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The Highest Paying Actors in Hollywood

Updated on June 23, 2017

Most people, if not everyone, knows what an actor is and what they do. If you really want to succeed as an actor, you need to practice until you've mastered the art of acting. Most actors have a nice life with enough money to support their lifestyles, but there's a fraction of them that pay a lot more than your average actor. Here are some of the highest paying actors in Hollywood.

Ben Affleck


Ben Affleck was born on August 15, 1972. Affleck wanted to be an actor from a young age and his first acting experience was for a Burger King commercial. Affleck and his best friend, Matt Damon, played little league together and took drama classes. His first major roles were in Pearl Harbor and Armageddon. Affleck is best known for Gone Girl, Batman vs Superman and He's Just Not That Into You. He will also show appearance in Justice League and the sequels that follows.

Ben Affleck earned $43 million in 2016. This was probably due to his role in the major blockbuster, Batman vs Superman.

Brad Pitt


Brad Pitt was born on December 18, 1967. He has won numerous Golden Globe-awards during the years and will certainly win more in the coming years. Brad Pitt has played in various movies with different genres but he's best known for the Ocean's movie series, Troy, Mr. and Mrs. Smith, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and World War Z. He'll be starring in World War Z 2 and Ad Astra.

Brad Pitt earned $31.5 million in 2016.

Johnny Depp


Johnny Depp was born on June 9, 1963 in Kentucky. Johnny dropped out of school at the age of 15 and joined various music-garage bands. It wasn't until he met actor, Nicholas Cage, that he tried his hand at acting. His first role was in A Nightmare on Elm Street(1984). When he starred in Edward Scissorhands, he made a niche for himself as a serious and dark performer. He won an Oscar nomination for his role as Captain Jack Sparrow in Pirates of the Caribbean. He is also known for his roles in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Alice in Wonderland and Dark Shadows.

Johnny Depp made $48 million in 2016 and will surely make more in the years to come.

Robert Downey Jr.


Robert Downey Jr. was born on April 4, 1965. He is one of the most respected actors in Hollywood. Downey struggled with addiction issues for decades but he eventually won the battle and returned to his acting career. He has played in numerous movies and still manages to stay fresh even after four decades as an actor. He can portray roles in various genres from thrillers to romcoms. Downey is known for the Iron Man movie series, The Avengers movie series, Sherlock Holmes, Gothika, Weird Science and Wonder Boys.

He raked in $33 million in 2016. This may partly be due to him having to share the profits of The Avengers movie with his fellow cast members. When he worked on the Iron Man movies, he was the main character and earned a lot more from it.

Vin Diesel


Vin Diesel was born in California and was named Mark Sinclair. At the age of seven Vin Diesel broke into a theater to vandalize it but was stopped by a woman. The woman offered him a script and $20 as long as he attends the rehearsal everyday after school. He later became a bouncer at clubs and it is during this time that he changed his name from Mark Sinclair to Vin Diesel. His first major breakthrough in the film industry was Pitch Black. He's known for the xXx movie series, Fast and Furious movie series and The Pacifier.

Vin Diesel made $35 million in 2016. He will be earning even more during 2017 for the new xXx movie and Fast and Furious 7.

These actors are only some of the highest paying actors in Hollywood. We have to have respect for these actors since they make movies much more enjoyable to watch. Without great actors, movies won't have the same effect. Go and watch a low budget movie with poor actors to get a full appreciation for these great actors. Acting is a form of art and these actors have mastered the art of acting.

Which actor on this list is your favorite actor?

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