NICK OFFERMAN (REI Dave) is an actor, writer and woodworker, best known for the role of Ron Swanson on NBC’s hit comedy series Parks & Recreation. The show, in which he stars with Amy Poehler, Chris Pratt and Aziz Ansari, has wrapped its seventh and final season. 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.
In addition to A Walk in the Woods, Offerman can most recently be seen in Me and Earl and the Dying Girl. Both films premiered at Sundance earlier this year. Me and Earl and the Dying Girl took home the U.S. Drama Grand Jury Prize and U.S. Drama Audience. Next, Offerman will be seen in the second season of the FX series Fargo, alongside Billy Bob Thornton and Allison Tolman, and will lend his voice to the upcoming Hotel Transylvania 2 due out fall 2015.
Currently, he can be seen touring his comedy show Full Bush. His last tour, American Ham, was released on Netflix on December 12th, 2014. Earlier this year, Offerman and his bride, Megan Mullally, debuted their Summer of 69: No Apostrophe comedy show, which they will be taking on tour this year. In 2013, Offerman released his New York Timesbestselling book, Paddle Your Own Canoe: One Man’s Fundamentals for Delicious Living. His second book Gumption: Relighting the Torch of Freedom with America’s Gutsiest Troublemakers was released May 26th, 2015.
On the big screen, Offerman was seen in Sony’s blockbuster hit 22 Jump Street with Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum. In 2014, he 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 also seen in Warner Bros.’ box office success We’re the Millers, with Jennifer Aniston and Jason Sudeikis, which came out in August 2013. Upcoming, Offerman can be seen in Welcome to Happiness due out later this year.
His long list of film credits also includes Lake Bell’s In a World…; Somebody Up There Likes Me; The Kings of Summer; 21 Jump Street with Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill; Smashed with Octavia Spencer and Megan Mullally; Casa de mi Padre with Will Ferrell, Gael Garcia Bernal and Diego Luna; All Good Things; The Men Who Stare at Goats, alongside George Clooney; The Go-Getter; Wristcutters: A Love Story; Sin City with Bruce Willis and Mickey Rourke; Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous, starring Sandra Bullock; and Groove.
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 Deadwood, NYPD Blue, 24, The Practice, Will & Grace, The West Wing, Gilmore Girls, Monk and ER. He has voiced animated characters for Axe Cop, The Simpsons, Bob’s Burgers, Gravity Falls and Out There.
Offerman got his start in the Chicago theater community, where he was a founding member of the Defiant Theatre. 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 and his team crafted for The Skriker at Defiant. He also worked extensively at Steppenwolf, The Goodman, Wisdom Bridge and Pegasus Players, among others. His stage work includes the off-Broadway play Adding Machine, and he is a company member of the Evidence Room Theater Company in Los Angeles.
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.
In his spare time, he can be found at his woodshop in Los Angeles, building hand-crafted items ranging from fine furniture to canoes to ukuleles.