We know when we're watching our favorite stars on the big screen, they're cashing in a major check for even the smallest of role. But how much exactly do they earn, and who are the highest-paid in the world? Based on Forbes' 2017 list, we've gathered the top 20 actors bringing in the most money in the year. Try not to get too jealous.
20. Jeremy Renner
Academy Award-nominated actor Jeremy Renner, best known for his roles in the Avengers franchise, as well as his critically acclaimed work in The Hurt Locker, The Town, and American Hustle, brought in $19 million in 2017. His roles in the year include Wind River and The House.
19. Matt Damon
Oscar-winning Matt Damon has had his share of successes in his acting career, which started in 1988 with Mystic River. His most notable films include Good Will Hunting, the Bourne series, and The Departed. In 2017, he starred inDownsizing, Suburbicon, and had a role in Thor: Ragnarok. He brought in $21 million.
18. Ryan Reynolds
Comedic actor Ryan Reynolds is more recently known for his leading role in the Deadpool series, and also made a name for himself in comedy classics such as Just Friends and Waiting.... In 2017, Reynolds' films included Life and The Hitman's Bodyguard. He cashed in at $21.5 million.
17. Jennifer Lawrence
Four-time Academy Award-nominated actress Jennifer Lawrence, who won an Oscar back in 2013 for her leading role in Silver Linings Playbook, is an absolute fan-favorite star. She is known for her critically acclaimed films, as well as for the Hunger Games series. 2017 brought her $24 million, as she starred in Mother!.
16. Jennifer Aniston
Friends veteran Jennifer Aniston is known for her work in both comedies and dramas over her career in acting, which began in 1988. Besides the classic NBC series, Aniston's most notable roles include for films Bruce Almighty, Along Came Polly, Marley & Me, and Horrible Bosses. In 2017, she starred in The Yellow Birds, and earned $25.5 million.
15. Emma Stone
Two-time Academy Award-nominated actress Emma Stone, who won an Oscar in 2017 for her leading role in La La Land, is known for both teen comedies and critically acclaimed dramas. Her most famous roles include in films Superbad, Easy A, Birdman, and The Help. In 2017, Stone starred in Battle of the Sexes, and earned $26 million.
14. Ryan Gosling
Two-time Academy Award-nominated actor Ryan Gosling became a household name as a heartthrob for his role as Noah in The Notebook (2004). Since then, he's proved himself in Hollywood, starring in highly successful films such as Crazy, Stupid, Love, The Big Short, and La La Land. In 2017, he earned $29 million, starring in Song to Song and Blade Runner 2049.
13. Samuel L. Jackson
Academy Award-nominated actor Samuel L. Jackson has a whopping 180 acting credits on his IMDB page, with his most notable roles being in acclaimed films Pulp Fiction, Jackie Brown, and Unbreakable. He's also in the Avengersfranchise, playing Nick Fury in multiple Marvel films. In 2017, Jackson had roles in xXx: Return of Xander Cage, Kong: Skull Island, The Hitman's Bodyguard, and Unicorn Store. He brought in $30.5 mil.
12. Tom Hanks
Five-time Academy Award nominated-actor Tom Hanks has won two Oscars for his highly regarded roles in Forrest Gump and Philadelphia. Hanks' other notable roles include in critically acclaimed films Captain Phillips, Cast Away, Saving Private Ryan, and The Green Mile. In 2017, he had roles in The Circle and The Post. He earned $31 million.
11. Chris Hemsworth
Playing the almighty Thor in the Avengers franchise, Chris Hemsworth is also known for his roles in Rush, The Cabin in the Woods, and Snow White and the Huntsman. In 2017, Hemsworth starred in Thor: Ragnarok, and earned $31.5 million.
10. Akshay Kumar
Acclaimed Bollywood star Akshay Kumar is best known for his roles in Hera Pheri, Baby, andSingh is Kinng. In 2017, he had roles in Jolly LLB 2, Naam Shabana, and Toilet - Ek Prem Katha. He cashed in at $35.5 million.
9. Salman Khan
Another famous Bollywood star, Salman Khan is the son of well regarded writer Salim Khan. The former is best known for his roles in Bajrangi Bhaijaan, Sultan, and Prem Ratan Dhan Payo. In 2017, he acted in films Tiger Zinda Hai, Judwaa 2, Tubelight, and Hanuman Da' Damdaar, as well as TV series Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah. Khan earned $37 million.
8. Shah Rukh Khan
Referred to as the "King of Bollywood," Shah Rukh Khan might be the most well known star in the Indian film industry. His whopping 102 acting credits on IMDB began back in 1988, and since then, he's acted in films Devdas, Don 2, and Chennai Express. In 2017, he made $38 million, starring in Raees and Jab Harry Met Sejal, along with a role inTubelight.
7. Tom Cruise
Three-time Academy Award-nominated actor Tom Cruise rose to fame as a Hollywood heartthrob back in the '80s, with his leading roles in Risky Business (1983) and Top Gun (1986). Since then, Cruise has gone on to star in a number of notable films, such as the Mission Impossible series, The Last Samurai, and Jerry Maguire. In 2017, he starred in The Mummy and American Made. He earned $43 million.
6. Robert Downey Jr.
Another part of the Avengers franchise, Robert Downey Jr. has played Iron Man in multiple films. Apart from being a superhero, the two-time Academy Award-nominated actor has starred in Chaplin, Tropic Thunder, and the Sherlock Holmes series. In 2017, he suited up for Spider-Man: Homecoming, and earned $48 million.
5. Jackie Chan
Martial arts pro Jackie Chan is also well regarded for his acting, notably starring in the Rush Hour series, The Medallion, and The Tuxedo. He has an impressive 139 acting credits on IMDB, and in 2017 alone, he starred in Kung Fu Yoga, The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature, The Lego Ninjago Movie, The Foreigner, Bleeding Steel, and Namiya. He cashed in at $49 million.
4. Adam Sandler
Fan-favorite Adam Sandler is best known for his late '90s-early 2000s cult comedies, such as The Waterboy, The Wedding Singer, Big Daddy, and Little Nicky. Since then, he's starred in comedies like I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry (2007), That's My Boy (2012), and The Do Over (2016). Sandler has also proved successful in dramas as well, with his roles in Punch-Drunk Love (2002) and Reign Over Me (2007).
In 2017, he starred in Sandy Wexler, The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected), and was featured in Rob Schneider's TV series Real Rob. Sandler earned $50.5 million.
3. Vin Diesel
Vin Diesel is basically synonymous with action films, most notably starring in The Fast and Furious series, xXx, and Riddick. He also more recently scored the role of Groot in the Guardians of the Galaxy series. In 2017, Diesel starred in xXx: Return of Xander Cage, The Fate of the Furious, and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. He came in at $65 million.
2. Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson
Semi-retired professional wrester 'The Rock' is now known for big blockbuster movies, and boy, do they pay off. His most notable include the Fast and Furious series, Journey 2: The Mysterious Island, and G.I. Joe: Retaliation. In 2017, Johnson racked up $65 million, as he starred in The Fate of the Furious, Baywatch, and Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle.
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1. Mark Wahlberg
Coming in first place is two-time Academy Award-nominated Boston native Mark Wahlberg. From teen pop star to acclaimed actor, Wahlberg has starred in films Boogie Nights, The Departed, and The Other Guys. He's proved talented at both drama and comedy, and in 2017, starred in Transformers: The Last Knight, Daddy's Home 2, and All the Money in the World. He racked up $68 million, and is the highest-paid actor of the year.