1. Nick Offerman is an American actor, writer, humorist, and carpenter widely 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.
2. Offerman lived in Chicago in the mid-1990s, where he participated with theatre companies such as Steppenwolf, Goodman, and Wisdom Bridge.
3. At Steppenwolf, he also worked as a fight choreographer and master carpenter.
4. 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.
5. In 2007, Offerman co-starred in the Comedy Central series American Body Shop.
6. 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.
7. Offerman has also been featured in the Adult Swim series Childrens Hospital with Rob Corddry and Rob Huebel.
8. Additionally, he starred in and produced an independent film, Somebody Up There Likes Me , shot in Austin, Texas.
9. In addition to acting, Offerman is also a professional boat builder and has a side business as a wood craftsman.
10. 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.
11. In addition to his other work, Offerman is also known for his writing.