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Forbes' highest-paid actors list

Robert Downey Jr. Tops Forbes' List Of Highest-Paid Actors

While Robert Downey Jr. has been the face of Marvel's "Avengers" films, he might also become a regular face among Hollywood's richest actors.

The 49-year-old grabbed the top spot on Forbes' list of highest-paid actors - earning about $75 million, the same amount he made the previous year.

His success largely stems from his roles in Marvel's "Iron Man" and "Avengers" films. The films so far have collectively earned a whopping $4 billion worldwide. An "Avengers" sequel is set for next spring.

As a writer for Forbes puts it: "Downey reigns ... because at this point, it would be incredibly difficult for Marvel to continue making Iron Man and Avengers films without him."

And it's a good time to be a superhero. Downey Jr.'s costar Chris Hemsworth, who played Thor in the "Avengers" series, came in at No. 5 with $37 million.

Forbes determines the salaries based on how much each celeb earned for "entertainment-related work" between June 2013 and June 2014.

At No. 4 is Leonardo DiCaprio, who once topped the list in 2011. He starred in the box office hits "The Great Gatsby" and "The Wolf of Wall Street."

At No. 3 is Oscar-nominee Bradley Cooper with $46 million for his roles in "American Hustle" and "Silver Linings Playbook."

And at No. 2 with $52 million is Dwayne Johnson, who recently ventured into television. The Rock is producing and starring in the upcoming HBO comedy "Ballers."

As for Hollywood's highest-paid women - that list has yet to be released. But if last year's list was any indication, the Los Angeles Times points to a stark pay gap in Hollywood salaries.

Angelina Jolie took the top spot last year earning a $33 million salary - more than $40 million less than Downey Jr. last year.

To check out who else made the the top-ten list, head over to Forbes.

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mgt0331 July 22 2014 at 11:45 AM

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rvheaney July 22 2014 at 2:08 PM

All the actors making millions should give 90% to the poor and homeless... They buy 10 million dollar homes and fly all over the world causing gobal warming. No they do not want to give there money.... they are Democrats and want to tax us and keep there money !

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madcap.1 July 22 2014 at 1:05 PM

to all you complaining about how much he makes. stop going to his movies and contributing to his income

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kimklunsford madcap.1 July 22 2014 at 2:30 PM

I think it is ridiculous how much he makes and I don't go to his movies.

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kelly.kitman madcap.1 July 23 2014 at 12:02 AM

kimklunsford, why is it ridiculous? Would it be less so if he won the lottery? Or invested in stock that skyrocketed? Or came up with a new friend chicken recipe? If people value what he has to offer, why do you care? Maybe he's not worthy because YOU don't go to his movies.

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Mr. Feighner July 22 2014 at 1:31 PM

Good for him. He worked hard to dig himself out the grave he had dug for himself.

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oldmanhoo Mr. Feighner July 22 2014 at 4:47 PM

Amen to that. From a once "down and out druggie" to this. The man deserves sincere props for his turnaround, and I hear his wife deserves some accolades as well.

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mccormacklknox July 22 2014 at 1:16 PM

Good for Robert! To think he almost threw it all away. Thank God!!! That shows all of us what we can do for ourselves when we work at it. God bless him and his family.

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hammcks mccormacklknox July 22 2014 at 3:47 PM

Actors pay is certainly not commensurate with their job... same with politicians, etc... Seriously, does anyone really need all that money? However, these people could change peoples live if they wanted to... people who struggle everyday to pay rent, or even buy a tank of gas to get to work.. I'm fine with their success...just think they should spread some of it around to help others. If you're making $75 mil a year how bout sharing a few mil to your fellow man who possibly wasn't in the right place at the right time? Talent aside of course.....He's a fine actor. I know lots of talented people though who struggle daily who never found the "formula".. so? We should help one another... and that includes money which seems to be such a taboo subject for some reason. No one needs 75 mil or "even" 37 mil all for themselves . Kindness and generosity are what bring real contentment. Thats what Jesus said anyway....

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Rae Turner mccormacklknox July 22 2014 at 5:00 PM

mccormacklknox are you really serious?? You think if he made 2million he would not be the same person as today? All of us cant do it ! If you start with a million it is easier to make more than if you start with a thousand.
go back to school

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rickydh1956 July 22 2014 at 2:48 PM

Highest paid..... The headline should have read "The Most Overpaid Actor".

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Mr. Feighner rickydh1956 July 22 2014 at 4:33 PM


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desrosfam July 22 2014 at 2:25 PM

For real life Less Than Zero actor I would say that he is the luckiest man alive. It wasn't to long ago he was on his knees ******* on a crack pipe. Seriously , this guy didn't have a pot to piss in not so long ago - lucky lucky man. Props for kicking the pipe though.

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sbm54pswf July 22 2014 at 6:28 PM

It couldn't have happened to a nicer guy. All the trouble Downey went through with his drug addition, it good to see him come out on top!!!! Hope he can keep up the good work.

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lov2elkhnt July 22 2014 at 6:12 PM

I'd like to see him in more Holmes flicks along with him getting together with James Woods again to do an update on True Believers with Robert having his own practice but they both get together to do a big court fight against a corrupt Corp and Congressional corruption ties or something that would bring the two practices together again. RDJ would be good in a Senator role during a national crisis to bring factions together.

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kgjm July 22 2014 at 2:23 PM

If Robert Downey Jr were an actress = Lindsey Lohan ... we are more forgiving of public figures if they are men.

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ibe1grump kgjm July 22 2014 at 6:48 PM

Wow... really bent out of shape you were born female, aren't you. Get over it.

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kelly.kitman kgjm July 23 2014 at 12:10 AM

We are still rooting for Lindsay. How many days sober is she?

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