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Adam Driver

Adam Douglas Driver is an American actor. He is the recipient of numerous accolades, including a Volpi Cup, as well as nominations for two Academy Awards, three Emmy Awards, and a Tony Award.

A former Lance corporal in the United States Marine Corps,

  • Born: 19 November 1983 (age 36 years), San Diego, California, United States
  • Full name: Adam Douglas Driver
  • Height: 1.89 m

About Adam Driver

Adam Douglas Driver was born in San Diego, California. His mother, Nancy (Needham) Wright, is a paralegal from Mishawaka, Indiana, and his father, Joe Douglas Driver, who has deep roots in the American South, is from Little Rock, Arkansas.

His stepfather is a Baptist minister. His ancestry includes English, Dutch, German, Irish, and Scottish. Driver was raised in Mishawaka after his parents’ divorce, attending Mishawaka High School, where he appeared in plays.

After 9/11, he enlisted in the Marines, serving for more than two years before being medically discharged after he suffered an injury, which prevented him from being deployed.

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Driver attended the University of Indianapolis (for a year) and then transferred to study drama at Juilliard in New York, graduating in 2009.

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A former Lance corporal in the United States Marine Corps, he made his Broadway debut in Mrs. Warren’s Profession (2010) and subsequently appeared in Man and Boy (2011).

He rose to prominence with a supporting role in the HBO comedy-drama series Girls (2012–2017), for which he received three consecutive Emmy nominations.

Driver began his film career in supporting roles in films such as Lincoln (2012), Frances Ha (2012), Inside Llewyn Davis (2013), and Silence (2016).

He won the Volpi Cup for Best Actor for his lead role in the drama Hungry Hearts (2014) and starred as a poet in Jim Jarmusch’s Paterson (2016).

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Driver gained wider recognition for playing Ben Solo / Kylo Ren in the Star Wars sequel trilogy (2015–2019).

In 2019, he returned to theater with Burn This, for which he was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Actor in a Play.

He earned significant acclaim and nominations for two Academy Awards for his performance as a police detective in BlacKkKlansman (2018) and a theater director going through a divorce in Marriage Story (2019).

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Driver is the founder of Arts in the Armed Forces, a nonprofit that provides free arts programming to active-duty service members, veterans, military support staff, and their families around the world. He founded the organization in 2008.