Ashton Kutcher is still the king of the small screen as he rules as the highest-paid TV actor with an estimated $26 million in earnings from June 2013 to June 2014. The clever folks over at Forbes.com gathered financial information to compile a list of TV’s Highest-Paid Actors. In total they have listed ten actors that reached the million milestone more than once. 36-year-old Kutcher topped the list last year with $24 million, and improves his portfolio this year with an estimated 7.7%. As hard as it is to believe, Forbes says it is Kutcher’s third consecutive time topping the list. His multi-year contract with computer company Lenovo as a product engineer contributed to the significant salary increase.
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This might be Kutcher’s last year as the reigning king since “Two and a Half Men” will be drawing to a close with its upcoming 12th season. Kutcher replaced Charlie Sheen back in 2011 to join the original cast which include Jon Cryer and Angus T. Jones. Fellow co-star Cryer follows in second place, tied with “NCIS” lead Mark Harmon with an estimated $19 million each. Cryer’s success is contributed to his memoir set to be released in 2015 and his TV gig. Cryer was last year in second place, thanks to riding the wave of one of the most successful sitcoms in history which lost its star after a very successful run. “Two and a Half Men” is still one of the most watched TV sitcoms being aired today. It will be interesting to see if Kutcher and Cryer can hold on to the top spots next year based on syndication earnings for the popular show.
Neil Patrick Harris takes third place with $18 million, thanks to Broadway’s “Hedwig and the Angry Inch”. Patrick Dempsey and Kevin Spacey are tied in the fourth place with $16 million each. The top 5 is rounded up with Tim Allen in the fifth place, by raking in a respectable $15 million.
Let’s check out the Top 10 Earning TV Actors in 2014
1. Ashton Kutcher – $26 million
2. Jon Cryer – $19 m & Mark Harmon – $19 m (tie)
3. Neil Patrick Harris – $18 million
4. Patrick Dempsey & Kevin Spacey – $16 m (tie)
5. Tim Allen – $15 million
6. Simon Baker – $13 million
7. Jim Parsons – $12 million
8. Jason Segel & Johnny Galecki – $11 m (tie)
9. Jon Hamm, Charlie Sheen & Josh Radnor – $10 m (tie)
10. Bryan Cranston – $8 million