Born on May 2, 1972 in Hayward, California, Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson is a former professional wrestler turned actor. He actually comes from a long line of professional wrestlers with both his father and maternal grandfather in the profession. He is half African-Canadian and half Samoan. He briefly lived in Auckland, New Zealand with his mother. He attended Richmond Road Primary School before eventually returning to the U.S. After attending high school in Hawaii, his father’s job required the family to relocate to Pennsylvania. He then went to Freedom High School and began playing for the school’s football team.
Because of his abilities, Dwayne Johnson received several offers for collegiate football scholarships from universities. He eventually picked University of Miami and made the team. In 1991, he was part of the Miami Hurricanes’ national championship team. He graduated from the University of Miami in 1995 with a degree in criminology. He resumed his football career in 1995 by joining the Calgary Stampeders of the Canadian Football League after he was bypassed by the NFL.
Johnson’s father initially resisted his plan to pursue professional wrestling yet eventually agreed to train him himself. He then started to go on several tryout matches with World Wrestling Entertainment. He was signed to a deal with the United States Wrestling Association under the ring name “Flex Kavana.” He then went ahead to WWF as Rocky Maivia. It was his one-dimensional good guy character that earned him the nickname of The Rock. He went on to obtain seven WWF Championships.
Johnson’s transition to show business began with an appearance in a Wyclef Jean music video for “It Doesn’t Matter” and hosting Saturday Night Live with fellow wrestlers Triple H, The Big Show, and Mick Foley. His first starring role is the follow up to The Mummy Returns, The Scorpion King.
First ever 7 time WWE World Champion.
In real life, is good friends with the Dudley Boyz and his on-screen enemy, Shane McMahon.
Was the first person to ever kick out of the "Stone Cold Stunner" while fighting Stone Cold Steve Austin (Steve Austin) at Wrestlemania XV.
His favorite eyebrow trademark (not including his own) is Groucho Marx's.
Former World Wrestling Federation Tag Team Champion (with Mankind (Mick Foley) in "The Rock 'n Sock Connection").
Was a member of Miami's NCAA national championship football team in 1991. Later in his career he played as Warren Sapp's backup at defensive tackle.
Received guidance and training from Bret Hart (aka "The Hitman") when he first came to the WWF.
Grandson of Peter Fanene Maivia.
Daughter with his wife, Dany Johnson, Simone Alexandra Johnson, was born in Davie, Florida. [14 August 2001]
A member of the elite group of wrestlers, such as Hulk Hogan and Ric Flair to hold the WWF and WCW world titles on several different occasions.
Named one of E!'s "top 20 entertainers of 2001."
He once appeared on "Martha Stewart Living" (1991) to cook one of his favorite family recipes.
Attended Freedom High School, Bethlehem, PA.
Has a wax figure likeness of himself at Madame Tussaud's museum
Wife, Dany Johnson, was 22 when they met.
Decided to attend the University of Miami because they didn't openly express interest in him
After years of dating Dany Johnson, he did not meet her parents until shortly before their wedding.
Married Dany Johnson the day after his 25th birthday.
His $5.5-million paycheck for The Scorpion King (2002) earned him a listing in the Guinness Book of World Records, as his salary was the highest for any actor receiving top billing for the first time.
No athlete who ever hosted "Saturday Night" (1975) has ever repeated for a second time, until The Rock did so in 2002. Technically, he was promoting a film for his second sting (The Scorpion King (2002)) but his college football, CFL and pro wrestling background makes him the show's first two-time athlete-host.
He owns the rights to name "The Rock" (including logos, phrases, etc). The rights to the name "The Rock" were previously owned by WWE, Inc. (which is the main reason why Vince McMahon has received executive producer credits in some of the Rock's films).
Once, while putting on a show for WWF road agent Pat Patterson, sold his opponent's moves so well, his then-girlfriend Dany Johnson thought he was actually hurt.
Growing up, considered what his father did, "wrestling"; he once tried amateur wrestling, and found he didn't like it.
In a 2000 episode of NBC's "Saturday Night" (1975), proved his acting and singing abilities by performing in various skits throughout the show.
He was offered a promotional deal with "Dunkin' Donuts", which would have seen the company name a donut after him. Thinking it would make him appear big-headed, he graciously turned the offer down.
His last match in the WWE before leaving to film The Rundown (2003) was against Bill Goldberg at the 2003 Backlash Pay-Per-View.
WWF Royal Rumble (2000) (TV) winner.
Former WCW World Heavyweight Champion (during the wCw/ECW Alliance storyline)
Accidentally smashed the tail-light of a Porsche while filming the movie Walking Tall (2004).
Is of African-Canadian and Samoan descent.
Was a team mate of Doug Flutie with the Calgary Stampeders of the Canadian Football League (CFL).
In his first semester at the University of Miami, earned a .7 grade point average. He was majoring in criminology.
His wedding anniversary falls on the same day as Stu Hart's birthday. Stu's son, Bret Hart, would often give him tips on how to improve in his matches.
Played his own father in an episode of "That '70s Show" (1998).
Tonga Fifita, the wrestler known as Haku, was Best Man at Dwayne and Dany Johnson's wedding.
In The Rundown (2003), he tells one of the rebels that Muhammad Ali would win a match against Mike Tyson. To intimidate his opponents, his father, Rocky Johnson, would often perform the "Ali shuffle" during his wrestling matches.
While filming The Scorpion King (2002), accidentally hit Michael Clarke Duncan during a fight sequence. Duncan leaned in too far for a hit, and his chin connected with The Rock's elbow.
Though not under contract with the WWE, the Rock makes every attempt to be on their RAW television show whenever the WWE are in either Los Angeles or his hometown of Miami.
Is the third youngest superstar to hold the IC Championship. Jeff Hardy is the youngest at 23, and Randy Orton is the second youngest, also at 23, only a few months older than Hardy.
He weighed 290 pounds during his college football career, but reduced his weight to about 265 pounds late in his wrestling career. He has lost an addition 30 pounds recently for his part in Southland Tales (2006), some of which he since regained.
Dwayne is a skilled light tackle salt water fisherman.
Notable Title Wins Include: USWA Tag Team Titles w/Bret Sawyer; WWF Intercontinental Title; WWF/WWE Heavyweight Title (7); WWF Tag Team Titles w/Mick Foley; WWF Royal Rumble Winner; WWE Tag Team Titles w/Chris Jericho; WCW Heavyweight Title.
Son of Ata Johnson and Rocky Johnson.
Ranked #61 on VH1's 100 Hottest Hotties
WWE named their Thursday night show after one of The Rock's catchphrases, "Layeth the Smack Down" (Smackdown, in case you were wondering)
Officially proclaimed himself "The Rock" during a promo where he attacked Ron Simmons (Faarooq) in a "WWF Raw Is War" (1997) telecast.
Sparred with, and gave guidance to, current Smackdown superstar Orlando Jordan.
He originally chose "Flex Kavana" as his stage name, because he didn't want to seem like he was trading off his family's legacy (Rocky Johnson, his father, and High Chief Peter Fanene Maivia his grandfather). Ironically, WWE officials came up with "Rocky Maivia" after they felt "Flex Kavana" wasn't exactly a great name.
When Rocky Maivia was first considering going by the name The Rock for short, he resisted because he felt it would be stealing the former nickname of WWE Hall-of-Famer Don Muraco. He was talked into it by Vince Russo.
Is good friends with actor Michael Clarke Duncan.
His cousin, Tanoai Reed, is his stunt double for many of his movies.
During a visit to Samoa in July 2004, he was anointed by Head of State Susuga Malietoa Tanumafili II with the chiefly title of 'Seiuli, Son of Malietoa'.
Was listed as a potential nominee on both the 2003 and 2005 Razzie Award nominating ballots. He was suggested in the Worst Actor category on the 2003 ballot for his role in the film The Scorpion King (2002). And he was suggested again two years later in the Worst Actor category of the 2005 Razzie nominating ballot for his performance in the film _Walking Tall (2004)_. He failed to receive either nomination. The following year though, he finally got a Worst Actor Razzie Nomination for his role in the film Doom (2005).
Attended the Republican National Convention in 2004
Cousin of Solofa Fatu Jr. (Rikishi) and Rodney Anoai (Yokozuna).
As of 2008, Doom (2005) and Southland Tales (2006) are the two only R-rated films he has starred in. All of his other films have received PG-13, at the most.
While filming Be Cool (2005), he was "Punk'd" (2003) by Ashton Kutcher's crew. They set his trailer on fire, which didn't seem to faze him. It was only after Vince, one of the "Punk'd" (2003) crew, blamed the fire on him that things got really heated and they revealed the gag.
Was Tim Burton's second choice for the role of Willy Wonka in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005).
Daughter: Simone Alexander Johnson (born August 14th 2001)
With his wife, donated $2 million to the University of Miami for the new Robert and Judi Prokop Newman Alumni Center's living room, to be named "The Dany and Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson Living Room". The donation was announced at the Miami premiere of Gridiron Gang (2006).
Made his WWF television debut at the Survivor Series (1996) (TV).
[October 2006] In an interview with "Entertainment Magazine", he no longer wants to be known as "The Rock". Because of his retirement from the wrestling business, he now considers himself an actor: "I no longer am a wrestler, I am now pursuing a future as an actor and someday as a director. I am not the Rock. I am Dwayne Johnson".
Former World Tag Team Champion.
Not only was his father, Rocky Johnson, a wrestler, but his grandfather, three uncles, and six cousins (one adopted) have been in wrestling too.
Ex-brother-in-law of Hiram Garcia.
Has a fear of spiders.
In 2006, he donated $2 million for University of Miami to name new Alumni Center living room.
Has a stepbrother, Jared.
Remains close friends with WWE writer Brian Gewirtz.
Inducted his father and grandfather, Rocky Johnson and Peter Fanene Maivia into the WWE Hall of Fame on March 29th 2008.
Honored by the Congressional Award in Washington, DC on June 19, 2008 with the Horizon Award. The Horizon Award is a special recognition from the Joint Leadership of the United States Congress and the Congressional Award Board of Directors. The Horizon Award is presented to individuals from the private sectors who have contributed to expanding opportunities for all Americans through their own personal contributions, and who have set exceptional examples for young people through their successes in life.
Has expressed his desire to play a villain in a James Bond film. Dwayne's grandfather Peter Fanene Maivia appeared as a Bond villain in You Only Live Twice (1967).
Although he has lived in the United States for his entire life, he has Samoan citizenship as his mother is Samoan. He has often stated in interviews he is proud of his Samoan heritage and is proud to be a Samoan citizen.