G.I. JOE: RETALIATION
(Roadblock) has solidified himself as a global box office success with
gross film revenues in excess of 1.5 billion dollars
Born into a family of unique entertainers, Johnson had the opportunity
to develop a grass roots understanding of the nuances of live
performance as he watched both his father and grandfather achieve
tremendous success in the world of professional wrestling.
Watching them perform throughout the country gave Johnson a primary
education that was unlike any other. With a move to
Pennsylvania in his latter teen years, Johnson focused his natural
athletic abilities on football attracting the attention of the
University of Miami. After receiving a full football
scholarship, Johnson joined the powerhouse football program and won his
first National Championship with the team in 1991. He played
again for the National Championship in 1992, closing out his
illustrious football career by competing for a third National
Championship in 1995 against the University of Nebraska in the Orange
Bowl. Upon graduation Johnson capitalized
on his inherent drive and discipline to turn his passion for
entertainment into a life-changing career. Following in the
footsteps of his World Wrestling Entertainment Hall of Fame grandfather
and father, Dwayne quickly utilized his past life lessons to develop
the iconic character 'The Rock.' Johnson performed to over 10
million fans a week on television as well as both domestic and
international live audiences that reached in excess of 70,000
people. Johnson consistently sold out venues such as the
Houston Astrodome, Madison Square Garden and Toronto Sky
Dome. As the character 'The Rock,' Dwayne achieved
unprecedented success becoming a New York Times bestselling author for
his autobiography entitled THE ROCK SAYS as well as a platinum
recording artist for his WWE compilation CD, performing with such
artists as Grammy Award-winner Wyclef Jean.
In April 2011, Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson made a highly anticipated
return to the WWE as host of WrestleMania XXVII. In April 2012, he will
compete against John Cena in WrestleMania XXVIII in Miami, Fl.
Johnson pursued his desire to expand his entertainment mediums and
transitioned from television to film where he played the Egyptian
man/god 'the Scorpion King' in the 2001 blockbuster THE MUMMY RETURNS,
leading to his first starring role in THE SCORPION KING in 2002.
The success of that film led to subsequent leading roles in
THE RUNDOWN (as a bounty hunter out of his element in South America),
WALKING TALL (as a returning Persian Gulf War hero who protects his
hometown from drug dealers) and GRIDIRON GANG (as a compassionate, yet
tough corrections officer inspiring a team made of teenage inmates).
He also gave an acclaimed standout performance in the
ensemble hit BE COOL, as a colorful gay Samoan bodyguard.
Johnson has traversed the world of animation by lending his voice to
PLANET 51 as astronaut 'Captain Charles Baker.' The actor
returned to big-family comedy with his starring role in THE TOOTH FAIRY.
Johnson was most recently seen introducing United States DSS Special
Agent 'Luke Hobbs' in FAST FIVE, the fifth installment of Universal's
FAST AND FURIOUS franchise. The film had the highest grossing debut of
any other film in the franchise. Additionally he recently
starred in the Brad Peyton-directed feature JOURNEY 2: THE MYSTERIOUS
ISLAND, which released in 3D in February 2012 and will star in and
produce a biopic of black country music star Charlie Pride.
In November 2010, Johnson was seen starring in the George
Tillman-directed CBS Films feature "Faster," where he starred as an
ex-con set to avenge his brother's death as a result of a horrific
double cross during a heist gone wrong. The film marked Johnson's
highly anticipated return to action
A global philanthropist, Johnson is a committed Celebrity Cabinet
Member for The American Red Cross, has served on the National Advisory
Board for The Make-A-Wish Foundation where he serves as a Wish
Ambassador, and has served as the National Spokesperson for After
School All-Stars (f.k.a. The Arnold Schwarzenegger Youth Foundation).
The Giving Back Fund recognized Dwayne in 2006 as one of the top 30
celebrities who made the largest public charitable donations
(University of Miami).
In June 2008, the United States Congress, the Joint Leadership
Commission and the United States Congressional Award Foundation
recognized Johnson with the prestigious Horizon Award, the U.S.
Congressional Award given to an individual in the private sector who
has contributed to expanding opportunities for all Americans through
their own contributions, and who has set exceptional examples for young
people through their successes in life.
Dwayne is a loving father to his 9-year-old daughter Simone.
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