Ashton Kutcher leads 'Forbes' list of top-earning TV actors
It looks like CBS is treating its actors pretty well, cha-ching-wise.
Two and a Half Men’s Ashton Kutcher and Jon Cryer take the No. 1 and No. 2 spots in Forbes’ annual list of highest-paid male TV actors with a respective $26 million and $19 million in annual earnings between June 2013 and June 2014. This will be the third year in a row that Kutcher, whose tech cred recently landed him a gig as a product engineer with Lenovo, has landed the top spot. Cryer, meanwhile, is building upon Two and a Half Men’s monies with a huge book advance for an upcoming memoir that one hopes will be gossipy enough to warrant such a payout.
CBS continues its turnout of highly paid actors with Mark Harmon, who also ties for second place with $19 million, thanks to the syndication juggernaut that is NCIS and its respective spin-offs. Fresh off his Tony win for Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Neil Patrick Harris made a cool $18 million thanks to the final season of How I Met Your Mother. And even though Grey’s Anatomy is running into season 11, Patrick Dempsey still musters an incredible paycheck at $16 million, with endorsement deals with Porsche and Simmons Beautyrest mattresses.
Notable newcomer to the list Kevin Spacey, whose $16 million paycheck is a sign of the Netflix-dominating times, is expected to net an even higher fee as contract negotiations take place for season three of House of Cards.
Last Man Standing topper Tim Allen netted a cool $15 million, proving that there is still (a super wealthy) life after Home Improvement. CBS continues its onslaught of top earners with the Mentalist’s Simon Baker at $13 million, Big Bang Theory’s Jim Parsons ($12 million) and Johnny Galecki ($11 million), and How I Met Your Mother’s Jason Segel ($11 million) and Josh Radnor ($10 million).
Anger Management’s Charlie Sheen still proves he can work a sizable paycheck with $10 million, due in part to royalties from Two and a Half Men’s syndication. The list levels off with another newcomer in Jon Hamm ($10 million), whose endorsement deals with American Airlines and Mercedes and recent starring roles in films like Million Dollar Arm build upon his earnings from Mad Men.