Adam Driver

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Adam Driver
Adam Driver by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Born Adam Douglas Driver
(1983-11-19) November 19, 1983 (age 33)
Fontana, California, U.S.
Residence New York City, New York, U.S.
Alma mater Juilliard School
Occupation Actor
Years active 2010–present
Spouse(s) Joanne Tucker (m. 2013)
Military career
Allegiance  United States of America
Service/branch United States Marine Corps
Years of service 2001–2004
Rank USMC-E3.svg Lance corporal
Unit 1st Battalion 1st Marines

Adam Douglas Driver[1] (born November 19, 1983) is an American actor. He rose to prominence in the supporting role of Adam Sackler in the HBO comedy-drama series Girls (2012–2017), for which he received three consecutive nominations for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series. He made his Broadway debut in Mrs. Warren's Profession (2010). In 2011, he returned to Broadway in Man and Boy and made his feature film debut in J. Edgar.

Driver has appeared in supporting roles in a wide range of films, including Lincoln (2012), Frances Ha (2012) and Inside Llewyn Davis (2013). He starred in While We're Young (2014) and won the Volpi Cup for his role in Hungry Hearts (2014), as well as several best actor awards for his performance in Jim Jarmusch's Paterson (2016).

Driver gained worldwide attention and acclaim for playing the villain Kylo Ren in Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015), a role which he is set to reprise in the future Star Wars films.

He is also the founder of Arts in the Armed Forces (AITAF), a nonprofit that performs theater for all branches of the military, both in the US and abroad.[2]

Early life[edit]

Driver was born in Fontana, San Bernardino County, California, on November 19, 1983,[1] the son of Nancy (née Needham) Wright, a paralegal, and Joe Douglas Driver.[3][4][5] His father's family is from Arkansas and his mother's family is from Indiana. His stepfather, Rodney G. Wright, is a minister at a Baptist church.[6]

When Driver was seven years old, he moved with his mother and older sister to her hometown of Mishawaka, Indiana, where he grew up and attended high school at Mishawaka High School.[7][8] Driver had a religious upbringing, and sang in choir at church.[9][10] As a teenager, Driver described himself as a "misfit", telling M Magazine that he climbed radio towers, set objects on fire, and also co-founded a fight club with his friends after being inspired by the movie of the same name.[11]

Military service and education[edit]

Shortly after the September 11 attacks, Driver joined the United States Marine Corps[12] and was assigned to Weapons Company, 1st Battalion, 1st Marines as an 81mm mortar man.[13] He served for two years and eight months with no deployments before breaking his sternum while mountain biking.[14] He was medically discharged before his unit deployed to Iraq for the Iraq War.[15]

After leaving the Marine Corps, Driver attended the University of Indianapolis for a year; he transferred to the Juilliard School to study drama. Driver said that he was seen as an intimidating and volatile figure by his classmates, and struggled to fit into a lifestyle so different from the Marines.[11] He was a member of the Drama Division's Group 38 (2005–2009), along with his future wife Joanne Tucker. He graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 2009.[16]


Following his graduation from Juilliard, Driver began acting in New York City, appearing in both Broadway and off-Broadway productions. Like many other aspiring actors, he occasionally worked as a busboy and waiter.[17] Driver appeared in several television shows and short films. He made his feature film debut in Clint Eastwood's J. Edgar (2011).

In 2012, Driver was cast in the current HBO hit comedy-drama series Girls, as the lead character's emotionally unstable boyfriend Adam Sackler. To date, he has received three nominations for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series for his role. Apart from appearing in the short film Not Waving But Drowning and the film Gayby, Driver had key roles in two critically acclaimed films of 2012. He played Samuel Beckwith in Steven Spielberg's Lincoln and played Lev Shapiro in Noah Baumbach's Frances Ha.

Driver appeared in four films in 2013: Bluebird, The F Word, as musician Al Cody in the Coen Brothers' Inside Llewyn Davis, and as photographer Rick Smolan in Tracks.

In 2014, he played despairing father Jude in the Italian film Hungry Hearts, Philip Altman in This Is Where I Leave You, and aspiring filmmaker Jaime in While We're Young, starring Naomi Watts and Ben Stiller. For his role in Hungry Hearts, Driver won the Volpi Cup for Best Actor at the 71st Venice International Film Festival.[18]

In late February 2014, Variety reported that Driver would play villain Kylo Ren in the 2015 film Star Wars: The Force Awakens.[19] On April 29, 2014, he was confirmed as a cast member.[20] The Force Awakens was released on December 18, 2015.[21] Both the film and Driver's performance were well received by critics and audiences alike. Peter Bradshaw of The Guardian highlighted Driver's performance in his review of the film calling him "gorgeously cruel, spiteful and capricious...very suited to Kylo Ren's fastidious and amused contempt for his enemies’ weakness and compassion."[22] Driver hosted the January 16, 2016 episode of Saturday Night Live.

In 2016, Driver was featured in the short play The Strangest Kind of Romance by Tennessee Williams, for Playing On Air, a non-profit organization that “records short plays [for public radio and podcast] written by top playwrights and performed by outstanding actors.”[23][24]

Driver co-starred in the Jeff Nichols-directed film Midnight Special,[25] which was released on March 18, 2016.[26] He also appeared in Martin Scorsese's 2016 film Silence.[27][28]

At the Cannes Film Festival in 2016, it was announced that Driver was set to star in Terry Gilliam's The Man Who Killed Don Quixote.[29]

Personal life[edit]

Driver married Joanne Tucker in June 2013.[citation needed]



Year Title Role Notes
2011 J. Edgar Walter Lyle
2012 Gayby Neil
2012 Not Waving But Drowning Adam
2012 Frances Ha Lev Shapiro
2012 Lincoln Samuel Beckwith Nominated – Screen Actors Guild Awards for Best Ensemble[30]
2013 Bluebird Walter
2013 Inside Llewyn Davis Al Cody Hamptons International Film Festival Award for Breakthrough Performer
Houston Film Critics Award for Best Original Song
Nominated – Critics' Choice Award for Best Song
Nominated – Online Film & Television Association Award for Best Music, Original Song
2013 Tracks Rick Smolan Nominated – Film Critics Circle of Australia Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role
Nominated – Young Hollywood Award for Fan Favorite Actor – Male
2013 What If Allan
2014 Hungry Hearts Jude Volpi Cup for Best Actor
2014 This Is Where I Leave You Phillip Altman
2014 While We're Young Jamie Massey
2015 Star Wars: The Force Awakens Kylo Ren / Ben Solo MTV Movie Award for Best Villain
Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor
Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Villain
Nominated — MTV Movie Award for Best Fight (with Daisy Ridley)
Nominated — Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Hissy Fit
2016 Midnight Special Paul Sevier
2016 Paterson Paterson Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor
Toronto Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor
Runner-Up — IndieWire Critics Poll Award for Best Actor
3rd Place — National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Actor
Nominated — Denver Film Critics Society Award for Best Actor
Nominated — Gotham Independent Film Award for Best Actor
Nominated — London Film Critics' Circle Award for Actor of the Year
Nominated — San Diego Film Critics Society Award for Best Actor
Nominated — Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor
Nominated — Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Actor
2016 Silence Father Francisco Garupe
2017 Logan Lucky Clyde Logan Post-production
2017 Star Wars: The Last Jedi Kylo Ren / Ben Solo Post-production
2018 The Man Who Killed Don Quixote Toby Grisoni Filming


Year Title Role Notes
2010 The Wonderful Maladys Zed Pilot
2010 The Unusuals Will Slansky Episode: "The E.I.D."
2010 Law & Order Robby Vickery Episode: "Brilliant Disguise"
2010 You Don't Know Jack Glen Stetson Television film
2012 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Jason Roberts Episode: "Theatre Tricks"
2012–2017 Girls Adam Sackler 49 episodes
Nominated – American Comedy Award for Funniest Supporting Male in TV Series (2014)
Nominated – Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series (2015)
Nominated – Online Film & Television Association Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series (2013, 2015)
Nominated – Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series (2013–2015)
2015 The Simpsons Adam Sackler (voice) Episode: "Every Man's Dream"
2016 Saturday Night Live Himself (host) Episode: "Adam Driver/Chris Stapleton"

Video games[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2015 Disney Infinity 3.0 Kylo Ren Voice
2016 Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens Kylo Ren Voice


Year Title Role Notes
2010 The Retributionists Dov Kaplinsky Playwrights Horizons
2010 Mrs. Warren's Profession Frank Gardner Roundabout Theatre Company
2011[31] Angels in America Louis Ironson Signature Theatre Company
2011 Man and Boy Basil Anthony Roundabout Theatre Company
2012 Look Back in Anger Cliff Roundabout Theatre Company


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  24. ^ PlayingOnAir (2016-02-21). "New Podcast! The Strangest Kind of Romance by Tennessee Williams". Playing On Air. Retrieved 2016-08-04. 
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  26. ^ "Warner Bros Pushes Ben Affleck's 'Live By Night', Dates 'Midnight Special' & 3 Others". May 6, 2014. Retrieved May 7, 2014. 
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  30. ^ Ganadores de los Premios BAFTA 2013
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