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  • Dwayne Johnson Biography

    Born: May 02, 1972 in Hayward, California, USA

    Dwayne Johnson has solidified himself as a global box office success with gross film revenues in excess of 1.5 billion dollars worldwide.

    Born into a family of unique entertainers, Johnson had the opportunity to develop a grass roots understanding of the nuances of live performance as he watched both his father and grandfather achieve tremendous success in the world of professional wrestling. Watching them perform throughout the country gave Johnson a primary education that was unlike any other. With a move to Pennsylvania in his latter teen years, Johnson focused his natural athletic abilities on football attracting the attention of the University of Miami. After receiving a full football scholarship, Johnson joined the powerhouse football program and won his first National Championship with the team in 1991. He played again for the National Championship in 1992, closing out his illustrious football career by competing for a third National Championship in 1995 against the University of Nebraska in the Orange Bowl.

    Upon graduation Johnson capitalized on his inherent drive and discipline to turn his passion for entertainment into a life-changing career. Following in the footsteps of his World Wrestling Entertainment Hall of Fame grandfather and father, Dwayne quickly utilized his past life lessons to develop the iconic character ‘The Rock.’ Johnson performed to over 10 million fans a week on television as well as both domestic and international live audiences that reached in excess of 70,000 people. Johnson consistently sold out venues such as the Houston Astrodome, Madison Square Garden and Toronto Sky Dome. As the character ‘The Rock,’ Dwayne achieved unprecedented success becoming a New York Times bestselling author for his autobiography entitled The Rock Says as well as a platinum recording artist for his WWE compilation CD, performing with such artists as Grammy Award-winner Wyclef Jean.

    In April 2011, Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson made a highly anticipated return to the WWE as host of WrestleMania XXVII. In April 2012, he will compete against John Cena in WrestleMania XXVIII in Miami, Fl.

    Johnson pursued his desire to expand his entertainment mediums and transitioned from television to film where he played the Egyptian man/god ‘the Scorpion King’ in the 2001 blockbuster THE MUMMY RETURNS, leading to his first starring role in THE SCORPION KING in 2002.  The success of that film led to subsequent leading roles in THE RUNDOWN (as a bounty hunter out of his element in South America), WALKING TALL (as a returning Persian Gulf War hero who protects his hometown from drug dealers) and GRIDIRON GANG (as a compassionate, yet tough corrections officer inspiring a team made of teenage inmates).  He also gave an acclaimed standout performance in the ensemble hit BE COOL, as a colorful gay Samoan bodyguard. Johnson has traversed the world of animation by lending his voice to PLANET 51 as astronaut ‘Captain Charles Baker.’ The actor returned to big-family comedy with his starring role in THE TOOTH FAIRY.

    Johnson was most recently seen introducing United States DSS Special Agent ‘Luke Hobbs’ in FAST FIVE, the fifth installment of Universal’s FAST AND FURIOUS franchise. The film had the highest grossing debut of any other film in the franchise.

    Johnson recently wrapped production on the Jon Chu directed feature G.I. JOE: COBRA STRIKES, in which he stars as ‘Roadblock” one of the franchise’s largest and strongest characters. Additionally he recently starred in the Brad Peyton-directed feature JOURNEY 2: THE MYSTERIOUS ISLAND, which released in 3D in February 2012 and will star in and produce a biopic of black country music star Charlie Pride. In November 2010, Johnson was seen starring in the George Tillman-directed CBS Films feature “Faster,” where he starred asan ex-con set to avenge his brother's death as a result of a horrific double cross during a heist gone wrong. The film marked Johnson’s highly anticipated return to action.

    A global philanthropist, Johnson is a committed Celebrity Cabinet Member for The American Red Cross, has served on the National Advisory Board for The Make-A-Wish Foundation where he serves as a Wish Ambassador, and has served as the National Spokesperson for After School All-Stars (f.k.a. The Arnold Schwarzenegger Youth Foundation).

    The Giving Back Fund recognized Dwayne in 2006 as one of the top 30 celebrities who made the largest public charitable donations (University of Miami).

    In June 2008, the United States Congress, the Joint Leadership Commission and the United States Congressional Award Foundation recognized Johnson with the prestigious Horizon Award, the U.S. Congressional Award given to an individual in the private sector who has contributed to expanding opportunities for all Americans through their own contributions, and who has set exceptional examples for young people through their successes in life.

    Dwayne is a loving father to his 9-year-old daughter Simone.


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