It seems every time a studio wants to make a blockbuster these days, they hire Dwayne Johnson. The actor and former athlete, who was known as The Rock for years, has had one of the most, if not the most, successful transition from mainstream athlete to Hollywood superstar. From a troubled youngster to a college football player to a wrestling phenom to one of the highest paid actors in Hollywood, it seems Johnson has it all and has done it all. He is beloved by fans, and is one of the most approachable and welcoming celebrities out there. It is really hard not to love Dwayne Johnson, and there is just so much to know about him! Check it out:
10. Early Life
Dwayne Douglas Johnson was born on May 2, 1972 in Hayward, California to Ata and Rocky Johnson. His father was a professional wrestler as was his maternal grandfather. His father — who is Canadian — is a descendent of Black Loyalists who emigrated to Nova Scotia during the American Revolutionary War and his mother is of Samoan descent. Johnson grew up mainly in Hawaii and although he had troubles as a teenager in school, things changed when the family moved to Pennsylvania where he began playing football. This lead to a full scholarship to the University of Miami; however, a serious knee injury kept him from ever entering the NFL, although he was signed to the CFL team the Calgary Stampeders in 1995, but was cut from the roster two months in, ending his football career.