Dwayne Johnson, also known as The Rock, was to be the poster boy for success in a career change. The Rock was his ring name in the professional wrestling world and the fact that the name has become one of the most popular in Hollywood is enough proof of the magic of Dwayne Johnson.
While it’s not uncommon for athletes to switch to Hollywood, whether through a fictional on-screen narrative celebrating their career or even acting after retirement, Dwayne Johnson is the man who easily forgets that he wasn’t always the A-list actor he is now.
Below we look at some other areas of The Rock’s fascinating life and career that, taken together, make him such a fascinating character.
Dwayne Johnson (The Rock) Parents, Ethnicity, and Background Details
The Rock was born on 2 May 1972 as Dwayne Douglas Johnson. He is the son of a professional wrestler, Rocky Johnson and Ata Maivia Johnson, who born their son in Hayward, California.
Considering that his father and maternal grandfather were wrestlers, some would say that wrestling through his blood came to Dwayne Johnson. However, before he fully enjoyed the life of professional wrestling, he played college football for the University of Miami and followed in the footsteps of his wrestler-oriented family members when he was cut off from the Calgary Stampeders of the Canadian Football League in 1995.
His ethnicity is rich in his mother from a Samoan family and his father, who is a black Canadian with a small amount of Irish descent. When he was younger, Dwayne Johnson briefly stayed with his mother’s family in Grey Lynn, New Zealand. He would later return to the United States with his parents as his father’s job took him to Connecticut, Hawaii, and Pennsylvania.
The Rock was heavily involved in sports such as football, athletics, and wrestling during his high school days. Football gave him the most promising prospects; he went to Maimi University on a full football scholarship where he played defensive tackle. An injury would dissuade him from football fame in college and he would later be cut off from the Calgary Stampeders, as mentioned earlier. But then fate had more in store for Dwayne Johnson. He left the University of Maimi in 1995 with a Bachelor of General Studies in Criminology and Physiology.
After he was cut off from football and declared to his father his intention to start wrestling, his father opposed the idea. He later gave in on the condition that he would train him and not make it easy for him.
As Dwayne Johnson, he was nominated by Pat Petterson for many World Wrestling Federation auditions in 1996. In one of these games he won against the Brooklyn Brawler, but also lost several other games. It was the beginning of the birth of The Rock, who is now considered one of the greatest professional wrestlers of all time. He was celebrated by numerous people in wrestling, including Hulk Hogan and John Cena. A brief highlight of his wrestling career would be eight WWF/WWE Championships, two WCW/World Championships, two WWF Intercontinental Championships and five WWF Tag Team Championships. He also won the Royal Rumble 2000.
While Dwayne Johnson was still fully involved in wrestling, she took on small roles on the big screen. His first official leading role was in The Scorpion King in 2002. He was paid a whopping $5.5 million to be the highest-paid actor in his first lead role in the Guinness Book of Records. Since then, he has built a successful career in Hollywood, where he is known for his work ethic – he regularly works on numerous projects at once. Perhaps one of his outstanding roles is as Luke Hobbs in Fast and Furious Franchise. In 2016 he was the highest-paid actor in the world.
The Rock’s Wife and Daughter
Dwayne Johnson actually met the woman who was to become his wife at the University of Maimi. Her name is Danny Garcia and they got married on May 3, 1997. Danny Garcia became a member of the Board of Trustees of the University of Maimi and also founded a Miami-based asset management company. The two have a daughter called Simone. She was born on August 14, 2001. In June 2007, the couple announced that they were separating.
After the divorce, Dwayne Johnson started dating Lauren Hashian. The two met while The Rock was turning the schedule. Lauren Hashian is the daughter of Sib Hashian, the late Boston drummer. They had a daughter, Jasmine, on December 16, 2015, and another daughter, Tiana Gia Johnson, on April 17, 2018.
Is He Dead?
The Rock is definitely not dead, although in the survival games he participated in during WWE, some would say he was very close.
The Rock – the superstar wrestling champion, actor, producer, director and father is very lively and healthy. He remains one of the greatest names in the entertainment industry in the United States of America.