Biographic by Steve McGarry for February 03, 2013
BIOGRAPHIC Steve McGarry Dwayne Johnson Dwayne Johnson was born in Hayward, California, on May 2, 1972, and spent time in New Zealand and Hawaii as a child, before his family settled in Pennsylvania. An outstanding football prospect, he attended the University of Miami on a full football scholarship and was a member of the Miami Hurricanes National Championship Team in 1991, before a brief stint with the Calgary Stampeders in the Canadian football League. Both Dwayne's father and grandfather were professional wrestlers, as are a number of other relatives - his uncles wrestled as The Wild Samoas tag team - and by the mid-1990s, he had followed in the family tradition. Wrestling as Flex Kavana, he won two USWA World Tag Team titles in tandem with Bart Sawyer. Taking the name Rocky Maivia, he made his WWF debut in 1996. His name was soon truncated to The Rock, and he quickly became of the wrestling game's biggest superstars! He wasted little time in translating his grappling fame into mainstream success. His autobiography debuted at the top of the New York Times best-seller list. TV appearances ranged from the sitcom "That 70s Show" to "Star Trek: Voyager" to the guest host spot on "SNL," before 2002's "the Scorpion King" catapulted him to action movie stardom. Subsequent movies included "Be Cool" with John Travolta and the comedies "The Game Plan" and "Get Smart." By the time he starred in such family-friendly fare as "Race to Witch Mountain" and "Tooth Fairy," he had dropped any reference to his ring name and was simply billed as Dwayne Johnson. Following the box-office success of "Fast Five" and Journey 2: The Mysterious Island," his 2013 slate includes "G.I. Joe: Retaliation," and "Fast Six" and sees him team up with Mark Wahlberg for the action comedy "Pain & Gain."