Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson receives Hollywood Walk of Fame Star

Posted at 10:42 AM, Dec 13, 2017
and last updated 2017-12-13 13:42:02-05

HOLLYWOOD, Calif. (CNS) - A star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame honoring football player-turned-professional wrestler-turned-actor Dwayne Johnson was unveiled Wednesday, one week before the release of his latest film.

Tom Rothman, chairman of Sony Pictures Motion Picture Group, which is distributing "Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle," joined Johnson in speaking at the ceremony in front of the Hollywood & Highland complex.

The star is the 2,624th since the completion of the Walk of Fame in 1961 with the first 1,558 stars.

Johnson's recent films include "Baywatch," "The Fate of The Furious," "Central Intelligence" and "San Andreas."

His other film credits include three other installments of the "Fast and Furious" franchise, "Fast Five," "Fast and Furious 6" and "Furious 7"; "Hercules"; "Snitch"; "G.I. Joe: Retaliation"; "Empire State"; "Pain & Gain"; "Race to Witch Mountain"; "Get Smart"; "The Game Plan"; and "Be Cool."

Future films include "Jungle Cruise," based on the Disneyland ride, and a "Fast and Furious" spinoff based on his character.

Johnson also stars in the HBO comedy "Ballers."

Johnson was born May 2, 1972, in the east San Francisco Bay Area community of Hayward and raised in Hawaii and Pennsylvania.

Johnson played defensive tackle at the University of Miami. His football career ended with a stint on the practice roster of the Calgary Stampeders of the Canadian Football League in 1995.

Johnson became a professional wrestler in 1996, following his father, Rocky Johnson, and grandfather, High Chief Peter Maivia. He would become an eight-time World Wrestling Federation/World Wrestling Entertainment champion.