roberts
Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and FabulousKarl Steele
Sin CityShlubb
2006Wristcutters: A Love StoryCop
3 lbsDr. Coffey
2007The Go-GetterNick the Potter
Mowhawk Trumpeter
Bald Phone Translator
2009The Men Who Stare at GoatsScotty Mercer
Taking ChancesSheriff Hoke Hollander
2010All Good ThingsJim McCarthy
2012Somebody Up There Likes MeSal
SmashedDave Davies
21 Jump StreetDeputy Chief Hardy
Casa de Mi PadreDEA Agent Parker
2013We're the MillersDon Fitzgerald
The Kings of SummerFrank Toy
In a World...Heners
ParadiseMr. Mannerhelm
2014The Lego MovieMetalbeardVoice
22 Jump StreetDeputy Chief HardyPost-Production
Ernest & CelestineGeorgeVoice


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
The 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
MonkJack 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 SwansonMain Cast 103 episodes
2012Bob's BurgersCooperEpisode: Bob Fires the Kids
The Cleveland ShowHarris GrundleEpisode: Tis the Cleveland to Be Sorry
2013ConanRon BurgundyEpisode: Occupy Conan: When Outsourcing Goes Too Far
Out ThereDougVoice
Episode: Viking Days
Drunk HistoryJohnny CoolEpisode: Boston
2013–presentAxe CopAxe CopVoice
Main Cast


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  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". Retrieved 2014-01-02. 
  5. ^ Bill Cribbs. "Northeastern Illinois Obituary Collection - 140". Retrieved 2014-01-02. 
  6. ^ Rock 'n Roll Ghost. "TV Interview: Nick Offerman – Parks and Recreation (NBC)". Retrieved 2014-01-02. 
  7. ^ "Nick Offerman, deadpan man - Viewer Discretion". 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. ^ "How Punk Band FIDLAR Recruited 'Parks and Rec' Star Nick Offerman for NSFW Video (Q&A)". Retrieved 6 November 2013. 
  12. ^ "Offerman Woodshop". Retrieved 6 September 2012. 
  13. ^ "Ace on the House Premier". 14 January 2011. Retrieved 6 September 2012. [dead link]
  14. ^ Tan, Jennie (2009-04-09). "Parks and Recreation set". OfficeTally. Retrieved 2009-05-19. 
  15. ^ McCann, Zach (5 April 2012). "Offerman, Robinson in New Era ads". Retrieved 6 September 2012. 

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