Dwayne Johnson, a man with limitless popularity, proved his capabilities with ace acting skills soon after he retired from professional wrestling.
It is not surprising to hear people addressing him with his ring name “The Rock” even after years of his retirement from wrestling. That is how famous he is.
The American-Canadian actor, producer, businessperson, and a retired professional wrestler is a colossal name at Box-office in Hollywood.
In addition to being the highest-paid actor, Dwayne Johnson is also an impressive businessman. He is the co-founder and CEO of Seven Bucks Production Companies.
Alongside this, he is the founder of Teramama Tequilla, which has great popularity in the U.S.
Dwayne Johnson, aka The Rock, is a massive name without a doubt in today’s day and age. But the journey to the top was not as easy as it seems.
The stories of his sacrifices, hard work, and all those grinding are what you are going to read hereon.
Stick with us to know some exciting facts about your favorite, “The Rock.”
Dwayne Johnson Had Wrestling in his Blood-Childhood and Family details
Dwayne Douglas Johnson was born on 2 May 1972 in Hayward, California. His father, Rocky Johnson, was also a professional wrestler.
His mother, Ata Johnson, was the daughter of a professional wrestler. We can say that Dwayne had wrestling flowing in his genes.
His father was half-African, and his mother was half-Samoan. It makes Johnson a combination of different ethnicity and culture. He belongs to African-Samoan ethnicity.
He grew up watching his father perform in the rings. His grandfather from his mother’s side, Peter Maivia, was a pro wrestler. Similarly, his grandmother Lia Maivia was the first female pro wrestling promoter.
The superstar spent a lot of his childhood moving from places to places.
For a brief period of his early years, he lived in New Zealand with his mother’s family. He went to Richmond Primary School in Grey Lynn while he was still in New Zealand.
After returning to the U.S., he attended Montclair Elementary School in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Within some years, he again moved to Hamden, Connecticut. He then attended a few years in Shepherd Glen Elementary School and Hamden Middle School.
While he was in high school, Dwayne went to several schools. He spent his high school years at President William McKinley High School in Honolulu, Hawaii, Glencliff High School, and McGavock High School in Nashville, Tennessee, and Freedom High School in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.
The police arrested Johnson for fighting, theft, and check fraud.
Dwayne Johnson: Personality Traits
I remember watching “The Rock” in the rings and having a terrifying image of him inside my head. The giant man who could lift anyone and smash to the ground, is he scary for real? Or is he an average person just like us?
When The Rock is not acting in the movies and not wrestling in the rings, he is just as simple as anyone else is.
Dwayne Johnson loves his family. He is a great role model father to his children and a great husband to his wife.
Johnson has leadership qualities. His sun sign is Taurus, which relates to stubbornness, ambition, practicality, and determination. The magnetic Dwayne Jhonson has all these qualities.
These qualities have helped him sustain in the industry for such a long time.
Sneak Peek into Dwayne Johnson’s Love Life
As much success as Dwayne Johnson has earned professionally; he is also lucky in the matters of his relationships. He is away from relationship controversies as of yet.
On 18 August 2019, he exchanged vows with his long-time girlfriend, Lauren Hashian. Lauren is the daughter of Boston drummer Sib Hashian.
They met when the WWE superstar was shooting for his movie, The Game Plan, in 2007.
The couple dated for several years before finally saying, “We do.” Their wedding was a private function where their daughter, Jasmine Lia, served as the flower girl, and Dwayne Johnson himself became his own best man.
Their wedding was on a beautiful morning in Hawaii. Johnson revealed the exciting news on his Instagram shortly after the event.
The couple has two daughters, Jasmine Lia-4 and Tiana Gia-2. The daughter came to this world before their parents’ wedding.
Before his second wedding, Dwayne Johnson was married to his high-school sweetheart, Dany Garcia. Their marriage lasted for a decade.
Dwayne and Darcy tied the knot on 3 May 1997. They also have a 19-year-old daughter, Simone Johnson.
On 1 June 2007, Dwayne and Darcy decided to end their union. They separated with mutual understanding.
Their divorce must be one of the most peaceful divorces in history. That is why Darcy continues to become Dwayne Johnson’s manager. Darcy is an American entertainment magnate, chairperson, producer, and philanthropist.
Hollywood fame, Dwayne Johnson considers himself lucky to have fallen in love twice. He finds himself full of blessings for all that he has received from the women he loves.
Dwayne Johnson’s Journey from an Aspiring Footballer to Hollywood Superstar
Dwayne Johnson had a strong personality from a very young age. Growing up, he watched his father perform in the wrestling rings. Thus, it was evident for him to pursue his career as a wrestler.
Before embracing the famous name, “The Rock,” Dwayne chose American football. While he was at the University of Miami for his Bachelor’s Degree, he played several college-level football games.
Dwayne had a promising football career and received several offers to play for Division I collegiate programs. He decided to go to the University of Miami on a full scholarship program. He played as a defensive tackle.
In 1991, Dwayne got himself in the Miami Hurricanes’ National Championship Team. However, following several significant injuries, he could not play crucial matches, and the team soon replaced him.
After graduating from college in 1995, he even signed with the Calgary Stampeders of the Canadian Football League. Sadly, even at this stage, he could not make it to the season’s game.
If we think about it now and connect the dots, there was a reason he could not make it to the game. He was destined to be the legendary “The Rock”
Recognition as “The Rock”
Dwayne Johnson realized early in his career that football was not what could bring success to him. Hence, soon after he left football, he tried his hands at wrestling.
At the start, he played a few tryout matches under his real name. He even defeated The Brooklyn Brawler on 10 March 1996 shortly after his appearance in World Wrestling Federation (WWF now WWE).
During his training period, he won USWA World Tag Team Championship twice. It was one of the reasons why WWF was hungry to sign him for professional-level matches.
He made his debut on T.V. as a professional wrestler through the 1996 Survivor Series. That was the first time that he received his ring name, “Rocky Maivia.”
This name is the derivation of the names of his father and grandfather.
Initially, Dwayne Johnson was hesitant to embrace the name, but upon a lot of persuading, he finally agreed on the ring title. But agreeing on the name was not the only challenge for the WWE superstar.
He had to win a lot of matches and, in the process, lose a lot more. The audiences, at the beginning of his wrestling career, were not very welcoming.
They would often insult him with chants such as “Die, Rocky Die” and “Rocky Sucks.”
Most of the negativity coming from the audiences ended within some years when he started giving it back to the viewers, interviewers, and performers as well.
In 1997, he joined a few other wrestlers in the stable called “The Nation of Domination.” It was after that when Rocky Maivia became, “The Rock.”
After a year in The Nation of Domination, The Rock joined a band of elite wrestlers called “The Corporation.” He won his first WWF Championship after entering the group.
He defeated Vince McMahan’s associate, Mankind, at the finals of his first WWF win. Over the years, The Rock had a feud with Mankind.
But later, in the process of trying to gain back the title of the WWF champion, he joined hands with Mankind against some renowned names like Triple H, The Undertaker, and Big Show.
The year from 1998 to 2002 was professionally very fruitful for him. He rose to stardom in between these years. During the period we saw impressive wins and fights of The Rock in the wrestling ring.
The Rock is a record-breaking world champion. Despite the feuds, the uphills, and downhills in the career, he managed to win 17 WWF/WWE titles, making him one of the best in the industry.
His astonishing career as a wrestler ended for the first time in 2004.
But, even after that year, he continued to appear in non-wrestling events. Again, from 2011 to 2013, his feud with John Cena was very popular.
The Rock made several stage appearances over the years and finally retired from the business in 2019. After that, he switched to being famous in acting, which is why today we know him for his great box-office hits.
Sustaining in Hollywood
I’m sure many of you must remember the tyrant, “The Scorpion King,” from the 2001 hit “The Mummy Returns.” That is what comes to my mind when I think of The Rock in the movies.
After all, that was the first time Dwayne Johnson appeared in the mainstream movie.
Then in 2002, he hit the big screens again in “The Scorpion King.” This movie was the prequel of his first film.
Dwayne Johnson is one of the few actors who sustained in Hollywood. He is by far one of the most popular actors in mainstream cinema, and of course one of the highest-paid actors for some years.
Some of the bog names of the movies that he has done are, The Rundown (2003), Walking Tall (2004), The Game Plan (2007),
His fame in this industry skyrocketed after his appearance in the 2013 American Military science fiction G.I. Joe: Retaliation. Fast & Furious 6 (2013), Hercules (2014), Furious 7(2015), Baywatch, etc. are other big franchises that he has been a part of.
The most famous film work that Dwayne Johnson has done yet still has to be Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle and Jumanji: The Next Level.
Besides these, he has also made some unforgettable appearances in the T.V. programs and series.
Cutting the longs story short, Dwayne Johnson is a very successful actor at this time. His decision to join the acting business after the end of his wrestling career benefited him by all means.
He has won several awards and recognition for his incredible works.
- WCW Championship[a] (2 times)
- WWE Championship[b] (8 times)
- WWF Intercontinental Championship (2 times)
- WWF Tag Team Championship (5 times): thrice with Mankind, once The Undertaker, and once with Chris Jericho
- Royal Rumble (2000)
- Sixth Triple Crown Champion
- Deadly Games
- WWF Championship Tournament (1998)
- Slammy Awards (9 times)
- Teen Choice Awards, Choice Movie: Villain fromThe Mummy Returns-2001
- CinemaCon, Action Star of the Year-2012
- Kids Choice Awards, Favorite Male Buttkicker from Journey 2: The Mysterious Islan-2013
- Muscle & Fitness, Man of the Century-2015
- Olympia, Icon Award-2016
- People’s Choice Awards, Favorite Premium Cable TV Actor-2016
- People Magazine, Sexiest Man Alive-2016
- Shorty Awards, Best Actor-2016
- Time, 100 Most Influential People in the World inclusion-2016
- Hollywood Walk of Fame, Motion pictures star-2017
- People’s Choice Awards, Favorite Premium Series Actor-2017
- Kids’ Choice Awards, BFF’s (with Kevin Hart) for Central Intelligence-2017
- Teen Choice Awards, Choice Fantasy: Movie Actor for Moana-2017
- NAACP Image Awards, Entertainer of the Year-2017
- Kids’ Choice Awards, Favorite Movie Actor for Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle-2018
- Teen Choice Awards, Choice Comedy: Movie Actor for Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle-2018
- Golden Raspberry Awards for Baywatch-2018
- Honored, the United States 1st Armored Division-2019
- Time’s 100 Most Influential People in the World -2019
- MTV Movie & TV Awards-2019
Dwayne Johnson: Net Worth
From earning $5.5 Million for his first film to getting $20 Million for his role in the Fast and Furious presence: Hobbs and Shaw, his net worth has only grown.
Dwayne Johnson was the wealthiest wrestler in 2012 with a fortune of $70 Million.
Today, the fortune of the superstar has risen to $320 Million. All of that comes from his appearance in the movies, his business from Seven Bucks Production, and the endorsements.
Dwayne Johnson has endorsed popular brands like Apple, Ford, and Under Armour.
Johnson is a man of class. He has a deep interest in cars, so he has a fantastic collection of vehicles. Some of the cars he owns are:
- Range Rover Sport
- Pagani Huarya-$1.3 Million
- Ford GT40-2017
- Ford Mustang-2018
- Rolls Royce Wraith
- Cadillac Escalade
The Rock’s Charity Works
Not only is Dwayne Johnson financially at a great place, but he also spends a remarkable share of his income on charity.
He is the founder of the Dwayne Johnson Foundation, 2006. This charity foundation has been working for the welfare of terminally ill children.
He has also donated $1 Million to the trust of the University of Miami, which is the highest amount of donation made by any former student. This act of Johnson resulted in a team locker room in the university under his name.
Dwayne Johnson: Social Media Presence
If you are on social media and haven’t seen the posts of Dwayne Johnson yet, you are at a loss, my friend. His are some of the best content on social media handles.
His Instagram posts are most of the time dedicated to his daughters, Jasmine, and Tianna. To this date, he has earned over 187 million followers on Instagram alone, making him one of the most followed celebrities on the platform.
Also, he has over 14 Million followers on his Twitter account named TheRock.
Full name: Dwayne Douglas Johnson
Birthdate: 2 May 1972
Birthplace: Hayward, California, U.S.
Parents: Rocky Johnson and Ata Johnson
Siblings: Curtis Bowles (brother), Wanda Bowles (sister) [Half Siblings]
Spouse: Darcy Garcia (1997-2007), Lauren Hashian (2019-present)
Children: Simone Alexandra Johnson-18, Jasmine Lia-4, Tiana Gia-2
Height: 1.96 m (6 feet 4 inches)
Weight: 260.145 lbs (118 kg)
Eye color: Dark Brown
Education: Bachelors of Criminology and Physiology, University of Miami
Occupation: Actor, Producer, Businessman, Professional Wrestler
Net worth: $320 Million