I’m sure one day you came across these famous words on your telly, ‘The Jabroni beating, pie eating, trailblazing, eyebrow raising, the best in the present, future and past’. We kick off our celebrity profile adventure with Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson, a figure who needs no introduction whatsoever but y’all know him from the squared circle in World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) and also from the, ‘lights, camera, action’ of Hollywood. Think you know The Rock? Well, test your knowledge right here as we give you a profile on The People’s Champ all you movie and WWE fanatics out here:
|Born||May 2, 1972 in Hayward, California, USA|
|Birth Name||Dwayne Douglas Johnson|
|Nicknames||The People’s Champion|
The Brahma Bull
The Great One
|Height||6′ 5″ (1.96 m)|
Mini Bio (1)
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.
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|Lauren Hashian||(18 August 2019 – present) ( 2 children)|
|Dany Garcia||(3 May 1997 – 19 May 2008) ( divorced) ( 1 child)|
Trade Mark (17)
Wrestling finisher: The People’s Elbow
As his wrestling character The Rock, often referred to himself in the third person.
Removing elbow pad before delivering the People’s Elbow
Trademark move: Spine on the Pine (modified Spinebuster)
Trademark move: Three open handed punches, followed by a hand spitting motion, followed by a fourth punch which typically levelled the opponent.
Trademark move: Flowing DDT
Trademark move: Floatover DDT
Trademark move: Sharpshooter
Trademark move: Samoan Drop
Trademark move: Charging Double Leg Spinebuster
Finishing move: Rock Bottom
Trademark Phrase: “Just bring it!”
Trademark Phrase: “Lay a smack down on your candy ass”
Very muscular physique
Deep commanding voice
Trademark phrase: “Do you smell what The Rock is cookin’?”
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.
His last match in the WWE before leaving to film Welcome to the Jungle (2003) was against Bill Goldberg at the 2003 Backlash Pay-Per-View.
Accidentally smashed the tail-light of a Porsche while filming the movie Walking Tall(2004).
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 in an episode of the situation comedy That ’70s Show (1998).
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 with ex-wife Dany Garcia (born August 14, 2001 in Davie, Florida), and Jasmine Johnson and Tiana Gia Johnson with wife Lauren Hashian (born December 16, 2015) and (born April 17, 2018).
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 named Jasmine Johnson and Tiana Gia Johnson (April 17, 2018)., with his wife Lauren Hashian.
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).
In a YouTube video by Joe Weller, Dwayne Johnson was asked to talk about his first kiss. He said that his first kiss lasted eight minutes with a teacher when he was in fourth grade.
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 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 character, Maui, has in the Disney film “Moana,”.
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.
When director Tim Burton made “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” in 2005, the director cast Johnny Depp as the wacky candy maker. But, according to “Entertainment Tonight,” Johnson was Burton’s second choice for the role.
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, Johnson revealed that his larger-than-life “Moana” character, Maui, was partly inspired by his late grandfather, Peter Maivia. Maivia was a legendary Samoan wrestler in his day and even appeared in the James Bond movie “You Only Live Twice.” He died of cancer in 1982 when Johnson was 10 years old.
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 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 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, Johnson appeared in an episode of “Star Trek: Voyager” in 2000. In the episode, he played an alien gladiator who fights one of the crew members of the USS Voyager. In the episode, Johnson’s character did some of his own signature WWE moves.
In 2006, 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,” 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.
Personal Quotes (16)
Finally…The Rock…has come back to [whatever city he’s in at the time]
You will go one on one with the Great One!
Who in the blue hell are you?
[Referring to his 0.7 grade point average in college] It’s pretty hard to get a point seven. You have to do close to nothing.
Can you smell what The Rock is cooking!
The Rock will take you down Know Your Role Boulevard which is on the corner of Jabroni Drive and check you directly into the Smackdown Hotel!
It doesn’t matter what you think.
I have so much love and respect for the fans. I’ll never forget where I came from. I love the business. I grew up in the business. And everyone always asks me, from Letterman [David Letterman] to Stone Phillips, what I miss about wrestling. Hands down, I miss the interaction with the fans. Outside of the ring I loved it, too. I mean, how hard is it to sign an autograph? Don’t be an a**hole to your fans. And there’s many [in WWE] that won’t, which is bulls**t. But inside the ring, just that energy and feeding off that energy is great. There’s something so special about it. And every night I would just have a blueprint of what I would say and rely so much on ad-libbing and waiting to see what happens when I get out there and let it materialize organically and see what happens. Every night was a different crowd and they gave me so much energy, and I’ll always love that and always miss that for sure. [Interview with WWE.com in October 2005]
To a degree, all of my promos are scripted, in that there are certain lines and phrases that I plan to include.
[on his wrestling career] I am amazed at the number of people who think I only work on the days and nights they see me on television.
A huge percentage of football players at Division I-A schools – especially those that are typically ranked in the top 25 – do not make the active roster as freshmen.
[on playing Hercules in Brett Ratner‘s adaptation of Hercules (2014)] Understand, for me when I was a kid, Hercules was always a hero of mine, from Steve Reeves to the multiple guys who have played Hercules, but the idea and the notion of this man. When I first got into movies, I thought, “Gosh, I would love to do that one day.” I always thought that the version of Hercules that I want to play was one that was more dramatic and survived in barren lands and not necessarily slick in any way or anything like that. It’s been around and been on my mind for some time.
No matter who you are, being kind is the easiest thing you can do.
It’s nice to be important but more important to be nice. I heard that from a friend when I was about 15, and I’ve never forgotten it.
Success isn’t overnight. It’s when every day you get a little better than the day before. It all adds up.
I’ve never gone wrong trusting my gut. It was really the only thing that I had going into acting. I didn’t have the background-Juilliard or performing-arts school or anything like that. You can get great people around you, smart minds and great resources, but it’s still from here [points to heart].
|The Scorpion King (2002)||$5,500,000|
|The Rundown (2003)||$12,500,000|
|Walking Tall (2004)||$15,000,000|
|Ballers (2015)||$700,000 an episode|
|Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (2017)||$20,000,000|
|Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019)||$20,000,000|
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