Dwayne Douglas Johnson, also known as The Rock, was born on May 2, 1972. He wrestled for WWE for eight years and is widely considered one of the all-time best professional wrestlers before pursuing a career in acting. His films have grossed over $3.5 billion in North America alone and more than $10.5 billion globally, making him one of the world’s highest-grossing and highest-paid actors. While he has a very successful career in the industry, did you know his first acting role was on the show Star Trek?
One of Dwayne Johnson’s earliest acting roles was in Star Trek: Voyager. He guest-starred in the episode “Tsunkatse” where he fought Jeri Ryan. His character in the episode was referred to as “The Champion”.
How did Dwayne Johnson Become Famous?
Johnson was a college football player who was a member of the University of Miami’s national championship team in 1991. He later played in the Canadian Football League for the Calgary Stampeders but was released two months into the season.
This prompted him to follow in the footsteps of his grandfather, Peter Maivia, and father, Rocky Johnson, and pursue a career as a professional wrestler.
He rose to prominence as a wrestler in World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE), formerly known as the World Wrestling Federation, from 1996 to 2004. It was the company’s first third-generation superstar. Johnson quickly rose through the ranks of the WWE, first as Rocky Maivia, and then as The Rock, a member of the Nation of Domination. Johnson won the WWE Championship two years after joining the company, and he quickly became one of the company’s most popular wrestlers due to his engaging interviews and promos.
He began acting in 2001 and would occasionally return to the ring. By 2011, he primarily focused on his acting career. Johnson’s first leading role as an actor was in 2002’s The Scorpion King. He received the highest salary for an actor in his first starring role in this film, which was about $5.5 million. Since then, he’s appeared in films like The Rundown, Be Cool, Walking Tall, Gridiron Gang, The Game Plan, Get Smart, Race to Witch Mountain, Planet 51, Tooth Fairy, Doom, and Why Did I Get Married Too?, as well as Fast and Furious franchise and The Other Guys. (Source: Empire Online)
Dwayne Johnson as a Philantrophist
Johnson established the Dwayne Johnson Rock Foundation, it is a charity that works with at-risk and terminally ill children, in 2006. On October 2, 2007, he and his ex-wife donated $1 million to the University of Miami to help with football facility renovations.
In Johnson’s honor, the University of Miami renamed the Hurricanes’ locker room. Johnson donated also $1,500 to a GoFundMe campaign in 2015 to pay for an abandoned dog’s surgery.
He gave $25,000 to Hurricane Harvey relief efforts in 2017. Johnson donated a gym to a military base on the Hawaiian island of Oahu in 2018. Following the 2018 Hawaii floods, he collaborated with Malama Kauai, a nonprofit organization, to help repair flood damage. He has also collaborated with the Make-A-Wish Foundation on several occasions. (Source: Look to the Stars)