Who is Dwayne Johnson?

Dwayne Johnson, a man with limitless popularity, proved his ace acting skills capabilities soon after retiring from professional wrestling.

It is not surprising to hear people addressing him with his ring name, “The Rock” even after he retired from wrestling. That is how famous he is.

Dwayne Johnson Biography
Dwayne Johnson Biography

The American-Canadian actor, producer, businessperson, and retired professional wrestler is a colossal name at Box-office in Hollywood.

From The Scorpion King in 2002 to Jumanji: The Next Level in 2019, he gave a lot to the entertainment industry.

In addition to being the highest-paid actor, Dwayne Johnson is also an impressive businessman. He is the co-founder and CEO of Seven Bucks Production Companies.

Alongside this, he is the founder of Teramama Tequilla, which has great popularity in the U.S.

Dwayne Johnson, aka The Rock, is a massive name without a doubt in today’s day and age. But the journey to the top was not as easy as it seems.

The stories of his sacrifices, hard work, and all those grinding are what you will read hereon.

Stick with us to know some exciting facts about your favorite, “The Rock.”

Quick facts

Full nameDwayne Douglas Johnson
BirthdayMay 2, 1972
Age50 years old
BirthplaceHayward, California, U.S.
NationalityAmerican/Canadian
EthnicityAfrican-Samoan
ParentsRocky Johnson and Ata Johnson
SiblingsCurtis Bowles (brother), Wanda Bowles (sister) [Half Siblings]
SpouseDarcy Garcia (1997-2007), Lauren Hashian (2019-present)
ChildrenSimone Alexandra Johnson-18, Jasmine Lia-4, Tiana Gia-2
ZodiacTaurus
Height1.96 m (6 feet 4 inches)
Weight260.145 lbs (118 kg)
Eye colorDark Brown
EducationBachelors of Criminology and Physiology, University of Miami
OccupationActor, Producer, Businessman, Professional Wrestler
Net worth                   USD 320 Million

interesting facts

1. Dwayne Johnson had wrestling in his blood

Dwayne, renowned as ‘The Rock,’ has wrestling on his genes. His father, Rocky Johnson, was a professional wrestler whereas, his mother, Ata Johnson, was a daughter of a professional wrestler. 

Johnson’s grandfather from his maternal side was also a pro wrestler whereas, his grandmother was the first female pro wrestling promoter. 

2. Dwayne is half-African and half-Samoan

Most of you may have confused him for being black. Interestingly, his father is half-African, whereas his mom is half-Samoan, making him a combination of African-Samoan ethnicity.

3. Dwayne Johnson’s first ring name was ‘Rocky Maivia’

Johnson debuted as a professional wrestler in the 1996 Survivor Series as Rocky Maivia, deriving his father and grandfather’s name. While winning and losing matches, many audiences insulted him, saying, “Rocky Sucks.” 

So, in 1997, he joined ‘The Nation of Domination’ and called himself “The Rock.”

4. Dwayne Johnson has married twice

Currently, Dwayne is married to singer Lauren Hashian. The couple married in 2019. 

Before, he was married to his high-school sweetheart, Dany Garcia. They married on May 3, 1997, and divorced on June 1, 2007.

5. Dwayne Johnson has three daughters

Dwayne has two daughters with Lauren Hashian, named Jasmine Lia and Tiana Gia. He also shares a daughter named Simone with his ex-wife, Dany Garcia.

6. Dwayne Johnson is also a philanthropist

Dwayne established the Dwayne Johnson Foundation in 2006, which works for the welfare of terminally ill children.

He has also donated $1 million to the University of Miami’s trust.

7. Dwayne The Rock Johnson saves the sweets as a cheat meal

Dwayne may be known for his fantastic diet plans that are super healthy. The effects of his healthy diet can be seen on his hulked-out body. 

In terms of a cheat meal, he has sweet foods like sweet potatoes and white rice. He loves eating Banana chocolate chip pancakes.

He occasionally eats a gigantic plate of peanut butter chocolate brownies for dessert.

8. Dwayne Johnson gets his extra nutrition from supplements

The Rock takes a couple of tablespoons of fish oil daily to upgrade his omega-3 fatty acids. After his morning cardio, he consumes 4-6 scoops of Optimum Nutrition’s Amino Energy. After breakfast, he has 60 grams of Optimum’s Platinum Hydrowhey protein and 15 grams of glutamine. 

He ends the day by combining a 10 egg-white omelet with 30 grams of casein protein. 

Dwayne Johnson’s childhood and parents

Dwayne Douglas Johnson was born on 2 May 1972 in Hayward, California. His father, Rocky Johnson, was also a professional wrestler.

His mother, Ata Johnson, was the daughter of a professional wrestler. So we can say that Dwayne had wrestling flowing in his genes.

His father was half-African, and his mother was half-Samoan. It makes Johnson a combination of different ethnicity and culture. He belongs to the African-Samoan ethnicity.

He grew up watching his father perform in the rings. His grandfather from his mother’s side, Peter Maivia, was a pro wrestler. Similarly, his grandmother Lia Maivia was the first female pro wrestling promoter.

The superstar spent a lot of his childhood moving from place to place.

For a brief period of his early years, he lived in New Zealand with his mother’s family. He went to Richmond Primary School in Grey Lynn while he was still in New Zealand.

After returning to the U.S., he attended Montclair Elementary School in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Within some years, he again moved to Hamden, Connecticut. He then attended a few years in Shepherd Glen Elementary School and Hamden Middle School.

While he was in high school, Dwayne went to several schools. He spent his high school years at President William McKinley High School in Honolulu, Hawaii; Glencliff High School, McGavock High School in Nashville, Tennessee; and Freedom High School in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.

The wrestling superstar got into fights and a few other activities, which led to his arrest at 17. Maybe, this could have been the reason why he changed schools several times.

The police arrested Johnson for fighting, theft, and check fraud.

personality traits

I remember watching “The Rock” in the rings and having a terrifying image of him inside my head. The giant man who could lift anyone and smash them to the ground, is he scary for real? Or is he an average person just like us?

The Rock and John Cena in the ring
The Rock and John Cena in the ring

When The Rock is not acting in the movies or wrestling in the rings, he is just as simple as anyone else.

Dwayne Johnson loves his family. He is a great role model father to his children and a great husband to his wife.

Johnson has leadership qualities. His sun sign is Taurus, which relates to stubbornness, ambition, practicality, and determination. The magnetic Dwayne Jhonson has all these qualities.

These qualities have helped him sustain himself in the industry for such a long time.

wife and other relationships

As much success as Dwayne Johnson has earned professionally, he is also lucky in his relationships. He is away from relationship controversies as of yet.

On 18 August 2019, he exchanged vows with his long-time girlfriend, Lauren Hashian. Lauren is the daughter of Boston drummer Sib Hashian.

They met when the WWE superstar was shooting for his movie, The Game Plan, in 2007.

The couple dated for several years before finally saying, “We do.” Their wedding was a private function where their daughter, Jasmine Lia, served as the flower girl, and Dwayne Johnson became his own best man.

Their wedding was on a beautiful morning in Hawaii. Johnson revealed the exciting news on his Instagram shortly after the event.

The couple has two daughters, Jasmine Lia, aged 5, and Tiana Gia, aged 3. The daughter came to this world before their parents’ wedding.

Before his second wedding, Dwayne Johnson was married to his high-school sweetheart, Dany Garcia. Their marriage lasted for a decade.

Dwayne and Dany tied the knot on 3 May 1997. They also have a 20-year-old daughter, Simone Johnson.

On 1 June 2007, Dwayne and Darcy decided to end their union. They separated with mutual understanding.

Their divorce must be one of the most peaceful divorces in history. That is why Darcy continues to become Dwayne Johnson’s manager. Darcy is an American entertainment magnate, chairperson, producer, and philanthropist.

Hollywood fame, Dwayne Johnson considers himself lucky to have fallen in love twice. He finds himself full of blessings for all that he has received from the women he loves.

Dwayne Johnson kids

Dwayne’ The Rock’ Johnson has three daughters. He has two daughters with his current wife, Lauren Hashian. The eldest is Jasmin Lia, aged 5, and the youngest is Tiana Gia, aged 3. 

He has another daughter, Simone Johnson, with his ex-wife and high-school sweetheart, Dany Garcia. Simone is 20 years old.

Dwayne Johnson’s journey from an aspiring footballer to Hollywood superstar

Dwayne Johnson had a strong personality from a very young age. Growing up, he watched his father perform in the wrestling rings. Thus, it was evident for him to pursue his career as a wrestler.

Before embracing the famous name “The Rock,” Dwayne chose American football. While he was at the University of Miami for his Bachelor’s Degree, he played several college-level football games.

Dwayne had a promising football career and received several offers to play for Division I collegiate programs. However, he decided to go to the University of Miami on a full scholarship program. He played as a defensive tackle.

In 1991, Dwayne got himself in the Miami Hurricanes’ National Championship Team. However, he could not play crucial matches following several significant injuries, and the team soon replaced him.

After graduating from college in 1995, he even signed with the Calgary Stampeders of the Canadian Football League. But, sadly, even at this stage, he could not make it to the season’s game.

If we think about it now and connect the dots, there was a reason he could not make it to the game. Instead, he was destined to be the legendary “The Rock.”

Dwayne The Rock Johnson recognition as “The Rock”

Dwayne Johnson realized early in his career that football was not what could bring success to him. Hence, soon after he left football, he tried his hands at wrestling.

At the start, he played a few tryout matches under his real name. He even defeated The Brooklyn Brawler on 10 March 1996, shortly after his World Wrestling Federation (WWF now WWE).

During his training period, he won USWA World Tag Team Championship twice. It was one of the reasons why WWF was hungry to sign him for professional-level matches.

He made his debut on T.V. as a professional wrestler through the 1996 Survivor Series. That was the first time that he received his ring name, “Rocky Maivia.”

This name is the derivation of the names of his father and grandfather.

Initially, Dwayne Johnson was hesitant to embrace the name, but he finally agreed on the ring title upon a lot of persuading. But agreeing on the name was not the only challenge for the WWE superstar.

He had to win a lot of matches and, in the process, lose a lot more. The audiences, at the beginning of his wrestling career, were not very welcoming.

They would often insult him with chants such as “Die, Rocky Die” and “Rocky Sucks.”

Most of the negativity coming from the audiences ended within some years when he started giving it back to the viewers, interviewers, and performers.

In 1997, he joined a few other wrestlers in the stable called “The Nation of Domination.” It was after that when Rocky Maivia became “The Rock.”

The Nation of Domination WWF
The Nation of Domination WWF

After a year in The Nation of Domination, The Rock joined a band of elite wrestlers called “The Corporation.” He won his first WWF Championship after entering the group.

He defeated Vince McMahan’s associate, Mankind, at the finals of his first WWF win. Over the years, The Rock had a feud with Mankind.

Later, in trying to gain back the title of the WWF champion, he joined hands with Mankind against some renowned names like Triple H, The Undertaker, and Big Show.

The year from 1998 to 2002 was professionally very fruitful for him. He rose to stardom in between these years. During the period, we saw impressive wins and fights of The Rock in the wrestling ring.

The Rock is a record-breaking world champion. Despite the feuds, the uphills, and downhills in his career, he managed to win 17 WWF/WWE titles, making him one of the best in the industry.

His astonishing career as a wrestler ended for the first time in 2004.

But, even after that year, he continued to appear in non-wrestling events. Again, from 2011 to 2013, his feud with John Cena was very popular.

The Rock made several stage appearances over the years and finally retired from the business in 2019. After that, he switched to being famous in acting, which is why today we know him for his great box-office hits.

Sustaining in Hollywood

I’m sure many of you must remember the tyrant, “The Scorpion King,” from the 2001 hit “The Mummy Returns.” That is what comes to my mind when I think of The Rock in the movies.

After all, that was the first time Dwayne Johnson appeared in the mainstream movie.

Then in 2002, he hit the big screens again in “The Scorpion King.” This movie was the prequel to his first film.

Dwayne Johnson is one of the few actors who sustained in Hollywood. He is by far one of the most popular actors in mainstream cinema, and of course, one of the highest-paid actors for some years.

Some of the big names of the movies that he has done are, The Rundown (2003), Walking Tall (2004), and The Game Plan (2007).

His fame in this industry skyrocketed after his appearance in the 2013 American Military science fiction G.I. Joe: Retaliation. Fast & Furious 6 (2013), Hercules (2014), Furious 7(2015), Baywatch, and other big franchises that he has been a part of.

The most famous film work that Dwayne Johnson has done yet still has to be Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, Jumanji: The Next Level, and the Disney movie “Moana”.

Besides these, he has also made some unforgettable appearances in the T.V. programs and series.

Cutting the longs story short, Dwayne Johnson is a very successful actor at this time. His decision to join the acting business after his wrestling career benefited him by all means.

He has won several awards and recognition for his incredible works.

Dwayne Johnson Jungle cruise

Disney’s Jungle Cruise is the newly released movie where Dwayne Johnson plays the role of Frank Wolff. He shares the screen with amazing actors like Emily Blunt, Edgar Ramirez, and Jack Whitehall.

It is a fantasy movie that revolves around Disneyland’s theme park ride where a riverboat takes a travelers group through a jungle. However, the jungle houses dangerous animals and reptiles with a supernatural element.

Filmography

YearFilm
1999Beyond the Mat
2001The Mummy Returns
The Long Shot
2002The Scorpion King
2003The Rundown
2004Walking Tail
2005Be Cool
Doom
2006Southland Tales
Gridiron Gang
2007Reno
911! Miami
The Game Plan
2008Get Smart
2009Race to Witch Mountain
Planet 51
2010Tooth Fairy
Why Did I Get Married Too?
The Other Guys
You Again
Faster
2011Fast Five
2012Journey 2: The Mysterious Island
2013Snitch
G.I. Joe Retaliation
Pain & Gain
Fast & Furious 6
Empire State
2014Hercules
2015Furious 7
San Andreas
2016Central Intelligence
Moana
2017The Fate of the Furious
Baywatch
Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle
2018Rampage
Skyscraper
2019Fighting with My Family
Hobbs & Shaw
Jumanji: The Next Level
2021Jungle Cruise
Free Guy
Red Notice 
2022DC League of Super-Pets
Black Adam

TV shows

YearTV show
1999That ‘70s Show
The Net
2000Star Trek: Voyager
2000-2017Saturday Night Live
2007Cory in the House
Hannah Montana
2009Wizards of Waverly Place
2009 Kids’ Choice Awards
2010Family Guy
Transformers: Prime
2013The Hero
2014-2015Wake Up Call
2015Lip Sync Battle
2015-2019Ballers
20162016 MTV Movie Awards
2017Lifeline
2019-2020The Titan Games
2021-presentYoung Rock
2021Behind the Attraction

WWF/WWE Titles

  • WCW Championship[a] (2 times)
  • WWE Championship[b] (8 times)
  • WWF Intercontinental Championship (2 times)
  • WWF Tag Team Championship (5 times): thrice with Mankind, once The Undertaker, and once with Chris Jericho
  • Royal Rumble (2000)
  • Sixth Triple Crown Champion
  • Deadly Games
  • WWF Championship Tournament (1998)
  • Slammy Awards (9 times)

Film awards

  • Teen Choice Awards, Choice Movie: Villain fromThe Mummy Returns-2001
  • CinemaCon, Action Star of the Year-2012
  • Kids Choice Awards, Favorite Male Buttkicker from Journey 2: The Mysterious Islan-2013
  • Muscle & Fitness, Man of the Century-2015
  • Olympia, Icon Award-2016
  • People’s Choice Awards, Favorite Premium Cable TV Actor-2016
  • People Magazine, Sexiest Man Alive-2016
  • Shorty Awards, Best Actor-2016
  • Time, 100 Most Influential People in the World inclusion-2016
  • Hollywood Walk of Fame, Motion pictures star-2017
  • People’s Choice Awards, Favorite Premium Series Actor-2017
  • Kids’ Choice Awards, BFF’s (with Kevin Hart) for Central Intelligence-2017
  • Teen Choice Awards, Choice Fantasy: Movie Actor for Moana-2017
  • NAACP Image Awards, Entertainer of the Year-2017
  • Kids’ Choice Awards, Favorite Movie Actor for Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle-2018
  • Teen Choice Awards, Choice Comedy: Movie Actor for Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle-2018
  • Golden Raspberry Awards for Baywatch-2018
  • Honored, the United States 1st Armored Division-2019
  • Time’s 100 Most Influential People in the World -2019
  • MTV Movie & TV Awards-2019

Dwayne Johnson tattoo

Dwayne Johnson’s fantastic physique is enhanced by his tattoos. 

The most visible tattoos are the tribal ones that start from his heart area, go across his left shoulder, and end near his elbow. 

According to his tattoo artist, the tattoos took a total of 60 hours to complete. They had 3 sessions, each of 20 hours, to complete the masterpiece. 

These tattoos are beliefs of his ancestors from both of his parent’s sides: black culture and Samoan culture. They represent his great struggles and about overcoming them. 

‘The coconut leaves’ tattoo represents the head Samoan warrior, whereas ‘The Sun’ is worshipped in Samoan culture. It is a sign of good fortune. 

He also has a tattoo of three people. It is Dwayne standing with open arms with his ex-wife, Dany Garcia, and daughter, Simone.

The descending swirls tattoo symbolizes past, present, and brighter future. There is also a tattoo of two eyes, which represent ancestors watching over his family. Another one is the Great Eye which is believed to distract the enemies.

The broken face marked by shark teeth tattoo represents his spirit as a warrior and struggle. 

Lastly, he also has tattoos of stones, which represent the foundation of his life and dedication. 

In addition, he also has a Bull tattoo on his right bicep. It is “The Brahma Bull,” which represents his zodiac sign- Taurus

Dwayne Johnson net worth

From earning USD 5.5 Million for his first film to getting USD 20 Million for his role in the ‘Fast and Furious presence: Hobbs and Shaw’, his net worth has only grown.

Dwayne Johnson was the wealthiest wrestler in 2012, with a fortune of USD 70 Million.

Today, the fortune of the superstar has risen to USD 320 million and it is only going to increase in the future. All of that comes from his appearance in the movies, his business from Seven Bucks Production, and the endorsements.

Dwayne Johnson has endorsed popular brands like Apple, Ford, and Under Armour.

Johnson is a man of class. He has a deep interest in cars, so he has a fantastic collection of vehicles. Some of the cars he owns are:

  • Range Rover Sport
  • Pagani Huarya-USD 1.3 Million
  • Ford GT40-2017
  • Ford Mustang-2018
  • Rolls Royce Wraith
  • Cadillac Escalade

The Rock’s charity work

Not only is Dwayne Johnson financially at a great place, but he also spends a remarkable share of his income on charity.

He is the founder of the Dwayne Johnson Foundation, 2006. This charity foundation has been working for the welfare of terminally ill children.

He has also donated USD 1 Million to the University of Miami’s trust, which is the highest donation made by any former student. In addition, this act of Johnson resulted in a team locker room in the university under his name.

social media

If you are on social media and haven’t seen Dwayne Johnson’s posts yet, you are at a loss, my friends. His are some of the best content on social media handles.

His Instagram posts are most of the time dedicated to his daughters, Jasmine and Tianna. To this date, he has earned over 263 million followers on Instagram alone, making him one of the most followed celebrities on the platform.

Also, he has over 15.3 Million followers on his Twitter account named TheRock.

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