Dwayne Johnson

 

Date Of Birth

May 2, 1972
 

Biography

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.
 

Place of Birth

Hayward, California, USA
 

Birth Name

Dwayne Douglas Johnson
 

Gender

Male
 

Fun Facts

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.
 

Awards

Kids' Choice Awards, USA
Year Result Award Category/Recipient(s)
2008 Nominated Blimp Award Favorite Male Movie Star
for: The Game Plan (2007)



2003 Nominated Blimp Award Favorite Male Butt Kicker
for: The Scorpion King (2002)



MTV Movie Awards
Year Result Award Category/Recipient(s)
2004 Nominated MTV Movie Award Best Fight
for: The Rundown (2003)
Versus the Kontiki rebels.

People's Choice Awards, USA
Year Result Award Category/Recipient(s)
2008 Nominated People's Choice Award Favorite Leading Man



2006 Nominated People's Choice Award Favorite Male Action Star



Razzie Awards
Year Result Award Category/Recipient(s)
2006 Nominated Razzie Award Worst Actor
for: Doom (2005)



Teen Choice Awards
Year Result Award Category/Recipient(s)
2005 Nominated Teen Choice Award Choice Movie Rockstar Moment
for: Be Cool (2005)
For making a music video.

2004 Nominated Teen Choice Award Choice Movie Actor - Drama/Action Adventure
for: Walking Tall (2004)



2002 Nominated Teen Choice Award Film - Choice Actor, Drama/Action Adventure
for: The Scorpion King (2002)



2001 Won Teen Choice Award Film - Choice Sleazebag
for: The Mummy Returns (2001)
 

Filmography

Planet 51 (2009) (post-production) (voice) .... Capt. Charles 'Chuck' Baker
Tooth Fairy (2009) (post-production) .... Derek Thompson / Tooth Fairy

Race to Witch Mountain (2009) .... Jack Bruno
"Wizards of Waverly Place" (1 episode, 2009)
- Art Teacher (2009) TV episode
Get Smart (2008) .... Agent 23
... aka Max la menace (Canada: French title)
Disaster! A Major Motion Picture Ride... Starring You! (2008) (uncredited) .... Action Star
The Game Plan (2007) (as Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson) .... Joe Kingman
Reno 911!: Miami (2007) (uncredited) .... Rick Smith, S.W.A.T.
... aka Reno 911!: Miami: The Movie (USA: complete title)
Starz Special: Gridiron Gang (2006) (TV)
Gridiron Gang (2006) (as Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson) .... Sean Porter
Spy Hunter: Nowhere to Run (2006) (VG) (as Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson) .... Alex Decker
Southland Tales (2006) .... Boxer Santaros / Jericho Cane
... aka Southland Tales (Germany: DVD title)
Doom (2005) (as The Rock) .... Sarge
... aka Doom - Der Film (Germany)
WWE Day of Reckoning 2 (2005) (VG) .... The Rock - graphical likeness
Be Cool (2005) (as The Rock) .... Elliot Wilhelm
WWE SmackDown! vs. RAW (2004) (VG) (voice) .... The Rock
... aka Exciting Pro Wrestling 6: SmackDown! vs. RAW (Japan: English title)
WWE Day of Reckoning (2004) (VG) .... The Rock - graphical likeness
Walking Tall (2004) (as The Rock) .... Chris Vaughn
WWE: The Stone Cold Truth (2004) (V) (also archive footage) .... The Rock
WWE $250,000 Raw Diva Search (2004) (V) .... The Rock
The Rundown (2003) (as The Rock) .... Beck
... aka Welcome to the Jungle (Australia) (UK) (USA: working title)
WWE Backlash (2003) (TV) .... The Rock
WWE Crush Hour (2003) (VG) .... The Rock
WWE No Way Out (2003) (TV) .... The Rock
WWE: Brock Lesnar: Here Comes the Pain (2003) (V) .... The Rock
Summerslam (2002) (TV) .... The Rock
... aka WWE Summerslam (USA)
WWE Global Warning Tour: Melbourne (2002) (V) .... The Rock
The Rock: Just Bring It (2002) (V) .... The Rock
WWE Vengeance (2002) (TV) .... The Rock
WWE WrestleMania X-8 (2002) (VG) .... The Rock
King of the Ring (2002) (TV) .... The Rock
... aka WWE King of the Ring (USA: poster title)
The Scorpion King (2002) (as The Rock) .... Mathayus the Scorpion King
... aka The Scorpion King (Germany)
"WWF Smackdown!" .... The Rock (1 episode, 2002)
... aka Friday Night Smackdown! (USA: new title)
... aka Smackdown! (USA: new title)
... aka Smackdown! Xtreme (USA)
... aka WWE Smackdown! (USA: new title)
... aka World Wrestling Federation Smackdown! (USA)
- Episode dated 4 April 2002 (2002) TV episode .... The Rock
WrestleMania X-8 (2002) (TV) .... The Rock
... aka WWF WrestleMania X-8 (USA: alternative title)
... aka WrestleMania X-VIII (USA: informal alternative title)
WWF No Way Out (2002) (TV) .... The Rock
... aka No Way Out (USA: promotional title)
Royal Rumble (2002) (TV) .... The Rock
The Scorpion King: Rise of the Akkadian (2002) (VG) (voice) (as The Rock) .... Mathayus
... aka The Scorpion King (USA: short title)
WWF Vengeance (2001) (TV) .... The Rock
Survivor Series (2001) (TV) .... The Rock
... aka WWF Survivor Series (USA: promotional title)
... aka WWF Survivor Series: Winner Take All (USA)
WWF Rebellion (2001) (TV) .... The Rock
WWF No Mercy (2001) (TV) .... The Rock
WWF Unforgiven (2001) (TV) .... The Rock
Summerslam (2001) (TV) .... The Rock
... aka WWF Summerslam (USA: promotional title)
The Mummy Returns (2001) (as The Rock) .... Mathayus the Scorpion King
WWF No Way Out (2001) (TV) .... The Rock
Royal Rumble (2001) (TV) .... The Rock
WWF Armageddon (2000) (TV) .... The Rock
WWF Rebellion (2000) (TV) .... The Rock
Survivor Series (2000) (TV) .... The Rock
... aka WWF Survivor Series (USA: promotional title)
WWF SmackDown! 2: Know Your Role (2000) (VG) (voice) .... The Rock
... aka Exciting Pro Wrestling 2 (Japan: English title)
... aka SmackDown! 2 (USA: short title)
WWF No Mercy (2000) (TV) .... The Rock
WWF Unforgiven (2000) (TV) .... The Rock
Summerslam (2000) (TV) .... The Rock
Fully Loaded (2000) (TV) .... The Rock
... aka WWF Fully Loaded (USA: poster title)
King of the Ring (2000) (TV) .... The Rock
WWF Judgment Day (2000) (TV) .... The Rock
WWF Insurrextion (2000) (TV) .... The Rock
WWF Backlash (2000) (TV) .... The Rock
WrestleMania 2000 (2000) (TV) .... The Rock
... aka WWF WrestleMania XVI (USA: alternative title)
... aka WrestleMania XVI (USA: alternative title)
No Way Out (2000) (TV) .... The Rock
... aka WWF No Way Out (USA)
"Star Trek: Voyager" .... The Champion (1 episode, 2000)
... aka Voyager (USA: short title)
- Tsunkatse (2000) TV episode (as The Rock) .... The Champion
Royal Rumble (2000) (TV) .... The Rock
Longshot (2000) .... Mugger
... aka Jack of All Trades (USA)
... aka Longshot: The Movie (Canada: English title)

Armageddon (1999) (TV) .... The Rock
... aka WWF Armageddon (USA)
Survivor Series (1999) (TV) .... The Rock
... aka WWF Survivor Series (USA: promotional title)
... aka WWF Survivor Series: Triple Threat (USA)
WWF No Mercy (1999/II) (TV) .... The Rock
WWF Rebellion (1999) (TV) .... The Rock
"WWF Superstars" .... The Rock (1 episode, 1999)
- Episode dated 15 August 1999 (1999) TV episode .... The Rock
Fully Loaded (1999) (TV) .... The Rock
... aka WWF No Way Out (USA: poster title)
WWF Backlash (1999) (TV) .... The Rock
WWF Attitude (1999) (VG) (voice) .... The Rock
WrestleMania XV (1999) (TV) .... The Rock
... aka WrestleMania XV: The Ragin' Climax (USA: alternative title)
"The Net" .... Brody (1 episode, 1999)
- Last Man Standing (1999) TV episode (as Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson) .... Brody
"That '70s Show" .... Rocky Johnson (1 episode, 1999)
- That Wrestling Show (1999) TV episode (as The Rock) .... Rocky Johnson
WWF St. Valentine's Day Massacre (1999) (TV) .... The Rock
Royal Rumble (1999) (TV) .... The Rock
... aka WWF Royal Rumble: No Chance in Hell (USA)
Hell Yeah (1999) (V) .... The Rock
WWF Rock Bottom: In Your House (1998) (TV) .... The Rock
... aka WWF Rock Bottom (USA: promotional title)
Survivor Series (1998) (V) .... The Rock
... aka WWF Survivor Series (USA: promotional title)
... aka WWF Survivor Series: Deadly Game (USA)
WWF Judgment Day (1998) (V) .... The Rock
WWF Breakdown: In Your House (1998) (TV) .... Rocky Maivia
... aka WWF Break Down (USA)
WWF Mayhem in Manchester (1998) (TV) .... The Rock
Summerslam (1998) (TV) .... The Rock
... aka WWF Summerslam: Highway to Hell (USA)
WWF Warzone (1998) (VG) (voice) .... The Rock
Fully Loaded (1998) (TV) .... The Rock
... aka WWF Fully Loaded (USA: poster title)
King of the Ring (1998) (TV) (as Rocky Maivia) .... Rocky Maivia
... aka WWF King of the Ring (USA)
... aka WWF King of the Ring: Off with Their Heads (USA)
WWF Over the Edge (1998) (TV) .... Rocky Maivia
... aka WWF in Your House: Over the Edge (USA: poster title)
WWF Unforgiven (1998) (TV) .... Rocky Maivia
WrestleMania XIV (1998) (TV) .... Rocky Maivia
... aka WWF WrestleMania XIV (USA: alternative title)
... aka WWF WrestleMania XIV: DX-Raided (USA: alternative title)
No Way Out (1998) (TV) .... The Rock
... aka WWF No Way Out of Texas (USA)
Royal Rumble (1998) (TV) .... Rocky Maivia
... aka WWF Royal Rumble (USA)
... aka WWF Royal Rumble: Pain! Just a 4 Letter Word (USA)
WWF Capital Carnage (1998) (TV) .... The Rock
WWF in Your House: D-Generation-X (1997) (TV) .... Rocky Maivia
... aka D-Generation X: In Your House (USA: promotional title)
... aka WWF in Your House 19 (USA)
Survivor Series (1997) (TV) .... Rocky Maivia
... aka WWF Survivor Series (Canada: English title: promotional title)
... aka WWF Survivor Series: Gang Rulz (USA)
WWF in Your House: Badd Blood (1997) (TV) .... Rocky Maivia
... aka WWF Badd Blood (USA: promotional title)
... aka WWF Rampage '97 (USA)
... aka WWF in Your House 18 (USA)
WWF in Your House: A Cold Day in Hell (1997) (TV) .... Rocky Maivia
... aka WWF in Your House 15 (USA)
WWF in Your House: Revenge of the Taker (1997) (TV) .... Rocky Maivia
... aka WWF WrestleFest '97 (USA: new title)
... aka WWF in Your House 14 (USA)
WrestleMania 13 (1997) (TV) .... Rocky Maivia
WWF Slammy Awards 1997 (1997) (V) .... Rocky Maivia
WWF in Your House: Final Four (1997) (TV) .... Rocky Maivia
... aka WWF in Your House 13 (USA)
Royal Rumble (1997) (TV) .... Rocky Maivia
WWF in Your House: It's Time (1996) (TV) .... Rocky Maivia
... aka WWF in Your House 12 (USA: promotional title)
Survivor Series (1996) (TV) .... Rocky Maivia
... aka WWF Survivor Series (USA: promotional title)
 

Nickname

The People's Champion
The Brahma
The Great One
The Rock
 

Height

6'4"
 

Quotes

Finally...The Rock...has come back to [whatever city he's in at the time]

You will go one on one with the Great One!

Who in the blue hell are you?

[Referring to his 0.7 grade point average in college] "It's pretty hard to get a point seven. You have to do close to nothing."

Can you smell what The Rock is cooking!

The Rock will take you down Know Your Role Boulevard which is on the corner of Jabroni Drive and check you directly into the Smackdown Hotel!

It doesn't matter what you think.

"I have so much love and respect for the fans. I'll never forget where I came from. I love the business. I grew up in the business. And everyone always asks me, from Letterman [David Letterman] to Stone Phillips, what I miss about wrestling. Hands down, I miss the interaction with the fans. Outside of the ring I loved it, too. I mean, how hard is it to sign an autograph? Don't be an a**hole to your fans. And there's many [in WWE] that won't, which is bulls**t. But inside the ring, just that energy and feeding off that energy is great. There's something so special about it. And every night I would just have a blueprint of what I would say and rely so much on ad-libbing and waiting to see what happens when I get out there and let it materialize organically and see what happens. Every night was a different crowd and they gave me so much energy, and I'll always love that and always miss that for sure." [Interview with WWE.com in October 2005]

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