How Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson Went from Athlete to Beloved Actor

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Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson is one of the most successful and highest-paid actors in the entertainment industry. He has starred in a wide variety of films, from adventure flicks and thrillers like The Scorpion King (2002) and the Fast & Furious franchise to family-friendly films like Race to Witch Mountain (2009) and Moana (2016).

Casual fans of Johnson will get to see more of his upbringing on his new NBC sitcom, Young Rock. However, many long-time viewers will know that the beloved actor actually got his start as an athlete before he made the transition to Hollywood. Let's revisit how Johnson went from the ring to the big screen.