This is a well-known fact that Hollywood industry is one of the biggest entertainment industries in terms of collections. The success of the industry is considerably dependent on the creativity of the directors, teamwork, and the stardom of the actors.
The income of the actors increases according to the success of the movies. Every year, new actors make a debut. When they are able to deliver more than the expectations, they scale new heights in the Hollywood industry. Today, we discuss the top 10 highest paid Hollywood actors right now.
Let’s find the top 10 Highest Paid & Most Successful Hollywood Actors in 2017-2018
10. Mark Wahlberg ($32 million)
Most successful movies – The Fighter, Lone Survivor, The Departed
Mark Wahlberg is not just a successful actor. Apart from being an actor, he is a producer, musician, former model, and a businessman. In the initial days, he was known as Marky Mark. He has won Academy Award nominations for The Fighter and The Planet of the Apes. As a producer, he produced HBO series like Entourage, Boardwalk Empire, How it Make it in America, and Ballers. Mark also started his own music group named Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch. Not only this, he owns the restaurant franchise, Wahlburgers. He contributes towards society through his organisation named Mark Wahlberg Youth Foundation.
09. Vin Diesel ($35 million)
Most Successful Movies – The Fast and the Furious Series, xXx Series, Multi-Facial
Mark Sinclair is a well-known Hollywood actor known around the globe by the screen name of Vin Diesel. He is also referred as Dominic Toretto, a character he played in The Fast and the Furious series. Apart from being an actor, Vin is a producer, voice-over artist, and a screenwriter. He had lent voices to films like The Iron Giant and Guardians of the Galaxy. He owns production companies One Race Films, Tigon Studios, and Racetrack Records.
Other movies that were successful in the box office were – Riddick, Boiler Room, Saving Private Ryan, The Chronicles of Riddick, The Pacifier, and Babylon A.D.
08. Christian Bale ($35 million)
Most successful movies – A Midsummer Night’s Dream, American Psycho, The Machinist, The Batman Series, Exodus: Gods and Kings
Christian Bale is an actor that adorns the robe of a character like nobody else. Whether it’s managing his weight for different roles or adopting the body language, he does everything with perfection. He got an early kick in his professional life when Steven Spielberg cast him in the Empire of the Sun. For this movie, he won an award for Best Performance by a Juvenile Actor. After this, there was no going back for Bale. He won an Academy Award for his role as Dicky Eklund in The Fighter. Apart from this, he has been nominated for the movie American Hustle.
07. Ben Affleck ($43 million)
Most successful movies – Good Will Hunting, Argo, Hollywoodland, Chasing Amy, Armageddon
Ben Affleck has witnessed the ups and downs in the industry. But due to his struggle and will to succeed, he won two Academy Awards, three Golden Globe Awards, and two BAFTA Awards. His professional career started as a child artist when he starred in an educational series, The Voyage of the Mimi. His major turn in the career came when he starred in Armageddon. After this, he did movies Pearl Harbor, Forces of Nature, Changing Lanes. He wrote the screenplay for Good Will Hunting, along with Matt Damon, which won an Academy Award and Golden Globe Award.
06. Bradley Cooper ($46 million)
Most successful movies – The Hangover series, Wedding Crashers, Silver Linings Playbook, American Hustle, American Sniper
Bradley Cooper won the award for the Sexiest Man Alive on Earth and we just couldn’t agree more. Not only this, he has been listed in the Time’s list of 100 Most Influential People in the World. If this is not enough, you must be glad to know that he was the world’s highest-paid actors for three years. He is one of the most sought after actor in Hollywood and this means; he earns an enviable income every year. He has been nominated for four Academy Awards, two Golden Globe Awards, and two BAFTA Awards.
05. Johnny Depp ($48 million)
Most successful movies – The Tourist, Alice in Wonderland, Donnie Brasco, Pirates of the Caribbean, Rango, The Lone Ranger
Johnny Depp earned recognition for his unforgettable role a Jack Sparrow in the Pirates of the Caribbean series. But, he rose to success in 1980’s when he starred in the television series, 21 Jump Street. His other well-known characters include a role in Platoon, a lead role in Edward Scissorhands, and Sleepy Hollow. He won Academy Award for Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street and Screen Actors Guild Award for the lead role in Pirates of the Caribbean. Apart from being an actor, he is a successful producer and a musician. He was also the highest paid actor in the past with a staggering income of $75 million.
04. Tom Cruise ($51 million)
Most successful movies – Mission Impossible Series, Magnolia, Valkyrie, Collateral, Vanilla Sky, Minority Report
Tom Cruise is undoubtedly the most famous actor in the whole world. He has a fan following in every corner of this world. He is known for his stunning looks and remarkable acting. The directors and producers rely on Tom Cruise for earning huge amount of money from their movies. The first movie break in his career was with the movie Endless Love. After that, he played supporting roles in Risky Business, The Outsiders, and Taps. But, the major breakthrough in his career came with Top Gun. Apart from this, he played fabulous characters in A Few Good Men, Mission Impossible series, and Rain Man, Jerry Maguire, Eyes Wide Shut, and The Last Samurai.
03. Jackie Chan ($61 million)
Most successful movies – Rush Hour, Shanghai Noon, Around the World in 80 Days, Police Story, Super Cop, Rumble in the Bronx, The Karate Kid, Crime Story
A person, who doesn’t know Jackie Chan, is definitely living in ignorance. Jackie Chan is one of the most loved actors around the world. He has the unique ability to perform action comedy in the majority of his films. His comic timing is impeccable. Besides being an established actor, Jackie is a producer, director, singer, martial artist, action director, and a stuntman. He started his acting career in 1960’s and since then, he has done roles in more than 150 films.
02. Dwayne Johnson ($64.5 million)
Most successful movies – The Mummy Returns, Walking Tall, The Game Plan, Faster, The Fast and the Furious Series, Hercules
Do you smell what the Rock is cooking? Before venturing into movies, Dwayne Johnson was a successful professional wrestler. He has a staggering fan following all around the globe. Besides being a professional wrestler, Dwayne is an actor, producer, and a singer. He signed his first movie, The Scorpion King, in 2002. For this movie, he was paid $5.5 million. In 2016, he was the highest paid actor in Hollywood. He is the producer of the TV series The Hero. Not only a producer but he is the host as well.
01. Robert Downey Jr. ($75 million)
Most Successful Movies – Iron Man Series, Marvel movies, Sherlock Holmes, Chaplin, Zodiac
Robert Downey Jr. is an actor who is known for his peculiar style and dialogue delivery. Nobody can play the character of Tony Stark in Iron Man series better than Robert Downey Jr. He made his debut in films at the age of five. He has seen the stardom and there was a time when he struggled due to drug abuse. But after the bad time, he rose like a phoenix from the ashes. He has consistently topped the highest paid actors list. He won an Academy Award for his role in Chaplin and Golden Globe Award for Ally McBeal.
With the latest developments in the Hollywood industry, the list of highest paid Hollywood actors keeps on changing. An actor’s capability to turn the character into an unforgettable entity makes a significance impact on the actor’s credibility. These actors proved their worth with sheer determination and hard work. Thus, they deserve the stardom and the status in the society.