Dwayne Douglas Johnson, also known as The Rock is a Canadian-American actor, producer, and professional wrestler. Johnson gained mainstream fame in the World Wrestling Federation (WWF/E) from 1996 to 2004 as a major figure in the company’s Attitude Era. He was also the first third-generation wrestler in the company’s history. Here are a few other interesting facts you might not know about Dwayne Johnson:
1. Dwayne Douglas Johnson was born in Hayward, California on May 2, 1972, the son of Ata Johnson Maivia and Rocky Johnson.
2. Johnson was a college football player for the University of Miami, winning a national championship with the 1991 Miami Hurricanes football team. He later played for the Calgary Stampeders in the Canadian Football League, and was cut two months into the 1995 season.
3. Johnson graduated from the University of Miami in 1995, with a Bachelor of General Studies degree in criminology and physiology.
4. He became a professional wrestler like his grandfather, Peter Maivia, and his father, Rocky Johnson.
5. His father is black, of Black Nova Scotian descent; his father’s ancestors were African-Americans who moved to Canada. Dwayne’s mother is of Samoan background.
6. Johnson’s father was part of the first black tag team to win the World Tag Team Championship in the World Wrestling Federation (WWF).
7. Johnson’s first leading film role was in The Scorpion King in 2002. He was paid $5.5 million (U.S.) for this role, a world record for an actor in his first starring role.
8. The Rock Says…, Johnson’s autobiography co-written with Joe Layden, was published in 2000. It debuted at Number one on The New York Times Bestseller list, spent 20 weeks on the bestseller list. and sold 720,000 copies in hardcover alone.
9. He has had 17 championship reigns in WWE, including 10 as a world champion, winning the WWF/E Championship eight times (seventh reign was as WWE Undisputed Champion) and the WCW/World Championship twice as of 2016. He won the Intercontinental Championship twice and the WWF Tag Team Championship five times.
10. TIME named him one of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2016.
11. In 2015, Muscle & Fitness named Johnson as their “Man of the Century.”