Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson

From Wrestler to Hollywood Hero

From the Series Gateway Biographies

  • Interest Level: Grade 4 - Grade 8
  • Reading Level: Grade 5

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson first became famous as a wrestling superstar, but he’s become much more than his wrestling persona. Now a leading actor in movies and television, Johnson had humble beginnings in California. His interest in sports led him to football, where he became a top player in high school and college. Johnson thought he was destined to play professionally, but an injury sidelined that dream and led him into the wrestling ring instead. He followed in his father’s and grandfather’s wrestling footsteps and became “The Rock”—a world famous wrestling persona.

From there, Johnson crossed over into acting, where he was a natural star. He became famous in the acting world for his roles in the movie franchises The Mummy and Fast & Furious. He’s a huge action star and has also tried out comedy and animated roles. Johnson even conquered television and became especially well known for his role in Ballers. Find out more about Johnson’s incredible life, his wrestling heritage, and his ability to capture the attention of fans around the world.

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Interest Level Grade 4 - Grade 8
Reading Level Grade 5
Genre Social Studies
Category 5 Kinds of Nonfiction, 5KN: Narrative Nonfiction
Copyright 2023
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Lerner Publications ™
Language English
Number of Pages 48
Publication Date 2023-01-01
Text Type Narrative Nonfiction
BISACS JNF007060, JNF007100, JNF054220
Dewey 796.812092 [B]
Dimensions 7 x 9
Lexile 860
ATOS Reading Level 5.6
Accelerated Reader® Points 1.0
Features Bibliography/further reading, Index, Reviewed, Source notes, Teaching Guides, and Timeline

Author: Matt Doeden

Matt Doeden began his career as a sports writer. Since then, he's spent more than a decade writing and editing children's nonfiction. Matt lives in Minnesota with his family.

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Gateway Biographies

Discover the human side of newsworthy, historical, and pop culture figures, and learn about people leading key social movements or handling crises. Each biography in this easy-reading series is peppered with quotations and stories, accounts of successes and failures, and descriptions of… View available downloads →


Children's Literature Comprehensive Database (CLCD)

“This book, as well as all the books in this series would be a great addition to elementary school libraries and classrooms. Reviewer Rating: 4” –Children’s Literature