It’s no big secret that actors earn a lot. Acting is one of the highest paying profession in the world and there’s no denying that. But, you wouldn’t believe how much these stars are earning. Here’s a list of the highest paid actors of 2018.
15. ED O’ NEILL – $12 MILLION
Ed is one of the most loved characters on the hit show Modern Family. His role as Jay Pritchett on the show managed to earn him $12 Million in 2018.
14. KEVIN SPACEY – $12 MILLION
Kevin Spacey’s career was propelled with House of Cards, but since the show’s untimely and controversial cancellation, Spacey’s next move is sort of unknown at the moment.
13. JULIE BOWEN – $12 MILLION
Just a disclaimer, almost half the cast of Modern Family in on this list. Claire Dunphy is also among the cast to score big from the hit show. Majority of her earning was from the show, but some guest episodes here and there also bumped up her price quite a bit.
12. ERIC STONESTREET- $12.5 MILLION
There’s not much to say about Eric. His career, just like the rest of his cast members, took off with the show. Since then, Eric has been a sought-after voice actor for animation movies.
11. MARISKA HARGITAY – $12.5 MILLION
Law and Order is like the bar when it comes to modern day television as the show has been successfully carrying on for over two decades. Mariska, the lead, has earned more than enough from the show in regards of accolades as well as hefty paychecks.
10. MINDY KALING – $13 MILLION
Mindy launched her career with The Office and her success doesn’t show any signs of halting soon. She is currently starring in her own TV show named The Mindy Project which earned her $13 million.
9. TY BURRELL – $13.5 MILLION
Phil Dunphy, the goofy dad that everyone loves is number nine on our list. He doesn’t have that huge of a career outside of Modern Family, but the show alone was enough to get him on the list of highest paid actors.
8. MARK HARMON – $19 MILLION
Even if you’ve never seen the show, there’s no doubt that you’ve heard about NCIS. The show has been running successfully for over 15 years and is expected to return the next year as well. Harmon was starring in the original show as well as produces the spin-offs.
7. ELLEN POMPEO – $20 MILLION
Ellen has had an extreme amount of success from Grey’s Anatomy. She’s at number seven but she’s called the highest paid female actor in history. The $20 million might not seem too much, but this money is solely from the show. This does not include any other projects which make the income extremely impressive.
6. KUNAL NAYYAR – $25 MILLION
Get ready because the next few actors on the list is the entire cast of Big Bang Theory with Kunal being the first. He’s the highest-paid colored actor at the moment, an author and an animated movie voice actor as well.
5. SIMON HELBERG – $26 MILLION
Our formerly creepy and beloved Jew Howard Wolowitz has been a major part of the BBT cast and his earning through the year proves it. The show’s 11th season earned him over a million per episode.
4. KALEY CUOCO – $26 MILLION
Kaley might be failed actresses inside the series Big Bang Theory, but she’s the exact opposite of it in real life. The hot blonde has had plenty of money from the show along with plenty of stuff she’s down outside it. The waitress Penny would be amazed at how much Kaley can earn.
3. JOHNNY GALECKI – $26.5 MILLION
Johnny’s career wasn’t too glamorous before he was offered the role of geeky scientist Leonard Hofstadter. He along with most of his cast members made over a million per episode each week.
2. JIM PARSONS – $27.5 MILLION
Did you really think Sheldon Lee Cooper wouldn’t be on this list? He’s sort of the lead of the show and has the highest paycheck to show for it. Parson’s character also has his very own spin-off called Young Sheldon which shows his character’s childhood and explains most of Sheldon’s erratic behavior in his adult life.
1. SOFIA VERGARA – $41.5 MILLION
Sofia Vergara is the biggest star of Modern Family and is at the very top of our list with an extremely significant lead. She’s miles above other actors and has a healthy income from endorsements, partnerships and licensing deals. She’s been the highest paid actor for several years now.