'Parks and Recreation' star Nick Offerman: actor, comedian, author, carpenter

Nick Offerman will always be Ron Swanson. The Illinois-born actor shot to fame for his show-stealing performance as quirky city employee Swanson in NBC's "Parks & Recreation," a character that's given him a cult following, T-shirts, posters, and even his own polyresin bust.

But who is Nick Offerman, really? He's a multi-talented artist who's taken on countless roles across many TV shows, films, and stage plays. You know him from "Parks & Recreation," or as Chance Briggs on Adult Swim's "Childrens Hospital," as Deputy Chief Hardy in the film "22 Jump Street," or as the voice of the title character in the FOX animated series "Axe Cop." But do you know that he played a thug named Marcus in three episodes of "24," starred opposite "Breaking Bad's" Aaron Paul in the film "Smashed," and voiced the pirate Metalbeard in "The Lego Movie," one of this year's biggest films? He's an actor who turns up everywhere and can handle just about everything.

He regularly collaborates with his wife of eleven years, actress Megan Mullally. Offerman appeared on her hit series "Will & Grace" as a plumber in the 2001 Thanksgiving episode and visited her talk show "The Megan Mullally Show," while Mullally has a recurring role on "Parks & Recreation" as Ron Swanson's second ex-wife, Tammy. The two also lent their voices to a hippie couple in the "Bob's Burgers" episode "Bob Fires The Kids."

Offerman also added 'writer' to his list of qualifications recently. His first book, "Paddle Your Own Canoe: One Man's Fundamentals for Delicious Living," was released in November 2013. In true deadpan Offerman fashion, part of his 'about the author' read, "Nick is as good at using a broom as anybody you're likely to come across."

Even with all that he's working on in the entertainment industry, Offerman still has time for an entire side business: he's a woodworker and professional boat builder, with a website for his woodshop. In 2008, he even released an instructional DVD entitled "Fine Woodstrip Canoe Building with Nick Offerman." So not only can he make you laugh, he can also build you a boat. And give you awesome romance tips.

From television to film to voice acting, and with his numerous other projects, you never quite know what this multi-talented performer might be up to next. Thankfully, we can help you out there. Keep up with Nick Offerman at AXS.