It's clear that Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson values his family. The star recently took to Instagram to share how he surprised his father Rocky Johnson for Christmas this year. "He's had a hard life. This one felt good," The Rock wrote alongside a photo of him and his father next to a brand-new car.
He went on to share the story of his dad's difficult childhood in 1950s Nova Scotia after losing his own father at 13 years old. "That Christmas, my dad's mom had her new boyfriend over for Christmas dinner. Her boyfriend got drunk and pissed on the turkey," The Rock wrote. "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."
The Rock says his father was left homeless, and since then he has "needed the bare minimum." But that hasn't stopped the star from sharing his success. "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."
This year, thanks to his son, Rocky Johnson had a holiday to remember. "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."
Indeed, Rocky Johnson became a professional wrestler and, along with Tony Atlas, was a member of the first Black tag team to win the World Tag Team Championship in 1983.