Dwayne Douglas Johnson, also known as The Rock, was born on May 2, 1972 in Hayward, California, to Ata Johnson (born Feagaimaleata Fitisemanu Maivia) and Canadian-born professional wrestler Rocky Johnson (born Wayde Douglas Bowles). His father is black (of Black Nova Scotian descent), and his mother is of Samoan background (her own father was Peter Fanene Maivia , also a professional wrestler). While growing up, Dwayne traveled around a lot with his parents and watched his father perform in the ring. During his high school years, Dwayne began playing football and he soon received a full scholarship from the University of Miami, where he had tremendous success as a football player. In 1995, Dwayne suffered a back injury which cost him a place in the NFL. He then signed a three-year deal with the Canadian League but left after a year to pursue a career in wrestling.
He made his wrestling debut in the USWA under the name Flex Kavanah where he won the tag team championship with Brett Sawyer. In 1996, Dwayne joined the WWE and became Rocky Maivia where he joined a group known as "The Nation of Domination" and turned heel. Rocky eventually took over leadership of the "Nation" and began taking the persona of The Rock. After the "Nation" split, The Rock joined another elite group of wrestlers known as the "Corporation" and began a memorable feud with Steve Austin . Soon the Rock was kicked out of the "Corporation". He turned face and became known as "The Peoples Champion". In 2000, the Rock took time off from WWE to film his appearance in Die Mumie kehrt zurück (2001). He returned in 2001 during the WCW/ECW invasion where he joined a team of WWE wrestlers at The Scorpion King (2002), a prequel to Die Mumie kehrt zurück (2001).
Dwayne has a daughter, Simone Alexandra, born in 2001, with his ex-wife Dany Garcia , and a daughter, Jasmine, born in 2015, with his partner, singer and songwriter Lauren Hashian .
Johnson quickly became a hit with wrestling crowds, and in February of 1997 he captured his first WWF championship, making him, at age twenty-four, the youngest wrestler to win a belt. But just a few months later Rocky was being booed during matches. Apparently the fickle audience members were becoming much more interested in rooting for the "bad guys," and in a business where image is everything, Johnson had some rethinking to do. In mid-1997, after suffering a knee injury, he took some time off to recuperate, to marry his longtime girlfriend Dany Garcia, and to strategize.
The American actor and semi-retired professional wrestler, Dwayne Johnson was born on May 2, 1972. After failing to gain major success in his football career, he decided to become a professional wrestler, following the footsteps of his grandfather Peter Maivia and father Rocky Johnson. Dwayne started his wrestling career as Rocky Maivia but later gained mainstream fame as “The Rock” in the World Wrestling Federation. With numerous title victories and defeating many top wrestlers in WWF, Dwayne Johnson has earned the reputation of being one of the greatest professional wrestlers of all time. In 2004, he quit wrestling in order to focus on his acting career and since then has kept making short-term appearance in WWE. Johnson first gained success in his acting career in 2001 through his role in The Mummy Returns which was followed by his first lead role in 2002 hit The Scorpion King. Since then, Dwayne Johnson has gone on to star in several more movies including Doom, The Game Plan, Race to Witch Mountain, The Other Guys, Faster, Fast Five, Snitch, . Joe: Retaliation, Pain & Gain, Fast & Furious 6 and Hercules. Dwayne was married to Dany Gracia from 1997 to 2007 and the couple has one daughter together.