Nick Offerman, the beloved actor known for his roles in Parks and Recreation and Ron Swanson, has finally won his first Emmy Award. He took home the trophy for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series for his performance in HBO’s hit show The Last of Us.
Offerman’s win was a surprise to many, as he was up against some stiff competition, including Murray Bartlett (White Lotus), Lamar Johnson (Winning Time: The Rise of the Lakers Dynasty), Keivonn Woodard (Severance), James Cromwell (Succession), and Arian Moayed (Succession). But Offerman’s portrayal of Bill, a gruff but ultimately kind-hearted smuggler, resonated with viewers and Emmy voters alike.
In his acceptance speech, Offerman thanked his wife, Megan Mullally, for encouraging him to take on the role. “Fortune presents gifts not according to the book,” he said. “My book had said, ‘Stay in your little corner of the sandbox,’ and Megan said, ‘Go play in the big sandbox.’ And I’m so glad I listened.”
Offerman’s win is a well-deserved recognition of his talent and versatility as an actor. He has long been a fan favorite, and his performance in The Last of Us has shown that he is capable of much more than just playing lovable goofballs.