Dwayne Johnson: biography and latest news!

  • Occupation: Actor, Wrestler
  • Real name: Dwayne Douglas Johnson
  • Sign : Bull
  • Date of birth: Tuesday, May 02, 1972 (age: 48 years old)
  • Country: United States

Dwayne Johnson was born on May 2, 1972 in Hayward, California. Son of a line of professional wrestlers, Rocky Johnson his father and Peter Maivia, his maternal grandfather, he became passionate about sports at a very early age. He practices martial arts from childhood. As a teenager, he turned to American soccer, which he played at the University of Miami and wanted to become a professional player, but in 1995, a shoulder injury thwarted his aspirations. He then decided to take up the family torch and turned to wrestling.

Dwayne Johnson made his wrestling debut under the name Flex Cavana with the USWA and won two team championships. In November 1996, he joined the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) and chose to pay tribute to his father and grandfather by taking the name Rocky Maivia. Quickly, he distinguished himself in the rings for his sporting exploits but also for his showmanship. In August 1997, after several months of convalescence following an injury, he returned and was named The Rock. At the end of the 90’s he became one of the most successful wrestlers, he won the WWE Champion title seven times, five times WWF World Team Champion, twice WCW World Heavyweight Champion. At the same time, he made his first steps as an actor in a television series That 70’s show in 1998. In 2000, he published his autobiography, The Rock says, and, as a promotion for his book, on the set of a TV show his acting talents are noticed.

In 2001, Dwayne Johnson made his movie debut in Stephen Sommers’ The Return of the Mummy. The following year, he landed the lead role in The Scorpion King. The success of the film brings him a certain notoriety. He decides, from 2004, to devote himself to cinema and retires from the rings. He then made a series of action films (Welcome to the Jungle, Zero Tolerance, Doom) and comedies (Be Cool, Maxi Papa, Max the Threat). His career took off again when he joined the cast of the Fast and Furious 5 saga alongside Vin Diesel and Paul Walker. He resumes his role in 2013 (Fast and Furious 6) and 2015 (Fast and Furious 7). In 2014, he lends his stature to Hercules in Brett Ratner’s biopic. In November 2016, he lends his voice to one of the characters in the Disney animated film, Vaiana, a nod to his Polynesian origins since his mother is a native of the Samoan Islands. 2016 is the year of consecration; he becomes the highest paid actor in Forbes’ annual rankings and is voted Sexiest Man 2016 by People magazine. In 2017, he appeared in several big productions; Baywatch, Fast and Furious 8 and Jumanji.

At the same time, even though he favors his film career, the ex-professional catcher has been returning to the rings on an occasional basis since 2011. Notably during Wrestlemania, an annual show organized by the WWE federation.

On the private side, Dwayne Johnson is divorced from Dany Garcia (1997-2008) with whom he has a daughter, Simone Alexandra, born in August 2001. He finds love again on the arm of Lauren Hashian. The couple gives birth to a little Jasmine on December 16, 2015. In December 2017, they announce that they are expecting a second daughter in the spring of 2018. On April 23, 2018, the family grows with the birth of Tiana Gia.