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Nick Offerman : biography

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Nick Offerman (born June 26, 1970) is an American actor, writer, and carpenter. He is best known for his breakout role as Ron Swanson in the acclaimed NBC sitcom Parks and Recreation.


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 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 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.

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).

Since 2003, he has been married to Will & Grace actress Megan Mullally. Offerman guest-starred on Will & Grace during its fourth season as a plumber on the Thanksgiving episode and on King of Queens as a hobo. He has also appeared on his wife's talk show, The Megan Mullally Show. In 2003, he appeared in three episodes of 24 and has guest-starred in an episode of The West Wing.

He can be currently seen on the TV series Parks and Recreation on NBC as Ron Swanson. Prior to this, his most prominent role was as Randy McGee on George Lopez. He was one of the workers in the factory and the love interest of Benny Lopez. In 2003 he appeared in Gilmore Girls in the episode "The Festival of Living Art", and once again in 2005 in the episode "Always a Godmother, Never a God". Offerman was featured in an early episode of the HBO series Deadwood in which he played Tom Mason, attempted assassin of Wild Bill Hickok. Offerman appeared in episode 15 of Monk's third season, "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. Offerman accepted the role of Ron Swanson, the deadpan, government-hating head of a parks department and boss of Leslie Knope, the protagonist played by Offerman's old acquaintance, Amy Poehler. Slate magazine declared Offerman "Parks and Recreation's secret weapon", and said he regularly stole scenes and "has a gift for understated physical comedy".

Offerman has also been featured in the Adult Swim series Childrens Hospital with Rob Corddry and Rob Huebel. He 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. He appeared in the 2012 films 21 Jump Street as Captain Hardy and Casa de Mi Padre as DEA Agent Parker, and will appear in The Lego Movie as Metalbeard.

Offerman will voice Axe Cop in the upcoming animated series of the same name, set to premiere on July 27, 2013.

Personal life

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 comedic actor Rainn Wilson; the two became friends while auditioning for the same roles early in their careers and remained in touch, with Offerman even building 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.

Early life

Offerman grew up in Minooka, Illinois. His father, Ric, taught social studies at a junior high school in nearby Channahon."Local News", The Herald-News (Joliet), 30 November 2003 He 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.

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