Nick Offerman

Nick Offerman

Date of Birth

Birthday: June 26
Birthplace: Joliet, IL

Nick Offerman is best known for his breakout role as Ron Swanson in the acclaimed NBC sitcom Parks and Recreation, for which he received the Television Critics Association Award for Individual Achievement in Comedy.

Offerman was born in Joliet, Illinois. 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.

Nick Offerman is best known for his breakout role as Ron Swanson in the acclaimed NBC sitcom Parks and Recreation, for which he received the Television Critics Association Award for Individual Achievement in Comedy.

Offerman was born in Joliet, Illinois. 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.

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:  on Will & Grace , The King of Queens, 24, andThe 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 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 city parks department and 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." 

Offerman 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 of Axe Cop in the animated series of the same name.

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). 

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Awards & Nominations

2 Nominations
Outstanding Host For A Reality Or Competition Program - 2020
  • Nominee
  • Nick Offerman, Co-Host
  • Making It
  • NBC
  • Universal Television Alternative Studio, 3 Arts Entertainment, Paper Kite Productions
Outstanding Host For A Reality Or Competition Program - 2019
  • Nominee
  • Nick Offerman, Host
  • Making It
  • NBC
  • Universal Television Alternative Studio, 3 Arts Entertainment, Paper Kite Productions
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