The “Big Bang Theory” cast is making BANK and they have been for a while!! So, E! News was inspired to put together a list of ‘The 10 Highest-Paid TV Casts of All Time.’
It doesn’t really cover WHOLE casts, it’s basically just a rundown of the biggest negotiated paydays.
Here’s the list:
1. Charlie Sheen. He was the highest paid actor on TV during his “Two and a Half Men” era. He earned $1.8 million per episode in his final season and then took home $2 million per episode of “Anger Management” after it passed its 100th episode.
2. Ray Romano: “Everybody Loves Raymond” paid him $1.8 million per episode.
3. Kelsey Grammer. He earned $1.6 million per episode of “Frasier”.
4. Tim Allen. He earned $1.25 million per episode for “Home Improvement”.
5. Jerry Seinfeld. He reportedly turned down $5 million an episode to continue “Seinfeld” after he wanted to end it. But he didn’t miss out on much, because he still took home $1 million per episode by the end.
6. Paul Reiser and Helen Hunt. They earned $1 million per episode for “Mad About You”.
7. Jennifer Aniston, David Schwimmer, Matthew Perry, Courteney Cox, Matt LeBlanc, and Lisa Kudrow. They got a 5,000% raise from the start of “Friends” to the final season when they each took home $1 million per episode.
8. Johnny Galecki, Kaley Cuoco, and Jim Parsons. They’ve been making $1 million per episode of “The Big Bang Theory” for several seasons now.
9. Michael C. Hall. He earned $830,000 per episode for “Dexter”.
10. Ashton Kutcher. He took over “Two and a Half Men” after Charlie was fired, and he got $755,000 per episode. He appeared in 84 episodes.
Well, if you read all the way down to here you are a fan of TV. So, shameless plug, I am an actor and I would like to share a some facts with you: Where an actor that isn’t famous and isn’t a series regular makes their money, in case you care to know, is commercials! You can make well over $100,000.00 on a national commercial that runs and runs and runs. Also, residuals for all those films and TV shows!! I get so mad when someone “steals” or illegally downloads movies or televison shows! You are stealing money from the people that depend on it, not the big time actors or the producers! It really is the little guy that suffers. So if you rewatch The X-Files and see the one episode I had three lines on… I get about $2.33. But that really does add up if you have tons of TV shows and movies under your belt! Residuals are how actors survive. In case you wonder what you may have seen me in, here’s a link to some of my stuff: Adam Alexander