Dwayne Johnson: 5 Incredible Facts About "The Rock"

Dwayne Johnson: 5 Incredible Facts About "The Rock"
July 5, 2020 - 11:45 / Lucas Anderson

How well do you know wrestling and acting star Dwayne Johnson? Explore these five incredible facts about the life and family history of "The Rock."

Dwayne Johnson has enjoyed a highly successful career in the world of sports and entertainment. 

Born on May 2, 1972, "The Rock" rose through the ranks of professional wrestling and established himself as a popular actor and surefire box office draw.

Here are five facts about his life and family history.

Dwayne Johnson's football career

Coming out of high school, Johnson was viewed as a promising football player. He received a full scholarship with the University of Miami, where the powerful 6-foot-5 athlete primarily played defensive tackle.

Dwayne Johnson, University of Miami Football, 1996.

After graduating, Johnson went undrafted at the 1995 NFL Draft. Instead, he signed with the Calgary Stampeders of the Canadian Football League, though he was cut two months into the season.

It was after his football career didn't pan out that Johnson elected to pursue professional wrestling. 

Wrestling runs in the family of Dwayne Johnson

"The Rock" may be one of wrestling's all-time great figures, but he was far from the first in his family to enter the ring. Dwayne's father Rocky Johnson (who sadly passed away earlier in 2020) was a noted professional wrestler, who is credited with breaking the colour barrier in the WWF.

Rocky had a long career starting in the 70s and culminated with his induction into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2008.

Rocky's father in-law (Dwayne's grandfather) was American Samoan wrestler Peter Maivia. What's more, the wrestling tradition has now continued into a fourth generation. Earlier in in 2020, Dwayne Johnson's daughter Simone signed a contract with the WWE.

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Dwayne Johnson's family background

Johnson has spoken about his family heritage, which is half Black and half Samoan.

Dwayne's father Rocky was born Wayde Bowles in Nova Scotia, Canada, a descendant of Black Loyalists who fled the United States after the American Revolutionary War.

Dwayne's mother, Ata Maivia, is Samoan, and through her, he's related to Peter Maivia and the Anoa'i wrestling family.

Dwayne Johnson movies

"The Rock" has now primarily shifted to a career on the big screen, where he's one of today's most bankable action movie and comedy stars.

According to The Numbers, Johnson ranks as the 14th highest-grossing actor in film history, with roles in films that have totalled over $12 billion at the box office.

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Dwayne Johnson has three daughters

Johnson shares one daughter, Simone, 18, with his first wife Dany Garcia. He then married Lauren Hashian in 2019, and they share two young daughters, Jasmine, 4, and Tiana, 2, together.

Dwayne Johnson and Lauren Hashian in 2016.

In recent years, Johnson has earned a reputation for being a superstar father, regularly sharing videos and photos with his daughters on his Instagram page.