Dwayne Johnson is a former professional wrestler turned actor, best known for his role in the fantasy adventure movie “The Mummy Returns.” Before pursuing a career in acting, Johnson was a very successful professional wrestler known by the ring name “The Rock.” It’s hardly surprising that he became well-known in the sport, considering his family was a wrestling family.
Age and Early Life
Dwayne Douglas Johnson was born on May 2, 1972, in Hayward, California. His mother, Ata Maivia, was a wrestler’s daughter, and his father, Rocky Johnson, was a professional wrestler.
His mother is Samoan, while his father is Black Nova Scotian, which accounts for his unusual appearance.
Before moving back to the United States and enrolling at Freedom High School, he briefly resided in New Zealand, where he attended Richmond Road Primary School.
Growing up, he was naturally athletic and had a strong interest in sports. He was an active teenager who took part in a variety of sports. In addition to being a member of the school’s track and field and wrestling teams, he also played football.
Football was his favorite sport, and the University of Miami offered him a full scholarship to play defensive lineman due to his promising football career. But an injury ended his hopes of playing football.
He earned a Bachelor of General Studies degree in physiology and criminology in 1995.
He made the decision to become a wrestler. The young man was first trained by his father, a professional wrestler.
After winning the WWF Intercontinental Championship from Hunter Hearst Helmsley on Monday Night Raw, Dwayne Johnson made his WWF debut as Rocky Maivia in 1996.
Eventually, he adopted the ring name “The Rock” and became a well-known and accomplished professional wrestler who had won multiple titles.
He became immensely popular among female fans due to his wrestling prowess and rugged good looks, and soon he began getting offers to perform on both the big and small screens.
In 2000, he returned to hosting “Saturday Night Live” after starring in a music video.
In the opening scene of the 2001 movie “The Mummy Returns,” he made his screen debut as The Scorpion King. Johnson portrayed Mathayus in the 2002 spin-off “The Scorpion King,” which was a result of the film’s success. It is said that he received US $5.5 million for this film, which went on to become a middling hit.
In the family sports comedy “The Game Plan,” he portrayed divorced father Joe Kingman. The movie was released in 2007.
Despite receiving unfavorable reviews from critics, the film debuted at the top of the box office and made $22,950,971 in its opening weekend.
He made an appearance in the 2009 science fiction picture “Race to Witch Mountain,” which was adapted from Alexander Key’s book “Escape to Witch Mountain.” This movie was a great hit at the box office, and it debuted at number one.
In 2011 Dwayne Johnson play Diplomatic Security Service agent Luke Hobbs in “Fast Five,” the fifth installment of The Fast and the Furious film series. After opening weekend receipts of nearly $86 million, the movie went on to become one of Johnson’s biggest commercial successes.
In 2013, he returned to the character of Luke Hobbs in “Fast & Furious 6,” the sixth entry in the Fast & Furious series. Paul Walker, Gina Carano, John Ortiz, and Vin Diesel were his co-stars.
The movie brought in approximately $780 million globally, placing it at number 50 on the list of all-time highest-grossing movies ever made.
He made an appearance in “Furious 7,” the seventh entry in the Fast and the Furious franchise, in 2015. Like the previous entries in the series, this one too proved a box office success and won accolades from critics for its action scenes.
Dwayne Johnson voiced Maui, the Polynesian demigod in Disney’s animated picture Moana, and featured in the action-comedy “Central Intelligence” in 2016.
In the eighth movie of the Fast and Furious franchise, “The Fate of the Furious,” he returned to the role he played in 2017. He starred in two more blockbusters that year, “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” and “Baywatch.”
He starred in two action movies in 2018: Rampage and Skyscraper.
In 2019, Dwayne Johnson starred in the film Jumanji: The Next Level.
Dwayne Johnson produced and starred in the HBO series Ballers from 2015 to 2019. HBO’s most watched comedy series in the previous six years was this one.
The role of Luke Hobbs in the Fast and the Furious film series is what made Dwayne Johnson most well-known. He has starred in a number of hugely successful films for the franchise, and his performance has garnered him a great deal of accolades.
For his role in the film “The Mummy Returns,” he was the 2001 Teen Choice Awards winner in the “Film Choice Sleazebag.”
Actor of the Year was the title bestowed upon him at the 2012 CinemaCon Awards.
Following “Journey 2: The Mysterious Island,” he was named the 2013 Kids’ Choice Awards’ Favorite Male Butt Kicker.
On May 3, 1997, Dwayne Johnson tied the knot with Dany Garcia, his longtime lover. This marriage is blessed with a daughter, Simone Alexandra. In 2007, they made the decision to divorce voluntarily after ten years of marriage.
Johnson and Lauren Hashian began dating shortly after his divorce from Dany Garcia. While filming “The Game Plan,” he initially got to know her in 2006.
Their second child, Tiana Gia Johnson, was born in April 2018, and their first child, Jasmine Johnson, was born in December 2015. On August 18, 2019, Dwayne Johnson tied the knot in Hawaii with Lauren Hashian.