Adam Driver is an American actor, born November 19, 1983 in San Diego (California).
Revealed in particular by his role as Adam Sackler in the Girls series, he then played Kylo Ren in the films of the Star Wars franchise: The Force Awakens, The Last Jedi and The Rise of Skywalker. He also has leading roles in Silence by Martin Scorsese and The Man Who Killed Don Quixote by Terry Gilliam with the character of Toby.
Youth and beginnings
Adam Driver is the son of Nancy (Needham) Wright from Indiana and Joe Driver, Baptist pastor from Arkansas. His stepfather, Rodney Wright, who raised him, is also a Baptist minister. After the attacks of September 11, 2001, he joined the United States Marine Corps. After two years of service at Camp Pendleton in California, he was discharged for medical reasons (a sternum injury in an ATV accident) three months before his unit left for Iraq2,1.
He then joined the University of Indianapolis for a year then left to study theater at the Juilliard School from 2005 to 2009. He then landed in New York where he went on to cast. He appears in an episode of the detective series The Unusuals, New York, judicial police and New York, special unit. He also plays in two HBO productions: first the pilot of the series The Wonderful Maladys, which is not ordered, and the TV movie The Truth about Jack, with Al Pacino.
In 2011, he first appeared on the big screen in the biopic J. Edgar, directed by Clint Eastwood.
Television revelation and cinematographic confirmation.
But it is the year 2012 that reveals it to the general public: after more important roles in independent films – the comedy Gayby, by Jonathan Lisecki and the drama Not Waving But Drowning, by Devyn Waitt, he is part of the cast. from another Hollywood biopic, Lincoln, by Steven Spielberg, and appearing in Frances Ha, by Noah Baumbach. Finally, he is given a lead role in a new television series, Girls. The program receives extensive media coverage, and its portrayal of the disturbing Adam Sackler is attracting attention.
In 2013, he faced Mia Wasikowska for the Australian-American biopic Tracks, by John Curran; plays a supporting character in Inside Llewyn Davis, by Joel and Ethan Coen4; at the same time, he plays best friends in the romance And (Much) More If Affinities, by Michael Dowse, and the Swedish drama Bluebird, written and directed by Lance Edmands.
In 2014, while season 3 of Girls was being aired, he moved on to leading roles in the cinema: first by starring in the male lead in the independent thriller Hungry Hearts, written and directed by Saverio Costanzo; then by meeting Noah Baumbach who directed his first Hollywood film, While We’re Young3. Adam Driver faces off against Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts. Finally, he is part of the main cast of the comedy-drama It’s Here We Leave, for which director Shawn Levy brings together several television revelations – Jason Bateman, Tina Fey, Rose Byrne, Connie Britton and Timothy Olyphant.
That same year, he won the Volpi Cup for best actor at the 2014 Venice Film Festival while filming his first blockbuster. He was indeed chosen to play Kylo Ren, in Star Wars, episode VII: The Force Awakens, co-written and directed by JJ Abrams3, role he will resume in Star Wars, episode VIII: The Last Jedi, written and directed by Rian Johnson in 20175.
At the same time, he is involved in other projects, under the direction of renowned filmmakers – by being part of the cast of the science fiction thriller Midnight Special, by Jeff Nichols; by sharing with Andrew Garfield the poster for the historical drama Silence, by Martin Scorsese3; and being the headliner of Jim Jarmusch’s romance Paterson. He plays a bus driver, also an amateur poet.
At the end of 2016, he wraps up the filming of the sixth and final season of Girls, broadcast in early 2017. He then finished shooting his scenes from the Logan Lucky thriller, which marks the return of Steven Soderbergh to the cinema.
In 2018, he played one of the main roles in the movie BlacKkKlansman: I Infiltrated the Ku Klux Klan, directed by Spike Lee. He plays the character of Flip Zimmerman, a policeman of Jewish origin infiltrating the Ku Klux Klan6. This role earned him his first Oscar and Golden Globe nomination.
In 2019, he headlined Noah Baumbach’s Marriage Story opposite Scarlett Johansson, from The Report which is screenwriter Scott Z. Burns7’s debut feature, and he reunited with Jim Jarmusch for the zombie comedy The Dead Don. ‘t Die alongside Bill Murray, Tilda Swinton, Chloë Sevigny, Danny Glover, Steve Buscemi, Selena Gomez and Tom Waits.
In 2020, he will tour under the direction of French Leos Carax for the musical Annette where he shares the poster with Marion Cotillard. The same year, he was scheduled to star in Ridley Scott’s next film alongside Matt Damon, Ben Affleck and Jodie Comer titled The Last Duel but filming is suspended due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
In 2021, he will reunite with independent filmmaker Jeff Nichols for his next film called Yankee Comandante.
Adam Driver married his girlfriend Joanne Tucker in June 20138. They have a son, Adam Driver hid him from the media for almost 2 years. They live together in Brooklyn Heights9.
- 2011: J. Edgar de Clint Eastwood: Walter Lyle
- 2012: Gayby by Jonathan Lisecki: Neil
- 2012: Not Waving But Drowning by Devyn Waitt: Adam
- 2012: Frances Ha by Noah Baumbach: Lev
- 2012: Lincoln by Steven Spielberg: Samuel Beckwith
- 2013: The River by Sam Handel: Joe
- 2013: Bluebird by Lance Edmands: Walter
- 2013: Inside Llewyn Davis by Joel and Ethan Coen: Al Cody
- 2013: And (much) more if affinities (The F Word) by Michael Dowse: Allan
- 2014: Tracks by John Curran: Rick Smolan
- 2014: Hungry Hearts by Saverio Costanzo: Jude
- 2014: This Is Where I Leave You (This Is Where I Leave You) by Shawn Levy: Phillip Altman
- 2015: While We’re Young by Noah Baumbach: Jamie
- 2015: Star Wars: The Force Awakens by J. J. Abrams: Kylo Ren (Ben Solo)
- 2016: Midnight Special by Jeff Nichols: Paul Sevier
- 2016: Paterson by Jim Jarmusch: Paterson
- 2016: Silence of Martin Scorsese: Father Francisco Garupe
- 2017: Logan Lucky by Steven Soderbergh: Clyde Logan
- 2017: The Meyerowitz Stories by Noah Baumbach: Randy
- 2017: Star Wars: The Last Jedi (Star Wars: The Last Jedi) de Rian Johnson: Kylo Ren (Ben Solo)
- 2018: The Man Who Killed Don Quixote (The Man Who Killed Don Quixote) by Terry Gilliam: Toby
- 2018: BlacKkKlansman: I Infiltrated the Ku Klux Klan (BlacKkKlansman) of Spike Lee: Flip Zimmerman
- 2019: The Report by Scott Z. Burns: Daniel J. Jones
- 2019: The Dead Don’t Die by Jim Jarmusch: Ronald Peterson
- 2019: Marriage Story by Noah Baumbach: Charlie
- 2019: Star Wars, episode IX: L’Ascension de Skywalker (Star Wars: Episode IX – The Rise of Skywalker) by J. J. Abrams: Kylo Ren (Ben Solo)
- 2020: Annette de Leos Carax: Henry
- 2021: The Last Duel by Ridley Scott: Jacques le Gris
- 2021: Yankee Commander of Jeff Nichols: William Alexander Morgan
- 2021: House of Gucci by Ridley Scott: Maurizio Gucci
- 2010: The Unusuals: Will Slansky
- 2010: The Wonderful Maladys: Zed
- 2010: New York, judicial police: Robby Vickery
- 2010: The Truth About Jack: Glen Stetson
- 2012: New York, Special Unit: Jason Roberts
- 2012 – 2016: Girls: Adam Sackler
- 2015: The Simpsons: Adam Sackler
- 2010: Archangel: A man
- 2010: Goldstar, Ohio: Jared Rock
- 2011: I’m Coming Over: Evan
- 2013: The River: Joe
- Venice Film Festival 2014: Volpi Cup for Best Actor for Saverio Costanzo’s Hungry Hearts
- Saturn Awards 2016: Best Supporting Actor for Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens
- 2013: Primetime Emmy Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Television Series for the role of Adam Sackler in Girls
- 2014: Golden Globe for Best Original Song for Inside Llewyn Davis
- 2019: Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actor for BlacKkKlansman: I Infiltrated the Ku Klux Klan
- 2019: Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for BlacKkKlansman: I Infiltrated the Ku Klux Klan
- Golden Globes 2020: Best Actor in a Drama for Marriage Story
- Oscars 2020: Best Actor for Marriage Story
- BAFA 2020: Best actor for Marriage Story
In France, Valentin Merlet is the regular French voice of Adam Driver.
- Valentin Merlet in:
- Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens
- Midnight Special
- Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens (video game – voice)
- Lego Star Wars: Dawn of the Resistance (voice)
- Star Tours: The Adventure Continues
- Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi
- The Man Who Killed Don Quixote
- BlacKkKlansman: I infiltrated the Ku Klux Klan
- The Dead Don’t Die
- Marriage story
- Star Wars Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker
- Valéry Schatz in:
- New York, Criminal Investigation Department (TV series)
- The Report
Jérôme Rebbot in:
- Hungry hearts
- Fabien Jacquelin in Girls (TV series)
- Bryan Polach in Inside Llewyn Davis
- Sébastien Hébrant in Frances Ha
- Raphaël Cohen in This is where we leave each other
- Pierre Lognay in While We’re Young
- Félicien Juttner in Paterson
- Arnaud Léonard in Logan Lucky