Thursday, 17 October 2013

NEWS: Ashton Kutcher Tops Forbes Highest-Paid TV Actors List!

According to Forbes' annual Highest-Earning Television
Actors roster, the "Butterfly Effect" hunk nabbed a cool $
24 million over the past year.
Kutcher's "Two and a Half Men" partner in crime Jon
Cryer took the runner-up position with a salary of $21
million, and Ray Romano scored $16 million thanks to
syndication royalties from "Everybody Loves Raymond."
Rounding out the top five are Neil Patrick Harris, who is
tied for #4 with Mark Harmon ($15 million) and Patrick
Dempsey in fifth place with an impressive $13 million
Kutcher's massive pay on the show has given him even
more money to pursue his other passion: investing. He
owns stakes in tech companies like Airbnb, Foursquare
and Path.
His connections in Silicon Valley haven't helped his
movie career, though. This summer Kutcher starred
as Steve Jobs in a biopic about the Apple founder's life.
The film may have generated plenty of buzz but that
didn't translate to success at the box office. Jobsearned
only $16 million.
Kutcher can absorb the blow. He'll earn even more as his
episodes of Two and a Half Men go into syndication, and
there's no reason for CBS to cancel the cash cow
anytime soon.
Sheen's co-stars Jon Cryer and Angus Jones also make
our list. Cryer is in second place with $21 million and
Jones ranks seventh with $11 million.
However, this is likely to be Jones' last year on our list.
The 19-year-old is no longer a regular on the show after
a video went viral of Jones calling the show filth and
telling people to stop watching. He was recently replaced
by Amber Tamblyn, who plays Charlie Sheen's
character's long-lost daughter. He'll still earn from the
show's lucrative syndication, though.
To compile our list we talked to producers, managers,
agents and other in-the-know folks to come up with
estimates for how much each actor earned from
entertainment-related endeavors between June 2012
and June 2013. We do not subtract for taxes, agent
expenses or the other costs of being a celebrity. The
research was conducted for our Celebrity 100 list.
Ranking third on our list Ray Romano. TheEverybody
Love Raymond star sneaks in as a TV actor thanks to an
arc on Parenthood. He still earns hefty royalties
from Raymond and collects a paycheck for voicing
Manny the Mammoth in the Ice Age films. We estimate
Romano earned $16 million between June 2012 and
June 2013.
Tying for fourth place are Mark Harmon and Neil Patrick
Harris. Harris, the ultimate host, made our Celebrity 100
list for the first time this year with $15 million in earnings.
Most of that comes from How I Met Your Mother. But he
also starred as one of the live-action characters in this
summer's The Smurfs 2. The film was a flop in the U.S.,
bringing in only $70 million domestically, but it did better
overseas, where it earned $251 million.
Harmon's NCIS is a quiet hit for CBS, regularly attracting
more viewers than any other scripted show on television.
Most of the viewers are on the older side but the show is
still a big win for CBS. We estimate Harmon earned $15
million between June 2012 and June 2013.

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