It pays to be funny! Forbes released their annual list of TV's highest-paid actors and the funny men of sitcoms are earning the big bucks. We're taking a look at the leading men in television laughing all the way to bank.
5. Tim Allen - $15 Million
Actor and comedian Tim Allen earns $15 million per year. Aside from his lead role on Last Man Standing, the actor gets the bulk of his paycheck from stand-up comedy shows in Las Vegas.
4. Patrick Dempsey & Kevin Spacey- $16 Million
It's a tie for fourth with Kevin Spacey and Patrick Dempsey. McDreamy rakes in his paycheck with Grey's Anatomy and quite a few endorsement deals. Kevin Spacey is notable on the list, being the first actor on the list from a web-based series. We can expect Spacey to move up the ranks after contract renegotiation for season three of House of Cards.
3. Neil Patrick Harris - $18 Million
Neil Patrick Harris is a jack-of-all-trades with his $18 million. From his Broadway performance to countless endorsements, movies deals, and of course – he's reaping the rewards of syndication money from How I Met Your Mother.
2. Mark Harmon and Jon Cryer - $19 Million
NCIS star Mark Harmon earns his $19 million from the hit series as well as syndication revenues. Two and a Half Men veteran Jon Cryer ties with Harmon for second place, earning his check from the hit series and a book deal.
1. Ashton Kutcher
Seems like Two and a Half Men is the place to be! Ashton Kutcher lands the top spot with a giant paycheck. This marks Ashton's third consecutive year on the list. Though the show has dipped in ratings, it’s still pulling in 11 million viewers per episode.
We can already expect some changes to this list for next year. The stars of The Big Bang Theory recently negotiated some huge paychecks, so it wouldn't be surprising if some of the cast topped the list next time around.
Check out the video above to see how much Ashton gets paid!
- Patrick Dempsey
- Neil Patrick Harris
- Jon Cryer
- Two And A Half Men
- Last Man Standing
- How I Met Your Mother
- Ashton Kutcher