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"Something I learned in the Marine Corps that I've applied to acting is, one, taking direction, and then working with a group of people to accomplish a mission and knowing your role within that team."
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Adam Douglas Driver (born November 19, 1983 in San Diego, California) is an American actor.

He served in the United States Marine Corps before being medically discharged after an injury that prevented him from going to Iraq and studying acting at Julliard. He first gained prominence as Adam Sackler on the HBO series Girls, for which he's racked three Emmy nominations. Although he's now best known as Kylo Ren, the main villain of the Star Wars sequel trilogy, he has gained acclaim for his dramatic works such as Father Garrupe in Martin Scorsese's Silence and as the title role in Jim Jarmusch's Paterson. He has received Academy Award nominations for his supporting role in BlacKkKlansman and his lead role in Marriage Story.

Driver has been married to actress Joanne Tucker since 2013. The couple have a son.

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Tropes associated with this actor's work:

  • Badass Baritone: He has an impressively deep voice.
  • Berserk Button: Hates seeing his work as well as hearing the sound of his voice, at one point walking out during an interview when they played a clip from Marriage Story, and feeling nauseous during the premiere of The Force Awakens.
  • Celebrity Resemblance:
  • The Danza: In Girls as Adam Sackler.
  • Dyeing for Your Art: For his role of a persecuted and starved Catholic priest in Silence he had lost 23 pounds. For the role of a bus driver in Paterson he actually learned how to drive a bus and got a license.
  • Large Ham: While usually reserved and stoic, he's also shown that he can really bring the ham when he wants to:
  • Method Acting: Known for staying in character on set and going to great pains for the role. For example, he had lost 23 pounds for his role of a persecuted and starved Catholic priest in Silence. For the role of a bus driver in Paterson he learned how to drive a bus and got a license. He also stayed in character as Kylo Ren in The Force Awakens, refusing to take the mask off between takes, and spent a lot of time alone to get into the madness of the character.
  • Mr. Fanservice:
    • Spent quite a bit of his time on the set of Girls shirtless or even naked. He joked that the Girls cameraman had probably seen him naked almost as many times as his wife had.
    • Played for Laughs in his Shirtless Scene in The Last Jedi, with Rey asking Kylo Ren if he can put something on as the two of them telepathically communicate through the Force.
  • No Stunt Double: He did a lot of Kylo Ren's action scenes himself, having a leg up due to his military training.
  • Older Than They Look: When he doesn't have facial hair, he can pass for a bit younger. A few people even assumed, not unjustifiably either, that Kylo Ren was around the same age as Rey even though Daisy Ridley is nine years younger.
  • Parody Assistance: Reprised his role as Kylo Ren for his SNL Episode, complete with Flanderization.
  • Production Posse: He's worked multiple times with Jim Jarmusch and Noah Baumbach and is starting to form a similar relationship with Ridley Scott, having played lead roles in two consecutive films for him.
  • Reclusive Artist: In a sense. He does promotional work for films and interviews with no issue but is known for otherwise being intensely private, not using any social media platforms nor talking about his family in interviews.
  • Star-Making Role: Girls gave him a huge boost but it was his role in Star Wars that really made him a household name.
  • Tall, Dark, and Handsome: Stands at 6'3", has dark hair, and is used as a Mr. Fanservice quite often.
  • Vocal Dissonance: When he is without his usual goatee, such as when playing Kylo Ren, he looks quite a bit younger and is quite boyishly handsome which can make his impressively deep voice somewhat jarring to hear.
  • What Could Have Been: He was reportedly in talks to play Lex Luthor in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice but chose Star Wars instead. There were also rumors that he would play Dick Grayson in the film but he denied ever being approached about it although he said he would be interested and has remained a popular fancast since.


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