With the right amount of good-looks, gravitas, and charisma, an actor can have a multi-decade movie career. People will first believe him as an impish youngster before graduating him to a smoldering leading-man, until finally relegating him to a movie’s wise elder. Consider Denzel Washington, 60 this year, who was in Carbon Copy in ’81, Training Day in 2001, andSafe House in 2012: impish, smoldering, and finally wise.
These 17 actors make so much money that they could finance an entire nation (well, their careers could.) They’re as lucrative as the manufacturing and import/export industry. Interesting to ponder, because we don’t technically “need” movies (nor do we really “need” textiles, or at least not in as a bountiful amount as we have), but they’re such a cash crop that people keep making them.
If you’re excited, get ready to find out the 17 highest grossing actors in Hollywood, who have each made the industry literally billions of dollars throughout their careers.
Please note that we’ve only provided the domestic numbers, because each studio has different contracts with foreign markets, which might falsify the intensity of some numbers.