Dwayne Johnson, also known by his ring name the Rock, is an American actor, businessman, and former professional wrestler. Widely regarded as one of the greatest professional wrestlers of all time, he wrestled for WWE for eight years prior to pursuing an acting career. Dwayne Johnson is one of the biggest movie stars in the world. He rose to fame as a professional wrestler and successfully transitioned to acting — both on the big and small screens. His acting career has earned him one of the highest net worths in entertainment.
Johnson was born into a wrestling family. His maternal grandfather, “High Chief” Peter Maivia, emerged on the professional scene in the 1960s and ’70s. Johnson’s father, “Soulman” Rocky Johnson, worked the American regional wrestling circuit and boxed; in 1974 he was a sparring partner for George Foreman, then preparing for “the Rumble in the Jungle” with Muhammad Ali.
However, the younger Johnson initially preferred the gridiron to the mat. He was a standout high-school athlete, and he played on the 1991 NCAA Championship football team at the University of Miami (Bachelor of General Studies, 1995). After injuries cut short his career in the Canadian Football League, he turned to wrestling.
Dwayne Johnson WWE Career:
Gifted with a remarkable combination of size, speed, and agility as well as impeccable microphone skills, Johnson made his World Wrestling Federation (WWF) debut in 1996 as Rocky Maivia, a name that paid tribute to both his father and his grandfather. He was heavily promoted as a “face” (crowd favourite), and, after just a few months of exposure, Johnson captured the WWF Intercontinental title.
The aggressive push triggered a backlash from fans, however, and subsequent story lines saw the Rocky Maivia persona sidelined in favour of the Rock, an unapologetic “heel” (“bad guy”). The turn led to increased popularity. The Rock engaged in a series of high-profile feuds with the biggest stars in the WWF and captured the first of several world championship titles in 1998.
He has been dubbed The Great One, The People’s Champion and The Most Electrifying Man in All of Entertainment. Mere words fail to capture the essence of the most charismatic Superstar of all time, though the catchphrase “boots to asses” comes awfully close.
The first third-generation Superstar in WWE history, the man born Dwayne Johnson was destined for sports-entertainment immortality since birth, but his rise to the status of a pop culture icon was harder to predict. In the time since he made his debut as a grinning good guy at the 1996 Survivor Series, The Brahma Bull has won eight WWE Championships, headlined WrestleMania, hosted “Saturday Night Live,” written a New York Times bestselling autobiography, top-billed the popular HBO series “Ballers” and starred in films like “Fast Five” and “The Game Plan,” which have grossed literally billions of dollars. The amazing thing is, he’s just getting started.
Son of WWE Hall of Famer Rocky Johnson, the University of Miami football standout showed promise early when he won the Intercontinental Championship within months of first setting foot in the ring. From there, The Rock’s momentum never slowed, as he laid the smackdown on “Attitude Era” rivals like “Stone Cold” Steve Austin and Triple H while spouting off endless catchphrases that immediately became part of national conversation. With one eyebrow cocked, The People’s Champion would warn jabronis to “Know your role and shut your mouth” or “Just bring it!” before delivering his devastating finishing maneuver, The Rock Bottom, on the way to victory.
The 6-foot-5 competitor was soon fielding offers to star in films like “The Scorpion King” and “Gridiron Gang” thanks to the endless charisma and appeal he exuded in the squared circle. Despite a record-setting Hollywood career that included roles in the “Fast & Furious” franchises as well as “Pain & Gain,” “Hercules” and “San Andreas,” The Rock still returned to the ring against John Cena in the main event of WrestleMania XXVIII, won the WWE Championship from CM Punk in 2013 and defended it against Cena once again at WrestleMania 29 — all while proving to WWE’s newest generation of fans what their elders already knew: That he truly is The Most Electrifying Man in All of Entertainment.
Dwayne Johnson Hollywood Career:
The brash charm that Johnson exhibited in his in-ring monologues translated smoothly to the silver screen, and his appearance in The Mummy Returns (2001) signaled a new stage in his career. Although Johnson was neither the first nor the last professional wrestler to be courted by Hollywood, he was easily the most successful. He followed “The Mummy Returns” with The Scorpion King (2002) and The Rundown (2003). In 2004 he left the ring to turn his attention to acting full-time.
Johnson’s later films included testosterone-fueled action fare such as G.I. Joe: Retaliation (2013), Pain & Gain (2013), and four installments of The Fast and the Furious series—Fast Five (2011), Fast & Furious 6 (2013), Furious 7 (2015), and The Fate of the Furious (2017). He also appeared in the family entertainments The Game Plan (2007), Tooth Fairy (2010), and Journey 2: The Mysterious Island (2012).
Johnson then was cast as the titular Greek mythological figure in Hercules (2014). He played a firefighter dealing with a catastrophic earthquake in the action film San Andreas (2015), and in 2016 he starred opposite comedian Kevin Hart in the buddy comedy Central Intelligence.
Johnson later provided the voice of a demigod in Moana (2016), an animated film by Disney. In 2017 he starred in Baywatch, a comedy based on the TV series about lifeguards, and Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, which was adapted from a children’s book by Chris Van Allsburg.
The next year Johnson portrayed a father who goes to great heights to save his family from a burning building in the action movie Skyscraper. He then starred in Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw, a spin-off from the long-running franchise, and Jumanji: The Next Level (both 2019), a sequel to the 2017 film. In 2021 he starred with Emily Blunt in Jungle Cruise, an action comedy based on a theme park ride. That year he also appeared as an FBI profiler chasing art thieves in Red Notice.
Dwayne Johnson Biography:
Dwayne Douglas Johnson, also known as The Rock, was born on May 2, 1972 in Hayward, California. He is the son of Ata Johnson (born Feagaimaleata Fitisemanu Maivia) and professional wrestler Rocky Johnson (born Wayde Douglas Bowles). His father, from Amherst, Nova Scotia, Canada, is black (of Black Nova Scotian descent), and his mother is of Samoan background (her own father was Peter Fanene Maivia, also a professional wrestler). While growing up, Dwayne traveled around a lot with his parents and watched his father perform in the ring. During his high school years, Dwayne 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, Dwayne suffered a back injury which cost him a place in the NFL. He then signed a three-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, 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 (2001). He returned in 2001 during the WCW/ECW invasion where he joined a team of WWE wrestlers at The Scorpion King (2002), a prequel to The Mummy Returns (2001).
Dwayne has a daughter, Simone Garcia Johnson, born in 2001, with his ex-wife Dany Garcia, and daughters, Jasmine, born in 2015, and Tiana Gia, born in 2018, with his wife, singer and songwriter Lauren Hashian.
Family and Personal Life
Although they keep their private life mostly out of the public eye, Dwayne Johnson married Lauren Hashian in Hawaii in 2019 after 10 years together In 2015, the couple announced the birth of a baby girl, Jasmine. In April 2018, the couple announced the birth of their second daughter, Tiana Gia. Johnson also has a third daughter, 19-year-old Simone Alexandra, with ex-wife Dany Garcia. Simone is following her dad’s lead and pursuing a career in pro wrestling.
Dwayne Johnson First Wife & Divorce:
Before Dwayne Johnson ever found love with Lauren Hashian, he was once married to his college sweetheart, Dany Garcia. The two met at the University of Miami when Dwayne was 18 and Dany was 21. They tied the knot in May 1997, welcomed a daughter named Simone in August 2001, but divorced in 2008 after 11 years of marriage.
Unlike most divorced couples, Dwayne and Dany have remained in each other’s lives, and Dany is even Dwayne’s manager. “From the time Dwayne was playing football at University of Miami, to wrestling in the WWE, to emerging in film, I was always in the background guiding him, giving counsel, and adding a business point of view to all the decisions,” Dany told Marie Claire back in May. “So I was always very comfortable speaking with his agents or his attorneys, any of the financial individuals, or even the studio executives because I knew every film is boxed into a business model . . . I did have to overcome judgments like, ‘Wait, is his ex-wife managing him?’ People are trying to put you in a category, not in a bad way, but just so they know how to relate. I had to become very comfortable, very quickly, with creating a new paradigm: ‘Yes, I am his manager. Yes, we were once married.
Dany has since gone on to marry bodybuilder Dave Rienzi, and she and Dwayne have successfully blended their families together.
Dwayne Johnson Wife:
Johnson’s second wife is Lauren Hashian. The actor’s real-life leading lady is a singer with several singles on iTunes, including “Ride the Wave” and “Step Into a Love Like This.” In a 2017 interview with Vydia, Hashian revealed that she started “singing consistently” when she was a kid in middle school and draws inspiration from her “family and friends,” as well as “amazing voices and storytellers.”
While her husband is in the spotlight, Hashian loves “keeping a low-key profile and holding onto privacy and normalcy.” She explained, “Especially for [daughter] Jasmine, I don’t want to lose that. Since my man spends much of his life in front of a camera, I’m a little more reserved with stepping out and being ‘out there’ as much. It just gives us balance, and makes you appreciate privacy and a ‘normal’ life even more.”
Lauren Hashian is a singer, songwriter, and music producer. She has been associated with the music industry since she was a teenager. Her musical career began at 19 when she transformed her dorm room at Emerson College into a private studio. Her father, Sib Hashian, was a drummer for the rock band Boston. Hashian was destined to be involved in the music industry by virtue of being the daughter of a famous drummer.
Hashian likes to keep a low profile because she is the main caregiver of the two children the couple share together. Although she is mainly a wife and mother these days, her husband still supports her work.
According to PEOPLE, the couple first met in 2006 while Johnson was filming The Game Plan. However, the pair reportedly did not start dating until 2007. Johnson and his first wife Dany Garcia, whom he shares daughter Simone with, announced their separation in 2007.
“Within 30 seconds, I thought, ‘Wow, this girl’s stunning,’” the Jungle Cruise actor said of Hashian in an interview with WSJ Magazine (via USA Today). “At the time, I was going through my breakup with Dany, and she was just coming off a big breakup too. Ironically, when you’re not looking for something, the power of the universe kind of takes over.”
Over a decade after meeting, Johnson and Hashian finally tied the knot in 2019. The couple’s two daughters were in attendance for the intimate ceremony in Kauai, Hawaii. The Rock proudly announced the wedding news on his Instagram writing, “We do. August 18th, 2019. Hawaii. Pōmaikaʻi (blessed) @laurenhashianofficial❤️.”
Johnson also revealed on social media that his goal was complete privacy. He wrote, “To carry out my #1 goal of complete privacy, no wedding planners or outside resources were hired. Everything you see was created by hand, by staff and family only.”
Prior to making things official, The Rock told Entertainment Tonight that he was in no rush to get married. “I just refer to her as my wife all the time. So a lot of people are like, ‘Oh, did you get married?’” he said. “I’m like, ‘No. Easy. Don’t rush big daddy.’”
The actor had been hesitant to get married again following his divorce from Garcia.
Dwayne Johnson daughters:
Dwayne Johnson is the father of three daughters, making him the ultimate girl dad. Johnson has a grown daughter named Simone with ex-wife Dany Garcia, so he’s no stranger to raising girls. The beloved Hollywood star takes pride in being the dad of his three daughters, Simone, Jasmine and Tiana.
Simone Alexandra Johnson:
Dwayne became a dad for the first time when his eldest daughter, Simone, arrived on August 14, 2001. The Fate of the Furious actor welcomed his tot with his first wife, Dany. The former couple was married from 1997 to 2008.
Simone is still a teenager, but the brunette beauty has already accomplished a lot in her short life. Aside from being an IMG model, Simone was named the first-ever Golden Globe Ambassador for the 2018 awards show. Most impressively, she’s the youngest signee to land a deal with WWE.
Simone was set to make her debut as a fourth-generation wrestler, but she unfortunately suffered a knee injury in September 2020. “So tomorrow, I’m having knee surgery for the third time,” she tweeted at the time. “As not fun as surgery is, I’m looking forward to my knees not popping out anymore.”
In addition to wrestling, the Norfolk State University graduate loves spending time with friends, traveling and documenting her life on social media.
The Rock’s second kiddo, Jasmine, came along during the early days of his relationship with Lauren. The pair welcomed their daughter on December 16, 2015. Jasmine has yet to follow in her dad’s famous footsteps, but she already made her red carpet debut as she attended the actor’s 2017 induction ceremony on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Jasmine also makes frequent appearances on Dwayne’s Instagram. For her birthday in December 2020, the San Andreas star uploaded the cutest video of their family’s celebration, writing, “This lil’ tornado has no idea how much her and her baby sister anchors our souls.”
Dwyane also posted a video of the two horsing around in the pool in October 2020. “We play this game for 20 minutes until my arms feel like they’re falling out of their sockets,” he wrote. “As relentlessly energetic as my kids are, man, this is the stuff I truly cherish.”
Tiana Gia Johnson:
Dwayne and Lauren welcomed the star’s third child and their second daughter together, Tiana, on April 17, 2018. More than one year after the little one’s arrival, the pair tied the knot during a romantic ceremony in August 2019.
When The Rock and his love welcomed their little girl, the doting dad praised his spouse for bringing Tiana into their life. “Blessed and proud to bring another strong girl into this world. Tiana Gia Johnson came into this world like a force of nature and mama labored and delivered like a true rockstar,” the Hobbs & Shaw star wrote on social media. “I was raised and surrounded by strong, loving women all my life, but after participating in baby Tia’s delivery, it’s hard to express the new level of love, respect and admiration I have for Lauren and all mamas and women out there.”
Like her older sisters, Tiana is always spotted on her dad’s social media. Whether they’re watching movies together, being creative with artwork or playing with toys, The Rock is loves showing off the sweetest moments with his daughter. He’s also one to write cute messages for Tiana’s, including his post in April 2021 for her birthday.
“Happy birthday to my sweetest lil’ Tia Giana,” The Rock penned next to a photo with his little one. “Loving, kind, tenacious and tough (like your mama) and my greatest joy is being your daddy. I always ‘got you.’”
Dwayne Johnson Net Worth
Dwayne Johnson Net Worth is $350 million. The majority of his income comes from his acting, but he also warns money from his own productions. He also stars in television series and sells his merchandise. Needless to say, brand endorsements are another major contributor to income.
Just nine celebrities across all industries earned more money than The Rock in 2020, according to Forbes. When compared with other actors, only Tyler Perry earned more that year, which saw Perry take in $97 million and Johnson $87.5 million. His status as the world’s second highest-paid actor, however, was a step down from Forbes’ 2018 list, when his earnings reached $124 million and he was sixth on the list.
He is also the world’s highest-paid actor with a salary of 80 million US dollars per year. He has gone ahead of Jackie Chan and Matt Damon in this league. Dwayne Johnson became the first third-generation WWF world champion ever in 1998 at the age of 26.
Dwayne resides in the small Georgian town of power springs which is 45 minutes north of Atlanta. The mansion is worth rupees sixty-eight crore approximately. The house has 8 bedrooms, a pool house, a riding arena with a viewing deck, and a farmhouse built for the caretakers. It is an incredible 46 acre estate.
He also owns various properties in Florida and Hawaii. His Florida mansion is worth 5 million US dollars (INR 377675000) which is thirty seven crores seventy six lacs and seventy thousand rupees.
In 2006, Dwayne started the ROCK foundation, which is a nonprofit organization that works for terminally ill children. The goal of this foundation is to make every child smile.
That net worth includes what we believe is The Rock’s 30-40% stake in Teremana Tequila and a current $2 billion conservative estimate valuation of the brand. In theory, The Rock could make over $1 billion from the tequila company. That would be more than he has ever made in his entire entertainment career. Outside of tequila, The Rock is one of the highest-paid entertainers on the planet.
In March 2020, The Rock and a group of partners launched Teremana Tequila with Mast-Jägermeister providing distribution. In its first 12 months of operations, the brand sold 300,000 cases. In January 2022 the brand announced it was on pace to sell 600,000 cases in 2022. If that’s the case (pun intended), it would mean Teremana is worth at least several billion dollars. For comparison, when George Clooney and his partners sold Casamigos tequila to Diageo in 2017, their brand was selling 170,000 cases per year. Clooney and his partners sold Casamigos to Diageo for $1 billion. Using that as a comp, Teremana would theoretically be worth $3 – $3.5 billion today.
In November 2019, Dwayne paid $9.5 million cash for a 46-acre equestrian estate in Powder Springs, Georgia. The estate features a 15,000 square-foot home with eight bedrooms and six bathrooms. For some reason Dwayne listed this property for sale just 14 months after the purchase, for $7.5 million, a potential $2 million loss.
He previously owned a home near Fort Lauderdale. He sold this home in 2019 for $4.5 million.
In April 2021 it was revealed that The Rock had paid $28.7 million for Paul Reiser’s Beverly Park mansion.
Dwayne Johnson (The Rock) Movies:
|1999||Beyond the Mat||Himself|
|2001||The Mummy Returns||The Scorpion King|
|2002||The Scorpion King||Mathayus / Scorpion King|
|2004||Walking Tall||Chris Vaughn|
|2005||Be Cool||Elliot Wilhelm|
|2005||Doom||Sgt. Asher “Sarge” Mahonin|
|2006||Southland Tales||Boxer Santaros|
|2006||Gridiron Gang||Sean Porter|
|2007||Reno 911!: Miami||Agent Rick Smith|
|2007||The Game Plan||Joe Kingman|
|2008||Get Smart||Agent 23|
|2009||Race to Witch Mountain||Jack Bruno|
|2009||Planet 51||Captain Charles T. Baker|
|2010||Tooth Fairy||Derek Thompson / Tooth Fairy|
|2010||Why Did I Get Married Too?||Daniel Franklin|
|2010||The Other Guys||Christopher Danson|
|2010||You Again||Air Marshal|
|2010||Faster||James Cullen / Driver|
|2011||Fast Five||Luke Hobbs|
|2012||Journey 2: The Mysterious Island||Hank Parsons|
|2013||G.I. Joe: Retaliation||Marvin F. Hinton / Roadblock|
|2013||Pain & Gain||Paul Doyle|
|2013||Fast & Furious 6||Luke Hobbs|
|2013||Empire State||Detective James Ransome|
|2015||Furious 7||Luke Hobbs|
|2015||San Andreas||Ray Gaines|
|2015||Jem and the Holograms||Himself|
|2016||Central Intelligence||Robbie Weirdicht / Bob Stone|
|2017||The Fate of the Furious||Luke Hobbs|
|2017||Baywatch||Lieutenant Lifeguard Mitch Buchannon|
|2017||Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle||Dr. Smolder Bravestone|
|2019||Fighting with My Family||Himself|
|2019||Hobbs & Shaw||Luke Hobbs|
|2019||Jumanji: The Next Level||Dr. Smolder Bravestone|
The Rock Movie and TV Earnings
The Rock’s success, according to Forbes, can be traced to his status as a perennial Hollywood A-lister who commands upfront fees in the eight-figure range. Johnson earned $5.5 million for 2002’s “Scorpion King” and $9 million each for “The Other Guys” in 2010 and “Baywatch” in 2017, but beyond that, eight-figure paydays are the norm. Some of his biggest paychecks include:
- “Fast Five” (2011): $10 million
- “Fast & Furious 6” (2013): $10 million
- “The Fate of the Furious” (2017): $10 million, plus back-end payments
- “The Rundown” (2003): $12.5 million
- “Central Intelligence” (2016): $14 million
- “Furious 7” (2015): $15 million
- “G.I.: Joe Retaliation” (2013): $15 million
- “Walking Tall” (2004): $15 million
- “Hercules” (2014): $20 million
- “Jungle Cruise” (2021): $22 million
- “San Andreas” (2015): $25 million
- “Red Notice” (2022): $23.5 million
The Rock earns the big bucks in Hollywood because his movies bring big money home to the studios. Ten of his movies have brought in more than $435 million, with “Furious 7” topping the list at $1.5 billion worldwide.
And it’s not just movies — The Rock has also found success on the small screen, with his starring role in HBO’s Emmy-nominated show “Ballers.”
According to Variety, just five other actors in any television comedy series running in the same era — all of whom appeared on the CBS show “The Big Bang Theory” — commanded higher per-episode salaries than The Rock, who earned around $650,000 per episode of “Ballers.” The “Big Bang” crew each earned $1 million in the show’s 12th and final season in 2018-19.
Dwayne Johnson Biography
|Real Name||Dwayne Douglas Johnson|
|Profession||American actor, businessman, and former professional wrestler|
|Date of Birth||2 May 1972|
|Father Name||Rocky Johnson|
|Mother Name||Ata Johnson|
|Height||6′ 5″ (1.96 m)|
|Educational Qualification||Bachelor of General Studies degree in criminology and physiology|
|College||University of Miami (BGS)|
|Birth Place||Hayward, California, United States|
|Children||Simone Alexandra Johnson, Jasmine Johnson, Tiana Gia Johnson|
|School||Montclaire Elementary School in Charlotte, North Carolina:|
|Spouse||Lauren Hashian (m. 2019), Dany Garcia (m. 1997–2008)|
|Upcoming movies||Black Adam, DC League of Super-Pets|
Dwayne Johnson Quick Facts:
- First ever 8 time WWE World Heavyweight Champion.
- 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.
- Was a member of Miami’s NCAA national championship football team (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.
- 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 Entertainment Television’s “top 20 entertainers of 2001”.
- He once appeared on Martha Stewart Living (1996) to cook one of his favorite family recipes.
- Attended and graduated from Freedom High School in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Another former student was Daniel Dae Kim.
- Has a wax figure likeness of himself at Madame Tussaud’s museum.
Met, Dany Garcia, when she was 22, and they married the day after his 25th birthday.
- He did not meet her parents until shortly before their wedding. Tonga Fifita, the wrestler known as Haku, was his Best Man.
- Decided to attend the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida because they did not openly express interest in him.
- 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.
- First athlete to host Saturday Night Live (1975) for a second time. Though, he was promoting the film (The Scorpion King (2002)) with his second stint, his pro-wrestling and CFL 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 Garcia thought he was actually hurt.
Growing up, he considered what his father did, “wrestling”; he once tried amateur wrestling, and found he did not like this.
- 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.
- Dwayne’s father, a native of Canada, is black, of Black Nova Scotian descent, and was born in Amherst, Nova Scotia (Dwayne’s father’s ancestors were African-Americans who moved to Canada). Dwayne’s mother is of Samoan background.
Was teammates with Doug Flutie with the Calgary Stampeders of the Canadian Football League (CFL).
- In his first semester at the University of Miami, he 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.
- Has played his own father Rocky Johnson in That ’70s Show: That Wrestling Show (1999).
- In Welcome to the Jungle (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.
- 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.
- Major Title Wins Include: WWF/WWE Heavyweight Title (8); WWF Intercontinental Title; WWF Tag Team Title w/Mick Foley; WWE Tag Team Title w/Chris Jericho; WWF Royal Rumble Winner; WCW Heavyweight Title; USWA Tag Team Titles w/Bret Sawyer.
- Son of Ata Johnson and Rocky Johnson.
- Ranked #61 on VH1’s 100 Hottest Hotties
- The WWE named their Thursday night show WWF SmackDown! (1999) after one of The Rock’s catchphrases, “Layeth the Smack Down”.
- Officially proclaimed himself “The Rock” during a promo where he attacked Ron Simmons (Faarooq) in a WWE Monday Night RAW (1993) telecast.
- 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 this would be stealing the former nickname of WWE Hall-of-Famer Don Muraco. He was talked into this by Vince Russo.
- Was good friends with the late 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’.
- Attended the Republican National Convention (2004).
- Cousin of Solofa Fatu Jr. (Rikishi) and Yokozuna (Yokozuna).
- As of 2017, Doom (2005), Southland Tales (2006), Faster (2010), Pain & Gain (2013) and Baywatch (2017) are the 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 did not seem to faze him. This 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.
- He was Tim Burton’s second choice for the role of Willy Wonka in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005), which went to Johnny Depp.
- Has three daughters: Simone Garcia Johnson (b. August 14, 2001) with ex-wife Dany Garcia, and Jasmine Lia Johnson (b. December 16, 2015) and Tiana Gia Johnson (b. April 17, 2018) with wife Lauren Hashian.
- 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).
- 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.”. [October 2006]
- 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.
- Remains close friends with WWE writer Brian Gewirtz.
- Inducted his father and grandfather, Rocky Johnson and Peter Fanene Maivia, respectively, into the WWE Hall of Fame on March 29, 2008.
- Honored by the Congressional Award in Washington, D.C. 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 most of his life, he has Samoan citizenship as his mother is Samoan. He has often stated in interviews he is proud of his Samoan heritage and feels honored to be a Samoan.
- Has stated that the film adaptation of Doom (2005) was a complete failure, and that the movie did a huge disservice to fans of the video game franchise.
- He was contacted about appearing at the Flair farewell address the night following WrestleMania XXIV (2008), but declined due to scheduling conflicts.
After becoming successful in the movie industry, Dwayne was able to fulfill an ambition he had listed on his agenda of priority “To Do” items, and bought a home for his parents, a luxury they had never theretofore known. His first major personal indulgence was his purchase of a Rolex watch.
- Is a published author.
- While he was filming his swordfight scene with Michael Clarke Duncan in The Scorpion King (2002), the breaking of the swords was real and unintended, and openly stated that this was extremely dangerous because this was not planned and this could have cut anybody.
- The Rock returned to the WWE, and in 2013, he won the WWE Championship by defeating CM Punk at the Royal Rumble and retained the title at Elimination Chamber pay per views.
- His ex-wife, Dany Garcia, is his manager.
- First movie experience at 8-years-old was Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981).
- Is an official Priest registered in California for a special YouTube video for his best friend (Nick Mundy). The video is called Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson’s Wedding Surprise!.
While on tour to promote San Andreas (2015), he set a world record of 105 selfies in three minutes, averaging out to one selfie every 1.7 seconds.
- Ate at the fast food restaurant, In-N-Out, for the first time ever. [February 2017]
As a high school student, he found this very difficult to make friends due to his lofty (6′ 4″ / 225 lbs.) and mustachioed demeanor which led his fellow students to suspect he was an undercover policeman, not unlike Johnny Depp’s 21 Jump Street (1987) character.
- By the time Dwayne was 16-years-old, he had already enrolled in four high schools due to his frequent expulsions: McKinley High School (Honolulu, Hawaii), Glencliff High School (Nashville, Tennessee), McGavock High School (Nashville, Tennessee) and Freedom High School (Bethlehem, Pennsylvania).
(December 16, 2015) Has two daughters with his wife Lauren Hashian: Jasmine Lia Johnson (b. December 16, 2015) and Tiana Gia Johnson (b. April 17, 2018).
Cousin of former wrestler Umaga and wrestler Roman Reigns.
Uncle to wrestlers Jimmy (Jonathan Solofa Fatu) and Jey (Joshua Samuel Fatu) Also known as “The Usos”.
- Dwayne Johnson was named as Forbes magazine’s highest-paid actor. He commanded $64.5 million between June 2015 and June 2016, more than doubling his earnings from the previous year and bumping Robert Downey Jr. from the top of the list, where he was perched for three consecutive years.
- According to Forbes, his estimated earnings for 2016 was approximately $64.5 million making him the highest paid actor for that year.
Although standing at 6′ 5″, the movie Welcome to the Jungle (2003) claims him to be 6′ 4″. This also claimed to be wrong in Smackdown vs. Raw (2008) in which he is listed at 6′ 5″.
- People magazine named him the Sexiest Man Alive of 2016.
- Signed an endorsement deal with Under Armour. [January 2016]
- Has more than 82 million Instagram followers and 11 million Twitter followers. [March 2017]
- Designed training sneakers for Under Armour called Project Rock Delta. [March 2017]
Often plays a character who appears in a sequel of a franchise without having been in the first movie. Examples include The Mummy Returns (2001), Be Cool (2005), Fast & Furious 5 (2011), Journey 2: The Mysterious Island (2012), G.I. Joe: Retaliation (2013) and Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (2017).
- His net worth is $190 million.
- Time magazine named him one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World (2016).
Friends with Kevin Hart.
- Second highest paid actor of 2017, earning $65 million.
- He wanted to play the title role in Jack Reacher (2012) but was passed over in favor of Tom Cruise.
(December 12, 2017) Announced that he and his girlfriend Lauren are expecting their second daughter in Spring 2018.
- Dwayne Johnson’s character creation of “the Rock” became one of the most charismatic and dynamic characters the WWE industry has ever seen.
- He was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6801 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California on December 13, 2017.
- He was offered the role of Cade Yeager in Transformers: Age of Extinction (2014), but he declined, in order to star in Hercules (2014). The role went to Mark Wahlberg.
- In 2012 Dwayne Johnson formed the film company “Seven Bucks Productions” with ex-wife Dany Garcia and her brother Hiram Garcia to produce their own variety of projects. The company name was reportedly inspired by Dwayne’s predicament after ditching his football career when he ended up with just “seven bucks” to his name.
- When he was wrestling full-time with WWE, one of Johnson’s many catchphrases was telling opponents he was going to “lay the smackdown” on them. After The Rock used the phrase so often, the word “smackdown” became so popular that it made Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary in 2007.
- When Johnson debuted in WWE as Rocky Maivia in 1996, he wasn’t exactly a fan favorite. Despite being played as a hero, fans booed him relentlessly and chanted “Rocky sucks” every time he had a match. He later told Oprah Winfrey those negative chants made him transform into the egotistical character, The Rock, which, ironically made him a fan favorite.
- In 2003, Johnson got a large tattoo that covers much of his chest and left arm. The tattoo is a partial Pe’a, which is an intricate tattoo males have traditionally gotten in Samoan culture. Johnson said his tattoo took 60 hours to complete and that it tells the story of his ancestors and his own life. It looks similar to the tattoo that Johnson’s animated character, Maui, has in Moana (2016).
- Before he was called “The Rock,” his football teammates at the University of Miami called him “Dewey” Johnson. Even in interviews today, his teammates still refer to him as Dewey. They apparently first heard the nickname when Johnson’s parents came to visit and his mom called him by that name in front of everyone.
- In 2010, Johnson told “The Tonight Show” host Jay Leno that country music legend Willie Nelson gave him a guitar for his birthday and that the pair had been friends since about 2000. He played the guitar and sang several times in the ring during his years with WWE.
- Since 2016, every movie Johnson has starred in has been produced by Seven Bucks Productions, which is his own company. He got the name from the amount of cash he said was in his wallet when he was cut from the Canadian Football League before he got started in wrestling.
- Johnson’s father Rocky Johnson, had hip replacement surgery. When he told his son he’d need a bigger car because of his situation, Dwayne Johnson bought the 73-year-old ex-wrestler a shiny new Cadillac Escalade. The massive vehicle even had a gold bow on it. It was the second time he’d bought his dad a new car, after surprising him with a Ford Explorer in 2016.
- Jacob O’Connor, a 10-year-old Michigan boy, was able to save his younger brother’s life by using what he saw Johnson’s character do in the movie “San Andreas,” in which he played a search-and-rescue medic. When O’Connor saw his 2-year-old brother fall into their grandmother’s pool, he immediately pulled the boy out and started giving him chest compressions, which he got from The Rock. Johnson has since called the boy a hero.
- In 2017, Dwayne Johnson revealed that his larger-than-life animated Moana (2016) character, Maui, was partly inspired by his late grandfather, Peter Fanene Maivia. Maivia was a legendary Samoan wrestler in his day and even appeared in the James Bond movie You Only Live Twice (1967). He died of cancer in 1982 when Johnson was 10 years old.
- Dwayne Johnson loves to fish. He posts about his hobby on social media from time to time, filling those posts with fishing lingo like “spinnerbaits” and “soft plastics.” In 2017, he revealed that he raises bass in a pond on his farm.
- His football teammates at Miami have said Dwayne Johnson used to sing country music on the team bus. He’s said in interviews that his days as a teen in Nashville first got him into country music and that he’s loved it ever since. On Twitter, he’s said he counts Merle Haggard, Johnny Paycheck, George Strait and Jamey Johnson among his favorite artists.
When the classic Universal Orlando ride Earthquake: The Big One was redesigned in 2007, its new iteration, called Disaster!, featured Johnson in a prominent role. The attraction made riders extras in an action movie that starred Johnson. This year, Disaster! was replaced by a new ride based on the Fast and the Furious franchise, in which Johnson also played a major role.
- When Dwayne Johnson was 15 years old, his family was going through a rough period. Recently, he revealed that after they’d lost their apartment, his mother, Ata Johnson, tried to kill herself. He said she stopped their car on a Nashville highway and tried to walk into oncoming traffic. Johnson grabbed her shoulder and pulled her back.
Tanoai Reed has been Johnson’s stunt double for more than 15 years. In addition to having a strong resemblance, the two are distant cousins, related to one another through their great-grandfathers. Reed has called Johnson the “realest” and most “down to earth, humble and talented” guy he knows.
- In 2002, entertainment magazine Variety broke the news that Dwayne Johnson was going to play the leading role in a live action adaption of the cartoon hit series Johnny Bravo. According to one of the producers, Johnson’s was a childhood fan of Johnny Bravo. Alas, nothing became of the movie.
- For his second acting role, Dwayne Johnson appeared in Star Trek: Voyager: Tsunkatse (2000).
- He played an alien gladiator who fights one of the crew members of the USS Voyager, and did some of his own signature WWE moves.
- In 2006, Dwayne Johnson told NPR he’d been arrested “probably eight or nine times” by the time he was 17. He said his offenses were fighting and theft but “that’s just what I got caught for.” Those experiences led him to take the role in the movie Gridiron Gang (2006), in which he played a football coach who mentored troubled teens.
- He was considered to voice Pikachu in Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019) before Ryan Reynolds was cast.
- Competed in the Royal Rumble match four times (’97, ’98, 2000, 2001), winning in 2000. During his main career he was in the main event at WrestleMania three different years (1999, 2000, 2001). All 3 matches were for the WWF championship. In 2012 and ’13 he came out of retirement to wrestle John Cena at ‘Mania twice, both matches were also the main event.
- Was believed to be first brought to the WWF/E’s attention by the late Pat Patterson.
- Had a long reign as WWF Intercontinental champion for 9 months between December 1997 and August ’98.
- The Rock won the WWF Championship for the first time in 1998 (the same year as fellow wrestling legends Stone Cold Steve Austin and Mick Foley).
- Dwayne Johnson competed at ten different WrestleManias over a 16-year period – XIII (1997), XIV (1998), XV (1999), 2000, X-Seven (2001), X-8 (2002), XIX (2003), XX (2004), XXVIII (2012) and 29 (2013).