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Adam Driver –

Driver in Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens.

About Adam Driver (1983 – )

Driver was born in San Diego, the son of Nancy (née Needham), a paralegal, and Joe Douglas Driver. His father's family is from Arkansas and his mother's family is from Indiana. After his parents divorced, they each remarried. His stepfather is a Baptist minister. His stepmother works for the Arkansas State Library in Little Rock. His ancestry includes English, Dutch, German, Irish and Scottish.

When Driver was seven years old, he moved with his mother to her hometown of Mishawaka, Indiana, where he grew up. Driver had a religious upbringing, and sang in choir at church. He attended Mishawaka High School, where he graduated in 2001. He appeared in several high school plays and was an accomplished singer in the school's choir.

Shortly after the September 11 attacks, Driver joined the United States Marine Corps and was assigned to Weapons Company, 1st Battalion, 1st Marines as an 81mm mortar man. He served for two years and eight months before suffering an injury while mountain biking. He was medically discharged before his unit deployed to Iraq for the Iraq War. After leaving the Marines, Driver attended the University of Indianapolis for a year; he transferred to the Juilliard School to study drama. 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.

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. Along with appearing in the television film You Don't Know Jack (2010), 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, Inside Llewyn Davis as musician Al Cody in the Coen Brothers's film, 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.

In late February 2014, Variety reported that Driver would play villain, Kylo Ren, in the 2015 film Star Wars: The Force Awakens. On April 29, 2014, he was confirmed as a cast member. The Force Awakens was released on December 18, 2015.

Driver will star in the Jeff Nichols-directed film Midnight Special, which will be released March 16, 2016.

Driver will also star in Martin Scorsese's 2016 film Silence.

Driver married his longtime girlfriend, Joanne Tucker, on June 22, 2013. He runs a nonprofit organization, Arts in the Armed Forces, which stages performances for military personnel. He considers John Cassavetes to be the model for the type of creative life he would like to emulate.

Adam Driver's movie credits include...

Year Movie Role
2010 You Don't Know Jack Glen Stetson
2011 J. Edgar Walter Lyle
2012 Gayby Neil
2012 Not Waving But Drowning Adam
2012 Lincoln Samuel Beckwith
2012 Frances Ha Lev Shapiro
2013 Bluebird Walter
2013 Inside Llewyn Davis Al Cody
2013 Tracks Rick Smolan
2013 The F Word (aka What If) Allan
2014 Hungry Hearts Jude
2014 This Is Where I Leave You Phillip Altman
2015 While We're Young Jamie Massey
2015 Star Wars: The Force Awakens Kylo Ren
2016 Midnight Special
2016SilenceFather Francisco Garupe
2017The Meyerowitz StoriesRandy
2017Logan LuckyClyde Logan
2017Star Wars: The Last JediKylo Ren/Ben Solo
2018BlacKkKlansmanFlip Zimmerman
2018The Man Who Killed Don QuixoteToby Grisoni
2018Untitled Noah Baumbach ProjectCharlie
2019The Torture Report
2019Star Wars IXKylo Ren/Ben Solo

Adam Driver's television credits include...

Year Show/Series Role
2009 The Wonderful Maladys Zed
2009 The Unusuals Will Slansky
2010 Law & Order Robby Vickery
Girls Adam Sackler
2015 The Simpsons Adam Sackler (voice)
2016 Saturday Night Live Host
2016 Galaxy World of Alisa Bol (voice)

Memorable Quotes

“Something I learned in the Marine Corps that I've applied to acting is, one, taking direction, and then working with a group of people to accomplish a mission and knowing your role within that team.”

“Just the service aspect of running a nonprofit is so gratifying because it takes the attention off yourself. I'm not an acting monk or anything. I'm not, like, the most well-adjusted actor. But it's really designed to focus on yourself, or it can be. So it's good to have something else to focus on that reminds you that it's not always about you. ”

“I'm like a sight gag, I have this really big face...I don't totally get it. I mean, when I read for Girls (2012) I was, like, the script says 'Handsome Carpenter,' so someone else is going to get the part. They'll have someone handsome, not me. I mean, I'm not in any danger of getting leading-man parts.”

“The deadly thing in my job is to attach too much meaning to everything. You have to have a sense of humor about yourself...I'm definitely trying to figure this all out as I go along, how to craft a career. As things get bigger, I have days of depression, sitting in the house and wondering 'What are you doing? Is it even relevant?'”

“In the military, you learn the essence of people. You see so many examples of self-sacrifice and moral courage. In the rest of life you don't get that many opportunities to be sure of your friends.”

“At the Emmy awards, everybody runs up to you and says, 'Aren't you having the time of your life?' I mean, I was never after trying to get an Emmy. The whole spectacle seems cheesy and dated. The thing that motivates me most is being petrified of not having a place to put my voice.”

Did You Know

Served in the Marine Corps, and now runs a non-profit foundation called Arts in the Armed Forces that stages theatrical performances for military personnel.

Says he originally passed on his Adam Sackler role in Girls (2012) because he thought TV was evil.

Does not watch his own performances onscreen, and even declines to listen to audio clips of himself while being interviewed on the radio.

While serving in the Marines, he missed active duty in Iraq due to a mountain biking accident in which he broke his sternum.

Adam Driver in Logan Lucky (2017)... top picture
with Daniel Craig... bottom picture with Channing Tatum.
As Paterson in Paterson (2016)... top and
bottom pictures with Golshifteh Farahani.
With John David Washington in BlacKkKlansman (2018).
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Hooded and helmeted as Kylo Ren in
Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens (2015).
In Frances Ha (2012).
In Hungry Hearts (2014).
In Inside Llewyn Davis (2013).
With Lena Dunham in Girls (2012-Present).
In Lincoln (2012).
In Not Waving But Drowning (2012).
In This is Where I Leave You (2014).
In Tracks (2013).
In What If (aka The F Word) (2013).
Adam Driver in While We're Young (2015).