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Dwayne Johnson

Born
Dwayne Douglas Johnson , Hayward, California, USA
Birthday
1972-05-02
Occupation
Actor
Spouse(s)
Dany Garcia (3 May 1997 - 19 May 2008) (divorced) (1 child)
Years Active
1999–present
Biography
Dwayne Douglas Johnson, also known by his ring name The Rock, is an American actor, producer, and semi-retired professional wrestler. Johnson was a professional wrestler in the WWE for eight years prior to pursuing an acting career. His films have since earned over $3.4 billion in North America,  making him one of the highest-grossing actors of all-time.

Johnson was a college football player for the University of Miami, with whom he won a national championship in 1991. He initially aspired for a professional career in football and entered the 1995 NFL Draft but went undrafted. Johnson then signed with the Calgary Stampeders of the Canadian Football League (CFL) but was cut from the team in the middle of his first season there. Shortly after, he began training as a professional wrestler.

In 1996, Johnson secured a contract with the WWE when it was known as the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) and was promoted as the first third-generation wrestler in the company's history as he is the son of Rocky Johnson and grandson of Peter Maivia. He rose to prominence after developing a charismatic persona of a boastful trash-talking wrestler named The Rock. He subsequently won his first WWF Championship in 1998 and helped usher the WWF into the "Attitude Era", a boom period in the company's business in the latter 1990s and early 2000s which still hold professional wrestling records for television ratings. In 2004, he left the WWE to pursue an acting career and went on a seven-year hiatus before returning in 2011 as a part-time performer until 2013.

Considered to be one of the greatest professional wrestlers and biggest draws of all-time, The Rock headlined the most bought professional wrestling pay-per-view event, WrestleMania XXVIII, and was featured in some of the most watched WWE Raw and WWE SmackDown television episodes ever. He has won several championships, being a two-time Intercontinental Champion, a five-time tag team champion, and a ten-time world champion. He was also a Royal Rumble match winner and WWE's sixth Triple Crown champion.

Johnson had his first theatrical acting role in The Mummy Returns (2001) and played his first lead role in the spin-off The Scorpion King (2002). He went on to star in numerous other films, including The Rundown (2003), The Other Guys (2010), Moana (2016), and Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (2017). Johnson's most successful box office role has been a recurring role as Luke Hobbs in The Fast and the Furious movies. He first appeared as the character in Fast Five (2011) and helped catapult the film series into one of the top-grossing movie franchises in history. Johnson has also attained success as an author and producer. In 2000, he released an autobiography titled The Rock Says... which debuted at number one on The New York Times Best Seller list. In 2012, he founded his production company, Seven Bucks Productions, which has since produced several films. Consistently ranked among the world's highest paid actors, Johnson made the Time 100 Most Influential People in the World list in both 2016 and 2019.

In 1999, Johnson 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.

Johnson had his first theatrical movie role in The Mummy Returns (2001) which led to his first leading role in the spin-off The Scorpion King (2002). He then starred in the action-comedy The Rundown (2003) and the film remake Walking Tall (2004). He played a supporting role in Be Cool (2005) and was the primary antagonist in Doom (2006). Roles in Gridiron Gang (2006), Reno 911!: Miami (2007) and Southland Tales (2007) soon followed. He played a cocky famous American football player in the family-film The Game Plan (2007) and Agent 23 in the comedy Get Smart (2008). In February 2008, he presented the Academy Award for Best Visual Effects at the 80th Academy Awards.

In 2009, he starred in Race to Witch Mountain, and had his first animated voice-over role in Planet 51. In 2010, he starred in comedy movies Tooth Fairy and The Other Guys, and in the action movie Faster. In 2011, he played the role of Luke Hobbs for the first time in Fast Five. In 2012, he was named CinemaCon Action Star of the Year. That year, he also starred in the adventure movie Journey 2: The Mysterious Island. In 2013, Johnson portrayed Roadblock in G.I. Joe: Retaliation, played Luke Hobbs for the second time in Fast & Furious 6, and starred in Pain & Gain and Snitch. Johnson was named by Forbes as the top-grossing actor of 2013, with his films bringing in $1.3 billion worldwide for the year.

In 2014, Johnson starred as the title character in Hercules. In 2015, he reprised his role as Luke Hobbs in Furious 7 and started executive-producing and starring in Ballers, an HBO comedy-drama series about professional athletes. Also in 2015, he played the lead role in the disaster movie San Andreas. In 2016, Johnson starred in the action-comedy Central Intelligence and voiced the Polynesian demigod Maui in the Academy Award-nominated Disney animated film Moana. He was then named by Forbes as the world's highest paid actor for 2016 and won "Favorite Premium Cable TV Actor" at the People's Choice Awards for his portrayal of a former-athlete-turned-manager named Spencer Strasmore in Ballers.

In 2017, Johnson again played Luke Hobbs in the eighth installment of The Fast and the Furious franchise, The Fate of the Furious, and starred in Baywatch and Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle. That year, he was ranked by Forbes as the second-highest grossing actor and the second-highest paid actor. He also won his second consecutive award at the People's Choice Awards for his role in Ballers. In 2018, Johnson starred in two action films, Rampage and Skyscraper, and was again the world's second-highest paid actor for the calendar year. He then appeared as himself in Fighting with My Family (2019), a seriocomedy centering around the life of WWE's Paige. Johnson performed as Luke Hobbs for the fifth time in his career in The Fast and the Furious spin-off movie Hobbs & Shaw (2019). He then played video game avatar Dr. Smolder Bravestone for the second time in the next installment of the Jumanji franchise, Jumanji: The Next Level (2019).
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