May. 2nd, 1972
Hayward, California, USA
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Dwayne Douglas Johnson (born May 2, 1972), also known by his ring name The Rock, is an American and Canadian actor, producer, and professional wrestler.
Born in Hayward, California to 'Rocky Johnson' and 'Ata Johnson'. While growing up, Johnson traveled around a lot with his parents and watched his father perform in the ring. During his high school years, Johnson began playing football and he soon received a full scholarship from the University of Miami where he had tremendous success as a football player.
In 1995, Johnson suffered a back injury which cost him a place in the NFL. He then signed a 3 year deal with the Canadian League but left after a year to pursue a career in wrestling. He made his wrestling debut in the USWA under the name Flex Kavanah where he won the tag team championship with Brett Sawyer.
In 1996, Johnson 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".
Johnson also continued to act on television, including in an episode of the Disney Channel show, Cory in the House, entitled "Never the Dwayne Shall Meet". While Johnson was away from WWE, the company continued to sell "The Rock" merchandise. Johnson played the cocky famous football player, Joe Kingman, in The Game Plan, and Agent 23 in Get Smart. 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 2009 Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards on March 28. He appeared on the Wizards of Waverly Place episode, "Art Teacher", as part of his stint with The Walt Disney Company. Also in 2009, Johnson played ex-con cab driver Jack Bruno in Las Vegas in Race To Witch Mountain. He provided the voice of Capt. Charles "Chuck" Baker in Planet 51. In 2010, Johnson starred in the family comedy, Tooth Fairy. He briefly appears in The Other Guys, as an action-seeking detective. He returned to action films with the 2010 film Faster.
In 2011, Johnson appeared in the fifth film of The Fast and the Furious film series, Fast Five, as Luke Hobbs, a Diplomatic Security Service agent assigned to hunt down the series' protagonists. Johnson landed the role after series star 'Vin Diesel' read comments and feedback from fans, one of whom wanted to see Diesel and Johnson in a movie together. Johnson, a fan of the franchise, had wanted to work with Universal 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.
In 2012, Johnson starred in Journey 2: The Mysterious Island. He starred in the 2013 film Snitch, which opened to mixed reviews; however, Johnson's performance was praised. He played Roadblock in G.I. Joe: Retaliation in 2013, and reprised his role as Luke Hobbs, in Fast & Furious 6, the same year. He starred in Pain & Gain and Empire State in 2013. In addition to these films, Johnson hosted and produced the reality competition/game show series The Hero, on TNT. In May 2013, it was announced that he would executive produce and star in Ballers, a HBO comedy-drama series about athletes living in Miami.
Johnson starred in Hercules (2014), as the title character, and once again reprised his role of Luke Hobbs in Furious 7 (2015). He starred the film adaptation of the 1980s television series The Fall Guy. 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". He would also 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 May 21, 2015, Johnson set a Guinness World Record for most selfies in three minutes, taking 105 selfies with fans during the premiere of San Andreas in London.
Johnson married Dany Garcia (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 spend the rest of their lives together as best friends.
- 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)_ (qv). 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)_ (qv).
- Married 'Dany Garcia' (qv) the day after his 25th birthday.
- Has a stepbrother, Jared.
- Has a wax figure likeness of himself at Madame Tussaud's museum
- Is of African-Canadian and Samoan descent.
- In a 2000 episode of NBC's _"Saturday Night Live" (1975)_ (qv), proved his acting and singing abilities by performing in various skits throughout the show.
- Dwayne is a skilled light tackle salt water fisherman.
- In real life, is good friends with the Dudley Boyz and his on-screen enemy, 'Shane McMahon' (qv).