Dwayne Johnson's Dad Rocky Used Tough Love on His Son and It Helped to Shape the 'Jumanji' Actor as a Man

The father of former professional wrestler, Dwayne Johnson, popularly known as "The Rock" is dead, and we can’t help but remember the "tough love" he gave his son.

Parental love cannot be compared to any other thing. Sometimes the love might come in a "tough" way, but over time one grows to learn and understand that tough love can be better than no love.

The late father of famous actor Dwayne Johnson, Rocky Johnson is one of those "tough love" fathers, and his son is grateful for the love that paved his way into fame.

 Rocky Johnson attends Unite in the Fight... to Knockout Bullying at the Hard Rock Cafe New York on October 20, 2011|Photo: Getty Images

Rocky Johnson attends Unite in the Fight... to Knockout Bullying at the Hard Rock Cafe New York on October 20, 2011|Photo: Getty Images


Also known as "Soul Man," Rocky Johnson (born Wayde Douglas Bowles) was one tough father. The former WWE wrestler was tough in the ring as well as on his son.

Dwayne fondly recalls how tough his father was and how it made him stronger. In one Instagram post, The Rock said:

"Hey, my old man was a tough MF on me... I hated it when I was a kid, but grateful for it as a man."

Dwayne made the post after his dad underwent hip surgery in 2018 and needed to get a bigger car. Despite the tough love, Dwayne remained grateful to his father and was proud to help.


Rocky Johnson began his wrestling career at the age of 16. Starting in 1964, he became a National Wrestling Alliance Georgia Champion and won several other championships throughout his career.

Dwayne has not openly spoken about his father's death.

He, however, rose to fame in the WWE in the 1980s. Rocky was part of the first black tag team to win a WWE championship. With numerous years in the ring, he retired in 1991 and began training his son, The Rock, to take over.

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We all got daddy issues lol. My pops just had his hip replaced and called me and said “Hey Mr. D the surgeon really feels like I should have a bigger car since my hip rehab..” I cut my dad off and just started laughing because I knew what he was hustling for. I said “say no more..I got you.. just go down and pick out what you want” then we hung up and hours later I get this pic. Lol. Hey my old man was a tough MF on me. He’d kick my ass from one side of the gym to the other for years. I hated it when I was a kid, but grateful for it as a man. Im lucky I could do this and thanks for the ass kickins. Thanks Shawn Burnett and Ed Morse Cadillac for handling business for me and finding the gold bow. #MyDoctorSaid #NewHipsAndWhips

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Following his death on Wednesday at the age of 75, lots of people have come out to express that Rocky was a wonderful man with a great personality. Some took to Instagram to share their thoughts. One person said:

"So sorry to hear about your pops. He was a great man. Hang in there. Love you Rock:)"

Lovers of the Johnson family have come out to send their condolences, with numerous WWE stars expressing their sadness over his death.


Rocky was inducted into the WWE hall of fame in 2008 and his son, "The Rock," was happy to have his father's legacy immortalized forever.

Married to Ata Maivia in 1970, the couple had two children before their divorce in 2003. Rocky was a proud father and a wonderful grandfather to his grandchildren.

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Bought my dad a Christmas gift and surprised him. He's had a hard life. This one felt good. My dad, Rocky Johnson is a minimalist. Always has been. Never asks me for much and over the years his needs are always the barest. Crazy story, my dad's dad died when he was 13yrs old. That Christmas, my dad's mom had her new boyfriend over for Christmas dinner. Her boyfriend got drunk and pissed on the turkey. My dad went outside, got a shovel, drew a line in the snow and said if you cross that line I'll kill you. The drunk crossed it and my dad laid him out cold as a block of ice. Cops were called. They told my dad's mom that when her boyfriend regains consciousness, he's gonna kill your son so one of them has got to go. In front of the entire family, my dad's mom looked at him and said get out. He was 13yrs old and now homeless. That f*cked up true story happened in Amherst, Nova Scotia, Canada in 1954. He needed the bare minimum then, just like does now. Over the years, I've moved him into a big home, got him trucks to drive - which he'll literally drive into the ground until I get him something else. Hell, I'll get him anything he wants, but the SOB just won't ask;). Every Christmas, I always think about that story and my dad having every odd stacked against him at 13, but he fought thru it and still made something of himself. Makes me appreciate his struggle and hard work. Also, makes me appreciate the fun times he would beat my ass in the gym so bad when I was 13 and say "If you're gonna throw up, go outside.. and if you're gonna cry, then go home to your mother". I hated it then, but I embrace it now. Made a man outta me. Without pissing on my turkey. 😂👍🏾. Just a small way of saying thank you dad and Merry Christmas! #DwantaClaus🎅🏾

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The Nova Scotia-born wrestler who sparred with the likes of Mohammed Ali and George Foreman was famous for his imposing physique and charming charisma.

Although Dwayne has not openly spoken about his father's death, The Rock will inevitably miss the man who trained him to become a better person.

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