is an actor, writer and woodworker, best known as the character of Ron Swanson on NBC’s hit comedy series “Parks & Recreation.” The show, in which he starred with Amy Poehler, Chris Pratt, and Aziz Ansari, wrapped its 7th and final season in 2015. 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 was recently seen in A WALK IN THE WOODS and ME AND EARL AND THE DYING GIRL. Both films premiered at Sundance in 2015. ME AND EARL AND THE DYING GIRL took home the U.S. drama grand jury prize and U.S. drama audience award. That year, Offerman was also seen in the second season of the FX series FARGO alongside Kirsten Dunst, Ted Danson, Patrick Wilson and Jesse Plemons, for which he received a nomination for a Critics’ Choice TV Award.
Next up, Offerman will be starring alongside Michael Keaton in The Weinstein Company’s THE FOUNDER. In October, he will release his third book called GOOD CLEAN FUN about his very own Offerman Woodshop. On the TV front, he will be a guest star on Season 2 of CBS’s LIFE IN PIECES alongside wife Megan Mullally later this year. Additionally, his voice will be heard come December as the character Norman in Illumination’s animated feature SING.
Offerman recently wrapped production for THE HOUSE OF TOMORROW alongside Ellen Burstyn and Asa Butterfield, THE LITTLE HOURS alongside Alison Brie and Dave Franco and THE HERO alongside Sam Elliott, Laura Prepon and Krysten Ritter. He will also be seen in INFINITY BABY directed by Bob Byington, alongside his wife Megan Mullally.
Earlier this year, Offerman lent his voice to a character in “Ice Age: Collision Course.” Offerman and Mullally also just returned from touring their “Summer of 69: No Apostrophe” comedy show across the US, UK and Ireland. The show made its inital debut in 2015. Offerman continues to tour his comedy show “Full Bush” and his previous special “American Ham” was released on Netflix in December, 2014. In 2013, Offerman released his New York Times Bestselling book, PADDLE YOUR OWN CANOE: ONE MAN'S FUNDAMENTALS FOR DELICIOUS LIVING. He released his second New York Times bestseller, GUMPTION: RELIGHTING THE TORCH OF FREEDOM WITH AMERICA'S GUTSIEST TROUBLEMAKERS, in May 2015. In addition to writing books, Offerman also narrated THE ADVENTURES OF TOM SAWYER for Audible.com, which debuted at #4 on Audible’s Fiction Best Seller list. He also recently acted as a co-producer for the documentary LOOK & SEE: A PORTRAIT OF WENDELL BERRY.
In 2014, Offerman was seen in Sony‘s blockbuster hit 22 JUMP STREET with Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum. That year, he also 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.
His long list of film credits also includes Lake Bell’s IN A WORLD...; SOMBODY UP THERE LIKES ME; WELCOME TO HAPPINESS; THE KINGS OF SUMMER; 21 JUMP STREET with Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill; SMASHED with Octavia Spencer and Megan Mullally; HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA 2; 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 & FABULOUS starring Sandra Bullock; and GROOVE.
In addition to PARKS AND RECREATION and FARGO, 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 Citation for his performance in THE KENTUCKY CYCLE at Chicago’s Pegasus Players Theatre, and was awarded a second Jefferson Citation 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. In 2014, 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. His stage work also includes the off-Broadway play ADDING MACHINE, the 2015 Huntington Theater production of A CONFEDERACY OF DUNCES,, and he is a company member of the Evidence Room Theater Company in Los Angeles.
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.