Forbes has released their Highest Paid TV Actor list and Two and a Half Men star Ashton Kutcher took the top spot earning $24 million between May 2011 and May 2012.
After taking actor Charlie Sheen’s place on the hit TV show Two and a Half Men, Ashton Kutcher catapulted to the top of the newly released Forbes list of Highest Paid TV actors. In addition to taking his job, Kutcher ousted Sheen as the top TV earner, who was previously the number one paid actor with earnings of $40 million. Sheen did not make the Forbes list this year, though at one point in time he was bringing in $1.25 million for each Two and a Half Men episode, which broke a Guiness World record for “Highest Paid TV Actor Per Episode”.
In addition to his new earnings from Two and a Half Men, Kutcher also makes money from previous investments he made in tech companies like Skype, Spotify and Airbnb.
The number two spot was tied between Hugh Laurie of House and Ray Romano who both earned $18 million from May 2011 to May 2012. House ended it’s eight-year run in May and Romano made a short return to TV in TNT’s Men of a Certain Age, though most of his earnings come from reruns of Everybody Loves Raymond and the Ice Age film franchise.
Fourth place was also tied by Alec Baldwin of 30 Rock and Mark Harmon of NCIS, who each made $15 million. Other top 10 earners included Tim Allen ($14 million), Two and a Half Men’s Jon Cryer ($13 million), Grey’s Anatomy’s Patrick Dempsey ($12 million), Jason Segel ($8 million) of How I Met Your Mother and Big Bang’s Jim Parsons ($8 million) and Johnny Galecki ($8 million).