For every of Star Wars fan, whenever the latest offering of the series – The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi – comes to mind, Adam Driver, an actor who played the villain in both also comes to mind. He is an American actor like no other, initially not keen in acting, he joined the armed forces and served time there until he got discharged honorably, then he went to an acting school with the rest of his story being the success he has made out of it.
Here, you are going to quickly learn about him, his body stats, his family which includes his parents, sister and his wife.
Adam Driver’s Early Life
The American actor was born on November 19, 1983, in San Diego, California. His family is a Christain one and this saw him being raised up in the Christian faith. Young Adam sang in the church choir and was popular among his peers when he attended Mishawaka High School, graduating in the year 2001.
Growing up, however, he took to the troublesome yet adventurous side of a teenager. Adam Driver described himself as a “misfit” who would climb radio towers and set things ablaze just for the fun of it. He even went as far as founding a fight club with his friends drawing inspiration from the movie Fight Club. After his high school education, he worked as a door-to-door salesman who sold Kirby vacuum cleaners and at a later time, a telemarketer for a basement waterproofing company. He worked the same role for Ben Franklin Construction.
Military And Film Career
Following the 9/11 attack, Adam Driver enlisted to join the United States Marine Corps, was successful and got assigned to the Weapons Company 1st Battalion, 1st Marines as an 81mm mortar man. He served diligently in the Marine Corps for 30 months albeit without deployment. Adam sustained an injury which saw him break his sternum/breastbone while mountain biking, thus, he was honorably discharged on medical grounds.
After his time at the Marine Corps, Adam Driver went to study at the University of Indianapolis where he stayed for a year before transferring to Juilliard School to study drama. At Julliard, he had a hard time adjusting to his new lifestyle and mixing with his schoolmates having spent much time in the military. Adams Driver became a member of the Drama Division’s Group 38 throughout his stay in the school till he graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 2009.
Fresh out from school, Adam Driver started his career in New York and made his film debut in 2011 featuring Clint Eastwood’s biographical drama J. Edgar. He was cast in HBO comedy-drama series Girls in 2012 and played supporting roles in the historical drama film Lincoln and the comedy-drama Frances Ha. He also acted in Not Waving But Drowning and the romantic-comedy Gayby. This was in addition to his playing the character Cliff, a working-class Welsh houseguest, in the film Look Back in Anger for which he won the Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play.
He recorded his big break in Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015) which saw him gain more attention to land roles in Jeff Nichols’ sci-fi thriller Midnight Special in 2016 and Martin Scorsese’s historical drama Silence where he acted alongside Andrew Garfield. The year 2017 saw him reprising his Star Wars role in Star Wars: The Last Jedi which had critical acclaim and his character lauded as the best in the series.
Family – Parents, Sister, Wife
Adam Driver was born by a paralegal mum Nancy Wright (née Needham) to Joe Douglas Driver. His mother’s family were originally from Indiana while his father’s roots are traced to Arkansas. His stepfather Rodney G. Wright was a Baptist church minister.
When Adam was 7 years old, his mother relocated to her Mishawaka Indiana hometown with him and his elder sister, April Driver and this saw him attending high school there.
It has not been revealed what the identity of his elder sister is. She has no Wiki page, neither has she been mentioned to have done something significant. There are Facebook accounts and a Twitter accounts which all go by the name April Driver, however, we don’t know for certain if any of them belong to Adam Driver’s sister or just a case of other people bearing a similar name to hers.
Adam Driver is married to Joanne Tucker who he met at Julliard School where she was also studying acting. The two couple dated for almost a decade before going to the altar to be pronounced husband and wife in 2013. They have been married since then with no rumors hovering over their union.
Height, Weight, And Body Measurements
Adam Driver who had to lose 30 lbs before the filming of Martin Scorsese historical drama Silence and 20 lbs more during the filming weighed 195 lbs and stands at a height of 6 feet 3 inches or 191 cm. His chest, biceps, and waist measure 44, 34 and 16 inches respectively.