Many of the top earning actors from around the world are those who have had long and storied careers. Some actors who don’t make the list of top earners are ones who have starred in one or two major blockbusters, but that’s it.
Rather, as the statistics show, those who have starred in a long list of movies are the ones who have made the most money. They will be household names simply because of the number of films they’ve featured in.
The actual numbers are astounding when it comes to money. Below are the three top-earning actors of all time.
Robert Downey Jr.
It feels as though Robert Downey Jr. has been around forever, since starring in some 1980s classics as a teen heart-throb and bad boy. He has had plenty of controversies in his time, especially in his younger years, and he even ended up in jail for a good period of his young adult life for theft and a few other petty crimes. Robert Downey Jr was written off after these controversies, and many didn’t believe that he would make the monumental comeback he did in Hollywood.
Many of these people, however, were wrong as Downey Jr. has become one of the faces of the Marvel Cinematic Universe in his world-renowned role as Iron Man. He has starred in over 8 Marvel movies, some of which are the highest-ranking box-office movies of all time, meaning that he has made a killing over the past decade. Robert Downey Jr. has made just over $12 billion in box office returns, making him one of the top-earning actors of all time.
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson
Dwayne Johnson is another actor that many film critics and movie lovers didn’t believe would have the successful career that he has. Coming from the household television industry, starring in the WWE, and being one of the most recognizable wrestlers on the show, Dwayne Johnson made a seamless transition to the big screen following his stint on TV.
Since then, “The Rock” has starred in major blockbuster after major blockbuster, including playing main roles in series like The Fast and the Furious as well as Jumanji. He has had an incredibly successful career, mainly in the comedy and action genres – two of the highest-grossing genres in Hollywood.
Dwayne Johnson’s career total is currently sitting at around $11.4 billion, a sum that players looking for a jackpot at Black Lotus dream of.
Samuel L. Jackson
Many actors, at some point in their careers, have to make a choice of whether to star in high-grossing, high-attendance movies or go the alternative route and act in films that they like and believe in. Samuel L. Jackson somehow has managed to do both, starring in over 100 Hollywood films over his long and illustrious career. He is certainly one of the most respected and well-reviewed actors in the world and currently has career total earnings which surpass $17 billion.