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THE ROCK (Beck) conquered the world of professional wrestling as a record setting, seven-time champion of the World Wrestling Entertainment before he entered the demanding realm of film acting and established himself as one of Hollywood's most sought after leading men. His striking debut as the Scorpion King in The Mummy Returns led to his starring role in The Scorpion King, which broke box office records in 2002 with the biggest April opening of all time and which to date has grossed more than $400 million worldwide. 

Born in San Francisco and raised in Hawaii, Dwayne Douglas Johnson would become a third-generation professional wrestler, following the careers of legendary wrestlers, his father, Rocky Johnson, and his grandfather, Samoan High Chief Peter Maivia. Johnson shined as a high school All-American and a star defensive lineman for the University of Miami Hurricanes. He was a member of the university's NCAA National Championship team in 1991 and graduated in 1995 with a degree in criminology. He then went on to play professional football, but injuries soon forced him to leave the game. 

As luck would have it, he turned to wrestling and adopted the name of "Rocky Maivia,” which he eventually shortened to "The Rock.” He became the youngest WWE World Champion at the age of 26. Moving swiftly up the WWE ladder, The Rock came to be known as the "People's Champion,” a monumentally popular and innovative wrestler who is now recognized the world over as a modern sports and entertainment icon. 

Having always wanted to act, The Rock made several television appearances as a guest star, including That ‘70s Show (playing his father), The Net, Star Trek: Voyager, DAG, and, most notably, an eye-catching hosting stint on Saturday Night Live that displayed his talent for comedic acting and singing. He addressed both the Republican and Democratic National Conventions in 2000, and appeared in Wyclef Jean's music video "It Doesn't Matter,” which was inspired by The Rock. Not content to remain in front of the camera, his autobiography The Rock Says was released in January 2000 and shot to number one on The New York Times bestseller list. 

His upcoming projects include starring as Buford Pusser, the tough Tennessee sheriff who instigates a one-man campaign to rid his town of crime and corruption, in Walking Tall.

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