"The Rock" in professional wrestling
Luke Hobbs in "The Fast and Furious" franchise
Dwayne Johnson was born on May 2, 1972 in Hayward, California. Johnson's rise to fame came during his career as a professional athlete in the World Wrestling Federation (WWF/E) from 1996 to 2004 as a major figure in the company's Attitude Era, and was the first third-generation wrestler in the company's history. He returned to wrestling part-time for WWE from 2011 to 2013 and continues to make sporadic non-wrestling appearances for the company. As of August 2015, he has had seventeen championship reigns in WWE, including ten as a world champion, winning the WWF/E Championship eight times and the WCW/World Championship twice. He won the Intercontinental Championship twice and the WWF Tag Team Championship five times. He is the sixth Triple Crown Champion in WWE history, and won the 2000 Royal Rumble.
Johnson's first leading film role was in "The Scorpion King" in 2002. For this role, he was paid US $5.5 million, a world record for an actor in his first starring role. He has since appeared in several films, including "The Rundown," "The Game Plan," "Get Smart," "The Other Guys" and "Faster." and several of "The Fast and the Furious" films. He also hosted and produced "The Hero," a reality competition series.
In 2015, Johnson began starring in the HBO produced series "Ballers," a series centered around a group of current and former football players, their families, friends, and handlers in Miami. He is listed as executive producer along with Mark Wahlberg (who produced Entourage), Peter Berg (Friday Night Lights), Evan Reilly, Steve Levinson, Dany Garcia, and Hiram Garcia.
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