Monday, April 6, 2015

Which Bond Alum is Dwayne Johnson Related To? ….Day 97 of Bond 365

It’s a long, fun weekend being at Wondercon in Anaheim, but boy am I tired. I attended quite a few panels over the three-day event and am still getting my write-ups for Bleeding Cool. Anyway, here is today’s Bond 365! 

Peter Fanene Maivia
Born this day in 1937
Stunt Fight Choreographer and Car Driver in You Only Live Twice

As I researching Peter Fanene Maivia, I happened across a tidbit of information: Maivia, who played a villainous car driver in You Only Live Twice, is the maternal grandfather of Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson. Maivia was born in Samoa and became a professional wrestler in the US and Asia. His nickname was “High Chief” because he was a Samoan High Chief; the distinctive tribal tattoos on his legs and abdomen a visual affirmation of that fact. Doing well competitively during the 1960s and 1970s, Maivia was favorite among fans in the WWE (originally known as WWWF).

He eventually retired from wrestling and became a promoter of the sport via the NWA in Hawaii in 1980. However, he was diagnosed with cancer in 1981 and passed away in 1982. Maivia had only two acting credits (one was post-humorous) and a credit for stunts work in You Only Live Twice.

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