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Nick Offerman serves as host and executive producer, along with Amy Poehler, on NBC's new series "Making It," which celebrates craftiness and creativity.

Offerman is an actor, writer and woodworker, best known as Ron Swanson on NBC's hit comedy series "Parks & Recreation." The show, in which he starred with Poehler, Chris Pratt and Aziz Ansari, wrapped its seventh and final season in 2015. For his work on the show, Offerman won a Television Critics Association Award for Achievement in Comedy in 2011.  He also received two Critics' Choice Television Award nominations for Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series.

Offerman stars in the recently released musical "Hearts Beat Loud," opposite Kiersey Clemons, in which he reunited with director Brett Haley. The film features original songs performed by Offerman. Offerman was seen recently alongside wife Megan Mullally in "Infinity Baby," which premiered at SXSW 2017, as well as in "The House of Tomorrow," alongside Asa Butterfield and Ellen Burstyn. 

Offerman starred in "The Hero," alongside Sam Elliott, Laura Prepon and Krysten Ritter, and "The Little Hours," alongside Alison Brie and Dave Franco. He also voiced a character in the English-language version of the French animated feature "My Life as a Zucchini" and co-produced the Wendell Berry documentary "Look & See," which premiered in New York in June.

In 2016, Offerman starred in "The Founder," alongside Michael Keaton and John Carroll Lynch. That same year, he also lent his voice to two animated films, "Sing" and "Ice Age: Collision Course."

Offerman was seen in "A Walk in the Woods" and "Me and Earl and the Dying Girl" in 2015. Both films premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. "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. 

His long list of film credits also includes "In a World...," "Somebody Up There Likes Me," "Welcome to Happiness," "The Kings of Summer," "21 Jump Street," "Smashed," "Hotel Transylvania 2," "Casa de Mi Padre," "All Good Things," "The Men Who Stare at Goats," "The Go-Getter," "Wristcutters: A Love Story," "Sin City," "Miss Congeniality 2: Armed & Fabulous" and "Groove."

In addition to "Parks & 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 and Mullally recently debuted their Epix comedy special "Summer of 69: No Apostrophe." The special originates from their comedy tour with the same name that began in 2015 and toured across the U.S. and U.K. Offerman's previous comedy special, "American Ham," was released on Netflix in 2014 and he is about to go back on tour with his "Full Bush" comedy special this fall. 

Since 2013 Offerman has released three New York Times best-selling books: "Paddle Your Own Canoe: One Man's Fundamentals for Delicious Living," "Gumption: Relighting the Torch of Freedom with America's Gutsiest Troublemakers" and "Good Clean Fun." Offerman also narrated "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer" for, which debuted at No. 4 on Audible's Fiction Best Seller list.

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 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 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 handcrafted items ranging from fine furniture to canoes to ukuleles.

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