Unbelievable Life-Changing Story Of The World's Highest-Paid Actor: "The Rock" Dwayne Johnson

Mina Muzumdar |Aug 23, 2019

From a delinquent teen who was on the brink of homelessness, "The Rock" Dwayne Johnson tops Forbes list World's The Highest-Paid Actors two years in a row. Here is how he became the world inspiration for millions of people.

Yesterday, after Forbes made public the list of The Highest-Paid Actors Of 2019Hollywood superstar Dwayne Johnson again named the most bankable actor. With an estimated earning of $84.4 million over the last 12 months, The Rock topped the list for the second year in a row.


However, before cementing his standing in the billion-dollar industry, this man was once a delinquent teen who joined a theft ring to make a living. Unlike any other Hollywood superstars who was born to wealth, he used to struggle with poverty life.


And here is his incredible story to success that can change your viewpoint on life forever.

A childhood with criminal records



Dwayne Johnson choked up and paused for a moment during his acceptance speech for Inspiration Award at the L.A. Family Housing Awards last year.

The Rock was born on 2nd May 1972 in a Samoan, Canadian and African-American mixed family, is a descendant of three generations of professional wrestling.


Because of his father's profession, Dwayne Johnson's family had to constantly travel around the country but they still didn't have enough money for a living. The family's financial struggles soon enough became a huge problem in his family as there was a lot of friction.

Rocky's affairs (his father) out in the open and his rape charge (later dropped) then was like the straw that broke the camel's back and led to his parent divorce. But it was all just the beginning of the darkest time of his life.


One day, Dwayne Johnson now was living with his mother returned home and received an eviction note in the front door. At the age of 14, the young teenager and his mother had nowhere to go and not even a car to make a temporary shelter.

When his mother cleaned toilets to finance a new home, The Rock ended up engaging in criminal activity. The impulsive 14-year-old then joined a theft ring which targeted jewellery store, expensive clothing store or rich tourist.

Dwayne Johnson's life breaking point

At the at of 16, Dwayne Johnson was transferred to different four high schools as a result of repeated expulsions. Here at the Freedom High School, he also found no friend blamed his giant physique.

But one day, when the stubborn Dwayne wanted to use the teacher's restroom instead of the smoke-filled bathroom for the student. When he was washing his hand, the head football coach walked by asked Dwayne to leave. The actor after that just gave a sheepish look before responding: “Okay, I’ll leave when I’m done.”


However, he went home and felt guilty for what he did and said. The next day, The Rock searched for his teacher to apology for his rude behaviour. When he shook the teacher's hand, the football coach was stunned but realised the potential in this young man. Without letting go of his hand, he invited Dwayne to the school football team. Jody Cwik then became the second father in Dwayne Johnson's life.


In 1991, he brought glory to the University of Miami by winning National Championship. But 4 years later, he was cut off from the team due to a serious injury. It's when he was dumped by his girlfriend, slept on an unthinkably dirty mattress which he found outside of a sex motel, and has merely $7 in his wallet.

At that point in life, the only place he thought of is his father place in Tampa and chose what had been destined for him, 'wrestling'.


A wrestler with an innate gifts

Dwayne Johnson once shared:


and that is how he began the greatest chapter of his life as a wrestler.


In 1996, the 24-year-old Dwayne made his debut at WWE as Rocky Maivia with no warm welcome from the audience. But one year later, he returned to the ring after injury and it when The Rock was born. During his most active year as a wrestler from 1996 to 2004, he won WWF Championship for 8 times. He was then considered as the greatest wrestlers and biggest draws of all time.

The 'Giant' Of Hollywood



First appeared on the screen in 1999, until 2002, Dwayne Johnson had his first leading role in The Scorpion which then took wings his amazing acting career.

In his acting career spanning almost two decades, he proved to be the relentlessly hard-working actor who devoted himself to everything he did. At the age of 47, he participated in more than 40 films, many of them were the big hits at the box office.


This year is the second year in a row the wrestler-turned-actor beat the A-list Hollywood superstars like Robert Downey Jr, Chris Hemsworth, Will Smith to become the World's Highest-paid actor.


With blockbuster Hobbs & Shaw, Skyscraper and HBO comedy film Baller, the former wrestler has earned around a whopping amount of $89.4 million.

From a near homelessness man, 'The Rock' Dwayne Johnson became one of the most influential people in the world today. Nevertheless, he is still the humble, funny guy as The Rock who inspire millions of people to live a meaningful life and never stop pursuing their dream.


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