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Forbes Highest Paid Actors 2019: Dwayne Johnson tops the list; Akshay Kumar at No. 4

Updated : 2019-08-23 07:56:18

Action movie hero Dwayne Johnson, star of the “Jumanji” and “Fast and Furious” franchises, topped the annual list of the world’s highest-paid actors, Forbes magazine reported on Wednesday. Johnson, the former wrestler once known as The Rock, pulled in $89.4 million from June 2018 to June 2019, the magazine said.

#10. Will Smith: Net Earnings: $42 million. At 49, Bel Air's prince may no longer be fresh, but he's still banking big bucks. His turn in Netflix's panned 'Bright' earned him an estimated $20 million, while a forthcoming role as Genie in Disney's live-action 'Aladdin' adds to his bottom line. In a rare return to music, he also appeared on Nicky Jam's World Cup Anthem
#10. Will Smith: Net Earnings: $42 million. At 49, Bel Air's prince may no longer be fresh, but he's still banking big bucks. His turn in Netflix's panned 'Bright' earned him an estimated $20 million, while a forthcoming role as Genie in Disney's live-action 'Aladdin' adds to his bottom line. In a rare return to music, he also appeared on Nicky Jam's World Cup Anthem "Live It Up." (Image: Reuters)
#9. Paul Rudd: Net Earnings: $41 million. Ant-Man may be small (sometimes) but his earnings are big enough to garner a spot on the Celebrity 100. Rudd's deals in the Marvel Universe include a percentage of profit, meaning he made eight figures from both 'Avengers: Endgame' and 'Ant-Man.' The veteran actor also has roles in smaller films 'Ideal Home' and 'The Catcher Was a Spy.' (Image: Reuters)
#9. Paul Rudd: Net Earnings: $41 million. Ant-Man may be small (sometimes) but his earnings are big enough to garner a spot on the Celebrity 100. Rudd's deals in the Marvel Universe include a percentage of profit, meaning he made eight figures from both 'Avengers: Endgame' and 'Ant-Man.' The veteran actor also has roles in smaller films 'Ideal Home' and 'The Catcher Was a Spy.' (Image: Reuters)
#8. Chris Evans: Net Earnings: $43.5 million. Best known for playing Captain America, Evans' hefty 'Avengers: Endgame' salary and backend points land him on the Celebrity 100 for the first time. Evans keeps busy when he's not saving the universe, with roles in 'Knives Out' and 'The Red Sea Diving Report.' He is returning to the small screen, where he got his start, with upcoming Apple TV+ series 'Defending Jacob.' (Image: Reuters)
#8. Chris Evans: Net Earnings: $43.5 million. Best known for playing Captain America, Evans' hefty 'Avengers: Endgame' salary and backend points land him on the Celebrity 100 for the first time. Evans keeps busy when he's not saving the universe, with roles in 'Knives Out' and 'The Red Sea Diving Report.' He is returning to the small screen, where he got his start, with upcoming Apple TV+ series 'Defending Jacob.' (Image: Reuters)
#6. Adam Sandler (tie): Net Earnings: $57 million. Veteran comedian Sandler has Netflix to thank for his eight-figure year. Thanks to a huge deal with the service, he makes big bucks from comedies he produces, directs and stars in like 'Murder Mystery.' The SNL alum still does stand up, with his Netflix special 'Adam Sandler: 100% Fresh' debuting last year. (Image: Reuters)
#6. Adam Sandler (tie): Net Earnings: $57 million. Veteran comedian Sandler has Netflix to thank for his eight-figure year. Thanks to a huge deal with the service, he makes big bucks from comedies he produces, directs and stars in like 'Murder Mystery.' The SNL alum still does stand up, with his Netflix special 'Adam Sandler: 100% Fresh' debuting last year. (Image: Reuters)
#6. Bradley Cooper (tie): Net Earnings: $57 million. Cooper's passion project 'A Star Is Born' paid off. As director, producer and star, he got no salary, but earned a piece of its $150 million profit. Backend points also padded his coffers in his role as Rocket in 'Avengers: Endgame,' which churned out $700 million in profits. A certified movie star, Cooper can also pull in seven figures for endorsement deals, such as his pact with IWC watches. (Image: Reuters)
#6. Bradley Cooper (tie): Net Earnings: $57 million. Cooper's passion project 'A Star Is Born' paid off. As director, producer and star, he got no salary, but earned a piece of its $150 million profit. Backend points also padded his coffers in his role as Rocket in 'Avengers: Endgame,' which churned out $700 million in profits. A certified movie star, Cooper can also pull in seven figures for endorsement deals, such as his pact with IWC watches. (Image: Reuters)
#5. Jackie Chan: Net Earnings: $58 million. Chan continues to star in films including 'The Knight of Shadows: Between Yin and Yang' and 'The Mystery of Dragon Seal: Journey to China.' China's most famous actor has also been working with American stars like John Cena and Arnold Schwarzenegger for upcoming projects. He earns extra from a vast array of endorsements, producer credits and even his own line of movie theaters. (Image: Reuters)
#5. Jackie Chan: Net Earnings: $58 million. Chan continues to star in films including 'The Knight of Shadows: Between Yin and Yang' and 'The Mystery of Dragon Seal: Journey to China.' China's most famous actor has also been working with American stars like John Cena and Arnold Schwarzenegger for upcoming projects. He earns extra from a vast array of endorsements, producer credits and even his own line of movie theaters. (Image: Reuters)
#4. Akshay Kumar: Net Earnings: $65 million. Bollywood's top-earning star, Kumar pulls in at least $5 million and up to $10 million per film. A recent deal will have him in the anticipated 'Mission Mangal,' one of India's first space films, and comedy-horror movie 'Laxmmi Bomb.' He also mints millions for endorsement deals with over 20 brands, including Tata and Harpic bathroom cleaner. (Image: Reuters)
#4. Akshay Kumar: Net Earnings: $65 million. Bollywood's top-earning star, Kumar pulls in at least $5 million and up to $10 million per film. A recent deal will have him in the anticipated 'Mission Mangal,' one of India's first space films, and comedy-horror movie 'Laxmmi Bomb.' He also mints millions for endorsement deals with over 20 brands, including Tata and Harpic bathroom cleaner. (Image: Reuters)
#3. Robert Downey Jr. : Net Earnings: $66 million. Iron Man gets paid in gold for his role in the Marvel Universe, earning about $75 million for his role in 'Avengers: Endgame.' While he may not be returning to the universe, he has forthcoming roles in 'The Voyage of Doctor Dolittle' and 'Sherlock Holmes 3.' Nearly all of his earnings come from acting, though he received millions for a campaign with Chinese phone company OnePlus. (Image: Reuters)
#3. Robert Downey Jr. : Net Earnings: $66 million. Iron Man gets paid in gold for his role in the Marvel Universe, earning about $75 million for his role in 'Avengers: Endgame.' While he may not be returning to the universe, he has forthcoming roles in 'The Voyage of Doctor Dolittle' and 'Sherlock Holmes 3.' Nearly all of his earnings come from acting, though he received millions for a campaign with Chinese phone company OnePlus. (Image: Reuters)
#2. Chris Hemsworth: Net Earnings: $76.4 million. The Australian actor has his recurring role of Thor to thank for his superstardom--and sky-high earnings. Hemsworth has been playing the God of Thunder since 2011 and can now command more than $15 million each time, plus a percentage of profits. His latest haul comes mostly from his role in 'Avengers: Endgame,' which pulled in profits of about $700 million. Outside of the Marvel Universe, Hemsworth is starring in upcoming Netflix film 'Dhaka' and a Hulk Hogan biopic. When he's not in a cape, he's often wearing Hugo Boss or Tag Huer--two brands with which he has seven-figure endorsement deals. (Image: Reuters)
#2. Chris Hemsworth: Net Earnings: $76.4 million. The Australian actor has his recurring role of Thor to thank for his superstardom--and sky-high earnings. Hemsworth has been playing the God of Thunder since 2011 and can now command more than $15 million each time, plus a percentage of profits. His latest haul comes mostly from his role in 'Avengers: Endgame,' which pulled in profits of about $700 million. Outside of the Marvel Universe, Hemsworth is starring in upcoming Netflix film 'Dhaka' and a Hulk Hogan biopic. When he's not in a cape, he's often wearing Hugo Boss or Tag Huer--two brands with which he has seven-figure endorsement deals. (Image: Reuters)
#1. Dwayne Johnson: Net Earnings: $89.4 million. Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson, the highest paid actor in the world, got his start in the wrestling ring. He commands eight-figure checks up front for franchise films like 'Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle' and 'Hobbs and Shaw,' plus backend. Johnson also lights up the small screen, starring in HBO's 'Ballers' and hosting the NBC game show 'Titan Games.' Known for spending tons of time at the gym, he has a line of clothing, shoes and headphones at Under Armor. (Image: Reuters)
#1. Dwayne Johnson: Net Earnings: $89.4 million. Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson, the highest paid actor in the world, got his start in the wrestling ring. He commands eight-figure checks up front for franchise films like 'Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle' and 'Hobbs and Shaw,' plus backend. Johnson also lights up the small screen, starring in HBO's 'Ballers' and hosting the NBC game show 'Titan Games.' Known for spending tons of time at the gym, he has a line of clothing, shoes and headphones at Under Armor. (Image: Reuters)
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