Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson surprises dad with a new car, shares his inspiring story



Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson might be 2016's Sexiest Man Alive, but he isn't forgetting where he came from.

The 44-year-old action star surprised his dad, Rocky Johnson, with a new car for Christmas.

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In an Instagram post on Friday, Dwayne described his dad as a "minimalist" who never asks for much, and then went on to share his father's heartbreaking story of overcoming all odds as a teenager in Amherst, Nova Scotia, Canada, and raising one of the world's biggest movie stars.

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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"My dad's dad died when he was 13yrs old," he wrote. "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."

According to Dwayne, police were called to the family's home and gave them an ultimatum.

"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," he continued. "In front of the entire family, my dad's mom looked at him and said get out. He was 13yrs old and now homeless."

Rocky eventually carved out a successful professional wrestling career, becoming a part of the first black tag team to win the World Tag Team Championship in the World Wrestling Federation in 1983.

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"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," Dwayne wrote. "Makes me appreciate his struggle and hard work."

In passing down the family trade, Rocky pushed his son hard in the gym -- something The Rock, who also gifted his uncle a car last Christmas, admits he wasn't fond of at the time, but now embraces.

"Made a man outta me," he wrote. "Without pissing on my turkey."

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ANAHEIM, CA - AUGUST 14: Actor Dwayne Johnson of MOANA took part today in 'Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios: The Upcoming Films' presentation at Disney's D23 EXPO 2015 in Anaheim, Calif. (Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for Disney)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MAY 26: Actor Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson arrives at the Premiere Of Warner Bros. Pictures' 'San Andreas' at TCL Chinese Theatre on May 26, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)
CULVER CITY, CA - JUNE 06: Actor Dwayne Johnson accepts the Troops' Choice award onstage during Spike TV's Guys Choice 2015 at Sony Pictures Studios on June 6, 2015 in Culver City, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for Spike TV)
GOLD COAST, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 14: (EUROPE AND AUSTRALASIA OUT) Dwayne Johnson, aka 'The Rock', is seen after a work-out at World Gym, Ashmore on April 14, 2014 on the Gold Coast, Australia. (Photo by Richard Gosling/Newspix/Getty Images)
BERLIN, GERMANY - AUGUST 21: Actor Dwayne Johnson attends the press conference of Paramount Pictures 'HERCULES' at Hotel Adlon on August 21, 2014 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images for Paramount Pictures)
SAN DIEGO, CA - JULY 24: Actor/wrestler Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson attends the 'Hercules' panel at the Paramount Studios Presentation - Comic-Con International on Day 1 held at San Diego Convention Center on July 24, 2014 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Albert L. Ortega/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - JULY 23: Actor Dwayne Johnson arrives at the Los Angeles Premiere of 'Hercules' at TCL Chinese Theatre on July 23, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)
THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JIMMY FALLON -- Episode 0091 -- Pictured: (l-r) Actor Dwayne Johnson and host Jimmy Fallon during the 'Pomanti Brothers Fitness Video' skit on July 22, 2014 -- (Photo by: Douglas Gorenstein/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 22: Actor Dwayne Johnson visits 106 & Park at BET studio on July 22, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Bennett Raglin/BET/Getty Images for BET)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 17: Dwayne Johnson speaks onstage during the Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Sports Awards 2014 held at Pauley Pavilion on July 17, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Tran/FilmMagic)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 02: Dwayne Johnson attends a photocall for 'Hercules' at Trafalgar Square on July 2, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Dave J Hogan/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FL - APRIL 13: Dwayne Johnson at the 'Pain & Gain' Press Conference at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel on April 13, 2013 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Vera Anderson/WireImage)
MIAMI, FL - APRIL 11: Dwayne Johnson attends the press conference of the Miami Premiere of 'Pain & Gain' at Mandarin Oriental on April 11, 2013 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Alexander Tamargo/Getty Images for Paramount)
MIAMI GARDENS, FL - APRIL 1: Dwayne ''The Rock'' Johnson looks on during his match against John Cena during WrestleMania XXVIII at Sun Life Stadium on April 1, 2012 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Ron Elkman/Sports Imagery/Getty Images)
Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson during WrestleMania XXVII at Georgia Dome on April 3, 2011 in Atlanta, Georgia.
Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson during Wrestle Mania XX at Madison Square Garden in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by KMazur/WireImage)
403707 06: Professional wrestler Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson poses at the unveiling of his wax portrait at Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum April 10, 2002 in New York City. The museum creates life-size, three-dimensional wax sculptures of celebrities and historical figures around the world. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- Episode 17 -- Air Date 04/13/2002 -- Pictured: (l-r) Seth Meyers as Jeremy, Maya Rudolph as The Scorpion Queen and Dwayne Johnson as The Scorpion King during 'The Scorpion Prince' skit on April 13, 2002 (Photo by Norman Ng/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
395220 10: Actor Dwayne Johnson, aka 'The Rock', walks onstage to promote a special DVD and home video release of the movie 'The Mummy Returns' October 3, 2001 in Santa Monica, CA. (Photo by Jason Kirk/Getty Images)
OCTOBER 22: Defensive end Dwayne Johnson #94 of the University of Miami Hurricanes walks on the field during the NCAA game against the University of Virginia on October 22, 1994. Dwayne Johnson is also known as 'The Rock' of World Wrestling Federation. (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
GOLD COAST, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 14: (EUROPE AND AUSTRALASIA OUT) Dwayne Johnson, aka 'The Rock', is seen after a work-out at World Gym, Ashmore on April 14, 2014 on the Gold Coast, Australia. (Photo by Richard Gosling/Newspix/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 17: Actor Dwayne Johnson speaks onstage during Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Sports Awards 2014 at UCLA's Pauley Pavilion on July 17, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
WWE Superstar and actor, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson speaks to the media before Wrestlemania 28 in Miami, FL.
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