We’d wager there aren’t many people on the planet that haven’t heard of The Rock. The former wrestler turned Hollywood hero is one of the most famous men on the planet. But have you ever wondered how exactly he became famous and, the snippet of information everyone wants to know, how much is he worth?
Allow us to reveal all.
The Rock Quick Facts
Name: Dwanye Douglas Johnson
DoB: 2 May 1972
Height: 6ft 5in / 1.96m
Relationship Status: Married
Spouse: Lauren Hashian
Net Worth: $400 million (Estimated)
Instagram: @therock – 318m followers
Twitter: @therock – 16.1m followers
Who Is The Rock?
The Rock, real name Dwayne Douglas Johnson, is an American actor, businessman and former professional wrestler for World Wrestling Entertainment (formerly World Wrestling Federation). He was born in Hayward, California on 2nd May 1972 to parents Ata Johnson and Rocky Johnson (born Wayde Douglas Bowles), himself a former professional wrestler.
The Rock spent the majority of his younger years growing up in Grey Lynn, Auckland, New Zealand where he found a love for the sport of rugby.
The Rock is proud of his Samoan heritage from his mother’s side and this is seen by way of a large chest tattoo. Wrestling was always in his blood thanks to his father, who was part of the first black tag team champions in WWE history. His maternal grandmother is also credited as being the first female pro wrestling promoter.
The Rock moved schools a fair amount growing up, attending schools in North Carolina, Connecticut, Hawaii, Tennessee and Pennsylvania. Throughout his school years, he participated in a variety of sports, including football, track and field and, of course, wrestling.
No doubt due to his sheer size, The Rock was a dab hand at American football and even received offers from Division I collegiate programs. He played defensive tackle at the University of Miami and in 1991, was a member of the Miami Hurricanes national championship team. After he graduated from college, he joined the Calgary Stampeders in the Canadian Football League as a linebacker.
He graduated from college in 1995 with a Bachelor of General Studies in criminology and physiology.
The Rock didn’t get much playing time in American Football and so decided to pursue a career in professional wrestling instead. Following a string of tryout matches that returned both wins and losses, The Rock signed a contract with WWF in 1996.
He initially chose the ring name Rocky Maivia (a combination of his father and grandfather’s ring names) after being persuaded by Vince McMahon, chairman and CEO of WWE. The Rock won his first match at Survivor Series in November 1996. He followed this up by winning the Intercontinental Championship in February 1997. He defended his title at his first WrestleMania, WrestleMania 13. It wasn’t long after this that the audience started to turn on The Rock’s character.
Later in 1997, The Rock changed his in-ring persona and it was at this point he started referring to himself as The Rock in the third person. The audience began to take a liking to this new direction and effectively, the rest is history.
If you didn’t already know of The Rock’s wrestling career, then you’re bound to know him for his acting credits. His first breakthrough roles were in The Mummy series of films, starring Brendan Fraser, where he portrayed The Scorpion King. It wasn’t until his role in Fast Five as Luke Hobbs that his Hollywood career went stratospheric.
Other notable movie credits include Moana, Baywatch, Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle, Jungle Cruise and the Netflix exclusive, Red Notice.
The Rock regularly sits atop the list of highest-earning male actors in Hollywood.
The Rock Net Worth
Through his various movie roles, sponsorship deals and wrestling career, The Rock has an estimated net worth of $400 million.
How tall is The Rock?
The Rock is 6ft 5in tall, or 1.96m.
How old is The Rock?
The Rock recently celebrated his 50th birthday. He was born on 2nd May 1972
How much does The Rock weigh?
While his weight will likely fluctuate, he is estimated to weight around 118kg.