If the latest offering in the series – The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi – comes to mind for every Star Wars fan, Adam Driver, an actor who played the villain in both, also comes to mind. He’s an American actor like no other, not an actor at first, he joined the Armed Forces and served there until his honorable discharge, then he went to acting school, and the rest of his story is the success he made of it.
Here you will quickly learn about him, his body statistics, his family, which includes his parents, his sister, and his wife.
Adam Driver Early Life
The American actor was born on November 19, 1983, in San Diego, California. His family is a Christain family, in which he was raised to the Christian faith. The young Adam sang in the church choir and was very popular with his peers when he attended Mishawaka High School and graduated in 2001.
As he grew up, however, he discovered the troublesome and adventurous side of a teenager. Adam Driver described himself as an “outsider” who climbed radio towers and set things on fire just for fun. He even went so far as to found a Fight Club with his friends, taking inspiration from the movie Fight Club. After high school, he worked as a door-to-door salesman selling Kirby vacuum cleaners and later as a telemarketer for a waterproofing company. He worked in the same role for Ben Franklin Construction.
Military And Film Career
After the 9/11 attack, Adam Driver enlisted in the United States Marine Corps, was successful, and was assigned to Weapons Company 1st Battalion, 1st Marines as an 81mm mortar. He served diligently in the Marine Corps for 30 months, albeit without deployment. Adam suffered an injury that fractured his sternum/chest bone while mountain biking, which is why he was honorably discharged on medical grounds.
After his time in the Marine Corps, Adam Driver went to study at the University of Indianapolis, where he stayed for a year before transferring to the Juilliard School to study acting. At Juilliard, he found it difficult to adapt to his new lifestyle and mingle with his schoolmates who had spent much time in the military. Adams Driver became a member of Drama Division Group 38 throughout his stay at the school until he graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 2009.
Fresh out of school, Adam Driver began his career in New York and made his film debut in 2011 with Clint Eastwood’s biographical drama J. Edgar. He was cast in the 2012 HBO comedy-drama series Girls and starred in supporting roles in the historic drama film Lincoln and comedy-drama Frances Ha. He also starred in Not Waving But Drowning and the romantic comedy Gayby. He also played the character Cliff, a Welsh working-class houseguest, in the film Look Back in Anger, for which he won the Lucille Lortel Prize for outstanding acting in a play.
His major breakthrough came in Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015), where he received more attention for country roles in 2016 in Jeff Nichols’ sci-fi thriller Midnight Special and in Martin Scorsese’s historic drama Silence, in which he played alongside Andrew Garfield. In 2017 he resumed his Star Wars role in Star Wars: The Last Jedi, which was critically acclaimed and his character hailed as the best in the series.
Family – Parents, Sister, Wife
Adam Driver was born to the mother of a paralegal, Nancy Wright (née Needham), the son of Joe Douglas Driver. His mother’s family was originally from Indiana, while his father’s roots can be traced back to Arkansas. His stepfather, Rodney G. Wright, was a Baptist minister.
When Adam was 7 years old, his mother moved with him and his older sister April Driver to their hometown of Mishawaka Indiana, where he attended high school.
The identity of his older sister has not been revealed. She does not have a wiki page and there was no mention of her having done anything important. There are Facebook accounts and a Twitter account, all of which are in the name of April Driver, but we don’t know for sure if one of them belongs to Adam Driver’s sister or just a case of other people with a similar name to hers.
Adam Driver is married to Joanne Tucker, whom he met at the Julliard School, where she also studied acting. The two couples were together for almost a decade before they walked down the aisle to be declared man and wife in 2013. Since then they have been married without any rumors of their union.
Adam Driver Height, Weight, And Body Measurements
Adam Driver, who had to lose 30 pounds before shooting Martin Scorsese’s historic drama Silence and 20 pounds more during the shooting, weighed 195 pounds and stands at a height of 191 cm (6 feet 3 inches). His chest, biceps, and waist measure 44, 34, and 16 inches respectively.