Dwayne Johnson [The Rock] : Bio, Wrestling, Films, & Facts

Dwayne Johnson [The Rock] : Bio, Wrestling, Films, & Facts

Dwayne Johnson, by the name The Rock, (born May 2, 1972, in  Hayward, California, U.S.), was an American professional wrestler and actor whose charisma and athleticism made him successful in both fields.

Johnson was born into a wrestling family. His maternal grandfather, “High Chief” Peter Maivia, emerged on the professional scene in the 1960s and ’70s. Johnson’s father, “Soulman” Rocky Johnson, worked the American regional wrestling circuit and boxed; in 1974 he was a sparring partner for George Foreman, then preparing for “the Rumble in the Jungle” with Muhammad Ali. However, the younger Johnson initially preferred the gridiron to the mat. He was a standout high-school athlete and played on the 1991 NCAA Championship football team at the University of Miami (Bachelor of General Studies, 1995). After injuries cut short his career in the Canadian Football League, he turned to wrestle.

Also Known As The Rock • Dwayne Douglas Johnson
Born May 2, 1972 (age 50) • Hayward • California
Married To Lauren Hashian (2019–present) • Dany Garcia (1997–2008)
Movies/Tv Shows (Acted In) “Jumanji: The Next Level” (2019) • “Ballers” (2015–2019) • “WWE Smackdown!” (1999–2019) • “Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw” (2019) • “Fighting with My Family” (2019) • “Skyscraper” (2018) • “Rampage” (2018) • “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” (2017) • “Lifeline” (2017) • “Baywatch” (2017) • “The Fate of the Furious” (2017) • “Moana” (2016) • “Central Intelligence” (2016) • “WWE Raw” (1996–2016) • “Jem and the Holograms” (2015) • “San Andreas” (2015) • “Furious 7” (2015) • “Hercules” (2014) • “Fast & Furious 6” (2013) • “Pain & Gain” (2013) • “Empire State” (2013) • “G.I. Joe: Retaliation” (2013) • “Snitch” (2013) • “Clash Time” (2011–2012) • “Journey 2: The Mysterious Island” (2012) • “Fast Five” (2011) • “Transformers Prime” (2010) • “Faster” (2010) • “The Other Guys” (2010) • “Tooth Fairy” (2010) • “Family Guy” (2010) • “Planet 51” (2009) • “Race to Witch Mountain” (2009) • “Get Smart” (2008) • “The Game Plan” (2007) • “Hannah Montana” (2007) • “Gridiron Gang” (2006) • “Southland Tales” (2006) • “Doom” (2005) • “Be Cool” (2005) • “Walking Tall” (2004) • “The Rundown” (2003) • “The Scorpion King” (2002) • “Longshot” (2001) • “The Mummy Returns” (2001) • “Star Trek: Voyager” (2000) • “Sunday Night Heat” (1998–1999) • “WWF Superstars of Wrestling” (1996–1999) • “The Net” (1999) • “That ’70s Show” (1999) • “WWF Shotgun Saturday Night” (1997–1998) • “WWF Friday Night’s Main Event” (1997) • “WWE Byte This!” (1997) • “USWA Wrestling” (1996)
Movies/Tv Shows (Writing/Creator) “The Titan Games” (2019–2020)
Nicknames The People’s Champion
The Brahma Bull
The Great One
The Rock
Dewey
Height 6′ 5″ (1.96 m)
Spouse Lauren Hashian (18 August 2019 – present)  (2 children)
Dany Garcia (3 May 1997 – 19 May 2008)  (divorced)  (1 child)
Children Tiana Gia Johnson
Jasmine Johnson
Simone Alexandra Johnson
Parents Ata Johnson
Rocky Johnson
Relatives Peter Fanene Maivia (grandparent)
Savelina Fanene (cousin)
Tanoai Reed (cousin)

Early Life and Career

Johnson was born on May 2, 1972, in Hayward, California. The grandson of professional wrestler Peter “High Chief” Fanene Maivia and son of wrestler Rocky Johnson, the young Johnson grew up watching his father perform in the ring. With no plans to follow in his footsteps, Johnson played college football at the University of Miami, showing promise with his size and athleticism until being slowed by injuries.

Dwayne Johnson first rose to fame as “The Rock,” a popular wrestling personality. He then became a box-office star, appearing in films including ‘The Scorpion King,’ ‘Hercules’ and ‘The Fast and the Furious’ franchise.

Who Is Dwayne Johnson?

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson was born into a professional wrestling family in 1972. An injury ended his college football career, so he entered the ring with the WWE. As “The Rock,” he famously feuded with wrestler Steve Austin and won the WWE Heavyweight title numerous times. Johnson then parlayed his wrestling fame into a film career, appearing in projects like 2001’s The Mummy Returns and 2010’s Tooth Fairy. Later projects include the HBO series Ballers and leading roles in The Fast and the Furious and Jumanji franchises and the voice as demigod Maui in Moana.

Early Life and Career

Johnson was born on May 2, 1972, in Hayward, California. The grandson of professional wrestler Peter “High Chief” Fanene Maivia and son of wrestler Rocky Johnson, the young Johnson grew up watching his father perform in the ring. With no plans to follow in his footsteps, Johnson played college football at the University of Miami, showing promise with his size and athleticism until being slowed by injuries.

Becoming ‘The Rock’

With few prospects in professional football, Johnson turned to wrestling, debuting in the WWE against the Brooklyn Brawler in Texas. After a couple more matches, including a tag team win with Bart Sawyer, the WWE signed him under the name Flex Kavana. A year later, he joined The Nation of Domination, eventually taking over its leadership and calling himself The Rock.

He later joined another band of elite wrestlers known as The Corporation and began a notorious feud with Steve Austin. Also known as “The People’s Champ,” The Rock went on to win a combined 17 WWE titles over his acclaimed career.

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