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Creator / Nick Offerman

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"Make the rest of your life happy. For me, when I started dating Megan [Mullally], my auditions became so much better, because I knew that when I came home from the audition I got to kiss her. I didn't give a damn about the audition nearly as much, and that gave me a sense of confidence."
Nick Offerman on starting an acting career.

Nicholas "Nick" Offerman (born June 26, 1970 in Joliet, Illinois) is an American actor. He has had a steady acting career in film and TV since 1997, but his Star-Making Role was Ron Swanson on Parks and Recreation. He's well known for his distinctive Baritone of Strength and deadpan delivery. He is also an accomplished woodworker and has showcased his abilities on Parks and Recreation and Last Call with Carson Daly.

He has been married to Megan Mullally since 2003.

Notable Roles:

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  • Badass Creed: "Paddle your own canoe," from his one-man comedy show American Ham. Clear, sound advice, but just vague enough to be applicable in a great many aspects of life.
  • I Am Not Spock: Although he has some similarities to Ron Swanson, such as carpentry, saxophone playing, possessing a mustache, and fooling around with Megan Mullally, he has had to make it clear on multiple occasions that he is not a hyper-masculine libertarian Gun Nut.
    "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."
  • Manly Facial Hair: His characters sport a wide variety of impressive whiskers, as he also does between roles, as seen above.
  • Sophisticated as Hell: His writing style, such as describing how British policy toward the American colonies "caused their collective asses to become severely chapped" or describing the inherent dignity of each human being, then contrasting that view with "racist fuck-nuts".