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Born: June 26, 1970 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Joliet, Illinois, USA Profession:

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A master of eliciting raucous laughter, Nick Offerman rose to fame as the mustachioed, government-hating bureaucrat on the comedy "Parks and Recreation" (NBC, 2009- ). The jaw-clenched character with the sarcastic deadpan on the critically acclaimed series was Offerman's ticket to fame, which had eluded him for many years that he had spent guest-starring on numerous hit television sitcoms including "The King of Queens" (CBS, 1998-2007) and "George Lopez" (ABC, 2002-07); on the latter of which he played the unlikely love interest of a woman twice his age. Offerman often collaborated with real-life wife Megan Mullally, who had famously made her impact playing the martini-swilling, sharp-tongued Karen Walker on "Will & Grace" (NBC, 1998-2006). Like his famous spouse, Offerman's sardonic sense of humor earned him a scene-stealing reputation within comedy circles and a long career playing offbeat characters that explored humor in the most unexpected of ways.Nick Offerman was born on June 26, 1970 in the small town of Joliet, IL. As a child, acting was the farthest thing on his mind; he grew up working on his grandparents' farm, where he first nurtured an interest in woodworking. He did not pursue acting...

A master of eliciting raucous laughter, Nick Offerman rose to fame as the mustachioed, government-hating bureaucrat on the comedy "Parks and Recreation" (NBC, 2009- ). The jaw-clenched character with the sarcastic deadpan on the critically acclaimed series was Offerman's ticket to fame, which had eluded him for many years that he had spent guest-starring on numerous hit television sitcoms including "The King of Queens" (CBS, 1998-2007) and "George Lopez" (ABC, 2002-07); on the latter of which he played the unlikely love interest of a woman twice his age. Offerman often collaborated with real-life wife Megan Mullally, who had famously made her impact playing the martini-swilling, sharp-tongued Karen Walker on "Will & Grace" (NBC, 1998-2006). Like his famous spouse, Offerman's sardonic sense of humor earned him a scene-stealing reputation within comedy circles and a long career playing offbeat characters that explored humor in the most unexpected of ways.

Nick Offerman was born on June 26, 1970 in the small town of Joliet, IL. As a child, acting was the farthest thing on his mind; he grew up working on his grandparents' farm, where he first nurtured an interest in woodworking. He did not pursue acting until after college, graduating with a Fine Arts degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1993. Shortly after graduation, Offerman cofounded Chicago's Defiant Theater, an eclectic troupe dedicated to productions that featured innovative stagecraft, controversial topics, and skillful stage combat. He performed and worked as a fight choreographer for the troupe until 1997 when he relocated to New York City to hone his improv skills. One troupe that welcomed him with open arms was the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre, co-founded by future "Parks and Recreation" co-star Amy Poehler. In the early 2000s, Offerman started landing minor television roles on numerous top-rated series such as "ER" (NBC, 1994-2009), "The West Wing" (NBC, 1999-2006) and "Will & Grace," the comedy series that launched the careers of Eric McCormack and Debra Messing. The series also starred Mullally, whom Offerman began dating after working together in the play "The Berlin Circle" (2000). The couple married in 2003. Seven years later, they made headlines when they posed together in the buff, with strategically placed grapes, for New York Magazine.

Television provided a steady stream of work for the comedic actor, who was mostly cast in roles that called for guys who were physically imposing, yet had a good heart. He guest starred on several hit drama series like "The Practice" (ABC, 1997-2004) and "24" (Fox, 2001-2010), as well as sitcoms such as "The King of Queens" as a plumber and "George Lopez," where he played a factory worker who dated Lopez' onscreen mother Benny (Belita Moreno). Offerman also appeared in films like "Murder by Numbers" (2002) as a police officer, "Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous" (2005) and "The Men Who Stare at Goats" (2009), playing a bewildered soldier who is trained for psychic warfare. Offerman's breakout role arrived in the form of Ron Swanson, the cantankerous mid-level bureaucrat on NBC's "Parks and Recreation" which also starred Poehler as a local government official who works with a group of less-than-enthused bureaucrats. Critics and fans alike raved about Offerman's portrayal of the stoic and humorless manager who sports a bushy moustache and leads a secret life as a jazz musician. His role on the series rewarded Offerman with a nomination at the 2010 TV Critics' Association Awards for Individual Achievement in Comedy.

In 2012, Offerman played uptight authority figures in two notable movies-the highly successful big-screen action/comedy reboot of "21 Jump Street" and "Casa de mi Padre," Will Ferrell's wacky film en Espanol. The following year, among many projects, he turned up the comedies "In a World " (2013) and "We're the Millers" (2013). Continuing to portray Ron on "Parks and Recreation," he also took on the title role of the animated show "Axe Cop" (2013), voicing the mustachioed police officer/superhero whose absurd exploits are dreamt up by a real-life five-year-old.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Lego Movie, The (2014)
2.
 22 Jump Street (2014)
3.
 King Dork (2014)
4.
 Gay Dude (2014)
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 Paradise (2013)
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 21 Jump Street (2012)
10.
 Casa De Mi Padre (2012)
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Co-founded Chicago¿s Defiant Theater, an eclectic troupe dedicated to productions that featured innovative stagecraft, controversial topics, and skillful stage combat
1997:
Received the Joseph Jefferson Award Citation for Actor in a Supporting Role in a Play for "The Kentucky Cycle" at the Pegasus Players in Chicago, Illinois
1997:
Cast in a supporting role opposite Jeremy Davies and Ben Affleck in the comedy drama "Going All the Way"
2001:
Guest starred on a Thanksgiving-themed episode of NBC's "Will & Grace" opposite future wife Megan Mullally
2002:
Cast in a minor role in the crime drama "Murder by Numbers," starring Sandra Bullock
2003:
Cast in a recurring role as the younger lover of Belita Moreno's character on the ABC family comedy "George Lopez"
2005:
Acted opposite Bullock again in the comedy "Miss Congeniality 2: Armed & Fabulous"
2007:
Starred in Comedy Central's short-lived series "American Body Shop"
2009:
Acted opposite George Clooney, Ewan McGregor, and Kevin Spacey in the war-themed comedy "The Men Who Stare at Goats"
2009:
Breakthrough role as parks department director Ron Swanson opposite Amy Poehler on the NBC comedy "Parks and Recreation"
2010:
Nominated for the 2010 TV Critics Association Award for Individual Achievement in Comedy ("Parks and Recreation")
2011:
Nominated for the 2011 TV Critics Association Award for Individual Achievement in Comedy
2012:
Cast opposite Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill in the big screen reboot of "21 Jump Street," based on the Fox police drama
2012:
Appeared in the comedy "Casa de mi Padre" opposite Will Ferrell, Gael García Bernal, and Diego Luna
2013:
Featured in "We're the Millers"
2013:
Started voicing the lead character in "Axe Cop"
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Education

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign: - 1988 - 1993

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