Acting is a profession that allows people to make huge amounts of cash if they talented or fortunate enough to land the right part. According to the Screen Actors Guild (SAG), the average actor earns about $52,000 a year. People who have roles as extras or one-liners typically earn far less than that. The SAG reports that a lot unheard names and talent only earns $1,000 or less annually. So, how does an actor increase their earning potential? They must to select the right movies or television shows and they have to consider celebrity endorsements. Here is a list of some of the most richest actors in Hollywood and their net worth.
Top Paid Actors in the World
Jerry Seinfeld is worth a whopping $820 million dollars. His television show helped to amass most of his fortune and he also does tours and speaking engagements. He is considered the richest actor in the world. Shah Rukh Khan is a relatively unknown actor in the states but in history of Bollywood this man is a legend. His following and fan base is so strong that he has amassed a fortune of $600 million in U.S. dollars. Tom Cruise, Johnny Depp and Tyler Perry are three other actors who make this list as some of the highest paid screen, television and stage performers. Cruise has appeared in many films throughout his long career and his Mission Impossible movies have earned close to 3 billion dollars to date. He is worth $480 million. Johnny Depp is known for his role as Jack Sparrow in Pirates of the Caribbean and for his role in other films. He is worth around $450 million dollars. Tyler Perry does films, television shows, stage plays and he also directs. Perry is also an actor and his net worth is between $450 million and $475 million dollars. Jack Nicholson has a net worth of $400 million, Tom Hanks is worth about $390 million and Bill Cosby is worth $380 million. Comedian and director Adam Sandler is worth $340 million and Clint Eastwood is worth $370 million.
Actors who Make Less Money than Expected
Daniel Radcliff’s role as Harry Potter helped him to amass a net worth of $80 million dollars. However, this is not a large sum of money when compared to the 7.7 billion dollars that the movie generated from his work. James McAvoy of X-Men: First Class fame is worth $275 million dollars and could earn more. However, he purposely chooses to limit his income by taking on a smaller salary and lesser parts. Michael Cera of Superbad fame is another young actor that is able to turn movies into hits but he does not command a large amount of money. He has a $10 million dollar net worth and until he matures he will not increase his position on the market. Do not forget that many actors are paid an upfront fee for their work. This simply means that many actors will not be given extra money if a movie or show does good at the box office or on television. However, there are other ways for actors to increase their income from these deals. Endorsements, public appearances and promotions are just some of the different ways for stars to put more money into their pockets.