Movie Stars: Johnson, Dwayne–Profile of the Rock

Dwayne Johnson (Jack Bruno) creates a new action hero in “Race to Witch Mountain” playing a down-and-out Las Vegas cabbie whose life is thrown into out-of-this-world chaos by two alien teenagers.

Born into a family of unique entertainers, Johnson had the opportunity to develop a grassroots understanding of the nuances of live performance as he watched both his father and grandfather achieve tremendous success in the world of professional wrestling. Watching them perform throughout the country gave Johnson a primary education that was unlike any other. With a move to Pennsylvania in his latter teenager years, Johnson focused his natural athletic abilities on football, attracting the attention of the University of Miami. With a full football scholarship in place Johnson joined the powerhouse football program and won his first National Championship with the team in 1991. Playing again for the National Championship in 1992, Johnson closed out his football career by competing for a third National Championship in 1995 against the University of Nebraska in the Orange Bowl.

Upon graduation, Dwayne quickly utilized his past life lessons to develop the wrestling character “The Rock.” Johnson performed to over 10 million fans a week on television as well as both domestic and international live audiences that reached in excess of 70,000 people.

Johnson consistently sold out venues such as The Houston Astrodome, Madison Square Garden and Toronto Sky dome. As the character “The Rock,” Dwayne achieved unprecedented success, becoming a New York Times bestselling author for his autobiography entitled “The Rock Says” as well as a platinum recording artist for his World Wrestling Entertainment compilations CD performing with such artists as Grammy Award winner Wyclef Jean.

Pursuing his desire to expand his entertainment mediums, Johnson transitioned from television to film where he played the Egyptian man/god, The Scorpion King, in the 2001 blockbuster “The Mummy Returns,” leading to his first starring role in “The Scorpion King” in 2002. The success of that film led to subsequent leading roles in “The Rundown” (as a bounty hunter out of his element in South America), “Walking Tall” (as a returning Persian Gulf War hero who protects his hometown from drug dealers) and “Gridiron Gang” (as a tough corrections officer inspiring a team made of teenage inmates). He also performed in the ensemble hit, “Be Cool,” as a colorful gay Samoan bodyguard.

A global philanthropist, Johnson has been frequently recognized for his commitment to children and children’s issues. Johnson most recently received the 2008 Congressional Horizon Award for his dedicated efforts. In 2006 Dwayne established the Rock Foundation to educate, empower and motivate children worldwide through health education and physical fitness. To date, the foundation has served thousands of children all over the world.

The actor will return to big family comedy this coming holiday season and be seen in his next starring role as an arrogant professional hockey player who constantly crushes the dreams of children and is forced by Fairyland to don a tutu, magic wand and fairy wings as “The Tooth Fairy.”

He also lends his voice as astronaut Captain Charles Baker in the upcoming animated adventure “Planet 51,” also due out this coming holiday season.