Nick Offerman is today best known for the role of Ron Swanson on NBC’s hit comedy series “Parks & Recreation,” in which he stars with Amy Poehler and Aziz Ansari. For his work on the show, Offerman won a Television Critics Association Award for Achievement in Comedy in 2011, having earned his first nomination in 2010. He also received two Critics’ Choice Television Award nominations for Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series.
On the big screen, Offerman can currently be seen in Sony‘s blockbuster hit “22 Jump Street” with Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum. Recently, Nick lent his voice to the animated film “The Lego Movie” which was the largest February opening for any animated film and the largest opening for an animated Warner Bros. release. He was last seen in the Warner Bros.’ box office success “We’re The Millers”, with Jennifer Aniston and Jason Sudeikis, which came out in August 2013. He was also in “In A World…” the Lake Bell film that premiered at Sundance. Offerman also has upcoming “Knight of Cups” and “Believe Me” due out in 2014. He also recently wrapped shooting an independent film called “Welcome to Happiness.” Offerman is currently shooting “Me, Earl and the Dying Girl” due out in 2015. This past spring he starred with Megan Mullally in the play “Annapurna” at the Acorn Theatre in New York. Offerman also appeared in the play when it premiered at the Odyssey Theater in Los Angeles in April 2013. Offerman produced and starred in “Somebody Up There Likes Me,” which premiered at the 2012 South by Southwest Film Festival and “The Kings of Summer,” which premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. In 2012, he co-starred with Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill in the action comedy hit “21 Jump Street,” in addition to starring in the indie films “Smashed,” with Octavia Spencer and Megan Mullally, and “Casa de mi Padre,” with Will Ferrell, Gael Garcia Bernal and Diego Luna.
His long list of film credits also includes “All Good Things”; “Taking Chances”; “The Men Who Stare at Goats,” alongside George Clooney; “Harmony and Me”; “RSO [Registered Sex Offender]; “The Go-Getter”; “Wristcutters: A Love Story”; “Sin City,” with Bruce Willis and Mickey Rourke; “Miss Congeniality 2: Armed & Fabulous,” starring Sandra Bullock; Wes Craven’s “Cursed”; “Groove”; “Murder by Numbers”; and “City of Angels.”
In addition to his current series, television audiences have seen Offerman on multiple episodes of Adult Swim’s “Children’s Hospital” and ABC’s “George Lopez.” He has also guest starred on numerous series, including “CSI: NY,” “Gilmore Girls,” “Monk,” ““Deadwood,” “NYPD Blue,” “24,” “The Practice,” “Will & Grace,” “The West Wing” and “ER.”
Offerman got his start in the Chicago theater community, where he was a founding member of the Defiant Theatre. Most recently he can be seen starring in “American Ham”, a musical-comedy with Megan Mullally. He received a Joseph Jefferson Award for his performance in “The Kentucky Cycle,” at Chicago’s Pegasus Players Theatre, and was awarded a second Jefferson Award for the puppets and masks he crafted for “The Skriker,” at the Defiant. He also worked extensively at Steppenwolf, The Goodman, Wisdom Bridge and Pegasus Players, among others. His stage work also includes the off-Broadway play “Adding Machine,” and he is a company member of the Evidence Room Theater Company in Los Angeles.
As an author, Offerman released his first book, Paddle Your Own Canoe: Nick Offerman’s Fundamentals for Delicious Living, which was published by Dutton in October 2013.