Nick Offerman is an actor, author, humorist and woodworker, best known as the character of Ron Swanson on NBC’s “Parks & Recreation.” His latest book, published in October 2021, is Where the Deer and the Antelope Play: The Pastoral Observations of One Ignorant American Who Loves to Walk Outside — a set of sojourns and mission statement about comprehending, protecting, and truly experiencing the outdoors. It is this book that will frame the closing presentation of the Chautauqua Lecture Series theme of “The Wild.”
For his work on “Parks & Recreation,” 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. Among his numerous film and television credits, Offerman is also known as Forest in “Devs,” the FX limited series from writer-director Alex Garland; Karl Weathers in the FX series “Fargo;” and co-host and executive producer of NBC’s “Making It.” He is the voice of Beef Tobin in the FOX animated series “The Great North,” and upcoming projects include “Colin in Black & White” (Netflix), “Pam & Tommy” (Hulu) and Amazon’s reboot of “A League of Their Own.” Other credits include serving as co-producer of the 2016 documentary “Look & See: A Portrait of Wendell Berry,” which debuted at SXSW.
Offerman is the author of Paddle Your Own Canoe: One Man’s Fundamentals for Delicious Living; Gumption: Relighting the Torch of Freedom with America’s Gutsiest Troublemakers; The Greatest Love Story Ever Told, written with his wife, Megan Mullally; and Good Clean Fun: Misadventures in Sawdust at Offerman Workshop, about his Los Angeles woodshop where he spends his spare time building hand-crafted items ranging from spoons to canoes to ukuleles.