Dwayne Johnson (born 02.05.1972)
Dwayne Johnson is a WWE wrestler (known in the ring as The Rock) and actor.
Dwayne Johnson: Childhood
Dwayne Johnson was born in Hayward, California. His parents are Ata Johnson and Rocky Johnson, also a professional wrestler.
He lived in Auckland, New Zealand for a while and attended Richmond Road Primary School before returning to the US where he attended President William McKinley High School in Honolulu, Hawaii.
The family then moved to Bethlehem, Pennsylvania where he attended Freedom High School and became a member of the football, track and field and wrestling teams. He later got a scholarship from the University of Miami to play football and graduated with a Bachelor of General Studies degree in criminology and physiology.
In 1991, he was on the Miami Hurricanes' national championship team and later joined the Calgary Stampeders in the Canadian Football League in 1995.
Dwayne Johnson: Wrestling career
Dwayne Johnson is from a family full of professional wrestlers. He first tried out for WWF (World Wrestling Federation) in 1996 defeating The Brooklyn Brawler under his real name. He soon signed a contract with them after co-winning the USWA World Tag Team Championship as Flex Kavana.
He became Rocky Maivia (a cross between his father and his grandfather's ring names) and was hailed as WWF's first third-generation wrestler.
He made his WWF debut at Survivor Series in an eight-man elimination tag match and was the last man standing. In 1997, he won the WWF Intercontinental Championship but he was often disliked by his audiences.
He then lost the Championship to Owen Hart and became The Rock and then formed a stable known as 'The Nation of Domination' alongside Faarooq, D'Lo Brown and Kama but in 1998 The Rock usurped Faarooq's title as the stable leader which sparked a feud.
The Rock has defended his Intercontinental title against Stone Cold Steve Austin, Faarooq and Triple H before becoming a contender for the WWF Championship title after defeating Ken Shamrock and Mankind in a cage fight. Another feud in The Nation soon ended the stable.
He soon gained popularity and dubbed himself 'The People's Champion'. He then feuded with promoter Vince McMahon and thus fought and defeated his associate Mankind. He then allied with Vince and became a part of their stable The Corporation.
The WWF Championship title was switched between him and Mankind for some time. The Rock then lost it to Steve Austin at WrestleMania XV. He and Mankind allied after challenging WWF Tag Team Champions The Undertaker and The Big Show and subsequently won that title.
As well as Mankind, The Rock has defended the Championship title against Kurt Angle, Triple H and Steve Austin.
In 2000, The Big Show and The Rock had a Royal Rumble match. The Rock was announced as the winner but The Big Show demanded a rematch (which he won) after revealing footage proving that The Rock didn't win.
In 2001, The Rock lost the Championship title to Austin at WrestleMania X-Seven and was later suspended after a match where Triple H intervened with a sledgehammer.
When he returned, The Rock won the WCW Championship but the title was juggled over the next months with Chris Jericho. At the end of the year, he took another break from wrestling.
On his second return, he won his record-breaking seventh WWF Championship title but lost it (and the record for the youngest WWE Champion) to Lesnar. He yet again took another hiatus.
The Rock returned in 2003 to criticize Hulk Hogan and admit that WWE was no longer a major priority with his acting career taking off.
He failed to win number one contendership for the World Heavyweight Championship before beating Steve Austin in a match that turned out to be Austin's last and their long-standing feud ended. The Rock took another hiatus after being defeated by Bill Goldberg but made various occasional returns.
In 2004, he announced that his contract with WWE was over but he would continue to use his wrestling name.
In 2008, he inducted his father Rocky Johnson and his grandfather Peter Maivia into the WWE Hall of Fame.
In 2011 he was revealed as the host of WrestleMania XXVII. During a promo, he called John Cena a 'big fat bowl of Fruity Pebbles'. The pair had feuded on Twitter and eventually had a live slanging match before Wrestlemania XXVII after which John Cena performed his Attitude Adjustment move on him.
At WrestleMania, The Rock took revenge by using Rock Bottom on Cena. Cena later challenged him to a match at WrestleMania XXVIII in 2012. However, the pair ended up becoming Tag Team partners against Awesome Truth - a match which ended with The Rock giving Cena a Rock Bottom.
At WrestleMania XXVIII, The Rock finally faced Cena. He won but praised Cena for his efforts and became determined to become WWE Champion again - a title which was then held by CM Punk.
In 2013, The Rock defeated CM Punk and won his eighth WWE Championship.
Dwayne Johnson: Acting career
Dwayne Johnson appeared in the video and featured his vocals in the 2000 Wyclef Jean single 'It Doesn't Matter'.
His first TV acting roles include appearances on 'Star Trek: Voyager' and on 'That '70s Show'. He has also appeared in Disney Channel shows 'Cory in the House' and 'Wizards of Waverly Place'.
His film debut came with his character as The Scorpian King in 'The Mummy Returns' - a role which he reprised as the title character in the movie's sequel.
His other movies include 'The Game Plan', 'Get Smart', 'Race To Witch Mountain', 'Planet 51' as well as taking the title role in 2010's 'Tooth Fairy'.
In 2011, he appeared in Fast and Furious movie 'Fast Five'; his biggest movie to date grossing $86 million in its first weekend.
In 2012, he appeared in 'Journey 2: The Mysterious Island' as well as 'Snitch' in 2013.
2013 sees him star in 'G.I. Joe: Retaliation', ' Fast Six' and 'Pain & Gain'.
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Dwayne Johnson is to take the lead in 'Rampage'.
Dwayne Johnson is about to protect America from a gorilla, a lizard and a wolf in a big-screen adaptation of the 1980s arcade game Rampage. Johnson is reteaming with his San Andreas producer Beau Flynn for the action movie, which is set to start production next summer.
Dwayne Johnson is to battle some unusual enemies in Rampage
The script is to be written by Ryan Engle, who penned the Liam Neeson thriller Non-Stop, though a director is yet to be announced.
Continue reading: Dwayne Johnson to Battle Gorilla, Lizard and Wolf in 'Rampage'
The Rock clipped somebody's wing mirror on the way to the set of his new movie 'Central Intelligence' back in May, but he managed to charm his way out of it.
Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson was fortunate to get away pretty lightly when he hit another car a few weeks ago after the owner of the other vehicle refused to accept payment – because he was a huge fan of the actor!
The Furious 7 and San Andreas star took to Instagram on Monday (June 16th) to tell followers about the fender bender, in which the rock clipped the parked car’s wing mirror with his truck. “Here's a fun story to start your week off...” he writes. “I'm driving to set in my pick-up truck - music blasting - I'm singing away like I'm having a one man party in my truck - then I hear a loud BANG.”
'Jurassic World' has knocked it out of the park, passing the $200million mark in its opening weekend in America.
We all knew it would be big. Bring back the Jurassic Park franchise after a gap of 14 years, add Chris Pratt and a fearsome new dinosaur into the mix, and push the Steven Spielberg connection (albeit as executive producer), and Universal has undoubtedly got a hit on its hands.
Chris Pratt: now one of Hollywood's most bankable stars
But it's not until after Jurassic World's opening weekend that anyone knew quite how big it would be. The film has debuted in the US with a whopping $204.6million, doubling the studio's original weekend estimate, Box Office Mojo reports.
Continue reading: 'Jurassic World' Claims Second-Biggest Weekend Ever In America
The long-awaited fourth film in the 'Jurassic Park' franchise is smashing expectations at the US box office.
Dinosaurs ruled the earth 65 million years ago, and now they're ruling the box office, with Jurassic World making an estimated $82.8million in America by the end of Friday.
Chris Pratt and his wife Anna Faris at the Jurassic World premiere
Outperforming most analysts' predictions, the film has scored the third-best Friday opening on record, according to Box Office Mojo, placing it behind only Avengers: Age of Ultron ($84.4m) and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 ($91m).
Continue reading: 'Jurassic World' Roars Into Cinemas With Monster Opening
The star-studded special was announced during Saturday night’s Spike TV Guy’s Choice Awards.
Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson had a very special announcement during Saturday night’s Guy’s Choice Awards on Spike TV, as the action star unveiled his latest project, a star packed variety show titled 'Rock the Troops'. The show, which will air on Veteran’s Day next year, will entertain and support U.S. troops stationed overseas and will be filmed on location at a military base to be announced soon.
Dwayne Johnson will be rocking the troops next Veteran’s Day.
Speaking to Entertainment Weekly backstage at the awards Johnson explained, “It is so important to me to give back to the troops. I really want to create something special for our boys and girls who are overseas and hopefully we do such a good job that we can do it again and again. I have military in my family, some vets and two Navy SEALs. That was the genesis of that.”
Horror takes on comedy in cinemas this weekend, but there's no clear winner based on Friday's estimates.
As ticket sales for Dwayne Johnson's San Andreas cool off a little, two very different films are vying for the number-one spot this week: the third (but probably not the last) instalment of the Insidious horror series, and Melissa McCarthy's crime comedy Spy. And they're neck and neck after one day in cinemas according to Box Office Mojo - Insidious has made $10.4million, while Spy is slightly behind with $10.25m.
Lin Shaye (the one on the right)
The directorial debut of actor-writer Leigh Whannell, Insidious: Chapter 3 has received a warmer critical reception than many people expected, but its opening-day haul is roughly half what the second film in the series made in its first 24 hours, meaning it will likely end the weekend with a considerably lower total than Chapter 2's $40.3m.
Continue reading: 'Insidious' And 'Spy' Are Neck And Neck At US Box Office
The ‘San Andreas’ star is said to be in talks to take on Kurt Russell’s 1986 role.
After dominating the box office at the weekend with San Andreas, Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson is already eyeing his next big screen role which looks set to be in a remake of 80s cult classic, Big Trouble in Little China.
Johnson is currently riding high at the box office with San Andreas.
According to The Wrap, Johnson is already in talks to star in and produce the remake, which will be scripted by X-Men: First Class writers Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz. The film will be produced by 20th Century Fox, who are yet to comment on the rumours.
Dwayne Johnson has done it again at the box-office.
The earthquake disaster movie San Andreas has stormed the U.S box office, taking $53.2 million to further establish Dwayne Johnson as one of the most bankable stars in Hollywood. San Andreas knocked last week's number-one, Tomorrowland, into third place, with Pitch Perfect 2 in second.
San Andreas is now Dwayne Johnson's biggest non-sequel debut at the box-office
San Andreas' success allayed fears that audiences in quake-prone regions would actively avoid the film.
Continue reading: 'San Andreas' Does Huge $53.2 Million to Storm U.S Box Office
Let The Rock teach you a thing or two about earthquakes.
This year’s recipe for a successful movie really has only one ingredient: The Rock. I don’t know when a former WWE wrestler-turned-comic-relief-go-to became The Guy to call for a blockbuster project, but it is what it is. Case in point: San Andreas, which scored an easy victory at the box office this weekend.
The Rock is here to save everyone (well, a couple of people anyway.)
With $53,2 million in domestic earnings, the earthquake disaster flick brought the thunder (or the shake, if you will) to the box office over the last weekend of May. According to Forbes, the movie went above and beyond early tracking predictions.
Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson will certainly be this weekend’s box office champ after Bradley Cooper’s ‘Aloha’ bombs.
After taking a massive $18.2 million on Friday, including $3.1m after Thursday previews, earthquake disaster movie San Andreas, starring Dwayne Johnson, looks on course to take $48 million this weekend. The disaster flick is way ahead of Bradley Cooper rom-con Aloha which also opened this weekend and suffered dismal reviews from the critics.
Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson stars in disaster flick San Andreas.
According to Forbes, San Andreas crushed the competition on Friday and is now on course for a weekend debut as high as $48 million, with audiences giving the movie a resounding thumbs up. It seems US audiences can’t help but be enthralled by the idea of The Rock taking on an earthquake and the box office receipts will speak for themselves.
Melissa McCarthy made a name for herself in 'Bridesmaids', and is now getting a chance to hold a movie up on her name alone.
Melissa McCarthy's new action-comedy 'Spy' marks a leap in her career from supporting goofball (she was Oscar nominated for 'Bridesmaids') to co-lead (alongside Sandra Bullock in 'The Heat') and now to carrying a major blockbuster on her own shoulders. It's no coincidence that all three of these movies are directed by Paul Feig, a filmmaker who has long thought that more films should be centred on strong, funny women.
Melissa McCarthy in 'Spy'
McCarthy grew up in Illinois, and describes her family as "a bunch of funny men who think women are really funny. I didn't grow up with a sense that people thought any differently."
Continue reading: 'Spy' Is Melissa McCarthy's Big Break Out
Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson has been on fire this summer, with multiple box-office smash-hits and a Guinness World Record - where can it go from here?
Dwayne Johnson has already conquered the 2015 box office with 'Furious 7', and now his next huge blockbuster 'San Andreas' is rumbling into cinemas. He also just set a Guinness World Record by taking 105 selfies in three minutes at the film's premiere. Clearly life is good for the 6-foot-4 former wrestler, who at 43 shows no sign of slowing down.
Dwayne Johnson and Carla Gugino in 'San Andreas'
Johnson enjoyed the challenge of making 'San Andreas'. "It's been a long time since there had been an earthquake movie - 1972 was the last Earthquake movie," he says. "There's an expectation, so we want to meet that expectation in terms of heroic characters across the board, all of them having the core of heart. But we also wanted to exceed the expectations too."
Continue reading: Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson Is On A Roll With 'San Andreas'
Set up as an old-style disaster movie with only a fraction of the plot, this earthquake action adventure is preposterous enough to just about work as a guilty pleasure. Everything else about the film is simply absurd, from the fake science to the simplistic family dynamic that strains to hold the story together. But it's definitely a big-screen spectacle, and Dwayne Johnson was made to fill the big screen.
He plays Los Angeles Fire & Rescue chopper pilot Ray, who is going through a divorce from Emma (Carla Gugino) after the death of his young daughter. Now his older daughter Blake (Alexandra Daddario) needs help moving up the coast, but Ray has been called to respond to a freak quake in Nevada. So she travels instead to San Francisco with her mother's millionaire boyfriend (Ioan Gruffudd). Then jittery Cal Tech scientist Lawrence (Paul Giamatti) works out that this temblor is heading for L.A. and will move up the coast to San Francisco, perhaps creating the biggest seismic event the world has ever seen. As he issues urgent warnings, Ray rescues Emma from a collapsing L.A. skyscraper, and they both head north to save their daughter. Meanwhile, Blake has teamed up with sexy Brit Ben (Hugo Johnstone-Burt) and his perky little brother Ollie (Art Parkinson) to survive the chaos in San Francisco.
Despite the filmmakers' stated goal to recreate a classic disaster epic like The Poseidon Adventure (1972) or Earthquake (1974), this film doesn't bother to feature an ensemble cast with complex intertwined storylines. Instead, it heaps all of the drama onto Johnson's beefy shoulders. He has more than enough charisma to hold it together, even if his one big emotional scene feels a bit, well, stony. Everyone else provides a masterclass in panic-stricken acting, running and screaming and fearing for everyone's lives even though it's clear from the start that very few characters will die. Hundreds of thousands of anonymous digitally rendered victims perish, but the movie doesn't bat an eyelid about them.
Continue reading: San Andreas Review
Dwayne Johnson connects with 'San Andreas' character on many levels.
Dwayne Johnson opens up about how events in his personal life helped him connect to the problems of single father rescue pilot Ray Gaines in his new earthquake thriller 'San Andreas'; his second movie with director Brad Peyton which hits the UK today.
Dwayne Johnson says 'San Andreas' role was 'meant to be'
The movie sees a first responder helicopter pilot on a journey to rescue his estranged daughter following a devastating earthquake along the San Andreas fault in California. And while Dwayne Johnson might never have been stuck in a natural disaster of this scale himself, he certainly knows what it's like to experience the deeper issues that Ray Gaines is going through.
Continue reading: The Rock Shows His Softer Side: 'I Know What It's Like To Struggle'
Date of birth
2nd May, 1972