Hollywood Actor Dwayne Johnson i.e. The Rock is celebrating his 50th birthday today. Dwayne Johnson has his own distinct fan following everywhere from Hollywood movies to wrestling. Very few people know that Dwayne started his career as a footballer who later became a wrestler and then a great actor. But always Dwayne did not want to be an actor or wrestler, but his passion was football, so let’s know how Dwayne’s journey was till joining The Rock and then the world’s highest paid actors.
On May 2, 1972, in the house of wrestler Rocky Johnson in California, a little guest was born, named Dwayne Johnson. Dwayne’s mother was also from a wrestling background. Dwayne Johnson’s life was going well that in the meantime his mother came to know about his father’s illicit relationship, due to which the two started fighting. Rocky was one of the best wrestlers of that era. But in the meantime, Rocky was accused of raping a 19-year-old girl and was arrested. Due to this, Dwayne’s mother Etta and father Rocky got divorced. Rocky was greatly affected by this divorce and the allegations against his father. Rocky started living in a flat with his mother, due to which he also had to face hardship.
Dwayne was still studying when he got a chance to play in the school’s football team. Dwayne’s passion started moving towards football. Dwayne always found a place in the team for defensive tackles. He was a good footballer, due to which he also got a scholarship from Miami University. In 1995, Dwayne Johnson completed his Bachelor’s degree in General Studies in Criminology and Physiology. He also used to make people aware about drugs in his college. After graduation, Dwayne was selected by the Calgary Stampeders in the Canadian Football League but was ruled out of the season for two months due to an injury. During this, Dwayne went into depression.
Now Dwayne was not interested in football. Dwayne had a good body like his father, due to which he decided to make a career in wrestling like his father. Wrestler Pat Patterson got Johnson several trial matches with the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) in 1996. Dwayne defeated The Brooklyn Brawlers at a house show on March 10 and lost the match to Chris Candido and Owen Hart. By now Dwayne was ready for wrestling. Dwayne began wrestling with the United States Wrestling Association under the name Flex Kavana, after which Johnson signed a WWF contract in the summer of 1996 after winning the USWA World Tag Team Championship twice with Bart Sawyer.
Dwayne now had to step into the WWF, so he chose the name Rocky Maivia. It was a combination of his father’s and grandfather’s name. Interestingly, his publicity was done as the third generation of his family. About which Dwayne also came to know later. Dwayne named himself Rock after a match, after which he became famous as The Rock. Dwayne Johnson was the record breaking champion from 2000 to 2002.
Dwayne Johnson i.e. The Rock has won the World Championship 10 times. He is also a two-time Intercontinental Champion, five-time Tag Team Champion, 2000 Royal Rumble winner, and WWE’s sixth Triple Crown Champion.
In August 2019, Johnson married his girlfriend singer Lauren Hashian. With whom he has two daughters Jasmine Lia and Tiana Gia. Johnson also has a son, Simone Alexandra, from his first marriage. Dwayne married his girlfriend in college, Danny Garcia, in 1997. But after 10 years of marriage, both of them separated in 2007.
Dwayne started his acting career in 1999 by playing the role of Father in ‘The Wrestling Show’. While doing TV shows, he worked in the American science fiction television series ‘Star Trek: Voyager’. His character Seven of Nine became very popular in this series. Due to which he got his first film in 2001 ‘The Mummy Returns’. This film proved to be a blockbuster. After which Dwayne’s career started in films. This was followed by several films including The Rundown in 2003, Walking Tale in 2004, Be Cool in 2005.
Dwayne Johnson, who started his career in Hollywood since 2001, has acted in 40 films so far. There have been many hit films in his career. which is still ongoing. So far 20 awards have been given to him for his acting. In 2016 and 2019, Dwayne was named by the Times as one of the 100 most influential people in the world.