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Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson

Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson

DWAYNE JOHNSON, since his breakout roles in Universal Pictures' The Mummy Returns and box office powerhouses The Scorpion King and The Game Plan, has firmly established himself as one of Hollywood's most sought after leading men. Entertainment Weekly recently named Johnson on the top of Hollywood's next A-list, alongside, Robert Downey Jr., Ellen Page, James McAvoy and Amy Adams. Johnson was last seen in Race to Witch Mountain for Walt Disney Pictures.

Johnson stars opposite Carla Gugino in the action/adventure film where he once again teamed up with The Game Plan director Andy Fickman. The film advances from the plot of the 1975 Disney favorite, Escape to Witch Mountain. Race to Witch Mountain opened #1 at the box office on March 13, 2009.

Johnson lent his voice to the Sony animated adventure story, Planet 51 as Captain Charles Chuck Baker. The film centers on the inhabitants of Planet 51 who live in fear of alien invasion. Their paranoia is realized when an astronaut arrives from Earth and hilarity ensues. Jessica Biel, Gary Oldman and Justin Long also lend their voices to the film.

Johnson starred in the Warner Bros. comedy, Get Smart, alongside Steve Carell, Anne Hathaway and Alan Arkin. This film is based on the 1960s spy sitcom, and it has grossed over $230 million worldwide.

In 2007, Johnson starred in Disney's family comedy The Game Plan. In this film, Johnson portrays an NFL quarterback living the bachelor lifestyle until discovering that he has a young daughter from a former relationship. The Game Plan opened #1 at the box office two weeks in a row and has grossed almost $150 million worldwide.

Johnson also starred in Southland Tales, directed by Richard Kelly (Donnie Darko). The film, which was chosen as an in-competition selection at the 2006 Cannes Film Festival, stars an eclectic cast including Sarah Michelle Gellar, Mandy Moore and Seann William Scott.

In 2006, Johnson starred in Sony's gritty drama Gridiron Gang, as a correctional facility counselor who forms a football team of young criminals. Directed by Phil Joanou and based on a true story, the film opened at #1 at the box office and received critical acclaim.

The actor previously earned kudos from critics and audiences alike, as a gay bodyguard and an aspiring singer in Be Cool, MGM's sequel to Get Shorty, alongside John Travolta, Uma Thurman and Vince Vaughn. Also for MGM, Johnson starred in the 2004 remake of Walking Tall, as a sheriff who returns to his hometown after serving in the Army, only to find it corrupted. Before that, Johnson starred in Universal's The Rundown, a critically acclaimed action/comedy directed by Peter Berg and co-starring Sean William Scott, Rosario Dawson and Christopher Walken that solidified his action hero status and screen presence in the wake of the huge success of The Scorpion King.

Born in San Francisco and raised in Hawaii, Dwayne Johnson excelled as a high school All-American and star defensive lineman for the University of Miami Hurricanes, helping lead his team over huge hurdles to become National Champions. Upon graduating from the University of Miami, Johnson followed in the footsteps of his WWE Hall of Fame father, Rocky Johnson, and grandfather, High Chief Peter Maivia, by joining the competitive sports entertainment world of the WWE. Within a seven year period (1996-2003), his intense passion led to an extraordinarily successful career breaking box office attendance records across the U.S. and setting pay-per-view buy rate records during that period as well. Dwayne Johnson's character creation of The Rock became one of the most charismatic and dynamic characters the industry has ever seen. His eventual love of acting and desire to branch out led him to appear on Saturday Night Live in March 2000, surprising many with his strength in the comedy and garnering the show's highest rating that year. Johnson was subsequently cast by Stephen Sommers in The Mummy Returns, which grossed more than $400 million worldwide. His character was so well received by Universal executives during dailies that they immediately planned a film based on his character, The Scorpion King, which in 2002 broke all box office records with the greatest April opening of all time.

Johnson created The Rock Foundation in 2006. The Rock Foundation's mission is to educate, empower and motivate children worldwide through health and physical fitness. A dedicated philanthropist, Johnson is also a committed Celebrity Cabinet Member for The American Red Cross and serves as a National Celebrity Wish Ambassador for The Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Not content to remain in front of the camera alone, Johnson penned an autobiography, The Rock Says, which became #1 on The New York Times Bestseller List shortly after its publication in January 2000. Johnson is a devoted family man and father to eight year old Simone Alexandra Johnson and devoted partner to Dany Garcia.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2010.
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Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson Facts

Birth NameDwayne Douglas Johnson
OccupationActor, Athlete
BirthdayMay 2, 1972 (50)
BirthplaceHayward, California, USA
Height6' 5" (1m96)  How tall is Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson compared to you?

Selected Filmography

Furious 7
The Game Plan
Fast & Furious 6
Fast & Furious 7-Movie Collection
Fast Five
Get Smart
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