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March 17, 2014

Mishawaka native making his mark on Hollywood


It's a far cry from Mishawaka High School back in the day at the turn of the millennium when Driver was just another school kid trying to figure out what he wanted to do with his life.

Driver, who was unavailable for a phone interview, described himself as a high school "misfit" in a recent interview with Rolling Stone.

Born in San Diego to Nancy Needham and Joe Driver, Adam moved with his mother back to Mishawaka when she split from his biological father.

Growing up in Mishawaka, a town of "cheerleaders and football teams and homecomings and things like that," Driver told Rolling Stone he got lousy grades, was grounded a lot, and used to spend his time "lurking around railroad tracks and lighting things on fire."

When the Brad Pitt movie "Fight Club" came out, Driver admitted to being so taken by the film, he started his own fight club.

"They had a big grassy field behind (bleepin') Celebrations Unlimited," he told Rolling Stone, "an event space that people rent out to get married or whatever and we would go out there in the middle of the night and beat the (bleep) out of our neighbors."

Driver's former teachers recall "a nice kid" who generally blended in with the walls when he wasn't acting, singing or first introducing his A-list talent to the world on the Mishawaka High School stage.

"He was just one of those kids," retired Mishawaka biology teacher John L. Manuszak says. "It's amazing that now he's into all the Hollywood stuff. You would never have thought he would be into something like that, because he was a kid who would fall behind the cracks. He was not really showy."

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