Robert Downey Jr. Tops Forbes’ Highest-Paid Actors List for Second Year

Robert Downey Jr. Saturday Night Live
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For the second year in a row, “Iron Man” Robert Downey Jr. tops the Forbes annual list of highest earning actors with an estimated $75 million since June 2013, the same amount that Forbes estimated the year before.

Downey Jr.’s “Iron Man 3” crossed the billion dollar threshold in 2013. His turn in Jon Favreau’s “Chef” was more of a favor than a moneymaker, but he also appears the mystery drama “The Judge,” opening Oct. 13.

Downey Jr. received notable press for holding out on his contract for upcoming sequel “The Avengers: Age of Ultron” due to salary concerns. Though he has agreed to star in both “Age of Ultron” and an upcoming “The Avengers 3,” neither role has been confirmed.

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is the only other actor from last year’s Forbes top five to make this year’s top five again, placing second with $52 million. Johnson will star in “Hercules,”opening Friday, as well as “Fast & Furious 7” and disaster film “San Andreas” next year.

Bradley Cooper, who voices Rocket Raccoon in Marvel’s next feature “Guardians of the Galaxy,” places third with $46 million. Cooper received his second Academy Award nomination this year for his work in David O. Russell’s “American Hustle.”

Leonardo DiCaprio, who placed sixth on Forbes list last year, places fourth this year with $39 million. DiCaprio had box office success starring in “The Great Gatsby” and “The Wolf of Wall Street” last year, the latter earning him his fourth Academy Award nom.

Downey Jr.’s fellow Avenger Chris Hemsworth places fifth this year with $37 million. Hemsworth found commercial success in his second solo outing “Thor: The Dark World” last year, and will reprise the role for “The Avengers: Age of Ultron.”

Forbes says it compiles its salary figures based on talks with agents, producers, lawyers and others to calculate how much each actor earned from entertainment-related work from June 2013 to June 2014.

The complete top 10:

1. Robert Downey Jr. – $75 million
2. Dwayne Johnson – $52 million
3. Bradley Cooper – $46 million
4. Leonardo DiCaprio – $39 million
5. Chris Hemsworth – $37 million
6. Liam Neeson – $36 million
7. Ben Affleck – $35 million
8. Christian Bale – $35 million
9. Will Smith – $32 million
10. Mark Wahlberg – $32 million

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  1. Peter Willardson says:

    Where in hell are the women!!! Where is Meryl Streep?

  2. Felicia says:

    I’m not saying actor shouldn’t be compensated, but $75 million to act in front of a green screen?

  3. Debra says:

    The one thing about Robert Downey Jr. that I don’t like is that often he comes off like he really has a big ego to go along with his big salary. I admire what he went through and was able to come back and have success in movies. There is just something about him that turns me off.

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