Dwayne Douglas Johnson, commonly known as The Rock, is an American actor, producer, and former professional wrestler. He was born on May 2, 1972. He was crucial to the growth and success of the World Wrestling Federation (WWF, now WWE) during the Attitude Era, a period of industry boom in the late 1990s and early 2000s. He is recognised as one of the best professional wrestlers of all time. Johnson spent eight years as a professional wrestler for the WWF before turning to acting. He is one of the highest-grossing and highest-paid performers in the world thanks to his films, which have earned over $3.5 billion in North America and over $10.5 billion globally.
He joined the 1991 national championship squad after receiving an athletic scholarship to play football at the University of Miami, but he was primarily a reserve player. He had dreams of playing professional football, but he was passed over for the 1995 NFL draught. He temporarily joined with the Calgary Stampeders until they released him after his first season. Rocky Johnson, Johnson's father, helped him get a contract with the WWF in 1996. Johnson immediately gained international notoriety because to his gimmick as a flamboyant trash talker. After leaving the WWE in 2004, Johnson came back in 2011 to work on a part-time basis until 2013, then made occasional appearances until his retirement in 2019.
The father of Johnson was a Black Nova Scotian with some Irish blood. He has a Samoan mother. In 1983, his father and Tony Atlas were the first black tag team to win a WWE championship. His mother is Peter Maivia's adoptive child, a former professional wrestler. One of the first female pro wrestling promoters, Lia Johnson took over Polynesian Pacific Pro Wrestling when her husband passed away in 1982 and controlled it until 1988. Johnson is a non-blood cousin of the Anoa'i wrestling clan via his maternal grandfather Maivia. He honoured his father and grandfather with WWE Hall of Fame inductions in 2008.
Prior to relocating to Hamden, Connecticut, Johnson attended Montclaire Elementary School in Charlotte, North Carolina, followed by Shepherd Glen Elementary School and Hamden Middle School. Prior to attending Freedom High School in Bethlehem Township in the Lehigh Valley, where he received his diploma in 1990, he attended President William McKinley High School in Honolulu, Glencliff High School and McGavock High School in Nashville, and finally President William McKinley High School in Honolulu. Johnson initially struggled and became involved in a fight-and-crime environment at Freedom High School. He had been arrested several times by the time he was 17 for fighting, stealing, and cheque fraud. He had also served a two-week suspension for fighting. Later, the neighbourhood newspaper described him as "a troubled teenager with a history of run-ins with police." However, Johnson's athletic talent was seen by Freedom High School football coach Jody Cwik, who invited him to join the squad where he played defensive tackle. The encounter signalled the start of Johnson's personal metamorphosis. My way of thinking started to shift. With regard to his time playing high school football, he has recently remarked, "That's when I started thinking about objectives and what I wanted to accomplish.