Dwayne Douglas Johnson, also known by his ring name The Rock, is an American actor and professional wrestler. He was a college football player for the University of Miami, where he won a national championship on the 1991 Miami Hurricanes team.
Dwayne Douglas Johnson was born on May 2, 1972, in Hayward, California, the son of Ata Johnson (née Maivia) and professional wrestler Rocky Johnson (born Wayde Douglas Bowles). His maternal grandfather, “High Chief” Peter Maivia, was also a wrestler, and his maternal grandmother, Lia Maivia, was one of wrestling’s few female promoters, taking over Polynesian Pacific Pro Wrestling after her husband’s death in 1982, until 1988.
Johnson’s father is Canadian, of Black Nova Scotian, and a small amount of Irish, descent. His mother is of Samoan descent.His father was part of the first black tag team to win the World Tag Team Championship in the World Wrestling Federation (WWF). Through his mother, he is considered a non-blood relative of the Anoa’i wrestling family. His cousin, Savelina Fanene, is also a wrestler working for WWE.
Widely regarded as one of the greatest professional wrestlers of all time, Johnson gained mainstream fame in the World Wrestling Federation (WWF, now WWE) from 1996 to 2004 and was the first third-generation wrestler in the company’s history. He returned to WWE part-time from 2011–13 and continues to make sporadic appearances. He is an eight time WWF/WWE Champion, two time WCW/World Champion, two time WWF Intercontinental Champion and a five time WWF Tag Team Champion. He is the sixth Triple Crown Champion in WWE and won the 2000 Royal Rumble. His autobiography The Rock Says… debuted at No. 1 on The New York Times Best Seller list in 2000.
Johnson was a promising football prospect and received offers from many Division I collegiate programs. He decided on a full scholarship from the University of Miami, playing defensive tackle. In 1991, he was on the Miami Hurricanes’s national championship team. When an injury sidelined him, he was replaced by future National Football League (NFL) star Warren Sapp. After being cut from the Calgary Stampeders of CFL two months into the 1995 season, he began training for a career in professional wrestling, following in the footsteps of various family members, including his grandfather Peter Maivia and his father Rocky Johnson, from whom he inherited Canadian citizenship in 2009.
Johnson broke into the mainstream with roles in the blockbuster action films The Mummy Returns (2001), The Scorpion King (2002), the action comedy The Rundown (2003), and the remake of Walking Tall (2004). He played a supporting role in Be Cool (2005) and was the primary antagonist in Doom (2006). Roles in Gridiron Gang (2006) and Reno 911!: Miami (2007) soon followed.
Johnson’s first leading film role was in The Scorpion King in 2002. For this, he was paid US$5.5 million, a world record for an actor in his first starring role. Johnson appeared in Fast Five (2011), the fifth film of The Fast and the Furious film series, as DSS agent Luke Hobbs, who is assigned to hunt down the series’ protagonists. He landed the role after series star Vin Diesel read comments and feedback from fans, the majority of whom wanted to see Diesel and Johnson in a movie together. Johnson, a fan of the franchise, had wanted to work with Universal Studios again after they had given him his first film roles. Fast Five grossed over $86 million in its opening weekend, the biggest opening for a Fast & Furious film.
In 2006, Johnson founded the Dwayne Johnson Rock Foundation, a charity working with at-risk and terminally ill children. On October 2, 2007, he and his ex-wife donated $1 million to the University of Miami to support the renovation of its football facilities; it was noted as the largest donation ever given to the university's athletics department by former students. The University of Miami renamed the Hurricanes' locker room in Johnson's honor.
|Birth Name||Dwayne Douglas Johnson|
|Date of Birth||May 2, 1972|
|Age||45 years (as of 2017)|
|Place of Birth||Hayward, California, U.S.|
|Currently living in||Miami, Florida|
|Weight||260 pounds, 118 kg|
|Height||6 foot 5 inches or 196 cm or 1.96 m|
|Profession||Actor and Professional wrestler|
|Education||University of Miami|
|Charity work||In 2006, Johnson founded the Dwayne Johnson Rock Foundation, a charity working with at-risk and terminally ill children.|
|Nicknames||"The Brahma Bull"|
"The Corporate Champion"
"The Great One"
"The Most Electrifying Man in All of Entertainment/Sports Entertainment"
"The People's Champion"
|Star / Zodiac sign||Taurus|
|Trivia||On May 21, 2015, Johnson set a Guinness World Record for most selfies in three minutes, taking 105 selfies with fans during the premiere of San Andreas in London.|
|Relationships||Married four times.|
(Married 1997, divorced 2007),
Currently with Lauren Hashian
|Best known for films|| The Mummy Returns (2001), The Scorpion King (2002),|
Fast Five (2011),
Fast & Furious 6 (2013),
|Awards||1991: NCAA National Championship – as a member of the Miami Hurricanes|
2001: Teen Choice Awards – Choice Movie Villain,
2012: CinemaCon Action Star of the Year,
2013: Kids Choice Awards – Favorite Male Butt Kicker,
2016: People's Choice Award – Favorite Premium Cable TV Actor
2016: Mr. Olympia ICON Award,
2016: People Magazine Sexiest Man Alive,
2017: Hollywood Walk of Fame induction with a motion pictures star,
2017: People's Choice Award for Favorite Premium Series Actor,
2017: NAACP Image Award for Entertainer of the Year