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Dwayne Johnson Pays Tribute to His Late Father in Emotional Speech

Dwayne Johnson Pays Tribute to His Late Father in Emotional Speech

Dwayne Johnson is honoring his father, WWE Hall of Famer Rocky Johnson, just over a year after his death.

The 48-year-old Fast & Furious star received the Trailblazer Award at the 2021 Hollywood Critics Association Film Awards on Friday (March 5) and he dedicated the award to his late father.

After a clip that documented the actor’s involvement with the Make-A-Wish Foundation and his donations to frontline workers amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Dwayne shared that his father was instrumental in instilling him with a philanthropic spirit.

“It’s the anchoring reminder that if we’re lucky enough and fortunate enough to be in a position where you can make someone feel good and you can create moments for them that they will never forget for the rest of their lives — that is power,” he said.

“It doesn’t matter what’s in your bank account, or what kind of car you drive. That sh-t doesn’t matter. It’s just how you make people feel,” Dwayne continued.

“I’m going to dedicate this trailblazer award to my dad, my old man who died a little over a year ago,” Dwayne said.

“Man, that guy was a trailblazer,” he continued. “As complicated as our relationship was — our father/son relationship, tough love, tough love — he was a trailblazer because what trailblazers do is change people’s behavior. And he did everything he could to send people home happy.”

Dwayne shared that Rocky had died of a massive heart attack in January 2020. He later opened up about their “complicated” relationship in an interview with Oprah Winfrey.

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