Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson: From Wrestling Star to Hollywood A-lister
Johnson is the world’s highest-paid actor thanks to big paydays for forthcoming films “Black Adam” and “Red Notice
Dwayne Johnson, better known as “The Rock,” is an actor and former professional wrestler. He was born on May 2, 1972, in Hayward, California, but he grew up in Honolulu, Hawaii. Johnson is of Black and Samoan descent, and he has spoken openly about his mixed ethnicity and cultural heritage.
From Football to Wrestling: Johnson’s Path to the WWE
Before becoming a wrestler, Johnson was a football player. He played college football at the University of Miami and later had a brief stint with the Calgary Stampeders of the Canadian Football League. However, his football career was cut short due to injuries, and he turned to professional wrestling instead.
Johnson made his WWE debut in 1996 under the ring name “Rocky Maivia.” He quickly rose to fame and became one of the biggest stars in the WWE, winning numerous titles and headlining several WrestleMania events.
From Wrestling to Hollywood: Johnson’s Movie Roles
After retiring from wrestling in 2004, Johnson turned his attention to acting. He made his film debut in The Mummy Returns (2001) and has since appeared in numerous blockbuster movies, including:
- The Fast and the Furious franchise (2001-present)
- Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (2017) and Jumanji: The Next Level (2019)
- Moana (2016)
- San Andreas (2015)
- Central Intelligence (2016)
- Skyscraper (2018)
- Red Notice (2021)
- Black Adam (2022)
Johnson’s performances have earned him critical acclaim, and he has become one of the highest-paid actors in Hollywood.
Johnson’s net worth is estimated to be around $820 million as of 2023. This includes his earnings from acting, producing, and his business ventures, which include his clothing line, Under Armour partnership, and his production company, Seven Bucks Productions. Johnson is also known for his philanthropy, and he has supported numerous charitable causes, including the Make-A-Wish Foundation and the Dwayne Johnson Rock Foundation, which focuses on helping at-risk and terminally ill children.
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