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Happy Birthday to Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson
Happy Birthday Dwayne Douglas Johnson born May 2, 1972, also known by his ring name The Rock
The Rock, is an American-Canadian actor, producer, and retired professional wrestler. Johnson was a professional wrestler for the World Wrestling Federation (WWF, now WWE) for eight years prior to pursuing an acting career.
His films have grossed over $3.5 billion in North America and over $10.5 billion worldwide, making Johnson one of the most successful and highest-grossing box-office stars of all time. Johnson was a college football player for the University of Miami, with whom he won a national championship in 1991.
Dwayne began training as a professional wrestler. In 1996, Johnson secured a contract with the WWF and was promoted as the first third-generation wrestler in the company's history, as he is the son of Rocky Johnson and grandson of Peter Maivia. He rose to prominence after developing a charismatic persona of a boastful trash-talking wrestler named The Rock.
In 2004, he left the WWE to pursue an acting career and went on a seven-year hiatus before returning in 2011 as a part-time performer until 2013, before wholly retiring in 2019. Considered to be one of the greatest professional wrestlers and biggest draws of all time, The Rock headlined the most bought professional wrestling pay-per-view event ever, WrestleMania XXVIII, and was featured in among the most-watched episodes of WWE's television shows, WWE Raw and WWE SmackDown.
Dwayne Johnson had his first acting role in The Mummy Returns (2001) and played his first lead role in the spin-off The Scorpion King (2002). Johnson's most successful box office role has been Luke Hobbs in The Fast and the Furious franchise.
In 2000, he released an autobiography titled The Rock Says, which debuted at number one on The New York Times Best Seller list. In 2012, he founded the entertainment production company Seven Bucks Productions, which has since produced several films. Consistently ranked among the world's highest-paid actors, Johnson made the Time 100 Most Influential People in the World list in both 2016 and 2019.
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