The show started off in 2009 with Amy Poehler as the big name. But since the show’s debut, there are several other actors who have helped their characters steal scenes. One of the most notable characters is Ron Swanson, played by Nick Offerman. Swanson and his manly mustache have a disdain for the public after working in the parks and rec department for many years. Swanson has a “manly man” persona that hates change and likes to eat red meat as much as possible.