Dwayne Douglas Johnson popularly known as The Rock is a semi-retired WWE wrestler cum actor.
The Rock Bio / Career
The Canadian-American was born on May 2nd, 1972 in Hayword, California to a Canadian, of Black Nova Scotian and an Irish descent mother.
The Rock hails from a family with wrestling history. Both his father Rocky Johnson and grandfather Peter Mavia were wrestlers, as well as many of his cousins and uncles.
Even his maternal grandmother, Lia Maivia, was one of few female wrestling promoters back in the days when many women were not found in that field.
In high school, Dwayne began playing football and participated in track and field events as well as wrestling. A promising football prospect, Dwayne received offers from numerous collegiate programs. He attended the University of Miami where he played as a defensive tackle.
His team Miami Hurricanes won the 1991 National Championships. After graduating from college with a degree in criminology and physiology, Johnson played for the Canadian Football leagues’ Canadian Stampeders. It looked like Johnson was on his way to becoming a professional football player but unfortunately, two months before the start of 1995 season, he was cut.
So when football proved unsuccessful for him, he opted for wrestling. He was trained by his father Rocky Johnson who initially objected to his choice of becoming a wrestler. He was also trained by John Pitcher and Mark Henry. Johnson in 1996 signed a contract with World Wrestling Federation/Entertainment and made his debut as Rocky Mavia, a combination of his father and grandfather’s name.
Hyped as the first third-generation wrestler in the company’s history, Rocky Mavia gained mainstream popularity between 1997 and 2004. Later in the WWE, he changed his name to The Rock. The Rock has been described by many including his fellow wrestlers as one of the greatest wrestlers to ever grace the WWE. He has won 10 World Heavy Weight Championships, 8 WWF/WWE championships, 5 Tag Team Championships, the 2000 Royal Rumble and more. He returned to WWE between 2011 and 2013 and has since continued to make random non-wrestling appearances.
The Rock Career Earnings and Salary Per Movie
Dwayne’s wrestling and acting careers have earned him millions bringing his total net worth to the value of $190 million. He made his acting debut in the 1999 movie “Beyond The Mat” but his breakout role was in 2002 movie “The Scorpion King” for which he received a record $5.5 million. Dwayne has since become a prolific actor starring also in TV series, some of which he is the executive producer via his Seven Bucks Productions. In 2011 Dwayne made his debut appearance in the 5th Fast And Furious movie, “Fast Five” which broke box office records as the most successful Fast and Furious movie. It grossed $86 million in the first week. He also appeared in the subsequent sequels that followed.
Dwayne Johnson Highest-paying film roles
The Rundown: Rumble in the Jungle – $12.5 million
Walking Tall (2004) – $15 million
G.I. Joe Retaliation (2013) – $15 million
Hercules (2014) – $20 million
Fast & Furious 5 & 6 (2011, 2015) – $20 million
Dwayne Johnson has no doubt been successfully deploying his combat skills in action roles. He is still active building up his filmography and also actively involved in producing. He is the executive producer of HBO comedy series “Ballers”. His 2015 movie San Andreas grossed a whopping $474 million at the box office.
In 2015, Forbes listed him as the 11th highest-paid actor in the world with an annual earning of $31.5 million and in 2016 he topped the list with a paycheck of $64.5 million doubling his previous earnings.
Is The Rock Dead Or Alive?
There have been many death hoaxes involving The Rock. One of such rumors was that he was killed in a stunt gone wrong during the filming of fast and furious 7.
The report like many others before it turned out to be false as Dwayne Johnson is still alive and doing well.
He also used his Facebook page to assure his numerous fans who were already stressed by the news that he was doing fine.
Is The Rock Married, With Wife and Children, Does He Have A Girlfriend?
The sizzling hot actor has been married once to Dany Garcia but they got divorced in 2007 after 10 years together. Their union produced a daughter Simone who was born in 2001.
Johnson has since been with Lauren Hashian – with whom he has a daughter Jasmine born in 2015. In December 2017, Johnson announced he and Hashian are expecting their second child.