Birthday: May 2, 1972
Also Known As: Dwayne Douglas Johnson
Sun Sign: Taurus
Born In: Hayward
Famous As: Actors and wrestler
Height: 1.96 M
Spouse/Ex-: Dany Garcia
Father: Rocky Johnson
Mother: Ata Johnson
Siblings: Wanda Bowles
Children: Simone Alexandra Johnson
City, States, Provinces & Districts: California
Diseases & Disabilities: Depression
Net Worth: $190 Million As Of April 2017
Who is Dwayne Johnson?
Dwayne Douglas Johnson, also known as The Rock, was born on May 2, 1972 in Hayward, California, to Ata Johnson (born Feagaimaleata Fitisemanu Maivia) and Canadian-born professional wrestler Rocky Johnson (born Wayde Douglas Bowles).
Dwayne Johnson’s father is black (of Black Nova Scotian descent), and his mother is of Samoan background (her own father was Peter Fanene Maivia, also a professional wrestler). While growing up, Dwayne traveled around a lot with his parents and watched his father perform in the ring.
During his high school years, Dwayne began playing football and he soon received a full scholarship from the University of Miami, where he had tremendous success as a football player. In 1995, Dwayne suffered a back injury which cost him a place in the NFL. He then signed a three-year deal with the Canadian League but left after a year to pursue a career in wrestling.
Dwayne Johnson Dominating the WWE
He made his wrestling debut in the USWA under the name Flex Kavanah where he won the tag team championship with Brett Sawyer. In 1996, Dwayne joined the WWE and became Rocky Maivia where he joined a group known as “The Nation of Domination” and turned heel. Rocky eventually took over leadership of the “Nation” and began taking the persona of The Rock. After the “Nation” split, The Rock joined another elite group of wrestlers known as the “Corporation”.
Throughout 1997 and 1998 the Rock had ongoing battles with Stone Cold Steve Austin, Triple H and Mankind. Throughout 1999 the WWF championship belt passed between The Rock and Mankind several times during a series of epic encounters. Then towards the end of ‘99, the two teamed up to become the Rock ‘n Sock Connection and going on to win the tag team championship three times.
The Rock and Mankind also performed comedy skits on WWE live telecasts. One of them was a take-off of This is Your Life in which Mankind interviewed people from the Rock’s past. The segment drew an 8.4 Nielsen rating, one of the highest ever for a WWE segment.
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Soon the Rock was kicked out of the “Corporation”. He turned face and became known as “The Peoples Champion”. In 2000, the Rock took time off from WWE to film his appearance in The Mummy Returns (2001). He returned in 2001 during the WCW/ECW invasion where he joined a team of WWE wrestlers at The Scorpion King (2002), a prequel to The Mummy Returns (2001).
A Love Affair with Iron is Born
At the age of eight, Rocky allowed Dwayne to participate in sports. He tried baseball, soccer, martial arts and gymnastics. What he was really longing to do was to start lifting weights, but he’d have to wait a few more years for that. Finally, on his 13th birthday, his dad took him to a local gym for his first ever weights workout. An obvious place to start was the bench press, which he’d studied for years as his dad and others pressed massive amounts of steel from their chest.
Rocky had his son start with an unloaded bar. He pumped out 10 reps with no problem, so Rocky added a 20-pound plate to each end. This time Dwayne pushed out 8 easy reps. Impressed, Rocky asked his son if he wanted to try the 45 pounders. Dwayne nodded his head. His dad stood behind him and lifted the bar off the supports – and Dwayne got buried under the 135-pound weight.
He felt embarrassed and ashamed – as if he had let his dad down. That feeling fuelled an intense desire to get better at the bench press and within a few years he would be bench pressing 400 pounds.
Between the ages of 14 and 15, Dwayne excelled in the gym. By the time he entered high school he had grown to a towering 6 foot 3 inches and tipped the scales at 225 pounds.
His imposing physicality gave him a great deal of self-confidence, which sometimes bordered on arrogance. Eve though he had developed a healthy dose of self-discipline in the gym, his unstable home life, that saw his father constantly travelling, left him directionless when he wasn’t pounding the weights. As a result, he started getting into trouble. It came to a head when he was fifteen and got arrested for check fraud.
His parents had to come to collect him from the place station. When he looked at his mother and father he realized that, despite living from paycheck to paycheck, he was the biggest source of stress in their lives. In that moment he vowed that he would never cause problems for his folks again.
Although that was the last time Dwayne got arrested, it wasn’t the last time he caused worry for Rocky and Ata. In fact, the very next day at school he got into a fight and knocked the other kid out. It earned him a two-week suspension. Upon returning to school he decided that the student’s bathroom was not good enough for him and so he decided to use the teacher’s one. When asked to leave he was rude to the teacher and tried to intimidate him with his physical presence.
That night Dwayne felt pangs of guilt at the way he had treated the teacher. So, the next day, he marched into the teacher’s class and holding out his hand, said that he wanted to apologise for the way he had acted the day before. The teacher stared at Dwayne’s hand for a moment then grabbed it and told Dwayne that he appreciated the apology. Then, still holding the boy’s hand, he said. “I want you to play football for me.”
Dwayne Johnson The Football Star
Football proved to be a positive outlet for Dwayne’s frustrations and aggressions, providing him with a renewed sense of focus. Under the watchful eye of coach Jody Cwick, he steadily improved, both as a student and as an athlete. By the time he was a high school senior he was ranked as one of the top 10 defensive tackles in the country and was offered a scholarship to the University of Miami, the No.1 college team in the United States.
Miami’s locker room is dedicated to Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson.
At Miami, Dwayne’s combination of size, strength and athleticism coupled with his strong work ethic made him a standout from the very beginning. Practices were going great and he was primed to be the only freshman to play on the Varsity team. But then tragedy struck.
On the last day of practice with pads, he crashed to the ground under the full weight of his shoulder. It was dislocated and a number of ligaments were torn. That night he had reconstruction surgery and was told that he’d need a year to recover. He was put before the season had even begun.
Dwayne Johnson Wife and Daughters
Johnson has a daughter, Simone Alexandra, from his first marriage. He and his high school sweetheart, Dany Garcia, they married in 1997 and split up a decade later, though she continues to serve as his manager.
Johnson has since entered a long-term relationship with musician Lauren Hashian, with whom he had daughter Jasmine Lia in December 2015. In April 2018, the couple welcomed their second daughter, Tiana Gia.
During a visit to Live with Kelly and Ryan, the star opened up about being in the delivery room for 2-month-old daughter Tiana Gia‘s birth.
“I will say, it was the most amazing experience I’ve ever seen,” Johnson said. “I look at Lauren [Hashian], and women and mothers, in a different light than I ever have before. And it was beautiful.” Of course, Johnson had been by ex-wife Dany Garcia’s side when she was in labor with their 16-year-old daughter Simone Garcia Johnson — and next to girlfriend Hashian when she gave birth to their 2-year-old Jasmine Lia.
But both times, he said, he avoided standing below the drape during the birth. With Tiana, Johnson went to watch by Hashian’s feet.
“I was encouraging her — holding her hand. And the doctor said, ‘Would you like to come down and watch and help?’ ” Johnson recalled. “I said, ‘Yup, I’m going to come down. Watch. Help.’ ”
“I’m holding legs, everything. And out comes the baby,” he continued, joking, “I know, right? Crazy. ‘Cause you roll the dice. You don’t know how it’s going go to go. A lot of stuff happens.”
Dwayne Douglas Childhood & Early Life
He was born as Dwayne Douglas Johnson on 2 May 1972 in Hayward, California, United States. His father Rocky Johnson was a professional wrestler while his mother Ata Maivia was the daughter of a wrestler. His father is of Black Nova Scotian origin, and his mother is of Samoan heritage which explains his exotic looks.
He lived in New Zealand for a brief period and attended the Richmond Road Primary School, before returning to the United States where he enrolled at the Freedom High School.
He was an athletic teenager and participated in several sporting activities. He played football and was also a member of the school’s track and field and wrestling teams.
His favorite sport was football and he received a full scholarship from the University of Miami to play defensive tackle. However, an injury dashed his dreams of a football career. He graduated in 1995, with a Bachelor of General Studies degree in criminology and physiology.
He decided to train as a wrestler and received his initial training from his father.
Dwayne Johnson Career
Dwayne Johnson made his WWF debut as Rocky Maivia in 1996 and won the WWF Intercontinental Championship from Hunter Hearst Helmsley on Monday Night Raw the next year.
He eventually changed his ring name to ‘The Rock’ and established himself as a successful professional wrestler with several titles under his belt. His wrestling prowess combined with his rugged good-looks made him very popular among the female fans and soon he started receiving offers to appear on the small and the big screen.
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After appearing in a music video, he hosted ‘Saturday Night Live’ in 2000. He made his motion picture debut as The Scorpion King in the opening sequence of the film ‘The Mummy Returns’ in 2001.
The success of the movie led to its spin-off ‘The Scorpion King’ in 2002 in which Johnson played the role of Mathayus. He was reportedly paid US $5.5 million for this movie which eventually became a moderate success.
He played the role of Joe Kingman, a divorced father, in the family sports comedy film, ‘The Game Plan’, in 2007. The movie opened at No. 1 at the box office, grossing $22,950,971 in its first weekend in spite of getting negative reviews from critics.
In 2009, he appeared in the science fiction film, ‘Race to Witch Mountain’, based on the novel ‘Escape to Witch Mountain’ by Alexander Key. This film too opened at No. 1 and became a huge box office hit.
In 2011, Dwayne Johnson appeared in the fifth film of The Fast and the Furious film series, ‘Fast Five’, as Luke Hobbs, a Diplomatic Security Service agent. The film grossed over $86 million in its opening weekend and became one of Johnson’s biggest commercial hits.
He reprised his role as Luke Hobbs in ‘Fast & Furious 6’, the sixth installment in The Fast and the Furious franchise, in 2013. He had Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Gina Carano, and John Ortiz as co-stars. The film grossed over $780 million worldwide, making it No. 50 on the all-time worldwide list of highest-grossing films.
In 2015 he appeared in the seventh installment in The Fast and the Furious franchise, ‘Furious 7’. This film too became a blockbuster like the earlier movies in the franchise and also received critical praise for the action sequences.
Dwayne Johnson Awards & Achievements
In 2001, Dwayne Johnson won the Teen Choice Awards in the category “Film – Choice Sleazebag” for the movie ‘The Mummy Returns’.
The CinemaCon Awards 2012 honored him with the Action Star of the Year Award.
- – He won the Kids’ Choice Awards for Favorite Male Butt Kicker for ‘Journey 2: The Mysterious Island’ in 2013.
Dwayne Johnson Other Works
In 2000 Johnson published his autobiography, which he co-wrote with Joe Layden, titled The Rock Says…. It debuted at No. 1 on The New York Times Best Seller list and remaining on the list for several weeks.
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.
In March 2016, Johnson partnered with the American fitness apparel manufacturer Under Armour to release “Project Rock”. The first item in his partnership with Under Armour, a gym bag, sold out in a couple of days. His second item, a black T-shirt sporting the wrestler’s iconic “brahma bull” sold out after being worn at WrestleMania 32.
Johnson also released an alarm clock app as part of “Project Rock” that received more than one million downloads in its first week of release. In 2016, Johnson started a YouTube channel titled “The Rock” with the help of online personality Lilly Singh. His first video was called “The YouTube Factory” and featured several internet stars. He was featured in the site’s yearly video series “YouTube Rewind” in 2016.
Dwayne Johnson’s Activism and charity work
Johnson attended the 2000 Democratic National Convention as part of WWE’s non-partisan “Smackdown Your Vote” campaign, which aimed to influence young people to vote. A supporter of the Republican Party at the time, he had a speaking role at the 2000 Republican National Convention that same year. In 2017, he told GQ Magazine that he was registered as an independent.
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.
Dwayne Johnson’s Legacy
Dwayne Johnson has risen from humble beginnings to establish himself as the most bankable movie star of the 21st century. In the process he has brought back to mainstream entertainment the sort of alpha male persona that has been so absent for so long. He has become the people’s champion once again.
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