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Johnson at the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival
Dwayne Douglas Johnson
6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
260 lb (120 kg)
May 2, 1972 (age 41)
Hayward, California, USA
"The South Pacific"
(as Rocky Maivia)
Dwayne Douglas Johnson (born May 2, 1972), also known by his ring name The Rock, is an American actor and semi-retired professional wrestler who works for WWE.
Johnson was a college football player. In 1991, he was on the University of Miami's national championship team. He later played for the Calgary Stampeders in the Canadian Football League, and was cut two months into the 1995 season. This led him to become a professional wrestler like his grandfather, Peter Maivia, and his father, Rocky Johnson. Originally billed as "Rocky Maivia", he gained mainstream fame as "The Rock" in the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) from 1996 to 2004, and was the first third-generation wrestler in the company's history. He returned to wrestling part-time for WWE from 2011 to 2013.
Johnson is widely considered one of the greatest professional wrestlers of all time. He had 17 championship reigns in WWE, including ten world title reigns: the WWF/E Championship eight times and the WCW/World Championship twice. He won the WWF Intercontinental Championship twice and the World Tag Team Championship five times. He is the sixth WWF/E Triple Crown Champion, and won the 2000 Royal Rumble.
Johnson's autobiography The Rock Says... (co-written with Joe Layden) was published in 2000. It debuted at #1 on The New York Times Best Seller list and remained on the list for several weeks. 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 several successful films, including The Rundown, Be Cool, Walking Tall, Gridiron Gang, The Game Plan, Get Smart, Race to Witch Mountain, Planet 51, Tooth Fairy, Doom, The Other Guys, Faster, Fast Five, and Fast & Furious 6.
[hide] 1 Early life
2 Professional wrestling career 2.1 Training (1995–1996)
2.2 World Wrestling Federation/Entertainment 2.2.1 Early WWF run (1996–1997)
2.2.2 Nation of Domination (1997–1998)
2.2.3 The Corporation (1998–1999)
2.2.4 The Rock 'n' Sock Connection and WWF Championship feuds (1999–2001)
2.2.5 Championship pursuits and final storylines (2001–2004)
2.2.6 Retirement and part-time appearances (2004–2010)
2.3 Return to WWE 2.3.1 Feud with John Cena (2011–2012)
2.3.2 WWE Champion (2012–2013)
3 Acting career
4 Personal life 4.1 Public activities
5 Filmography 5.1 Film
7 In wrestling 7.1 Relatives in wrestling
8 Championships and accomplishments
9 See also
11 External links
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