Driver at the 2015 San Diego Comic-Con International.
November 19, 1983 |
San Diego, California, United States
|Spouse(s)||Joanne Tucker (m. 2013)|
Adam Douglas Driver (born November 19, 1983) is an American actor. He made his Broadway debut in Mrs. Warren's Profession (2010). He returned to Broadway in the 2011 production of Man and Boy and made his feature film debut in J. Edgar (2011). Driver appeared in supporting roles in a wide range of films, most notably in Lincoln (2012), Frances Ha (2012) and Inside Llewyn Davis (2013). In 2014, Driver starred in While We're Young and won the Volpi Cup for his role in Hungry Hearts.
Driver is known for playing the villain Kylo Ren in Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015). For his supporting part as Adam Sackler in the HBO comedy-drama series Girls, Driver has received three consecutive nominations for Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series.
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 breaking his sternum while mountain biking. He was medically discharged before his unit deployed to Iraq for the Iraq War. After leaving the Marine Corps, 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.
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. 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."
Driver hosted the January 16, 2016 episode of Saturday Night Live.
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.
|2009||The Wonderful Maladys||Zed||Pilot|
|2009||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–present||Girls||Adam Sackler||Series regular
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 (2013–15)
|2015||The Simpsons||Adam Sackler (voice)||Episode: "Every Man's Dream"|
|2016||Saturday Night Live||Host||Episode: "Adam Driver/Chris Stapleton"|
|2015||Disney Infinity 3.0||Kylo Ren||Voice|
|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|
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