Nick Offerman: American actor, writer, and comedian (1970-); Actor, Television actor, Stage actor, Carpenter, Voice actor, Film actor, Screenwriter, Film producer; From: United States of America | Biography, Discography, Facts, Information, Career, Wiki, Life
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Nick Offerman
American actor, writer, and comedian

Nick Offerman

Nick Offerman
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Intro American actor, writer, and comedian
Is Actor Television actor Stage actor Carpenter Voice actor Film actor Screenwriter Film producer
From United States of America
Field Film, TV, Stage & Radio
Gender male
Birth 26 June 1970, Joliet, Will County, Illinois, USA
Age 52 years
Star sign Cancer
Spouse: Megan Mullally (2003-)
University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign
Minooka Community High School
University of Illinois College of Fine and Applied Arts
TCA Awards  
Nick Offerman
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Nicholas David Offerman (born June 26, 1970) is an American actor, writer, comedian, producer, and carpenter. He is best known for his role as Ron Swanson in the NBC sitcom Parks and Recreation, for which he received the Television Critics Association Award for Individual Achievement in Comedy and was twice nominated for the Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series. Offerman is also known for his role in The Founder, in which he portrays Richard McDonald, one of the brothers who developed the fast-food chain McDonald's. His first major television role following the end of Parks and Recreation was as Karl Weathers in the second season of the FX black comedy crime drama series Fargo, for which he received a nomination for the Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Movie/Miniseries. Since 2018, Offerman has co-hosted the NBC reality competition series, Making It, with Amy Poehler; he and Poehler have received two nominations for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Host for a Reality or Competition Program.

Offerman served as an executive producer for the film The House of Tomorrow, in which he also starred. He has provided voice-work for The Lego Movie franchise, Hotel Transylvania 2, Ice Age: Collision Course, and the Sing film franchise and played Agent Powers on Gravity Falls. In 2020, Offerman hosted Have A Good Trip: Adventures in Psychedelics on Netflix.

Early life

Offerman was born in Joliet, Illinois, and grew up in nearby Minooka. 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. Offerman attended Minooka Community High School. He received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree 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 theater 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. Offerman 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 on its fourth season's Thanksgiving episode, on The King of Queens, in three episodes of 24, and in an episode of The West Wing. Prior to Parks and Recreation, his most prominent role was as a factory worker and Benny Lopez's 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" 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.

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Offerman with the cast of Parks and Recreation in 2012

In 2009, The 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, libertarian 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." 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 social liberalism and "do-gooder" mentality of Poehler's character. 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 that 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 2014, he portrayed a lovesick German talk show host in The Decemberists' video, Make You Better . The same year, he also appeared in a short film The Gunfighter directed by Eric Kissack. Nick played the role of the narrator of the film where the actors of the film break the fourth wall and are able to hear the narrator.

Offerman can be seen on the big screen briefly as a construction worker in City of Angels (1998) and later in other 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. He reprised his role as Deputy Chief Hardy in 22 Jump Street two years later. Additionally, he starred in 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, and voiced MetalBeard in The Lego Movie. Offerman conceived of and starred in punk band FIDLAR's 2013 video for their song "Cocaine". Offerman also played an alcoholic college guidance counselor in Believe Me. Offerman played the recurring role Karl Weathers in the second season of Fargo (2015). Offerman voiced Grandpa Mike alongside wife Megan Mullally who voiced Grandma Linda in Hotel Transylvania 2 (2015). He portrayed the first establisher of McDonald's, Dick McDonald, in The Founder (2016). Offerman also starred in alternative rock band They Might Be Giants' 2018 video for their song "The Greatest.

In 2023, Offerman appeared in the third episode of the HBO series The Last of Us as Bill. His performance, along with that of his co-star Murray Bartlett, was critically acclaimed, with some critics naming it a career-best performance, and Dais Johnston of Inverse labelled them as "Emmy-worthy".


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 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. He has been featured in, and contributed articles to, the magazine Fine Woodworking.


Offerman has released four semi-autobiographical publications: the first, Paddle Your Own Canoe: One Man's Fundamentals for Delicious Living was released in 2013; his second, Gumption: Relighting the Torch of Freedom with America's Gutsiest Troublemakers, was released May 26, 2015; the third, Good Clean Fun: Misadventures in Sawdust at Offerman Woodshop, was released October 18, 2016. His fourth book, Where the Deer and the Antelope Play: The Pastoral Observations of One Ignorant American Who Loves to Walk Outside, was released October 12, 2021. He has also narrated all four as audiobooks.

Comedy tours

In 2017, Offerman launched his Full Bush Tour which consisted of 28 shows across the U.S. and Canada. His All Rise Tour kicked off on July 20, 2019, in Thackerville and continued through the rest of 2019, hitting major cities: Chicago, San Francisco, Washington DC, Philadelphia, New York, Detroit, and Atlanta.


In 2014, Offerman and Mullally starred alongside each other in the off-Broadway one-act play, Annapurna. The two play an estranged couple that reunites one last time. In 2015, Offerman starred as Ignatius J. Reilly in a theatrical adaptation of A Confederacy of Dunces with the Huntington Theatre Company.

Personal life

Offerman married actress Megan Mullally on September 20, 2003. They met while acting in The Berlin Circle, a play produced by the Evidence Room Theatre Company, and married after dating for 18 months. While they were still dating, Offerman appeared in a guest role on Mullally's sitcom, Will & Grace, in a 2001 Thanksgiving episode. He later guest-starred in a different role in a 2018 episode. Mullally also had a recurring role on her husband's sitcom, Parks and Recreation as Ron Swanson's second former wife, Tammy 2. The couple have also appeared together in films such as The Kings of Summer and Smashed, as well as performing voice work together in Hotel Transylvania 2, Bob's Burgers, and The Great North.

Offerman and Mullally undertook a live comedy tour in 2016, the theme of which was their sex life. Three years later, in 2019, they launched In Bed with Nick and Megan, a podcast discussing their personal lives and interviewing guests.


On whether he is a libertarian like his character Ron Swanson, Offerman has stated, "While I admire the philosophy of the libertarian mindset, I think it's proven to be ineffectual in actual governance. So no, I'm not. I'm a free-thinking American." Offerman was critical of Donald Trump, describing him as racist and sexist. However, he also mocked Trump's Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton over her use of a private email server. Upon voting in the 2020 Democratic Party presidential primaries in his home state of California, Offerman tweeted a photo of himself with an "I Voted" sticker, adding the caption "#VoteWarren", referring to the Democratic Senator from Massachusetts and then-presidential candidate, Elizabeth Warren. In June 2020, he tweeted his support for Charles Booker, a progressive Democratic candidate in the U.S. Senate Democratic primary in Kentucky.



Year Title Role Notes
1997 Going All the Way Wilks
1998 City of Angels Construction Worker
1999 Treasure Island Samuel
2000 Groove Sergeant Channahon
2002 Murder by Numbers Officer at Richard's House
2004 November Officer Roberts
2005 Cursed Officer
Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous Karl Steele
Sin City Shlubb
2006 Wristcutters: A Love Story Cop
2007 The Go-Getter Nick the Potter
2008 Harmony & Me Meter Maid Man
2009 The Men Who Stare at Goats Scotty Mercer
Taking Chances Sheriff Hoke Hollander
2010 Audrey the Trainwreck David George
All Good Things Jim McCarthy
2011 Doraemon: Nobita and the New Steel Troops—Winged Angels Miyabiaki Fukuyama
2012 Somebody Up There Likes Me Sal Also producer
Smashed Dave Davies
21 Jump Street Deputy Chief Hardy
Casa de Mi Padre DEA Agent Parker
2013 The Kings of Summer Frank Toy
In a World... Heners
We're the Millers Don Fitzgerald
Paradise Mr. Mannerhelm
2014 Nick Offerman: American Ham Himself Also executive producer
The Lego Movie MetalBeard Voice role
Ernest & Celestine George Voice role; English dub
Date and Switch Terry
The Gunfighter Narrator Voice role; short film
22 Jump Street Deputy Chief Hardy
Believe Me Sean
2015 A Walk in the Woods REI Dave
Me and Earl and the Dying Girl Victor Gaines
Knight of Cups Scott
Danny Collins Guy DeLoach
Welcome to Happiness Moses
Hotel Transylvania 2 Mike Loughran Voice role
2016 Ice Age: Collision Course Gavin
Sing Norman
The Founder Richard McDonald
2017 Gunter Babysits Norman Voice role; short film
The House of Tomorrow Alan Whitcomb Also executive producer
The Little Hours Lord Bruno
The Hero Jeremy
My Life as a Courgette Raymond Voice role; English dub
Infinity Baby Neo
2018 Nostalgia Henry Greer
Hearts Beat Loud Francis James "Frank" Fisher
Bad Times at the El Royale Felix O'Kelly
White Fang Marshal Weeden Scott Voice role
2019 The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part MetalBeard
Frances Ferguson Narrator
Lucy in the Sky Will Plimpton
2020 Have a Good Trip: Adventures in Psychedelics Himself
Sacred Cow Narrator Voice role
2021 Trollhunters: Rise of the Titans Varvatos Vex
Sing 2 Norman
2024 Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part Two Sydney Post-production
TBA Dumb Money TBA Post-production
Candy Cane Lane TBA Filming
Caste TBA Filming


Year Title Role Notes
1997 ER Rog Episode: "Ambush"
1998 Arliss Packers Fan Episode: "Fans First"
1998 Profiler Bobby Episode: "Double Vision"
1998 KaBlam! Colonel Kudzu 2 episodes
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 24 Marcus 3 episodes
2003 The King of Queens The Man Episode: "Thanks, Man"
2001, 2003 NYPD Blue Steven Debrees / Billy 2 episodes
2003–2004 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"
2006 3 lbs Dr. Coffey Episodes: "Lost for Words"
2007 American Body Shop Rob 10 episodes
2008–2015 Childrens Hospital Chance Briggs 14 episodes
2009–2015, 2020 Parks and Recreation Ron Swanson 125 episodes
TCA Award for Individual Achievement in Comedy
Nominated—TCA Award for Individual Achievement in Comedy
Nominated—Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
Writer (1 episode)
Director (2 episodes)
2012–2019 Bob's Burgers Cooper / Pete / Clem Clements (voices) 3 episodes
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"
2013 Out There Doug (voice) Episode: "Viking Days"
2013 Drunk History Johnny Cool Episode: "Boston"
2013–2015 Axe Cop Axe Cop (voice) 22 episodes; also executive producer
2014 Comedy Bang! Bang! Himself Episode: "Nick Offerman Wears a Green Flannel Shirt & Brown Boots"
2014 Kroll Show Vanya Episode: "Krolling Around with Nick Klown"
2014–2015 Gravity Falls Agent Powers (voice) 4 episodes
2014, 2021 The Simpsons Captain Joseph Bowditch (voice) 2 episodes
2014 Sofia the First Whiskers (voice) Episode: "Winter's Gift"
2014–2022 Last Week Tonight with John Oliver Guest actor 4 episodes
2015 Fargo Karl Weathers 5 episodes
Nominated—Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Movie/Miniseries
2015 The Muppets Himself Episode: "Bear Left Then Bear Write"
2015 You, Me and the Apocalypse Buddy Episode: "Still Stuff Worth Fighting For"
2015 Brooklyn Nine-Nine Frederick Episode: "Ava"

Offerman's voice appears in all 153 episodes in the production credits. He speaks the word "Fremulon," one of the 3 production companies

2016 Life in Pieces Spencer Episode: "Annulled Roommate Pill Shower"
2016 Son of Zorn Dr. Klorpnis (voice) 2 episodes
2017 Comrade Detective Captain Covaci (voice) 5 episodes
2017 Curb Your Enthusiasm Cody Goodger Episode: "Fatwa!"
2018 Will & Grace Jackson Boudreaux Episode: "Friends and Lover"
2018–2021 Making It Himself (host) 22 episodes
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Host for a Reality or Competition Program
2018–2019 3Below: Tales of Arcadia Commander Varvatos Vex (voice) 26 episodes
2019 Good Omens Thaddeus Dowling 2 episodes
2020 The Good Place Nick Offerman Episode: "Whenever You're Ready"
2020 Devs Forest Miniseries; 8 episodes
2021–present The Great North Beef Tobin (voice) Series regular
2021 History of Swear Words Himself 5 episodes
2021 Duncanville Zeb (voice) Episode: "Das Banana Boot"
2021 Colin in Black & White Rick Kaepernick 6 episodes
2022 Pam & Tommy Uncle Miltie Miniseries
2022 37th Independent Spirit Awards Himself (co-host) Television special
2022 The Resort Murray Thompson Main role
2022 A League of Their Own Dove Porter 3 episodes
2023 The Last of Us Bill


Year Title Role Venue
2015 A Confederacy of Dunces Ignatius Reilly Huntington Theatre Company, Boston

Video games

Year Title Voice role
1994 Club Dead Lewis Scudder
2015 Lego Dimensions MetalBeard

Theme park attractions

Year Title Role Notes
2016 The Lego Movie: 4D - A New Adventure MetalBeard (voice)
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