Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson
Dwayne Johnson has solidified himself as a global box-office success with film revenues grossing in excess of $1.5 billion worldwide.
Johnson is having another stellar year in 2013, appearing in a slew of vastly diverse movies. From the dramatic thriller “Snitch,” about a father who goes undercover for the DEA in order to free his son imprisoned after being set up in a drug deal; to “G.I. Joe: Retaliation,” the second installment of the action adventure franchise opposite Bruce Willis and Channing Tatum; to the dramatic independent film “Empire State” with Liam Hemsworth and Emma Roberts; “Pain & Gain,” alongside Mark Wahlberg where the two team up as bodybuilders caught up in a kidnapping scheme gone wrong; and his return to the highly successful “Fast and Furious” franchise with “Fast and Furious 6”. The box office debut of “Fast and Furious 6” grossed $120 million domestically and $314 million worldwide—a franchise best and the biggest debut of all time for Universal.
In June 2013, America will see him on the new TNT show “The Hero” where Johnson will motivate and mentor competitors each week as they are faced with challenges pushing them to their limits.
Next up for the big screen Johnson will begin production on Brett Ratner’s “Hercules.” Also in the pipeline are Barry Sonnenfeld’s “Lore,” based on the Ashley Wood graphic novel, and “Journey to the Center of the Earth 3,” among other projects.
Johnson’s recent film, “Journey 2: The Mysterious Island,” was a global box office hit- earning over $325 million in 2011.
Among Johnson’s previous films are a diverse list of credits which include “Race to Witch Mountain,” “The Tooth Fairy,” “Planet 51,” “Get Smart” and “The Game Plan.” In 2009 Entertainment Weekly named Johnson on the top of Hollywood’s next A-list, alongside, Robert Downey, Jr., Ellen Page, James McAvoy and Amy Adams.
The actor previously demonstrated his range, earning 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 the town 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.
Dwayne’s 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 broke box office records in 2002 as the greatest April opening of all time.
Not content to remain in front of the camera alone, Johnson penned an autobiography, The Rock Says, which reached #1 on The New York Times Bestseller List shortly after its publication in January 2000.
Born in San Francisco and raised in Hawaii, Dwayne Johnson excelled as a high school All-American and subsequently as a star defensive lineman for the University of Miami Hurricanes, helping lead his team to overcome 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 US 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. In March 2012, Johnson made a record-breaking return to the WWE where he crushed John Cena at Wrestle Mania XXVIII in Miami.
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 the current National spokesperson for the Entertainment Industry Foundation’s Diabetes Aware Campaign. He 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. In 2008, United States Congress and the United States Joint Leadership Commission recognized Johnson with the prestigious Horizon Award, the U.S. Congressional Award given to an individual in the private sector who has demonstrated outstanding leadership and provided opportunities for youth nationwide.