Happy Birthday to Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson

Today at Fitforpepople.org I am going to pay tribute to probably my biggest idol Dwayne Johnson AKA The Rock. 

Dwayne Douglas Johnson (born May 2, 1972), also known by his ring name The Rock, is an American actor, producer and professional wrestler. Johnson was a college football player for the University og Miami. Winning a National Championship in 1991. He later played for the Calgery Stampeders in the CFL (Canadian Football League, but was cut two months into the 1995 season. This to him becoming a professional wrestler like his father, and grandfather.

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Originally billed as “Rocky Maivia”, he gained mainstream fame in the WWF/E (World Wrestling Federation) from 1997 to 2004 as a major figure in the company’s “Attitude Era. Which featured other extremely popular wrestlers Stone Cold Steve Austin, Kane, Undertaker, Triple H, and Shawn Michaels but Dwayne was arguably the most famous of all.  

He was also the first third-generation wrestler in the company’s history. He returned to wrestling part-time for WWE from 2011 to 2013 and continues to make sporadic non-wrestling appearances for the company. As of May 2016, he has had 17 championship reigns in WWE, including 10 as a World Champion, he has won the WWF/E Championship eight times, and WCW World Championship twice. He won the Intercontinental Championship twice and the WWF Tag Team Championship five times. He is the sixth Triple Crown Champion in WWE history, and won the 2000 Royal Rumble.

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The Rock is considered by many to be the biggest Superstar in WWE history. As well as one of the top box office draws in wrestling history. WWE legend Hulk Hogan called The Rock “the biggest superstar in this business”. 15-time world champion John Cena described him as “the biggest superstar in the history of WWE”. and “the most successful WWE superstar ever”. WCW icon DDP (Diamond Dallas Page) described him as “the biggest star in our business, of all time”. Vince Russo the head writer of WWE’s most popular era, The Attitude Era, stated: “I don’t think there’s ever going to be a star in the history of this business that is bigger than The Rock”.

Johnson’s autobiography The Rock Says…, co-written with Joe Layden, was published in 2000. It debuted at No. 1 on The New York Times Best Sellers List, spent 20 weeks on The New York Times bestseller list and sold 720,000 copies in hardcover alone.

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Johnson’s first leading film role was in The Scorpion King in 2002. For this role, he was paid US $5.5 million, a world record for an actor in his first starring role. He has since appeared in various films, and become known for his ability to reinvigorate film franchises. Perhaps his greatest success in his acting career can be sourced to his role as Luke Hobbs in The Fast and Furiuos Franchise. He hosted and produced The hero, A Reality Competition series; and has since continued to produce TV series and films through his production company Seven Bucks Productions. Each of which he also stars in. Forbes listed Dwayne Johnson #25 in the Top 100 Most Powerful Celebrities in 2013. In 2016, Johnson was included on the annual Time 100 list of the most influential people in the world.

In a the May 2004 issue, Vibe Magazine stated “At 6’4, 245 pounds, Dwayne “the Rock” Johnson, 31, may be the biggest star to hit the big screen since Arnold Schwarzenegger.” Johnson also continued to act on television, including in an episode of the Disney Channel show, Cory in The House, entitled “Never the Dwayne Shall Meet”. While Johnson was away from WWE, the company continued to sell “The Rock” merchandise, and he continued to be featured prominently in the opening montages of their television shows. Meanwhile Johnson played the cocky famous football player, Joe Kingman, in The Game Plan, and Agent 23 in Get Smart. Johnson presented the Academy Award for Best Visual Effects at the 80th Academy Awards on February 24, 2008. He was nominated for the Favorite Movie Actor award at the 2008 Nickelodeon Kid’s Choice Awards for his role in The Game Plan, but lost out to johnny Depp.

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Johnson hosted the 2009 Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards on March 28. He appeared on the Wizards of Waverly Place episode, “Art Teacher.” As part of his stint with The Walt Disney Company. He has made several guest appearances on Saturday Night Live, reviving his character of “The Rock Obama.” A spoof of both President Barack Obama and The Hulk. Also in 2009, Johnson played ex-con cab driver Jack Bruno in Las Vegas in Race to Witch Mountain. He provided the voice of Capt. Charles “Chuck” Baker in Planet 51. In 2010, Johnson starred in the family comedy, Tooth Fairy. He made an uncredited cameo in the 2010 film Why did I get Married too? as a psychiatrist who asks out the recently widowed Patricia Agnew (janet Jackson). He briefly appears in The Other Guys, as an action-seeking detective. He returned to action films with the 2010 film Easter.

In 2011, Johnson appeared in the fifth film of The Fast and Furious Film Series, as Luke Hobbs, a Diplomatic Security Service agent assigned to hunt down the series’ protagonists. Johnson landed the role after series star Vin Diesel read comments and feedback from fans, one of whom wanted to see Diesel and Johnson in a movie together. Johnson, a fan of the franchise, had wanted to work with Universal again after they had given him his first film roles. Fast Five grossed over $86 million in its opening weekend, the biggest opening for a Fast & Furious film, the biggest opening for an April release, and the biggest opening for a Johnson movie.

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Johnson at the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival

In 2012, Johnson starred in Journey2: Mysterious Island. He starred in the 2013 true-story film Snitch, which opened to mixed reviews; however, Johnson’s performance was praised. He became known to reinvigorate film franchises after portraying Roadblock in G.I. joe: Retaliation , and reprised his role as Luke Hobbs, in Fast and Furious 6. The same year Johnson starred in true-story films, Pain and Gain  and Empire State in 2013. In addition to these films, Johnson hosted and produced the reality competition/game show The Hero.  He won the Favorite Male Buttkicker Award at the 2013 Nickelodeon Kid’s Choice Awards on March 23, 2013. In May 2013, it was announced that he would executive produce and star in Ballers. A HBO comedy-drama series about athletes living in Miami.

Johnson starred in Hercules (2014), as the title character, and once again reprised his role of Luke Hobbs in Furious 7 (2015).He hosted another reality series for TNT in 2014, entitled Wake Up Call, which saw him “lending a helping hand to everyday people who were facing enormous challenges in their lives.”He would also executive produce and star in the horror film Seal Team 666, and is set to play Nick Schuyler in the drama film Not Without Hope.

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On December 16, 2013, Forbes  named Johnson the top-grossing actor of 2013, with his films bringing in $1.3 billion worldwide for the year.Forbes credited the success of Fast & Furious 6, which grossed $789 million globally, and Johnson’s frequent acting work as primary reasons for him topping the list. In March 2014, Johnson confirmed that he would be working with DC Entertainment for an untitled film project. In September 2014, it was announced that he would play Black Adam, the villain, in a film about Shazam.

In 2017, Johnson will appear with co-star Kevin Hart in the action-comedy, Central Intelligence ( A film I’m very much looking forward too.) As well as the Disney animated film, Moana as the Hawaiian demigod Maui. Johnson’s production company Seven Bucks Productions will produce various film projects in which he will star, namely: Baywatch (2017), Rampage(2017) and the Jumanji remake. A sequel to the box-office hit San Andreas was announced to be in the pre-production stage with director of the first film, brad Peyton, signed to return (marking their fourth collaboration following Journey 2, San Andreas, and Rampage respectively), along with the cast including Johnson.  Johnson confirmed that he would star in the jumanji remake via his Instagram social media page, something he has often done with previous project announcements. In an interview, Johnson also discussed the possibility of an earlier release date than was originally announced for the DC Extended Universe film, Shazam. 

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Johnson married Dany Garcia on May 3, 1997.Their daughter, Simone Alexandra, was born August 14, 2001.On June 1, 2007, they announced they were splitting up amicably and intended to remain friends.Soon after the divorce, Johnson began dating Lauren Hashian, the daughter of Boston drummer Sib Hashian. They first met in 2006 while Johnson was filming The Game Plan, prompting rumors he left his marriage for Hashian. In September 2015, it was announced that Johnson and Hashian are expecting their first child. 

 

In 2006, Johnson founded the Dwayne Johnson Rock Foundation, a charity working with at-risk and terminally ill children. On October 2, 2007, he and his ex-wife donated $1 million to the University of Miami to support the renovation of its football facilities; it was noted as the largest donation ever given to the university’s athletics department by former students. The University of Miami renamed the Hurricanes’ locker room in Johnson’s honor.

On May 21, 2015, Johnson set a Gunness World Record for most Selfies in three minutes, taking 105 selfies with fans during the premiere of San Andreas in London. In December of 2015 Muscle and Fitness named Dwayne as man of the century.

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