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Dwayne Johnson Biography
Dwayne Douglas Johnson known by his ring name “The Rock” was a born in Hayward, California. He later moved to Florida in 1989, where he participated as a college football player for the University of Miami and won a national championship in 1991. After being cut from the Calgary Stampeders of Canadian football league, Dwayne Johnson began training as a professional wrestler in 1995 though, his initial aspiration was for a career in football. Eventually Johnson became one of the greatest professional wrestling of all times, since, he secured a contract with then World Wrestling Federation (WWF). He gained mainstream fame after developing a charismatic persona of a boastful trash-talking wrestler with a stage name “The Rock”. He won his first WWF championship in 1998. After pursuing an acting career full time 2004, he went on a break from WWE for seven years and returned in 2011 as a part-time performer until 2013. The Rock headlined the most bought professional wrestling pay-per-view event of all times. He was featured in some of the most watched WWE RAW and WWE Smack Down television episodes ever. Also, Dwayne Johnson attained a successful career as an actor, producer and writer. In 2012, he founded his production company, Seven Bucks Productions, which has since produced several films. In 2000, he wrote and released an autobiography titled “The Rock Says” which debuted at No.1 on The New York Times Best Seller list. Ranked among the world’s highest paid actors, he was named by Time as one of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2016.
Dwayne Johnson Parents | Dwayne Johnson Biography
Dwayne Johnson was born in Hayward, California on May 2 1972 to Ata Johnson and former professional wrestler Rocky Johnson – Wayde Douglas Bowles. Johnson lived in New Zealand with his mother’s family in Grey Lynn. Before returning to the United States with his parents, he attended Richmond Road Primary School. He also attended Shepherd Glen Elementary school and Hamden Middle School in Hamden, Connecticut, all in the United States. Dwayne Johnson spent his 10th grade in Honolulu, Hawaii at President William McKinley High School. On entering his 11th grade, his family had to relocate because of his father’s job, hence, Johnson attended Freedom high school and began playing football in the East Penn Conference.
Dwayne Johnson Football Career | Dwayne Johnson Biography
Dwayne Johnson was a promising football prospect and received offers from many collegiate programs. He decided on a full scholarship from the University of Miami where he played defensive tackle on the University’s team. In 1995, Johnson graduated from the University of Miami with a Bachelor of General Studies in Criminology and Physiology. He got a deal and signed with a Canadian Football League team “the Calgary Stampeders” as a line-backer in 1995, and was assigned to the practice roster; but was cut two months into the season.
Dwayne Johnson Wrestling Career | Dwayne Johnson Biography
After Johnson’s declared intention to become a professional wrestler. Veteran Wrestler Pat Patterson got Johnson several try-out matches with the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) in 1996. Dwayne Johnson defeated The Brooklyn Brawler at a house show and lost subsequent matches to Chris Candido and Owen Hart. He won the USWA World Tag Team Championship twice as Flex Kavana at Jerry Lawler’s United States Wrestling Association with Bart Sawyer in 1996. He received training from Tom Prichard with Achim Albrecht and Mark Henry. Dwayne Johnson made his WWF debut as Rocky Maivia, a name he derived from a combination of his father and grandfather’s ring names. He was also dubbed “The Blue Chipper”. He often was hyped as the WWF’s first third generation wrestler.
Dwayne Johnson Acting Career | Dwayne Johnson Biography
Dwayne Johnson’s wrestling fame paved the way for a successful acting career. He became one of the highest paid and most successful actors in Hollywood. At first, he began acting on television while still wrestling. In 1999, he played His Own Father in an episode of that 70s Show called “That Wrestling Show”, this was his first television acting job. A year after that, he appeared in the “Star Trek; Voyager” episode “Tsukatso” as an alien wrestler who fought popular character “Seven of Nine”. Johnson’s acting career began in theatrical roles in action films like “The Mummy Returns (2001) and the re-make of “Walking Tall” (2004). He played a unique role in “Be Cool” (2005) and was the main antagonist in “Doom” (2006). He played roles in “Gridiron Gang” (2006) and was followed by “Reno 911! Miami (2007). In “Southland Tales” (2007) he played against Type, then he played a famous American football player in “The Game Plan” (2007) and Agent 23 in “Get Smart” (2008). In 2008, at the 2008 Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards, he was nominated for Favourite Movie Actor Award for his role in the Game Plan but he lost to Johnny Depp in Pirates of the Caribbean: At the World’s End.
After Johnson’s role as Marvin F. Hinton/Roadblock in G.I, Joe: Retaliation, he became known for energizing film franchises. He reprised his role as Luke Hobbs in Fast & Furious 6, he also starred in true-story films like “Pain & Gain” and “Empire State” all released in 2013. Still in 2013, Dwayne hosted and produced the TNT Reality Competition series “The Hero” and won the Favourite Male Butt kicker Awards. In May 2013, he was announced to be the executive producer and to star also in the “Ballers” a comedy-drama series about NFL players living in Miami, Florida. In December 2013, Dwayne Johnson was named by Forbes as the top-grossing actor of 2013 with his films bringing in $1.3 billion worldwide.
In 2014, Dwayne Johnson starred as the title character in “Hercules” (2014) he again hosted another reality series for TNT in 2014 entitled “Wake up Call” which saw him “lending a helping hand to everyday people who are facing enormous challenges in their lives”. He again reprised his role as Luke Hobbs in “Fast & Furious 7” (2015). He was announced as the executive producer and would star also in the horror film “Seal Team 666”. In 2016, Johnson co-starred in an action-comedy with Kevin Hart titled “Central Intelligence” and then he had a lead voice role in the Disney animated film “Moana” he voiced the demigod Maui. He reprised his role as Luke Hobbs in “The Fate of the Furious” which was released in 2017’.
Dwayne Johnson had starred in two blockbuster movies that year; “Baywatch” and “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle”. In 2018, Dwayne Johnson starred in two action films: “Rampage” and “Skyscraper”.
Dwayne Johnson Personal Life – Dwayne Johnson Family
Dwayne’s Father is a decent of Black Canadians (Nova Scotian) and was one of the black tag team pioneer champions in WWE. His mother is from a Samoan family. His maternal grandfather Peter Maivia was a High Chief and also a wrestler, his maternal grandmother Lia Maivia was one of wrestling’s few female promoters. Dwayne Johnson is considered a non-blood relative of the Anoa’I wrestling family. On March 29 2008, Dwayne inducted his father and grandfather into the WWE Hall of Fame.
Dwayne Johnson resides in Southwest Ranches, Florida. He received a noble title of Seiuli bestowed on him in recognition of his service to the Samoan people and because he is a descendant of Samoan chiefs, the title was bestowed on him by Malietoa Tanumafili II during his visit there in July 2004.
Dwayne Johnson Wife – Dwayne Johnson Kids
Dwayne Johnson married Dany Gracia on May 3, 1997. They had a daughter together named Simone, she was born on August 14, 2001. Dany Gracia and Dwayne announced on June 1, 2007 that they were splitting up on good, amicable terms. After they had divorced, they kept working together. Johnson began dating Lauren Hashian, they met in 2006 while Johnson was filming “The Game Plan”. Their first child together, a daughter, born December 2015, their second child together, a daughter still, and another daughter was born April 2018.
Dwayne Johnson Movies | Dwayne Johnson Biography
- The Scorpion King (2002)
- The Fast and Furious Franchise.
- Walking Tall (2004)
- The Game Plan (2007)
- Get Smart (2008)
- Tooth Fairy (2010)
- Journey 2: The Mysterious Island (2012)
- Pain & Gain (2013)
- Hercules (2014)
- San Andreas (2015)
- Central Intelligence (2016)
- Moana (2016)
- Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (2017)
- Rampage (2018)
- Skyscraper (2018)
Dwayne Johnson Awards | Dwayne Johnson Biography
- In 1991, he won the NCAA National Championship in Football – as a member of the Miami Hurricanes.
- In 2012, he won the CinemaCon Action Star of the year.
- In 2013, he won Kids Choice Awards – Favourite Male Butt kicker
- He won the People’s Choice Awards for Favourite Premium Cable TV Actor, He also won Mr Olympia ICON Award as well as People Magazine Sexiest Man Alive, all in 2016.
- In 2017, he won Hollywood Walk of Fame. Also, in 2017, he won People’s Choice Award for Favourite Premium Series Actor and NAACP Image Award for Entertainer of the Year.
- In 2018: Forbes; he was ranked No.5 at “Celebrity 100 list of the World’s Highest Paid Entertainers”
- In 2019, Dwayne Johnson was honoured by the First Armored Division, which named one of its tanks after him.
Dwayne Johnson Net Worth
Dwayne Johnson net worth is estimated at $280 million.