The highest paid TV actors

October 21st, 2012 at 9:00 am by David Farrar

Always interesting to see how much individual actors are deemed essential to the ongoing success of a show, and accordingly paid. Forbes list the highest paid:

  1.  Ashton Kutcher US$24m, Two and a half men
  2. Sofia Vergera, $19m, Modern Family
  3. Hugh Laurie $18m, House
  4. Ray Romano $18m, Men of a Certain Age
  5. Kim Kardashian, $18m
  6. Eva Longoria, $15m, Desperate Housewives
  7. Alec Baldwin $15m, 30 Rock
  8. Mark Harmon $15m, NCIS
  9. Tim Allen, $14m, Last Man Standing
  10. Jon Cryer, $13m, Two and a half men
  11. Bethenny Frankel, $12m, Bethenny
  12. Patrick Dempsey, $12m, Grey’s Anatomy
  13. Khloe Kardishian, $11m
  14. Tina Fey, $11m, 30 Rock
  15. Mariska Hargitay, $10m, Law & Order:SVU
  16. Zooey Deschanel, $9m, New Girl
  17. Felicity Huffman, $9m, Desperate Housewives
  18. Ellen Pompeo, $9m, Grey;s Anatomy
  19. Jim Parsons, $8m, Big Bang Theory
  20. Johnny Galecki, $8m, Big Bang Theory

Personally I am not a Ray Romano fan. Annoying.

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10 Responses to “The highest paid TV actors”

  1. kowtow (8,487 comments) says:

    I’m not a fan of any of them and haven’t watched one of those shows from beginning to end.(Laurie was excellent in Blackadder though)

    The Kardashians aren’t even actresses (a female cannot be an actor) and as the saying goes ,are famous for being famous.

    It is a sad reflection on modern society that this list of over paid nobodies is who and what so many in the west aspire to.

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  2. Mobile Michael (452 comments) says:

    You look at the talented, beautiful people on the list and wonder… why is Kim Kardashian earning $18m?

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  3. Manolo (13,783 comments) says:

    A sad reflection of the shallow times we live in. Personally, I do not watch any TV.

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  4. Kea (12,841 comments) says:

    They forgot to include Obama on that list.

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  5. Redbaiter (8,929 comments) says:

    All these shows are prime examples of Gramsci’s theory that the way forward for the left is by means of subliminal cultural induction.

    Go the file downloaders.

    The sooner liberal Hollywood is broke, the sooner we will see the end of these overpaid under talented charlatans, whose main employ is as propagandists for progressivism.

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  6. Redbaiter (8,929 comments) says:

    Cultural Marxism For Dummies-

    http://www.jaegerresearchinstitute.org/articles/dummies.htm

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  7. thor42 (971 comments) says:

    Spot-on, Redbaiter.
    Media, teachers’ colleges, universities, schools. They’ve all been subverted by leftist crap.

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  8. Longknives (4,753 comments) says:

    Sofia Vergera- Giggidy…

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  9. Feanor (38 comments) says:

    The bizarre obsessions of the neo-facist Kiwiblog commenters are out on display again.

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  10. Left Right and Centre (2,979 comments) says:

    Hi.. I’m a student from Waikato University and I’d like to see them all paid a maximum wage of $200K. Then the world can start revolving properly. (KB inside joke)

    One small point with some folks on the list: They aren’t just paid for onscreen work.

    Tina Fey owns 30Rock I’m fairly certain. I’d guess that Ray Romano and Tim Allen are similarly tied to their shows.

    TRIVIA: If you think acting salaries are bad… Sam Simon of Simpsons fame makes around US$30M per year in royalties. His involvement with the show ended in 1993. He also keeps an eternal credit on every new episode as part of his departing deal. WOW!!

    I went off Friends a bit when I found out they ended up on a million per episode. Really?? Far out.

    TRIVIA: Not only is Julia Louis-Dreyfus a highly successful actress of Seinfeld fame worth millions, but also stands to inherit a fortune from her father who has an estimated net worth of $2.9B (US I assume?).

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