The Rock Birthday, 9 Rare Throwback Photos Of Him That No Fan Can Afford To Miss!

Wrestler-turned-actor Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson rings in his 49th birthday today on May 02, 2021. On this occasion, let’s check out some rare throwback pictures of him.

Dwayne Douglas Johnson popularly known by his ring name ‘The Rock’ is celebrating his 49th birthday today. A retired WWE champion, a former football player, an actor and a producer, Dwayne has donned many hats till now. A popular wrestler, he was a household name way before he got into acting. Often regarded as one of the greatest professional wrestlers of all time, Johnson first got involved in acting in 1999 when he played the role of his own father in an episode of That ’70s Show called ‘That Wrestling Show’.

His first leading role was in the 2002-film The Scorpion King. However, it was in 2004 when he left the WWE to pursue a career in acting. Since then, the 49-year-old has starred in a series of TV shows as well as blockbuster films, becoming one of the highest-paid and most successful actors in Hollywood. Some of his hits include films like The Game Plan, G.I. Joe: Retaliation, Fast & Furious films and Jumanji films.

As ‘The Rock’ is ringing in his 49th birthday today, let’s take a walk down the memory lane and check out some of his rare throwback pictures.

Born in Hayward, California, he is the son of Ata Johnson and former professional wrestler Rocky Johnson.

Did you know wrestling is in Johnson’s blood? His grandfather, Peter Maivia and his father Rocky were both wrestling stars of their times.

Even the actor’s grandmother, Lia Maivia, was also a pro wrestler. She was one of the first female pro wrestling promoters.

Johnson was a promising football prospect and received offers from many Division I collegiate programs.

He became a football player at the University of Miami, with whom he won a national championship in 1991. 

Dwayne signed with the Calgary Stampeders of the Canadian Football League (CFL) but was cut from the team in his first season. Shortly after, he started training as a professional wrestler.

A fun fact about Dwayne is that when he made his debut as Rocky Maivia in WWE, he wasn’t a favourite. Despite being played as a hero, fans hated him initially. However, he later transformed himself into the egotistical character, The Rock, which earned him wider popularity.

The 49-year-old’s debut lead role was in the 2001-film The Mummy Returns. The movie broke a two-year record for the highest-grossing single day in film history.

The commercial success of The Mummy Returns led to Johnson’s first leading role in its spin-off The Scorpion King in 2002. He received US$5.5 million for the role and Guinness World Records named him the record-holder for highest-paid actor in their first leading role.

(All the photos are taken from Instagram)