Dwayne Johnson (The Rock) Biography: Dwayne Johnson also known as The Rock, is a former WWE wrestler turned actor, producer and businessman who made the Forbes list of Top 10 Earning Celebrities in 2020.
Although Dwayne Johnson (The Rock) is best known for his time as a wrestler and then actor, Dwayne Johnson (The Rock) was a promising NFL prospect and even received a scholarship from the University of Miami.
Dwayne Johnson played for the Miami Hurricanes national team and moved to Canada to sign with the Calgary Stampeders, but after an injury-prone season, he left the NFL and went into wrestling.
Dwayne Johnson (The Rock) Additional facts
- Dwayne Johnson is also known by his ring name “The Rock“.
- He is a Canadian-American actor, producer, and semi-retired professional wrestler who is currently signed to WWE.
- His father, grandfather and cousin were also wrestlers.
- Rocky Johnson, his father, was a member of the first black tag team to win the World Tag Team Championship in the World Wrestling Federation (WWF).
- His mother is of Samoan descent, and his father was a Black Nova Scotian.
- For a short time, Johnson lived with his mother’s family in the suburb of Gray Lynn in Auckland, New Zealand. There he attended Richmond Road Primary School before returning to the United States with his parents.
- He began playing football at Freedom High School (Pennsylvania) in the East Penn Conference. He was also a part of the school’s track and field and wrestling teams.
- Dwayne Johnson made his debut as a lead actor in 2002’s The Scorpion King, for which he earned US$5.5 million, a world record for an actor in his first starring role. He returned to WWE part-time from 2011 to 2013.
- In 2006, he founded the Dwayne Johnson Rock Foundation for the betterment of mentally ill children.
- Dwayne Johnson was named one of the Top 100 Most Powerful Celebrities in 2013 by Forbes.
- He became the highest paid actor in the world in 2016.
- Muscle & Fitness named Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson “Man of the Century” in 2015.
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