Adam Driver

Adam Driver

Born Adam Douglas Driver
(1983-11-19) November 19, 1983
San Bernardino County, California, 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 Lance corporal
Unit 1st Battalion 1st Marines

Adam Douglas Driver[1] (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, including 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 (2014).

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. 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.

Early life

Driver was born in San Bernardino County, California, on November 19, 1983,[1] the son of Nancy (née Needham) Wright, a paralegal, and Joe Douglas Driver.[2][3][4] 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.[5]

When Driver was seven years old, he moved with his mother and older sister April[6] to her hometown of Mishawaka, Indiana, where he grew up.[7] Driver had a religious upbringing, and sang in choir at church.[8][9] 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.[10]

Shortly after the September 11 attacks, Driver joined the United States Marine Corps[11] and was assigned to Weapons Company, 1st Battalion, 1st Marines as an 81mm mortar man.[12] He served for two years and eight months with no field service before breaking his sternum while mountain biking.[13] He was medically discharged before his unit deployed to Iraq for the Iraq War.[14] 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 to his classmates, and struggled to fit into a lifestyle so different from the Marines.[15] 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 began its release on March 18, 2016.[26] He will also appear in Martin Scorsese's 2016 film Silence.[27][28]

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

Personal life

Driver married longtime girlfriend and fellow Julliard graduate Joanne Tucker in June 2013.[30] The couple currently reside in Brooklyn with their dog, Moose.[31]



Year Title Role Director Notes
2011 J. Edgar Walter Lyle Clint Eastwood
2012 Gayby Neil Jonathan Lisecki
2012 Not Waving But Drowning Adam Devyn Waitt
2012 Frances Ha Lev Shapiro Noah Baumbach
2012 Lincoln Samuel Beckwith Steven Spielberg Nominated – Screen Actors Guild Awards for Best Ensemble[32]
2013 Bluebird Walter Lance Edmands
2013 Inside Llewyn Davis Al Cody Coen brothers 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 John Curran 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 Michael Dowse
2014 Hungry Hearts Jude Saverio Costanzo Volpi Cup for Best Actor
2014 This Is Where I Leave You Phillip Altman Shawn Levy
2014 While We're Young Jamie Massey Noah Baumbach
2015 Star Wars: The Force Awakens Kylo Ren J. J. Abrams 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 Ensemble
Nominated – MTV Movie Award for Best Fight (shared with Daisy Ridley)
Nominated – Georgia Film Critics Association for Best Ensemble[33]
Nominated Online Film & Television Association Award for Best Ensemble
2016 Midnight Special Paul Sevier Jeff Nichols
2016 Paterson Paterson Jim Jarmusch Pending — Gotham Award for Best Actor
2016 Silence Father Francisco Garrpe Martin Scorsese
2017 Logan Lucky Clyde Logan Steven Soderbergh Post-production
2017 Star Wars: Episode VIII Kylo Ren Rian Johnson Post-production


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: SVU Jason Roberts Episode: "Theatre Tricks"
2012–2017 Girls Adam Sackler 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 Host/Kylo Ren/Matt Episode: "Adam Driver/Chris Stapleton"

Video games

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 Revival
2011[34] 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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  32. Ganadores de los Premios BAFTA 2013
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