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31 Astonishing Facts About Adam Driver Every Fan Should Know


Adam Driver, the charming and extremely talented actor, with an intriguing aura, is actually on the fast track to be become one of the biggest stars in the Hollywood. His impressive portfolio of continuous success in small and big screens, simply means, the actor is here to stay. Here are some facts about the heartthrob that will make you love him more:

  1. He was born Adam Douglas Driver on November 19, 1983, in San Diego, California, United States, to Joe Douglas Driver, a preacher and Nancy Wright, a paralegal. After his parents separated his mother married Rodney G. Wright.
  2. At the age of seven, along with his older sister and mother, he relocated to the city of Mishawaka, Indiana, where he attended Mishawaka High School and graduated in 2001.
  3. His step-father is a minister at a Baptist Church and he was raised as a Baptist, with active participation in church choir. His ancestry includes English, Dutch, German, Irish, and Scottish.
  4. After his graduation, as a 17-year-old Driver, rented the back room of his father’s house for $200 a month and wasn’t allowed to use the front entrance. He worked three jobs, mowing lawns, selling vacuums, telemarketing, apart from working at McDonalds, to support himself.
  5. Speaking with WWD’s M Magazine in 2014, he described his teenage years as one of a misfit with rebellious attitude. He once climbed radio towers, trying to set things on fire, and dumpster diving for potato chips outside an old chip factory. While in high school he co-founded a fight club along with his friends.
  6. Backing his experience of playing in schools plays, he applied to the Julliard School for drama, but was rejected. After months of doing odd jobs, his second attempt to failed due to a broken car and for lack of financial support.
  7. Shortly after the 9/11 attack with sense of patriotism and due to his stepfather’s, pestering, he got enlisted in United States Marine Corps in 2002 at the age of 18 years. He was stationed at Camp Pendleton, California.
  8. Drivers stint with military was short lived after an unfortunate mountain bike accident in which he broke his sternum. He was put on limited duty but finally in 2004, after two years and eight month of service as Lance Corporal, he was given an honorable discharge on medical grounds.
  9. On his return to Indiana, he made use of GI bill to join the University of Indianapolis theatre department for a year, where he acted in several plays including ‘Pippin,’ and Samuel Beckett’s ‘Endgame.’
  10. He was working as security guard at a Target distribution warehouse, Indianapolis, when he decided to give his old love acting another shot. With new found self-confidence he cleared the audition at the ‘Julliard School,’ in New York City, and passed out with Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 2009.
  11. He made his on-screen debut in 2009, with a small role on the short-lived TV Show, ‘The Unusuals,’ as a repentant witness and an accomplice to an unsolved assault. This was followed by as Robbie Vickery, the lab technician in ‘Law & Order: Brilliant Disguise.’
  12. Driver’s feature film debut was with 2011 biographical film ‘J.Edgar,’ directed by Clint Eastwood, starring Leonardo DiCaprio. He had earlier in 2010 appeared in two TV Movies, as Glen Stetson, a paraplegic in biopic ‘You Don’t Know Jack,’ and as Zed in ‘The Wonderful Maladys.’
  13. He got noticed as an actor in 2012, with couple of small roles in films like ‘Gayby,’ ‘I am Coming Over,’ ‘Not Waving but Drowning,’ and in two critically acclaimed films such as ‘Frances Ha,’ and ‘Lincoln.’
  14. In the same year he received three nominations for the ‘Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series,’ for his role as Adam Sackler in HBO comedy series ‘Girls.’
  15. Driver watched the TV series ‘Girls,’ pilot with Lena Dunham, the creator and lead star, six months before it was aired. He found himself picking apart his performance and hasn’t watched a single episode since.
  16. He also won ‘Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Featured Actors,’ in an off-Broadway recognition for his portrayal of Cliff, a working class Welsh house guest in the play ‘Look Back in Anger.’
  17. Driver earned yet another award, this time for portraying a father trying to save his baby son’s life. He won the ‘Volpi Cup for Best Actor,’ at the Venice Film Festival for his performance in the film ‘Hungry Hearts.’
  18. He was cast in a fictional character Kylo Ren, in the ‘Star Wars,’ franchise, starting with ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens,’ in 2015. He reprised the role in subsequent sequels, Star Wars: The Last Jedi and Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.
  19. In 2016 he was awarded the ‘Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor,’ for his portrayal of Kylo Ren in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The Star Wars sequel antagonist Kylo Ren, brought to life by Driver, has been voted as the seventh greatest movie villain of all-time by Empire magazine readers.
  20. Michael Fassbender, was considered for Kylo Ren’s role, before Driver’s participation came about after rescheduling his Girls schedules. He lived the villain character, though he didn’t like the mask, for it was impairing his vision, but did not break character throughout the shoot and kept it on even during break.
  21. As the 17th century Portuguese Jesuit priest in 2016 film ‘Silence,’ Driver and the lead actor Andrew Garfiled, went through a 7-day Jesuit silent prayer at St. Buenos with help of Jesuit scholar Martin. It was stated both felt emaciated and Driver lost close to 50 pounds in preparing for the role.
  22. Driver plays the title character as a bus Driver and poet named Paterson in the drama film of the same name ‘Paterson,’ directed by Jim Jarmusch. His performance was acclaimed with Rolling Stone calling it as one of the loveliest to find a place in many critics list of Best Actor.
  23. Out of nine nominations for his performances in the film Paterson, he was awarded the Best Actor award by the ‘Los Angeles Film Critics Association,’ and by ‘Toronto Film Critics Association.’
  24. Driver received his first Oscar nomination for playing a police officer in the comedy crime film ‘BlacKkKlansman,’ in 2018, but lost to Mahershala Ali for Green Book. He went on to win the Golden ‘Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor,’ and also an ‘Independent Spirit Award,’ nomination.
  25. He was nominated for his second Academy Awards for Best Actor for his portrayal of a man undergoing a divorce in the film ‘Marriage Story.’
  26. In 2006, he and Joanne Tucker, founded a non-profit organization called ‘Arts in the Armed Forces,’ based in Brooklyn, New York. It is to take thought provoking theatre-based troop entertainment to active-duty, service member, veterans, and military support staff and their families around the world free of charge.
  27. Unlike many actors who crave for star value, Driver has stayed clear of social media and keeps a relatively low profile, except for when he is giving interviews. He has kept his private life well-hidden so-much-so, that he refused to let anyone see his son’s face.
  28. Reacting to a statement that ‘you have an amazing unusual face,’ he retaliated, “I have been told that before, but my face is my face. He added, lots of things have been said about my face, the fact is, I had a whole life before acting.”
  29. He is quoted on many occasion of showing resentment in listening to or watching his own performances. True to his statement he once walked out of an interview with NPR’s Fresh Air, when a clip from Marriage Story was played.
  30. Driver is married to Joanne Tucker, since June 2013, and they have a son whose birth was kept hidden from the press for two years.
  31. Adam Driver Net Worth: $10 Million
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