Updated: Jun 10
Birthday: 2nd May
Dwayne Douglas Johnson, also known by his ring name The Rock, is an American-Canadian actor, retired professional wrestler. He was a professional wrestler for the World Wrestling Federation (WWF, now WWE) for eight years prior to pursuing an acting career. His films have grossed over $3.5 billion in North America and over $10.5 billion worldwide, making him one of the highest-grossing box-office stars of all time.
In 1996, Johnson secured a contract with the WWF. He rose to prominence after developing a charismatic persona of a boastful trash-talking wrestler named The Rock. He subsequently won his first WWF Championship in 1998 and helped usher the WWF into the "Attitude Era", a boom period in the company's business in the latter 1990s and early 2000s which still hold professional wrestling records for television ratings. In 2004, he left the WWE to pursue an acting career and went on a seven-year hiatus before returning in 2011 as a part-time performer until 2013, before wholly retiring in 2019.
Considered to be one of the greatest professional wrestlers and biggest draws of all-time, The Rock headlined the most-bought professional wrestling pay-per-view event ever, WrestleMania XXVIII, and was featured in among the most watched episodes of WWE's television shows, WWE Raw and WWE SmackDown. He has won several championships, being a two-time Intercontinental Champion, a five-time tag team champion, and a ten-time world champion. He was also a Royal Rumble match winner and WWE's sixth Triple Crown champion.
Johnson had his first feature film acting role in The Mummy Returns (2001), and played his first lead role in The Scorpion King (2002). He has since starred in numerous successful films, including The Game Plan (2007), Get Smart (2008), Race to Witch Mountain (2009), Tooth Fairy (2010), Journey 2: The Mysterious Island (2012), G.I. Joe: Retaliation (2013), Hercules (2014), San Andreas (2015), Central Intelligence (2016), Moana (2016), Rampage (2018), and Skyscraper (2018). Johnson's most successful box office role has been Luke Hobbs in The Fast Saga films. He first appeared as the character in Fast Five (2011) and helped catapult the series into one of the highest-grossing film franchises in history.He starred in the sequels, Fast & Furious 6 (2013), Furious 7 (2015), and The Fate of the Furious (2017), as well as the spin-off film Hobbs & Shaw (2019). Another notable franchise starring Johnson is Jumanji, and he has appeared in Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (2017) and its sequel Jumanji: The Next Level (2019).
Consistently ranked among the world's highest paid actors, Johnson made the Time 100 Most Influential People in the World list in both 2016 and 2019.
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WATCH DWAYNE JOHNSON THIS WEEK
FILMS: The Fast & the Furious Film Series (2001 - 2019) (Age 12)
All Weekend & Monday, Sky Cinema Fast & Furious
& Netflix & Amazon
Dwayne Johnson arrived in Fast Five and has been a big draw to the series since then.
FILM: Central Intelligence (2016) (Age 12)
Friday 29th May, Film4, 9pm
Johnson teams up with Kevin Hart for this comedy action flick.
FILM: Rampage (2018) (Age 12)
Available on Sky Movis / Amazon (to Rent)
Johnson teams up with a giant gorilla to fight big monsters. Yup.
What's your favourite Dwayne Johnson performance / film?