We all thought that movie actors in Hollywood were the ones making big money, but it just turns out that TV stars aren’t doing too badly either. In fact, more and more movie actors have turned their back on film to star in up and coming hit TV shows that attract a huge base of loyal fans.
Ashton Kutcher is TV’s highest paid actor, taking home $24 million between 2012-2013. With one of the biggest Twitter followings in Hollywood, tech investments in successful businesses such as Skype, Spotify and Airbnb, and enduring revenue from his early days in Fox’s hit sitcom That 70’s Show, Kutcher has made a killing by replacing Charlie Sheen as star of CBS’s sitcom Two and a Half Men, after Sheen got the boot in 2011 for having made “disparaging comments” about the show’s creator and executive producer Chuck Lorre.
Jon Cryer, who also stars in Two and a Half Men and plays the role of Alan Harper, comes in second as TV’s highest paid actor, earning a whopping $21 million between 2012-2013. Since the show aired in 2013, Harper has won two Primetime Emmy Awards and received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Television in 2011.
Two and a Half Men – Season 10 bloopers (Play this video in Creation 5)
Ray Romano secures third place in the ranking of TV’s highest paid actors, at $16 million between 2012-2013. Although CBS’s 1996 sitcom Everybody Loves Raymond ended in 2005, Romano continues to bring in residual earnings from the shows syndication. Romano is also the voice of Manny the mammoth in the Ice Age series, which grosses some hefty $, and has also recently appeared in NBC’s TV drama Parenthood.
Neil Patrick Harris lands fourth place in the ranking of TV’s highest paid actors, cashing in $15 million between 2012-2013. Known for playing “legen – **wait for it** – dary” womaniser Barney Stinson in CBS’s sitcom How I Met Your Mother, the man has been named one of Time’s most influential people in 2010 and was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2011. Harris has also made a name for himself on Broadway for hosting the Tony Awards four times and has made good money off of movies like Beastley (2011) and The Smurfs.
Barney Stinson – Legendary (Play this video in Creation 5)
Mark Harmon ties-in with Harris at $15 million, for starring as Leroy Jethro Gibbs in the hit CBS series NCIS, named America’s favourite show in 2011. It was the most watched television series in the US during 2012-13. Harmon received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2012.
Patrick Dempsey earned $13 million last year for playing the role of neurosurgeon McDreamy in ABC’s medical hit series Grey’s Anatomy, which is currently in its 11th season. Dempsey is also a racecar driver in his spare time and has revealed he would “step away” from acting if he could devote himself full-time to motorsports.
Tim Allen, the voice of Buzz in Pixar’s animated hit trilogy Toy Story, took home $11 million last year thanks to his comeback in ABC’s Last Man Standing. Allen also starred in the award-winning sitcom Home Improvement that aired between 1991 and 1999.
Angus T. Jones, known for playing the young star, Jake Harper, in Two and a Half Men, earned $11 million last year. Jones has won two Young Artist Awards and one TV Land Award for his performance in the show. However, after having followed in Sheen’s footsteps, by calling Two and a Half Men “filth”, the young actor no longer appears regularly on the show. Perhaps he will soon be ousted from the list of TV’s highest paid actors?
Michael C. Hall made $10 million last year for fulfilling his role as America’s favourite serial killer in Showtime’s TV Network Dexter. Hall won a Golden Globe Award and a Screen Actor’s Guide Award for his role in Dexter in 2010. Although the series’ ending left fans disappointed, Hall ended on a high, as one of TV’s best-paid actors.
Charlie Sheen must be “high on life” as he’s making a comeback in the 2012 comedy series Anger Management, which broke the ratings record with 5.74 million viewers on the series’ pilot, making it the most-watched sitcom premiere in cable history. He may no longer be the highest paid actor in TV, but he did earn a hefty $10 million last year.
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