Kw-logo-smaller

Dwayne Johnson (The Rock) Bio

May 06, 2013

Dwayne Johnson (otherwise known as “The Rock”) made the transition from being one of the biggest names in professional wrestling to stunning audiences with his natural charisma on the silver screen. Find out more about him in his Kidzworld Bio!

Football to the Family Biz

As a kid Dwayne Johnson moved around a lot, from the U.S. to Hawaii to New Zealand, and back! A truly multicultural family, his father is of African American descent but hails from Nova Scotia, Canada and his mother is Samoan. Despite moving around a lot, there was always a constant in his life – wrestling! His father (Rocky Johnson) and grandfather (“High Chief” Peter Maivia)  and uncles (The Wild Samoans) were all professional wrestlers and his grandmother was a professional Pro-Polynesian wrestling promoter! Even though he came from a long line of wrestlers Dwayne followed his dream of playing football at university and even played on the Miami Hurricanes National Championship Team, but an injury took him off the field for good and that’s when he turned to the family business.

The Rock Takes Off!

At first his father didn’t want Dwayne to become a pro-wrestler, but eventually agreed to train him himself, warning his son that he wouldn’t go easy on him! He decided to use a combination of hisfather and grandfather’s ring names – Rocky Maivia, which eventually turned into the name we all know today, “The Rock.”Over the next few years he quickly became one of the most respected and most recognizable names in wrestling. It was his undeniable success in wrestling that allowed him to make his next move into film. People loved to watch The Rock in the ring, and were ready to see him on the big screen.

Dwayne Again

The Rock realized he might have a future in film when he hosted Saturday Night Live and afterwards got a host of offers for other projects, starting with guest roles on TV shows like That 70’s Show and Star Trek: Voyager. His big screen debut was as The Scorpion King in The Mummy Returns leading to its own film,The Scorpion King. He went on to star in Tooth Fairy, Faster, Fast Five, Journey 2: The Mysterious Island, and most recently as Roadblock in G.I. Joe: Retaliation. He is slated to star in Hercules: The Thracian Wars in 2014.

Did You Know...

  • Dwayne Johnson won the 2013 Nickelodeon Kids Choice Award for Favorite Male Buttkicker!

Have Your Say

Do you prefer Dwayne Johnson as a wrestler or an actor? Let us know in the comments section below!

 

68 Comments

latest videos

G.i._joe_poll

Who is your fave character from the G.I. Joe movies?

  • G.I. Joe (of course!)
  • Roadblock
  • Duke
  • Cobra

related stories

Micro_gi-joe-micro
In G.I. Joe: Retaliation, the sequel to the action blockbuster G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra, the G.I.'...
Micro_journey micro
Embark upon the adventure of a lifetime as Journey 2: The Mysterious Island arrives on Blu-Ray 3D...
Micro_toothfairy-micro
As The Rock, Dwayne Johnson last wrestled professionally in a match for WrestleMania XX in 2004. ...
Seth and Sarah must find their ship and elude a bounty hunter or all of humanity is doomed! Check...

Entertainment in the forums

The_Stunner
Dad: I want you to marry a girl of my choice. Son: No. Dad: The girl is Bill Gate's daughter Son: Okay then. Dad goes to Bill Gates. ..Dad: I want your daughter to marry my son. Bill gates: No! Dad: My son is the CEO of world bank. Bill gates: Okay then. Dad goes to the president of the world bank. Dad: Appoint my son as CEO. President: No! Dad: He is the son-in-law of Bill Gates. President: Then okay. THIS IS HOW YEW DO BUSSINESS!
reply about 2 hours
Jolly-Rancher206
They can be classic or current. I think writing villains is harder than writing heroes, so I appreciate when I come across one I really like. Peter Wiggin - Ender's Game Series Count Olaf - A Series of Unfortunate Events Magneto - X-Men Comics Who are your favorite book villains?
reply about 3 hours
-Gwen9--
LolI have a joke;Knock Knock!Who's there?Who! Who!What are you, an owl?
reply about 5 hours
-Gwen9--
Its simple just tell an appropriate joke! Knock Knock! Who's there Who Who! What are you, an owl?
reply about 5 hours
-Gwen9--
Candy necklaces?
reply about 5 hours

play online games