Dwayne Douglas Johnson, born May 2, 1972 in Hayward, California, better known by his stage name The Rock, is an American actor and former professional wrestler.
He has starred in such motion pictures as Be Cool, Walking Tall, The Mummy Returns, The Rundown, The Scorpion King, Doom, and others. He is of multiracial descent, as his father is African-Canadian and mother is Samoan.
Johnson first gained mainstream fame as a standout in the World Wrestling Federation (now known as World Wrestling Entertainment). Before becoming The Rock, he was known as Rocky Maivia, in homage to his father, Rocky Johnson, and his maternal grandfather, High Chief Peter Maivia. With this family history, he became the first 3rd generation wrestler in WWE history. Since his entry into acting, Johnson continues to be known simply as The Rock.
Johnson was born into a family of diverse backgrounds and heritage. His father was the Black Canadian professional wrestler Rocky Johnson, a former WWF Tag Team Champion. Johnson's mother Ata Maivia was a Samoan of royal lineage of Samoa (such Polynesian lineages are interconnected across the Pacific societies).
Johnson's maternal grandfather, Peter Maivia, retained the royal title of 'High Chief ' and was highly respected especially as an elder. Peter Maivia was also a professional wrestler, known especially for the tattoos (of great cultural significance) that covered the lower half of his body. In keeping with this tradition, Johnson has also received such tattoos, the most prominent covering his left shoulder and upper chest.
Johnson married Dany Garcia on May 3, 1997. They have a daughter, Simone Alexandra. He married his wife twenty-four hours after his 25th birthday. Dwayne's best man was former WWF/WCW wrestler, and longtime family friend, Uliuli Fifita (a.k.a. Haku/Meng).
He admitted in the special WrestleMania movie that he is honored and proud to call fellow WWF Superstar Stone Cold Steve Austin his close friend. Enjoys fishing in his spare time (according to his book The Rock Says).
The tattoo on his arm and left pectoral muscle is from Samoa, applied when he was given a title of high importance when he visited Samoa in late 2002. At the time, the tattoo only covered his arm. In 2003, he returned to Samoa to complete it.
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