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Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson Shares Inspiring Story of His Dad’s Teenage Homelessness

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He may be a movie star and a WWE wrestling icon, but Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is just a loving son at heart.

On Friday (December 30), he revealed an inspiring, intimate story about his father’s rocky (no pun intended) childhood. Sharing a photo of the two posing in front of the brand new car Johnson purchased his dad for Christmas, the Moana star described his dad as a “minimalist” who endured brutal teenage years after getting kicked out of his home.

“Crazy story, my dad’s dad died when he was 13 [years] old,” Johnson 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.”

“Cops were called,” he continued. “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 13…and now homeless.”

Johnson added that the after the incident in Nova Scotia, Canada in 1954, his father learned to only need the “bare minimum” survive in life, despite Johnson gifting him with homes and cars in the past.

“Every Christmas, I always think about that story and my dad having every odd stacked against him at 13, but he fought [through] it and still made something of himself. Makes me appreciate his struggle and hard work,” the actor went on, adding that his father’s enduring strength “made a man outta [him].”

Read his full message and see Johnson’s photo with his dad, Rocky Johnson, below:

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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