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What Do TV Stars Earn?

Updated on October 19, 2012

Do you think your favorite TV star is worth what they make? I know it is very subjective, or is it? Brad Pitt earns a cool $20 million for a film. They work long 10-12 hr days with lots of down time as things are prepped. What About TV stars?

Charlie Sheen for "Two and a Half men" earned $40 million in his last year, Ashton Kutcher, who is now on the show, earns $24 million. Ray Romano earns $18 million, Alec Baldwin, Mark Harmon are at $15 million. Lesser actors, like Jim Parsons of "Big Bang" earn $8 million.

TV actors often are not as good as movie actors, or at least, many fail to make a successful transition and I wonder what would happen if all the TV studios had a salary cap, say $10 million, would the TV shows and their sponsors continue on? I guess it depends on how hungry the actors are. Isn't earning $8 million a year for a stupid TV show plenty, even to an actor who has earned more. I mean, even a million bucks is a considerable amount of money to invest and make last. I am sure all actors feel the same when they first made that amount. Do they really need to earn that much?


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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      I heard Brad Pitt just made a good deal with Chanel. He is a great actor and probably does earn his money, but we as fans, movie goers, etc. contribute to his wealth. He and his wife do contribute to charities around the world, at least he's one actor who tries to give back. I don't agree with Sheen's fame and fortune, he just is not a good role model. Unfortunately, he is being held up there by the viewers.

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      The Green Lady 5 years ago from Australia

      How much money does a person need? Brad Pitt just got something like $6 mill for a really awful Chanel ad. They also get lots of freebies, especially at Oscar time, I recall a quote by Fran Drescher (The Nanny) who said when you're nobody you struggle, doing ads or low-paid jobs between auditions, and then as soon as you're famous everyone wants to give you things.

      It's the same with sports stars.