Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson: From the Stage to the Screens

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Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is a Hollywood personality, actor, and entrepreneur who is currently considered one of the most influential actors of our time. Before launching his acting career, Dwayne was a college football player for the University of Miami. While at the University of Miami, Johnson won the national championship in 1991. Even though he aspired to have a professional football career that led him to enter the 1095 NFL Draft, he was undrafted at the end of the year. He signed with the Calgary Stampeders of the Canadian Football League (CFL), but was soon cut from the team in his first season. Shortly after, he began training as a professional wrestler. 

As a wrestler, Johnson secured a professional contract with the WWF. Since he was the son of Rocky Johnson and grandson of Peter Maivia, both of whom were wrestlers, Dwayne was promoted to become the first third-generation wrestler in WWF history. His rise to prominence and relevance was cemented thanks to his charismatic, boastful, trash-talking Rock gimmick, which soon became his signature as a wrestler. 

He won his first WWF Championship in 1998. Winning the championship was the foundation that helped usher in the Attitude Era, a boom in the industry beginning in the late 1990s and early 2000s. 

In 2004, he left wrestling to pursue a career in acting, even though he returned in 2011 as a part-time performer until 2013. He made sporadic appearances as a wrestler until 2019, when he announced his formal and official retirement. 

Dwayne ‘The Rock’  Johnson is regarded as one of the greatest professional wrestlers of all time, especially since he headlines the most-bought professional wrestling pay-per-view event (WrestleMania XXVIII), and he is subsequently featured in the most-watched episodes of WWE’s flagship television shows, Raw and SmackDown

Before retiring as a wrestler, Johnson is a 10-time world champion, a two-time Intercontinental Champion, the 2000 Royal Rumble Winner, a Five-time Tag Team Champion, and WWE’s sixth Triple Crown Champion. 

Upon his incursion into the movie industry, Johnson’s first leading film role was in The Scorpion King (2002). And since then, he has starred in several successful movies such as The Game Plan (2007), Tooth Fairy (2010), G.I. Joe: Retaliation (2013), San Andreas (2015), Central Intelligence (2016), Rampage (2018), and Skyscraper (2018). As Luke Hobbs in the franchise Fast & Furious, beginning with Fast Five in 2011, his role helped the franchise become the highest-grossing film franchise ever. Johnson has also starred in the Jumanji franchise. 

Away from the screens and television, Dwayne Johnson is a published, bestselling author, a feat he achieved with his autobiography titled The Rock Says… In the opening week of its publication, the book debuted at No. 1 on The New York Times Best Seller list and remained on the list for several weeks.

In 2006, Johnson founded the Dwayne Johnson Rock Foundation, a charity working to provide help for at-risk and terminally ill children. On October 2, 2007, Johnson and his ex-wife donated $1 million to the University of Miami to support its football facilities’ renovation. As a result of his numerous charity work, the University of Miami renamed the Hurricanes’ locker room in his honor.

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