15 Facts You Never Knew About Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson

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Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson is one of the biggest celebrities in existence, starring in many films over the last decade, making his big-screen debut as The Scorpion King in The Mummy Return in 2001. You may think you knew everything about this wrestler turned Hollywood star, but here are 15 facts you probably never knew about Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.

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  1. His full name is Dwayne Douglas Johnson.
  2. He was paid $5.5 million to star his first feature film “The Scorpion King” which is the record amount for any actor in his first leading role.
  3. His grandfather, Peter Maivia, was a wrestling star, as was his father, Rocky Johnson. He’s also related to other notable WWE wrestlers, including The Wild Samoans, Yokozuna, Rikishi, Umaga and current WWE Raw Women’s Champion Nia Jax. His grandmother, Lia Maivia was one of the first female wrestling promoters ever, running Polynesian Pro Wrestling as a “strong-willed businesswoman,” according to Canada’s Slam! wrestling news.
  4. Dwayne studied criminology and physiology, earning degrees in both. He told Rolling Stone, “I wanted to work for either the FBI or CIA.” When a professor told him he’d probably need a law degree, he decided not to do it.
  5. Johnson met his wife Dany Garcia in University of Miami while pursuing his degree. He married her a day after his 25th birthday.
  6. Johnson told “The Tonight Show” host Jay Leno in 2010 that Willie Nelson gifted him his first guitar for his birthday. The country music singer and the star have been friends since 2000.
  7. They have a daughter Simone Alexandra, born on 14 August, 2001.
  8. He completed his grade 10 in Honolulu, Hawaii. But was required to relocate to Pennsylvania due to his father’s job.
  9. In 1996, he got tryout matches with the help of Pat Patterson, a veteran wrestler. He won against The Brooklyn Brawler but lost to Chris Candido and Owen Hart.
  10. He began wrestling under his real name but changed to “Flex Kavana” in “United States Wrestling Association.”
  11. His autobiography “The Rock Says” was co-written by him with Joe Layden and was first published in 2000. The book made its debut as the No.1 on the New York Times Best Seller list.
  12. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson played college football at the University of Miami before he moved to professional wrestling.
  13. His production company “seven bucks” has a special meaning. In 1995 the actor was dropped from the Calgary Stampeders and left broke. When he counted his money he was not happy. “Pulled out my wallet, and yeah, I had a five, a one, and some change,” he told Esquire. “I remember thinking, F*ck, all I have is seven bucks. At that time I wanted so much more.”
  14. According to The Hollywood Reporter he was part of a theft ring. They would reportedly steal from stores in Waikiki, which led to him being arrested.
  15. According to Star Trek fan site Memory Alpha, Dwayne Johnson appeared on the Star Trek: Voyager TV series, in an episode titled “Tsunkatse.” Johnson played a Pendari champion who defeats Seven of Nine in her first match.

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