Dwayne Douglas Johnson also known by his ring name The Rock, is an American-Canadian actor, producer, businessman, and former professional wrestler and football player. He 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 him one of the highest-grossing box-office stars of all time.
Born on May 2, 1972, in Hayward, California, to Ata Johnson and former professional wrestler Rocky Johnson. Growing up, Johnson briefly lived in New Zealand with his mother’s family, where he attended Richmond Road Primary School in Grey Lynn before returning to the United States. He was arrested multiple times for fighting, theft, and check fraud before the age of 17. Johnson also began playing sports, joining his high schools’ gridiron football, track and field and wrestling teams.
Johnson was a promising football prospect and received offers from many Division I collegiate programs. He decided on a full scholarship from the University of Miami where he mostly played defensive tackle. In 1991, he was on the Miami Hurricanes’ national championship team. After suffering a number of injuries, he was later replaced in the starting lineup by future Pro Football Hall of Famer Warren Sapp.
Professional Wrestling Career
Considered to be one of the greatest professional wrestlers and biggest draws of all-time. After his football career, Johnson decided to pursue a career as a professional wrestler. Veteran wrestler Pat Patterson got Johnson several tryout matches with the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) in 1996. Under his real name, he defeated The Brooklyn Brawler at a house show on March 10. and lost matches to Chris Candido and Owen Hart. After wrestling at Jerry Lawler’s United States Wrestling Association as Flex Kavana and winning the USWA World Tag Team Championship twice with Bart Sawyer in the summer of 1996, Johnson signed a WWF contract. He received additional training from Tom Prichard, alongside Achim Albrecht and Mark Henry.
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). He has since starred in numerous other successful films. Johnson also starred in the HBO series Ballers, on which he was also a producer, starting in 2015
Dwayne Johnson Quotes
“All successes begin with Self-Discipline. It starts with you.”
“Don’t be afraid to be ambitious about your goals. Hard work never stops. Neither should your dreams.”
“Grind Hard, Shine Hard.”
“I like to use the hard times of the past to motivate me today.”
“Not only do I think being nice and kind is easy, but being kind, in my opinion is important.”
“One of the most important things you can accomplish is just being yourself.”
“The first step to achieving your goal, is to take a moment to respect your goal. Know what it means to you to achieve it.”
“The wall! Your success is on the other side. Can’t jump over it or go around it. You know what to do.”
“There is no substitute for hard work. Always be humble and hungry.”
“Wake up determined. Go to bed satisfied.”
“We do today what they won’t, so tomorrow we accomplish what they can’t.”
“When life puts you in touchy situations, don’t say “Why Me?” Just say “Try Me.”
“When you walk up to opportunities door, don’t knock it… Kick that b*tch in, smile and introduce yourself.”
“With drive and a bit of talent, you can move mountains.”
“You don’t need directions, just point yourself to the top and go!”
“Be the person that when your feet touch the floor in the morning the devil says, “Awe sh”t, they’re up”.
“If something stands between you and your success – move it. Never be denied.”
“In 1995 I had $7 bucks in my pocket and knew two things: I’m broke as hell and one day I won’t be.”
“Success at anything will always come down to this: focus and effort. And we control both.”
“Success isn’t always about ‘Greatness’, it’s about consistency. Consistent, hard work gains success. Greatness will come.”