Dwayne Johnson receives star on Hollywood Walk of Fame

By Wade Sheridan  |  Dec. 14, 2017 at 6:56 AM
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Dec. 14 (UPI) -- Dwayne Johnson received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame Wednesday during a ceremony that was attended by family and celebrity friends.

Featured guests included Johnson's Jumanji costar Jack Black, chairman of Sony Entertainment's Motion Picture Group Tom Rothman and his immediate family including his mother Ata Johnson, his longtime girlfriend Lauren Hashian and their almost 2-year-old daughter Jasmine Lia.

Hashian was noticeably displaying a baby bump at the event days after the couple announced on social media that they are expecting their second child together, a girl.

The event took place in Los Angeles at the Hollywood & Highland complex just one week before his latest film, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, hits theaters.

"At the end of the day, all of this goes away if it weren't for you," Johnson said onstage in reference to his fans in attendance.

Johnson's other 2017 film credits include The Fate of the Furious, Baywatch and a starring role on his HBO comedy series Ballers. Upcoming projects include Rampage, Jungle Cruise based on Disney's classic theme park ride and a film based around DC comics character Black Adam.

The 45-year-old first rose to fame as The Rock, a professional wrestler inside the WWE where he quickly became one of the biggest figures the company has ever seen. The Rock headlined multiple WrestleManias, feuded with other top stars such as Stone Cold Steve Austin and Triple H and became an eight-time World Champion.

Johnson, who first got his start in Hollywood with 2001's The Mummy Returns, now runs his own studio, Seven Bucks Productions, alongside his longtime manager and ex-wife, Dany Garcia.

"The ambition to grow developed the moment I stepped foot in Hollywood," Johnson said while speaking to Variety about moving from WWE to acting. "I knew then I didn't have any experience as an actor. I cut my teeth and made my bones in the crazy world of professional wrestling, which built a live-crowd acumen for me, but that doesn't necessarily translate onto film. I knew I needed to understand the business from top to bottom, 360 degrees, and be a total sponge."

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