Who is Nick Swardson?
Nicholas Roger ‘Nick’ Swardson was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota USA, on 9 October 1976 – his zodiac sign is Libra, and he holds American nationality. He’s an actor, film writer and producer, with close to 80 credits to his name, probably still known best for his portrayal of Jeff in the 2006 comedy movie “Grandma’s Boy”, directed by Nicholaus Goossen, and which starred Allen Covert, Linda Cardellini and Shirley Jones. It follows a 35 years old video game tester who’s just moved in with his grandmother and her two roommates; the movie was nominated for a Razzie Award for Worst Actor of the Decade, for Rob Schneider.
Early life and education
Nick was raised in Minneapolis alongside his older brother and sister John and Rachel, by their father Roger Eric Swardson and mother Pamela; Roger was an American journalist and editor, who passed away at the age of 69 in 2003, while Pamela was a housewife. Nick’s parents divorced in 1989.
He became interested in acting while attending St. Paul Central High, and was 16 when he performed improvisational comedy for the first time. Nick was a problematic teenager, as he was somewhat addicted to both drugs and alcohol, and was expelled from school four times for various matters, including triggering fire alarms, smoking marijuana and starting fights. He was still attending high school when he entered a rehabilitation facility.
He still matriculated in 1996, and then chose to pursue acting rather than a college degree.
Roles in TV series
Nick made his debut TV series appearance in the 1999 episode “Karp’s Night Out” of the comedy “LateLine”, and the following decade saw him appear in an episode or two of several hit series, such as the comedy “Watching Ellie”, the sports comedy “Cheap Seats: Without Ron Parker”, and the comedy “That’s My Daughter”.
Between 2003 and 2009, Nick played the supporting character Terry Bernadino in the hit crime comedy “Reno 911!”, created by Robert Ben Garant and Kerri Kenney, and which starred Thomas Lennon and Cedric Yarbrough. It follows the lives of people employed at Reno, Nevada’s Sherriff’s Department, and the series won one of the 11 awards for which it was nominated, including four Primetime Emmy nominations.
Nick’s also known particularly for his voicing of Troy in the 2014 animated comedy “Chozen”, created by Grant DeKernion, and which starred Bobby Moynihan, Michael Pena and Hannibal Buress; it follows white gay rapper Chozen, who’s just been released from prison.
Three of Nick’s most recent roles in TV series have been in seven episodes of the 2020 animated sports comedy “Hoops” (voice role), the mini-series “The Comedy Kitchen Podcast” in the same year, and the 2021 episode “Part 1: Guilt” of the thriller comedy “Immoral Compass”.
Roles in movies
Nick made his debut film appearance in the critically acclaimed 2000 adventure comedy drama “Almost Famous”, written and directed by Cameron Crowe, and which starred Billy Crudup, Patrick Fugit and Kate Hudson. It follows a high school student who’s been tasked with writing a story about a famous rock ‘n’ roll band for the magazine “Rolling Stone”; the movie won 53 awards, including an Oscar for Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen, while it was nominated for 103 other awards.
A couple of Nick’s following notable performances were in the 2001 comedy “Spring Break Lawyer”, and in 2006 the romantic comedy drama “Art School” and the fantasy comedy drama “Click”.
In 2008, he was cast to play Michael in the popular action comedy “You Don’t Mess with Zohan”, directed by Dennis Dugan, and which starred Adam Sandler and John Turturro. It follows an Israeli Special Forces Soldier who’s faked his own death so that he can become a hair stylist; the movie won two of the four awards for which it was nominated.
Some of the most popular movies in which Nick appeared in the 2010s were the 2011 romantic comedy “Just Go with It”, the 2013 comedy “Grown Ups 2”, and the 2017 comedy “Sandy Wexler”.
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— Kermode and Mayo's Film Review: 2001-2022 (@wittertainment) April 27, 2018
His most recent role has been his portrayal of the lead character – The Fly – in the 2020 short comedy “Buzz Off”.
Nick received special thanks for the 2003 documentary video “David Cross: Let America Laugh”.
He has 15 writing and 11 producing credits – Nick made his writing debut with the 2003 crime comedy movie “Malibu’s Most Wanted”, while his other works include the 2006 comedy movie “Gay Robot”, the 2014 short comedy film “The Massage with Nick Swardson”, and 11 episodes of the comedy series “Typical Rick” in 2016 and ‘17.
Some of his producing credits are the 2015 action adventure comedy movie “The Ridiculous 6”, the 2016 action comedy film “The Do-Over”, and the 2017 comedy movie “Sandy Wexler”.
Nick’s made a guest appearance in many talk-shows, most recently in “Inside of You with Michael Rosenbaum”, “IMDb on the Scene – Interviews”, and “Wild Ride! With Steve-O”.
Awards and nominations
Nick’s been nominated for five Razzie Awards, one for Worst Screenplay (“Bucky Larson: Born to Be a Star”), three for Worst Supporting Actor, and one for Worst Actor.
He was also nominated for a 2016 Behind the Voice Actors Feature Film Voice Acting Award for Best Vocal Ensemble in a Feature Film, for his and his colleagues’ performance in “Hell and Back”.
Love life and relationships
Nick’s quite secretive when it comes to sharing the details of his love life with his fans, so today there are various rumors circulating the internet, concerning both his sexual orientation and past and present relationships.
He often jokes about his sexuality on social media networks, especially on Twitter where he occasionally tags his male colleagues and asks them to marry him. This is mostly why many of his fans believe him to be gay, while some have even claimed to have seen Nick spending time in public with his boyfriend; no evidence has been provided to support these claims, nor has Nick addressed these rumors.
There are also some who believe that he’s today in a long-term relationship with his girlfriend, and that they’re planning to marry; this is mostly because he’s joked about marrying during quarantine, but this also remains unconfirmed.
As of July 2022, Nick seems to be single, hasn’t married, and doesn’t have children.
Hobbies and other interests
Nick’s an Instagram star, and seems to be enjoying the attention which he’s receiving from his close to a million followers; he’s uploaded over 3,000 pictures onto the network, the majority of which feature him during his everyday life.
He’s passionate about travelling, and his career as an actor and stand-up comedian has taken him to more than 20 US states, all around the world to various countries, while his dream travel destination is Sydney, Australia.
He’s a huge lover of animals, and today supports the organization People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA).
Nick has his own favorite actors and actresses, some of whom are the late Robin Williams, the late Leslie Nielsen, and Julia Roberts, while a couple of his favorite films include “Good Morning, Vietnam”, “Airplane!” and “Runaway Bride”.
Age, height and net worth
Nick’s age is 45. He has short brown hair and blue eyes, his height is 5ft 7ins (1.7m) and he weighs around 155lbs (70kgs).
As of July 2022, Nick’s net worth stands at an estimated $5 million plus.