FAST & FURIOUS 6
DWAYNE JOHNSON (Agent Luke Hobbs) has
solidified himself as a global
box-office success with film
revenues grossing in excess
of $1.5 billion worldwide.
Johnson is set to have
another stellar year in 2013,
appearing in a slew of vastly
diverse movies: from the
dramatic thriller Snitch, about
a father who goes under cover
for the DEA to free his son who is imprisoned after being
set up in a drug deal; to G.I. Joe: Retaliation, the second
installment of the action adventure franchise, opposite
Bruce Willis and Channing Tatum; to the dramatic in-
dependent film Empire State, with Liam Hemsworth and
Emma Roberts; and Pain & Gain, in which he and co-
star Mark Wahlberg team up as bodybuilders caught up
in a kidnapping scheme gone wrong.
In June 2013, America will see Johnson on the
new TNT show The Hero, as a mentor who motivates
competitors each week as they face challenges that
push them to their limits.
On the big screen, Johnson will begin production on
Brett Ratner's Hercules: The Thracian Wars and soon after
will go before cameras on Arabian Nights, co-starring
Hemsworth and Sir Anthony Hopkins. Also in the pipeline
are Barry Sonnenfeld's Lore, based on the Ashley Wood
graphic novel, and Journey: From the Earth to the Moon.
Johnson's 2012 film, Journey 2: The Mysterious
Island, was a global box-office hit -- earning more than
$325 million. In 2011, he starred in Fast Five, which
eclipsed previous global earnings of any film in the
franchise, grossing more than $626 million.
Among Johnson's previous films is a diverse list
of credits that include: Race to Witch Mountain, Tooth
Fairy, Planet 51, Get Smart and The Game Plan. In
2008, Entertainment Weekly placed Johnson on
"Hollywood's next A-list," alongside Robert Downey,
Jr., Ellen Page, James McAvoy and Amy Adams.
The actor previously demonstrated his range,
earning kudos from critics and audiences alike, as a gay
bodyguard and an aspiring singer in Be Cool, MGM's
sequel to Get Shorty, alongside John Travolta, Uma
Thurman and Vince Vaughn. Also for MGM, Johnson
starred in the 2004 remake of Walking Tall as a sheriff
who returns to his hometown after serving in the Army,
only to find the town corrupted. Before that, Johnson
starred in Universal Pictures' The Rundown, a critically
acclaimed action-comedy directed by Peter Berg that
co-starred Seann William Scott, Rosario Dawson and
Johnson's love of acting and desire to branch out
led him to appear on Saturday Night Live in March
2000, surprising many with his comedic strengths; the
episode garnered the show's highest rating that year.
Johnson was subsequently cast by Stephen Sommers
in The Mummy Returns, which grossed more than $400
million worldwide. His character was so well received
by Universal Pictures' executives during dailies that
they immediately planned a film based on his character,
The Scorpion King, which broke box-office records in
2002 as the greatest April opening of all time.
Not content to remain only in front of the camera,
Johnson penned an autobiography, "The Rock Says,"
which reached No. 1 on The New York Times Bestseller
List shortly after its publication in January 2000.
Born in San Francisco and raised in Hawaii,
Johnson excelled as a high school All-American
and subsequently as a star defensive lineman for the
University of Miami Hurricanes, helping lead his
team to overcome huge hurdles and become national
champions. Upon graduating from the University
of Miami, Johnson followed in the footsteps of his WWE Hall of Fame father, Rocky Johnson, and
grandfather, High Chief Peter Maivia, by joining the
competitive sports entertainment world of the WWE.
Within a seven-year period (1996-2003), his intense
passion led to an extraordinarily successful career
breaking box office attendance records across the
U.S. and setting pay-per-view buy rate records during
that time as well. Johnson created The Rock, which
became one of the most charismatic and dynamic
characters in the industry. In March 2012, Johnson
made a record-breaking return to the WWE, crushing
John Cena at WrestleMania XXVIII in Miami.
In 2006, Johnson created The Rock Foundation,
whose mission is to "educate, empower and motivate
children worldwide through health and physical
fitness." A dedicated philanthropist, Johnson is the
current national spokesperson for the Entertainment
Industry Foundation's Diabetes Aware campaign.
He is also a member of The American Red Cross
National Celebrity Cabinet and serves as a National
Celebrity Wish Ambassador for the Make-A-
Wish Foundation. In 2008, the United States Joint
Leadership Commission recognized Johnson with
the prestigious Horizon Award, which is given to an
individual in the private sector who has demonstrated
outstanding leadership and provided opportunities
for youth nationwide.
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