Ashton Kutcher Named World's Highest Paid Actor

Sunday, August 25, 2013 , Posted by JED at 1:19:00 PM

Ashton Kutcher Named World's Highest Paid Actor


Ashton Kutcher still hold on to his title as America's best paid TV actor (or probably the world's) courtesy of his comedy series "Two and a Half Men".

Kutcher rakes a whopping $750,000 per episode, according to the latest rankings from TV Guide.

For the second consecutive year, Ashton Kutcher is ahead of his co-star, Jon Cryer, who earns $650,000 per episode of the long-running sitcom. The lead actor in "NCIS," US television's most watched show, Mark Harmon remains in third place with $525,000 per episode.

Still in third place, the first woman to make an appearance in the ranking, Mariska Hargitay of "Law & Order SVU" brings in $400,000 per episode. She is followed by a string of stars tied at $350,000 per episode: Jim Parsons, Kaley Cuoco and Johny Galecki  of "The Big Bang Theory," Simon Baker of "The Mentalist" and Patrick Dempsey, Ellen Pompeo and Sandra Oh of "Grey's Anatomy."

The highest paid actor on cable TV, Michael C. Hall brings home $300,000 per episode, the same compensation that Dan Castellaneta, Julie Kavner and Yeardley Smith receive for voicing Homer, Marge and Lisa in "The Simpsons."

"Mad Men" star Jon Hamm earns $275,000 per episode, placing his salary on par with that of Anna Paquin, Stephen Moyer and Alexander Skarsgard of "True Blood." The stars of "Bones," David Boreanaz and Emily Deschanel, as well as Michael Weatherly from "NCIS," are close behind with $250,000.

The lower end of the ranking reveals that Tim Allen ("Last Man Standing") and Patricia Heaton ("The Middle") earn more per episode than Bryan Cranston receives for his award-winning performance on "Breaking Bad." The actor takes in $225,000 per episode, compared to $235,000 for the two others. The cast members of "How I Met Your Mother" bring in a paycheck on par with Cranston's.

TV Guide also reveals that Laurence Fishburne earns $175,000 per episode in the new series "Hannibal," while Robin Williams is taking in $165,000 per episode for "The Crazy Ones," the new sitcom coming to CBS this fall.

Perhaps the most unexpected change in TV Guide's ranking comes from the late night category, where Jon Stewart is reported to earn more per year than the longtime leaders of the category, Jay Leno and David Letterman. The comedian reportedly earns $25-30 million per year for hosting "The Daily Show," while Leno and Letterman have both seen a drop in annual income in recent years, bringing their salary down to $20 million per year. - http://ph.news.yahoo.com


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