Adam Driver

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Adam Driver
Adam Driver 2013 (cropped).jpg
Driver in Germany 2013
Born Adam Douglas Driver
(1983-11-19) November 19, 1983 (age 30)
San Diego, California, U.S.
Occupation Marine, Actor
Years active 2009–present
Spouse(s) Joanne Tucker (m. 2013)
Military career
Allegiance  United States of America
Service/branch  United States Marine Corps
Years of service 2002–2004
Rank USMC-E3.svg Lance Corporal

Adam Douglas Driver (born November 19, 1983)[1][2][3] is an American actor. Since 2012, he has portrayed Adam Sackler on the HBO series Girls.

Early life[edit]

Driver was born in San Diego, California, and moved to the town of Mishawaka, Indiana, where he was raised, when he was seven years old.[4] His mother, Nancy (Needham) Wright, is a paralegal, and his father, Joe Driver, is a preacher.[3][5][6] His father's family is from Arkansas and his mother's family is from Indiana. His stepfather is a Baptist minister; his stepmother works for the Arkansas State Library in Little Rock; Driver had a religious upbringing, and sang in choir at church.[7][8] 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.[2]

Shortly after the events of 9/11, Driver joined the United States Marine Corps.[9] He served for two years and eight months before suffering an injury during a training exercise, and was medically discharged before he could deploy to Iraq.[10] After leaving the Marines, he attended the University of Indianapolis for a year before transferring to the Juilliard School to study drama.


Following his graduation from Juilliard in 2009, Driver began acting in New York City, appearing in both Broadway and off-Broadway productions, while occasionally working as a busboy and waiter.[11] On November 21, 2013, Driver was announced to be joining the cast of Jeff Nichols' Midnight Special.[12] On January 13, 2014, Driver was added to the cast of Martin Scorsese's film, Silence. [13]

In late February 2014, Variety reported that Driver would play a villain in the 2015 film Star Wars Episode VII.[14] On April 29, 2014, he was confirmed as a cast member.[15]

Personal life[edit]

Driver married his longtime girlfriend, Joanne Tucker, on June 22, 2013.[16] He runs a non-profit organization, Arts in the Armed Forces, which stages performances for military personnel.[11] He considers John Cassavetes to be the model for the type of creative life he would like to emulate.[11]



Year Title Role
2009 You Don't Know Jack: The Jack Soo Story 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 Allan
2014 This Is Where I Leave You Phillip Foxman
2014 Hungry Hearts
2015 Midnight Special
2015 Star Wars Episode VII TBA


Year Title Role Notes
2009 The Wonderful Maladys Zed Pilot
2009 The Unusuals Will Slansky Episode: "The E.I.D."
2010 Law & Order Robby Vickery Episode: "Brilliant Disguise"
2012–present Girls Adam Sackler Nominated – Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series (2013, 2014)


Year Title Role Notes
2009 The Retributionists Dov Kaplinsky Playwrights Horizons
2010 Mrs. Warren's Profession Frank Gardner Roundabout Revival
2010 Angels in America Louis Ironson Signature Theatre Company
2011 Man and Boy Basil Anthony Roundabout Revival
2012 Look Back In Anger Cliff Roundabout Theatre Company


  1. ^ The Retributionists (2009-09-03). "Former Marine Adam Driver Enlists in Off-B'way's The Retributionists | Broadway Buzz". Retrieved 2014-01-22. 
  2. ^ a b By. "Adam Driver, Boy Among Girls - Page". Interview Magazine. Retrieved 2014-01-22. 
  3. ^ a b California Births, 1905 - 1995, Adam Driver
  4. ^ Kennedy, Mark (14 October 2011). "In the driver's seat: Adam Driver's hot career". Reading Eagle. Retrieved 20 January 2014. 
  5. ^ Grigoriadis, Vanessa. "Adam Driver on Playing Lena Dunham’s Boyfriend". Vulture. Retrieved 2014-01-22. 
  6. ^ "Exploring possibilitiesMishawaka grad takes challenging path on course to Broadway - South Bend Tribune". 2007-12-28. Retrieved 2014-01-22. 
  7. ^ "Mr. Driver’s Profession - TDF Stages". Retrieved 2014-01-22. 
  8. ^ Stern, Marlow (2013-05-15). "Adam Driver on ‘Frances Ha,’ His ‘Girls’ Audition, and Juilliard - Newsweek". Retrieved 2014-01-22. 
  9. ^ "Famous Veteran: Adam Driver". Retrieved 4 July 2014. 
  10. ^ Nathan, Sara (28 February 2014). "Girls' Adam Driver when he signed up to U.S. Marine Corps". Daily Mail. Retrieved 4 July 2014. 
  11. ^ a b c Ryzik, Melena (13 January 2013). "And in this Corner, the Boys of 'Girls'". The New York Times. Retrieved 14 January 2013. 
  12. ^ Sneider, Jeff. "Adam Driver Joins Joel Edgerton, Kirsten Dunst in WB’s Sci-Fi Drama ‘Midnight Special’ (Exclusive)". The Wrap. Retrieved February 27, 2014. 
  13. ^ Friedman, Roger. "Exclusive: Scorsese Adding Adam Driver to Next Film “Silence”". Showbiz 411. Retrieved February 27, 2014. 
  14. ^ Kroll, Justin (February 26, 2014). "‘Star Wars’: Adam Driver to Play the Villain (EXCLUSIVE)". Retrieved February 26, 2014. 
  15. ^ "Star Wars: Episode VII Cast Announced". April 29, 2014. 
  16. ^ Takeda, Allison (June 24, 2013). "Adam Driver Married: Girls Actor Weds Joanne Tucker". Us Weekly. Retrieved June 24, 2013. 

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