Dwayne Douglas Johnson aka The Rock is well known for his performance in 2017's blockbuster The Fate of the Furious as Luke Hobbs. Along with his successful career as a WWE superstar, he also has a successful Hollywood career and is one of the highest paid actors as of 2017.
Let's find out how he transitioned himself from The Rock into actor Dwayne Johnson and know about his career and sources of income.
Dwayne Johnson's Professional Career
Dwayne Johnson started his career as an American football player after he got a scholarship from the University of Miami in 1990 and also played for the National Championship Team. In 1991 he suffered a back injury which ended his football dream. In an interview, he stated,
"The dreams I had, they're dashed, There is no more football. That was my absolute worst time"
Johnson then pursued wrestling just like his ancestors. Johnson made his professional wrestling debut as Flex Kavanah by joining the United States Wrestling Association. In 1996, he made his first appearance in WWE as Rocky Maivia as an instant Heel.
Although his memorable feud with Stone Cold Steve Austin ended in a loss, he was named The People's Champion.
He won his first WWF champion after double-crossing Mankind aka Mick Foley. He won his first Wrestlemania match against Hunter Hearst Helmsley. He made an amazing record of 269-153-39 throughout his wrestling career with a win rate of 58%. He is an 8 time WWF/WWE champion, 5-time tag team champion and the winner of Royal Rumble 2000.
He is the first 3rd generation wrestler who won the 6th triple crown champion. He has headlined the most prestigious event in WWE, The Wrestlemania 5 times against superstars like John Cena and Stone Cold.
He left the WWE in 2004 to work on his Hollywood projects. He returned to WWE in 2011 and was involved in an In-ring feud with John Cena till 2013. Later in 2014, he made appearances in WWE with a one night feud with Bray Wyatt and has been seen in WWE on multiple occasions.
Johnson's father Rocky Johnson and ancestors including Rikishi, Umaga, and Yokozuna were also WWE superstars, therefore, there was no need for him to have a legal contract with the WWE and his earnings from WWE isn't reviewed. In his interview with GiveMeSports, he stated,
”We have no legal agreements between us. With Vince McMahon, we’ve always been able to shake hands. That’s a very special relationship in this day and age, that we can operate with that level of trust."
Since he was the same rank WWE superstar as Stone Cold Steve Austin and Mick Folly his earnings as a wrestler can be estimated as below.
- Annual : $65,000,000
- Weekly: $1,250,000
- Daily : $178.082,00
His annual earning from WWE as of 2013 is $5 million and his total earning from WWE is estimated to be $185 million.
Dwayne Johnson's Hollywood Career and Net Worth.
A successful career in WWE brought Johnson under the Hollywood's radar. He was asked to host Saturday Night Live on March 18, 2000. He made his first feature film debut in 2001's The Mummy Returns as The Scorpion King alongside Brendan Fraser, Rachel Weisz, John Hannah and others.
Johnson wasn't seen as a legitimate action hero until 2003's The Rundown. Critics Roger Ebert praised his performance in Rundown. He compared Johnson with Arnold Schwarzenegger and stated,
"Whether The Rock will rival Schwarzenegger's long run as an action hero is hard to say, but on the basis of 'The Rundown he has a good chance"
He showed his versatility by performing in 2007's family movie The Game Plan and 2010's comedy movie The Other Guys alongside Samuel L. Jackson. Dwayne found his first franchise in Fast Five which was the fifth installment of Fast and The Furious Franchise.
He also performed in Fast and Furious 6 and 7 which made billions worldwide. His other work includes 2017’s movie Baywatch, voice over for 2016’s Moana as Maui and in 2017's Drama Disaster movie San Andreas.
Some of his famous movies that broke the box office records include,
The Fate of the Furious
Production budget = $250 million.
Worldwide earning = $1,236,005,118
IMDb rating = 6.7/10
The fast and the furious 7
Production Budget = $190 million
Worldwide Earning = $1,516,045,911
IMDb Rating = 7.2/10
Jumanji Welcome to the Jungle
Production Budget = $90 million
Worldwide Earning = $943,601,805
IMDb Rating = 7.0/10
Johnson is one of the highest paid actors of 2018 with an average annual salary of $65 million and a massive net worth of $220 million.
Some of his highest movie paychecks include,
- Fast Five (2011) = $10 million
- Fast & Furious 6 (2013) = $10 million
- The Fate of the Furious (2017) = $10 million plus back-end payments
- The Rundown (2003) = $12.5 million
- The Rundown: Rumble in the Jungle (2004) = $12.5 million
- Central Intelligence” (2016) = $14 million
- Furious 7 (2015) = $15 million
- G.I. Joe Retaliation (2013) = $15 million
- San Andreas (2015) = $25 million
As of 2018, he is working on his upcoming movie projects Rampage (2018), Skyscraper, and Journey 3 (2018). Some sources say that Johnson will be performing in the second installment of DC Comics Suicide Squad 2.
We also have information on Johnson's Yearly earnings throughout his Hollywood career. His yearly earnings are given below. Check it out.
- 2016-2017 = $65 Million
- 2015-2016 = $64.5 Million
- 2014-2015 = $31.5 Million
- 2013-2014 = $52 Million
- 2012-2013 = $44 Million
- 2011-2012 = $36 Million
- 2003-2004 = $15 Million
- 2002-2003 = $12.5 Million
Throughout his acting career, his movies have made a total grossing of $8.1 Billion+ worldwide.
Dwayne Johnson's Quick Facts
- He was born on 2 May 1972 in Hayward, California.
- His full name is Dwayne Douglas Johnson and ring name is The Rock.
- He is a descendant of the Samoan heritage and has a Samoan tattoo on his left arm.
- He graduated with a Bachelor of General Studies in Criminology and physiology in the Year 1995 from the University of Miami.
- Dwayne Johnson was set to star in a movie about Hawaiian warrior king Kamehameha but was pulled because he’s Samoan.
- He is known for his trademark Phrase: "Lay a smackdown on your candy ass" and "Just Bring It"
- His hobbies include fishing, listening to music, watching movies and working out in the gym.
- He is the cousin of WWE superstars Roman Reigns and The Usos Brothers.
- His birth sign is Taurus.
- He stands 1.96 m tall.