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Dwayne Douglas Johnson (The Rock)

Dwayne Douglas Johnson, also known by his ring name The Rock, is an American actor and professional wrestler who is signed to WWE, appearing on the Raw brand. He is often credited as Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson.

Background

  • Ethnicity: His father is of Black Nova Scotian (Canadian) origin and his mother is of Samoan heritage.

  • Dwayne Johnson, the son of Ata Johnson and Rocky Johnson, was born in Hayward, California.His maternal grandfather, "High Chief" Peter Maivia, was also a professional wrestler. His maternal grandmother, Lia Maivia, ran Polynesian Pacific Pro Wrestling from 1982 until 1988, following her husband's death, becoming one of wrestling's few female professional promoters. For a brief period, Johnson lived in Auckland, New Zealand, with his mother's family. During this time his mother Ata ensured Johnson was exposed to one of the urban Polynesian cultural strongholds of the southern hemisphere. Johnson attended Richmond Road Primary School before returning to the United States with his parents.

  • Career

    • Johnson was a college football player. In 1991, he was part of the University of Miami's national championship team. He later played for the Calgary Stampeders in the Canadian Football League, and was cut two months into the 1995 season. This led to his decision to become a professional wrestler like his grandfather, Peter Maivia, and his father, Rocky Johnson. He gained mainstream fame as a wrestler in the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) from 1996 to 2004, and was the first third-generation superstar in the company's history. Johnson was quickly given a push as a heroic character in the WWF, originally billed as "Rocky Maivia", and then as "The Rock". He would subsequently turn into a villain as a member of the Nation of Domination in 1997. Two years after he joined the WWF, Johnson won the WWF Championship, and became one of the most popular wrestlers within the company's history for his engaging interviews and promos. Johnson is regarded by many as one of the greatest talkers in professional wrestling history, Rock was voted third by the fans for his microphone ability behind Roddy Piper and Stone Cold Steve Austin who were second and first respectively.

      Outside the ring, The Rock has launched a successful acting career, dropping the stage name and simply going by Dwayne Johnson. He first made a big splash as the Scorpion King, a supernatural bad guy, in 2001's The Mummy Returns. Johnson returned to this role the following year for The Scorpion King. Trying his hand at comedy, he appeared in 2005's Be Cool with John Travolta and Uma Thurman and 2007's The Game Plan.

      Johnson's acting career to continued to thrive through his appearances in such films as Driver (2010) and Fast & Furious 6 (2013). In 2014, he starred as the most famous strong men of all time in Hercules. Johnson also returns to wrestling from time to time, including a 2014 appearance with Hulk Hogan and Stone Cold Steve Austin at WrestleMania 30.

      In 2015, Johnson dominated the big screen with two big action films. He appeared in Furious Seven and starred in San Andreas. Johnson also debuted his first dramatic comedy series that same year. He plays Spencer Strasmore, a retired pro footballer turned financial planner, on Ballers.

      Johnson has a daughter, Simone Alexandra, from his first marriage. He and his high school sweetheart, Dany Garcia, wed in 1997 and split up a decade later. Johnson lives in Florida.

      Actor: (films) The Mummy Returns, 2001, The Scorpion King, 2002, The Rundown, 2003, Walking Tall, 2004, Be Cool, 2005, Doom, 2005, Southland Tales, 2006, Gridiron Gang, 2006, The Game Plan, 2007, Get Smart, 2008, Race to Witch Mountain, 2009, (voice) Planet 51, 2009, Tooth Fairy, 2010, The Other Guys, 2010; wrestler (TV series) WWF Superstars of Wrestling, 1996, WWF Monday Night Raw, 1996—97, Sunday Night Heat, 1998—2004, Raw is War, 1997—2004, WWF Smackdown, 1999—2002, TV appearances include That 70s Show, 1999, The Net, 1999, Star Trek: Voyager, 2000

    Major achievements

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      Match of the Year (1999) vs. Mankind in an "I Quit" match at Royal Rumble

      Match of the Year (2002) vs. Hulk Hogan at WrestleMania X8

      Most Popular Wrestler of the Year (1999, 2000)

      Wrestler of the Year (2000)

      PWI ranked him 2 of the 500 best singles wrestlers in the PWI 500 in 2000

      PWI ranked him 76 of the top 500 singles wrestlers of the "PWI Years" in 2003

      United States Wrestling Association

      USWA World Tag Team Championship (2 times) – with Bart Sawyer

      World Wrestling Federation/Entertainment/WWE

      WCW/World Championship (2 times)

      WWF/E Championship (8 times)1

      WWF Intercontinental Championship (2 times)

      WWF Tag Team Championship (5 times) – with Mankind (3), The Undertaker (1), and Chris Jericho (1)

      Royal Rumble (2000)

      Sixth Triple Crown Champion

      Slammy Awards (eight times)

      New Sensation (1997)

      Game Changer of the Year (2011) – with John Cena

      Guess Who's Back or: Return of the Year (2011)

      LOL! Moment of the Year (2012, 2013) – insulting John Cena using the history of Boston, Massachusetts – Rock Concert on the 20th anniversary episode of Raw

      Match of the Year (2013) – vs. John Cena for the WWE Championship at WrestleMania 29

      Best Actor (2014)

      "Tell Me You Didn't Just Say That" Insult of the Year (2014) – Insulting Rusev and Lana

      Wrestling Observer Newsletter

      Best Box Office Draw (2000, 2011, 2012)

      Best Gimmick (1999)

      Best on Interviews (1999, 2000)

      Most Charismatic (1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2011, 2012)

      Most Improved (1998)

      Wrestling Observer Newsletter Hall of Fame (Class of 2007)

    Politics

    Johnson is a Republican, but has supported non-partisan political organizations and most of his donations go to educational institutions. He's a moderate and has expressed an interest in a political career.

    Johnson is politically ambiguous, having registered as an Independent at least once. But he performed at the 2000 Republican National Convention in 2000 but attended the Democratic National Convention the same year.

    However, Johnson has been part of a wrestling-derived organization designed to increase voter turnout regardless of any partisan ideology. It’s called the Smackdown Your Vote! So maybe partisanship is not that important to Johnson.

    His financial contributions to society have been rather neutral and educational in nature, including a cool $1 million to the University of Miami and $1,000 to the Valley Education Fund in Sherman Oaks, California. All things considered, Johnson seems rather moderate in his views.

    He has expressed a desire to possibly pursue a career in politics and is a confirmed friend of actor and politician Arnold Schwarzenegger. He once said:

    I wouldn’t rule [a political career] out. I think in order for politicians to be successful, you have to be passionate about politics. I care about our country, but right now I can make impact in other ways.

    Hey, Jesse Ventura did it, and he’s awesome.

    Religion

    Johnson is a Christian and has indicated that he is at least somewhat religious.ohnson is a Christian and has indicated that he is at least somewhat religious.

    Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson was born in Hayward, California and grew up in Auckland, New Zealand, Honolulu, Hawaii, and Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.

    Johnson hasn’t spoken much about his religious views, though his MySpace page indicates that he is “Christian-other.” Johnson has not indicated which denomination, if any, he subscribes to.

    He was once cornered by an obviously religious reporter, who wouldn’t let him deflect her religious inquiries. While Johnson was crediting God to getting him through the uncertain times in his life and his career, the reporter was asking, among other things, “What do you do spiritually in life to develop your soul and what does God actually mean to you?” To which Johnson replied:

    I have my own special relationship with God… I feel very blessed, I count my blessings every day.

    It sort of seems like a stock answer, something publicists and PR professionals tell their clients to say in the event of a religious line of questioning. He once said:

    To a degree, all of my promos are scripted…

    Still, this does indicate that Johnson is at least somewhat religious.

    Denomination: Catholic

    Views

    Everything in life has a purpose for Dwayne. No matter what his dreams were, becoming a wrestler, acting or football, he did extremely well because he wasn’t afraid to follow his dreams. Without the drive to succeed and be the best, he might not have excelled the way he has.

    Dwayne Johnson followed his dreams, but more importantly, he did everything in his power to transform them into a reality.

    Deciding to be friends with good people changed his life dramatically. If he would have stayed with the same crowd, he might have been thrown in jail. He knew that certain aspects of his life had to change, so he cut out all of the bad people in his life. This allowed him to feed off of their success and grow as a person.

    Taking risks has enabled Dwayne Johnson to venture from wrestling to acting. If he wasn’t successful in acting, he might have passed up his fame in wrestling. Since the sport is very unforgiving, time away could have resulted in him not being a fan favorite anymore. However, he took the risk and has become a very successful actor.

    Dwayne Johnson should be an inspiration to everyone. The decisions he made in life are what ultimately led to his success. Oftentimes, his life took a turn for the worse and the end of his football career was a major turning point in his life. Instead of giving up, he dedicated himself to aiming high and becoming a wrestler. Shortly after, he became one of the most well known wrestlers of all time and is now on the road to be a highly acclaimed hollywood actor and role model for all who are willing to be the best that they can be.

    Quotations: "Blood, sweat and respect. First two you give, last one you earn."

    “Success at anything will always come down to this: focus & effort. And we control both.”

    “Success isn’t always about ‘Greatness’, it’s about consistency. Consistent, hard work gains success. Greatness will come.”

    “In 1995 I had $7 bucks in my pocket and knew two things: I’m broke as hell and one day I won’t be.”

    Be the person that when your feet touch the floor in the morning the devil says, “aww shit.. they’re up”.

    Think back 5 yrs ago. Think of where you’re at today. Think ahead 5 yrs andwhat you want to accomplish. Be unstoppable.

    “If something stands between you and your success – move it. Never be denied.”

    “Success isn’t overnight. It’s when everyday you get a little better than the day before. It all adds up.”

    Personality

    Dwayne Douglas Johnson, also known as The Rock, was born on May 2, 1972 in Hayward, California, to Ata Johnson (née Maivia) and Canadian-born professional wrestler Rocky Johnson. His father 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 3 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".

    Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson has reached greater success than most could ever imagine. Professional wrestling brought his charismatic style to millions of people and the wrestling world quickly adopted him as one of their most liked wrestlers. After dominating for years, Dwayne Johnson gained the attention of Hollywood producers, this allowed Dwayne to branch off and find success as an actor. However, there are many reasons why Dwayne rose to fame and high levels of success.

    Was the first person to ever kick out of the "Stone Cold Stunner" while fighting Stone Cold Steve Austin (Steve Austin) at Wrestlemania XV. Was a member of Miami's NCAA national championship football team in 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.

    Has a wax figure likeness of himself at Madame Tussaud's museum.

    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 Show 70s (1998).

    He weighed 290 pounds during his college football career, but reduced his weight to about 265 pounds late in his wrestling career.

    Dwayne is a skilled light tackle salt water fisherman.

    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'.

    Made his WWF television debut at the Survivor Series (1996).

    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. Has a stepbrother, Jared.

    His ex-wife, Dany Garcia, is his manager.

    Quotes from others about the person

    Holly Meyer

    Coordinator of Volunteers

    Bayshore Christian Ministries:

    "Dwayne graciously traveled across the Bay Area to take photos at our nonprofit. He developed a quick rapport with our elementary school students and staff as he worked. The best part was seeing the great candid moments he captured while the kids were outside playing and still in quiet study. His photos will definitely help us promote the work we do to serve children in our city. Thanks, Dwayne!"



    Bebe Sorenson /Realtor® BRE#01723224

    Windermere Hulsey & Associates 490 Merchant St. Ste. #101

    Vacaville, Ca 95688:

    “Dwayne, took fabulous pictures of my clients home(s). He does great work, very particular about his photo shots. I was very please with his work and his professionalism. I would recommend his services for any occasion he does great work!”



    Fidel Moralez, Realtor

    Windermere Hulsey & Associates

    BRE License #01906923:

    "As a Realtor, capturing quality photos of the homes I sell for my clients is imperative when marketing them online to the many real estate website and social media platforms they are seen on. Dwayne's exceptional in capturing the right angles, natural light and best position to bring out the best qualities each home has to offer. He puts out a quality product and is very fast in turn times on getting the photos back to me. I am extremely pleased with his professionalism and recommend his photography services to all."

    Interests

    Artists: Tommy Lee Jones, Angela Basset

    Sport & Clubs: american football, wrestling.

    Athletes: Ric Flair.

    hanging out with his family, favourite color - black, favorite food - donuts and pizza, favorite pet - dog.

    Music & Bands: rap

    Connections

    • Son of Ata Johnson and Rocky Johnson.Grandson of Peter Fanene Maivia. Wife, Dany Garcia, was 22 when they met. Married Dany Garcia the day after his 25th birthday. He divorced in 2007 year. Has one daughter: Simone Alexander Johnson (born August 14, 2001).
    • father: Rocky Johnson - wrestler
    • mother: Ata Maivia-Johnson
    • ex-wife: Dany Garcia
      Dany Garcia is the Founder and President of The Garcia Companies, a Media Management Company.

      Ms. Garcia has worked in media in various capacities for the last 16 years, including areas such as sports entertainment, television and feature films. Ms. Garcia has a variety of media projects and credits, including executive producer
    • Daughter: Simone Alexandra Johnson
    Dwayne Johnson
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    Born May 2, 1972
    (age 45)
    Nationality
    • 1995
      University Miami
    • 1996 - 2004
      Professional wrestler
    • 1999 - present
      actor

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