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Dwayne Johnson Biography,Career and Personal Life

About Dwayne Johnson

Dwayne Douglas Johnson,also known by his ring name The Rock, is an American actor, producer and professional wrestler. Johnson was a college football player for the University of Miami, where he won a national championship on the 1991 Miami Hurricanes team. After being cut from the Calgary Stampeders of CFL two months into the 1995 season, Johnson began training for a career in professional wrestling, following in the footsteps of various family members, including his grandfather and his father, Rocky Johnson, from whom he inherited Canadian citizenship in 2009.Dwayne Douglas Johnson was born on May 2, 1972 in Hayward, California, the son of Ata Johnson (née Maivia) and professional wrestler Rocky Johnson (born Wayde Douglas Bowles).

His maternal grandfather, “High Chief” Peter Maivia, was also a wrestler, and his maternal grandmother, Lia Maivia, was one of wrestling’s few female promoters, taking over Polynesian Pacific Pro Wrestling after her husband’s death in 1982 until 1988. Johnson’s father, who is Canadian, is a Black Nova Scotian, while his mother is of Samoan descent. His father was part of the first black tag team to win the World Tag Team Championship in the World Wrestling Federation (WWF). Through his mother, he is considered a non-blood relative of the Anoa’i wrestling family. His cousin, Savelina Fanene, is also a wrestler currently working for WWE.

Johnson briefly lived in the suburb of Grey Lynn in Auckland, New Zealand with his mother’s family. He attended Richmond Road Primary School, before returning to the United States with his parents. He spent 10th grade at President William McKinley High School in Honolulu, Hawaii. As he entered 11th grade, his father’s job required his relocation to Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, where Dwayne began playing football at Freedom High School in the East Penn Conference. He was also a member of the school’s track and field and wrestling teams.

Johnson was a promising football prospect and received offers from many Division I collegiate programs. He decided on a full scholarship from the University of Miami, playing defensive tackle. In 1991, he was on the Miami Hurricanes’s national championship team. When an injury sidelined him, he was replaced by future National Football League (NFL) star Warren Sapp. While attending Miami, Johnson met his future wife, Dany Garcia, who graduated from the university in 1992 and later became a member of its Board of Trustees. She also founded a Miami-based wealth management firm. In 2006, the couple donated $2 million to build a living room at the University’s Newman Alumni Center.

In 1995, Johnson graduated from Miami with a Bachelor of General Studies degree in criminology and physiology. He joined the Calgary Stampeders of the Canadian Football League in 1995. He was on the practice roster as a backup linebacker but was cut two months into the season. On November 10, 2007, Johnson returned to the Miami Orange Bowl to participate in the festivities surrounding the University of Miami’s last home football game at the stadium.

Dwayne Johnson Career

Like his father and grandfather, several of Johnson’s other (non-blood) relatives are or were professional wrestlers, including his uncles, Afa and Sika Anoaʻi (The Wild Samoans) and his cousins, Rodney (Yokozuna), Solofa (Rikishi), Matt (Rosey) and Eddie (Umaga). When Johnson declared his intent to become a wrestler, his father initially resisted, but then agreed to train him himself, warning that he would not go easy on him. Veteran wrestler Pat Patterson got Johnson several tryout matches with the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) in 1996. Under his real name, he defeated The Brooklyn Brawler at a house show and lost the other matches to Chris Candido and Owen Hart. After wrestling at Jerry Lawler’s United States Wrestling Association as Flex Kavana and winning the USWA World Tag Team Championship twice with Bart Sawyer in the summer of 1996, Johnson signed a WWF contract. He received additional training from Tom Prichard, alongside Achim Albrecht and Mark Henry.

Johnson made his WWF debut as Rocky Maivia, a combination of his father and grandfather’s ring names, although his real name was acknowledged by the announcers. He was initially reluctant to take this ring name but was persuaded by Vince McMahon and Jim Ross. He was given the nickname “The Blue Chipper” and his lineage was played to on TV, where he was hyped as the WWF’s first third-generation wrestler. Maivia, a clean-cut face character, was pushed heavily from the start despite his wrestling inexperience. He debuted on Monday Night Raw as a member of Marc Mero’s entourage on November 4, 1996 and had his first match at Survivor Series on November 17, in an eight-man elimination tag match; he was the sole survivor by single-handedly eliminating Crush and Goldust.

WWF fans generally rejected him because of his cheesy character. He won the Intercontinental Championship from Hunter Hearst Helmsley on Monday Night Raw ,on February 13, 1997. Maivia successfully defended the title at In Your House 13: Final Four against Hunter Hearst Helmsley and at WrestleMania 13 against The Sultan. He defeated Bret Hart by disqualification in a title defense on March 31 episode of Raw is War. On April 20 at In Your House 14: Revenge of the ‘Taker, he lost to Savio Vega by countout, retaining the title for the final time. Audiences became increasingly hostile toward Maivia, with chants of “Die, Rocky, die!” and “Rocky sucks!” being heard during his matches.

After losing the Intercontinental Championship to Owen Hart on the April 28, 1997 episode of Raw Is War and suffering a legitimate knee injury in a match against Mankind, Maivia returned in August 1997 and turned heel by joining Faarooq, D’Lo Brown and Kama in the stable called the Nation of Domination. During this time, he refused to acknowledge the Rocky Maivia name, instead referring to himself in the third person as The Rock, though he would still be billed as Rocky “The Rock” Maivia until 1998. As The Rock, he insulted the audience in his promos as well as WWF television interviewers, once calling Kevin Kelly an “ugly hermaphrodite”.

At D-Generation X: In Your House, Stone Cold Steve Austin defeated The Rock in under six minutes to retain the Intercontinental Championship. The next night on Raw Is War, Austin was ordered by Mr. McMahon to defend the title in a rematch, but forfeited it to The Rock instead, handing him the title belt before hitting him with the Stone Cold Stunner. The Rock feuded with Austin and Ken Shamrock through the end of 1997 and beginning of 1998. On the March 30 episode of Raw is War, The Rock debuted a new Intercontinental Championship belt which was used to represent the title until October 2, 2011, when the previous design was reused. Later that night, The Rock would also overthrow Faarooq as leader of the Nation of Domination to spark a feud between the two and successfully defended the Intercontinental title against Faarooq at Over the Edge: In Your House on May 31, 1998.

The Rock and The Nation then feuded with Triple H and D-Generation X (DX), with the two stable leaders first meeting in the quarter-final of the 1998 King of the Ring tournament, which The Rock won. At King of the Ring, The Rock defeated Dan Severn in the semi-final match and lost to rival Ken Shamrock in the final. The Rock then resumed his feud with Triple H, as the two had a two out of three falls match at Fully Loaded: In Your House for the Intercontinental title, which The Rock retained in controversial fashion. This led to a ladder match at SummerSlam, in which Triple H won the title.At Breakdown: In Your House, The Rock defeated Ken Shamrock and Mankind in a triple threat steel cage match to become the number one contender for the WWF Championship. The Rock then feuded with fellow Nation member Mark Henry, effectively breaking up the stable.

Dwayne made his wrestling debut in the USWA under the name Flex Kavanah where he won the tag team championship with Brett Sawyer. 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” and began a memorable feud with Steve Austin. 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 in 2001. He returned in 2001 during the WCW/ECW invasion where he joined a team of WWE wrestlers at The Scorpion King in 2002, a prequel to The Mummy Returns (2001).

On January 30, 2003, the Rock returned to episode of SmackDown! to publicly criticize Hulk Hogan and make it clear that because of the success of his Hollywood career, WWE was no longer a priority and thus reestablishing him as a villain for the first time since 1999. Rock defeated Hogan again at No Way Out and drafted himself to the Raw brand where he had various feuds, including one with The Hurricane. He also performed “Rock concerts”, segments in which he played the guitar and mocked the show’s host city.

When he didn’t win number one contendership for the World Heavyweight Championship, The Rock turned his attention to Steve Austin who, to The Rock’s chagrin, had been chosen as “Superstar of the Decade”. This led to a match at WrestleMania XIX, which called back to their previous two WrestleMania encounters, both of which Austin had won. The Rock won after delivering three consecutive Rock Bottoms, ending their long-running feud in what turned out to be Austin’s final match. The next night, Raw was billed as “The Rock Appreciation Night”, in honour of his victory over Austin. That night, he was attacked by a debuting Goldberg. At Backlash, Goldberg defeated The Rock, who then left WWE as an active wrestler to focus on his film career.

He then occasionally returned to WWE in non-wrestling roles, gradually turning face again by engaging in one night feuds against heels such as Chris Jericho and Christian. The Rock aided Mick Foley in his feud against Evolution, leading to a reunion of The Rock ‘n’ Sock Connection. They faced Ric Flair, Randy Orton, and Batista in a handicap match at WrestleMania XX, losing when Orton pinned Foley after the RKO. It turned out to be Rock’s last match for the next seven years. The Rock appeared in WWE sporadically following WrestleMania XX. He stood up for Eugene, made a cameo in his hometown of Miami and helped Mick Foley turn back La Résistance. Later in the year 2004, he hosted a pie-eating contest, as part of the WWE Diva Search and ended the segment by giving Jonathan Coachman a spinebuster and a People’s Elbow. After this, he stated in several interviews that he was no longer under contract to WWE. He stated that he would continue using the trademarked name “The Rock”, per a dual ownership deal between him and WWE.

Acting Career

Johnson acted on television while wrestling.In the year 1999, in his first television acting job, he played his own father in an episode of That ’70s Show called “That Wrestling Show”. Nearly a year later, he appeared in the Star Trek: Voyager episode “Tsunkatse” as an alien wrestler who fought popular character Seven of Nine. While Johnson was away from WWE, the company continued to sell “The Rock” merchandise, and he continued to be featured prominently in the opening montages of their television shows.

Johnson broke into the mainstream with roles in the blockbuster action films The Mummy Returns (2001), The Scorpion King in 2002, the action comedy The Rundown in 2003, and the remake of Walking Tall in 2004. He played a supporting role in Be Cool (2005) and was the primary antagonist in Doom (2006). Roles in Gridiron Gang (2006) and Reno 911!: Miami (2007) soon followed. Johnson played against type in Southland Tales (2007). He played a cocky famous American football player in The Game Plan (2007) and Agent 23 in Get Smart (2008). He presented the Academy Award for Best Visual Effects at the 80th Academy Awards in February 2008. He was nominated for the Favorite Movie Actor award at the 2008 Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards for his role in The Game Plan but lost out to Johnny Depp in Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End.

Johnson hosted the Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards on March 28, 2009. He appeared in the Cory in the House episode “Never the Dwayne Shall Meet”. and the Wizards of Waverly Place episode “Art Teacher” as part of his stint with The Walt Disney Company. He has made several guest appearances on Saturday Night Live, reviving his character of “The Rock Obama”, a spoof and amalgamation of U.S. President Barack Obama and The Hulk. Johnson played ex-con cab driver Jack Bruno in Las Vegas in Race To Witch Mountain (2009) and provided the voice of Capt. Charles “Chuck” Baker in Planet 51 (2009). He starred in the family comedy Tooth Fairy (2010) and made an uncredited cameo in Why Did I Get Married Too? (2010) as a psychiatrist who asks out a recently widowed character. He briefly appeared as an action-seeking detective in The Other Guys (2010) and returned to action films with Faster (2010).

Johnson appeared in Fast Five (2011), the fifth film of The Fast and the Furious film series, as DSS agent Luke Hobbs, who is assigned to hunt down the series’ protagonists. He landed the role after series star Vin Diesel read comments and feedback from fans, the majority of whom wanted to see Diesel and Johnson in a movie together. Johnson, a fan of the franchise, had wanted to work with Universal Studios again after they had given him his first film roles. Fast Five grossed over $86 million in its opening weekend, the biggest opening for a Fast & Furious film, the biggest opening for an April release, and the biggest opening for a Johnson movie. Johnson starred in the adventure sequel film Journey 2: The Mysterious Island (2012) and headlined the action drama film Snitch (2013), based on a true story, which opened to mixed reviews; however, Johnson’s performance was praised.

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Johnson became known for reinvigorating film franchises after portraying Roadblock in G.I. Joe: Retaliation in 2013 and reprising his role as Luke Hobbs in Fast & Furious 6 (2013). He also starred in true-story films Pain & Gain (2013) and Empire State (2013). That same year, he hosted and produced the TNT reality competition series The Hero. He won the Favorite Male Buttkicker Award at the 2013 Nickelodeon Kid’s Choice Awards. In May 2013, it was announced that he would executive produce and star in Ballers, an HBO comedy-drama series about NFL players living in Miami, Florida.

Johnson starred as the title character in Hercules (2014) and reprised his role as Luke Hobbs in Furious 7 (2015). He hosted another reality series for TNT in 2014, entitled Wake Up Call, which saw him “lending a helping hand to everyday people who were facing enormous challenges in their lives” alongside guest experts such as Rocco DiSpirito, Jillian Michaels, and Josh Shipp. It was announced that he would executive produce and star in the horror film Seal Team 666, and is set to play Nick Schuyler in the drama film Not Without Hope. On December 16, 2013, Forbes named Johnson the top-grossing actor of 2013, with his films bringing in $1.3 billion worldwide for the year. Forbes credited the success of Fast & Furious 6, which grossed $789 million globally, and Johnson’s frequent acting work as primary reasons for him topping the list.

In 2016, Johnson co-starred with Kevin Hart in the action-comedy Central Intelligence and had a lead voice role in the Disney animated film Moana, in which he voiced the Polynesian demigod Maui. He returned for the action film The Fate of the Furious, which was released on April 14, 2017.

Johnson’s production company, Seven Bucks Productions, produces several of his starring film projects, including Baywatch (2017) and the upcoming Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (2017) and Rampage (2018). A sequel to the box-office hit San Andreas (2015) was announced to be in the pre-production stage with director of the first film, Brad Peyton, signed to return (marking their fourth collaboration following Journey 2, San Andreas, and Rampage respectively), along with the cast (including Johnson). Johnson confirmed that he would star in the new Jumanji movie via his Instagram page. In an interview, Johnson also discussed the possibility of an earlier release date than was originally announced for the DC Extended Universe film, Shazam.

In March 2014, Johnson confirmed that he would be working with DC Entertainment for an untitled film project. In September 2014, it was announced that he would play Black Adam, the villain, in a film about Shazam as a part of the DC Extended Universe; which he would also produce.

Johnson has signed on to return in two additional sequels to Warner Bros.’ Journey film series, as well as a Jungle Cruise feature film being developed by Disney. In April 2017, Disney gave Jungle Cruise a spring 2018 production date. Johnson confirmed his attachment to The Janson Directive as Paul Janson in May 2016. The film will be produced by Universal Studios, with the intent to adapt more of Robert Ludlum’s work in the future in a larger project than just the announced first installment. Later that same month, it was announced that he would star in Legendary Entertainment’s Skyscraper movie which will be an action-thriller film with Rawson Marshall Thurber signed on as director and writer of the film, as well as a rebooted version of the character Doc Savage in a film written and directed by Shane Black. Johnson is signed on to film a remake of Big Trouble in Little China. In July 2016, Johnson announced another television series which he will be involved in, named Muscle Beach, about the Southern California beach of that name. Johnson will be involved behind the scenes of the series.

In January 2017, it was announced that Johnson’s role as Black Adam for the DC Extended Universe will now include two separate film installments; the previously announced Shazam feature film, and an installment focusing on his anti-hero/villain character as well. The following month, it was reported that he was also beginning work on a comedy film about a family of WWE fighters, titled Fighting with My Family. In April of 2017, Johnson’s upcoming production schedule was announced that filming for Rampage had begun, and that Jungle Cruise will begin filming in early 2018. Johnson’s role within the movie will also extend to the themepark ride, as Disney is reportedly in the process of redesigning it, with Johnson’s input as well. The new layout will feature at all Walt Disney Parks and Resorts locations worldwide. That same month, the first spin-off to The Fast and the Furious franchise was reported to feature Johnson and Jason Statham’s characters teaming up for a mission with franchise screenwriter Chris Morgan signed on to write the script.

Dwayne Johnson Personal life

Because his mother, Ata Fitisemanu Maivia, is a descendant of Samoan chiefs, and in recognition of his service to the Samoan people, Malietoa Tanumafili II bestowed upon Johnson the noble title of Seiuli during his visit there in July 2004. He received a partial Samoan pe’a tattoo in 2003.

Johnson married Dany Garcia on May 3, 1997. Their daughter, Simone Alexandra, was born August 14, 2001. On June 1, 2007, they announced they were splitting up amicably and intended to remain friends. Soon after the divorce, Johnson began dating Lauren Hashian, the daughter of Boston drummer Sib Hashian. They first met in 2006 while Johnson was filming The Game Plan, prompting rumors he left his marriage for Hashian. Their first child, a daughter named Jasmine, was born in December 2015.