With film revenues exceeding $3 billion worldwide, DWAYNE JOHNSON (Will
Sawyer/Produced by) has solidified himself as a global box-office powerhouse in
both film and television.
Always adding to his busy schedule, Johnson shows no sign of slowing down. In
2017, he starred in Paramount Pictures' continuation of Baywatch, and Universal
Pictures' eighth installment of the successful Fast and Furious franchise, The
Fate of the Furious. At the end of 2017, Johnson starred in Jumanji: Welcome to
the Jungle alongside Kevin Hart and Jack Black. The film grossed nearly $1
billion internationally and is Sony Pictures Entertainment's highest-grossing
movie at the U.S. box office to date.
Johnson can currently be seen in New Line Cinema's Rampage, which opened No. 1
at the U.S. box office and has earned nearly $400 million worldwide. This
summer, Johnson will star in the fourth season of HBO's Ballers. Also on
Johnson's upcoming slate, he is set to star in Walt Disney Pictures' Jungle
Cruise, based on its hit theme park ride where a small riverboat takes a group
of travelers on a journey filled with dangerous animals and reptiles.
Adding to a slew of tentpole films, Johnson starred in the 2015 summer
blockbuster San Andreas, and the highest-grossing live-action comedy, Central
Intelligence, opposite Kevin Hart for New Line Cinema and Universal Pictures,
which was released in June 2016. He has also lent his voice to the Walt Disney
Animation Studios film Moana, which was released in November 2016.
In addition, Johnson's production company, Seven Bucks Productions, teamed up
with Spike TV to produce a monumental holiday event, Rock the Troops, a music
and entertainment experience created to honor, inspire and captivate the brave
men and women of America's armed services. This compelling and modern tribute
emanated from the historic Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam and brought together
A-list headliners from the worlds of music, comedy and film. Seven Bucks also
released a youth-prison documentary, Rock and a Hard Place for HBO, which became
the network's No. 1 watched stand-alone special.
Johnson's most recent film credits include Universal Pictures' Furious 7,
alongside Vin Diesel; Paramount Pictures' Hercules, directed by Brett Ratner,
where Johnson took on the title role; the dramatic thriller Snitch, about a
father who goes undercover for the DEA in order to free his wrongfully
imprisoned son; the comic-book action-adventure G.I. Joe: Retaliation, the
second installment of the franchise, opposite Bruce Willis and Channing Tatum;
the dramatic independent film Empire State, with Liam Hemsworth and Emma
Roberts; Pain & Gain, alongside Mark Wahlberg; and The Fast and the Furious
franchise films, Fast Five and Fast & Furious 6, which grossed a combined $1.4
Johnson's previous films include Race to Witch Mountain; Tooth Fairy; Planet 51;
Get Smart; The Game Plan; Journey 2: The Mysterious Island, which grossed more
than $335 million worldwide; Be Cool, MGM's sequel to Get Shorty, alongside John
Travolta, Uma Thurman and Vince Vaughn; the 2004 remake Walking Tall; and
Universal Pictures' The Rundown, a critically acclaimed action-comedy directed
by Peter Berg that co-starred Seann William Scott, Rosario Dawson and
Christopher Walken. In 2011, Johnson was subsequently cast by Stephen Sommers in
The Mummy Returns, which grossed more than $433 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 biggest April opening of all time.
Johnson's love of acting and desire to branch out led him to appear on Saturday
Night Live (SNL) in March 2000, surprising many with his comedic strengths; the
episode garnered the show's highest rating that year. Johnson has appeared on
SNL four times.
Johnson's accolades include being named NAACP's 2016 "Entertainer of the Year,"
People's "Sexiest Man Alive" in 2016 and USA Today's "2016 Movie Person of the
Year." He was also included in TIME magazine's 2016 Most Influential People, and
The Hollywood Reporter's Annual Power 100 List for 2016. Johnson received his
star on the Hollywood Walk of fame in December 2017.
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 to 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.
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
Best-Seller List shortly after its publication in October 1999.
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 of America. 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
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