04/07/2009 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

The Rock Turns Disney Star As He Takes On Family Films

Along with nixing his geological wrestling nickname, Mr. Johnson has moved beyond the he-man roles ("The Scorpion King") that gave him his cinematic start, branching into comedies ("Get Smart"), family movies ("The Game Plan") and art-house fare ("Southland Tales"). And he is working hard to sell himself to a wider audience, focusing in particular on children. In the past 10 months he has logged time at the Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards, guest starred on "Hannah Montana" and served as the grand marshal of Hong Kong Disneyland's Main Street Parade. In 2008 he even popped up at the Academy Awards. (Succeed at the Oscars -- as Mr. Johnson did, flawlessly executing his presentation of the visual effects trophy -- and you may well leave Mom-Approved.)

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