The 20 actors who have made the most money at the US box office

The most successful actors in Hollywood history have combined talent, versatility, and longevity to appear in hit after hit.  

Tom Hanks, for instance, the 3rd highest-earning star at the U.S. box office, has all three qualities in spades.

We turned to Box Office Mojo to rank the top 20 actors of all-time by their total career hauls at the U.S. box office.

Most are well-known, like Hanks and Scarlett Johansson, while others — like the "Star Wars" C-3PO actor Anthony Daniels — are not, though their careers speak for themselves.

Check out the actors with the top U.S. box-office grosses of all time:

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20. Stellan Skarsgard — $3.175 billion

Highest grossing film: "The Avengers" ($623.4 million)

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19. Bruce Willis — $3.189 billion

Highest grossing film: "The Sixth Sense" ($293.5 million)

(Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

18. Will Smith — $3.205 billion

Highest grossing film: "Suicide Squad" ($325.1 million)

(Photo by Tony Barson/FilmMagic)

17. Emma Watson — $3.206 billion

Highest grossing film: "Beauty and the Beast" ($504 million)

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16. Robert DeNiro — $3.233 billion

Highest grossing film: "Meet the Fockers" ($279.3 million)

(Photo by George Pimentel/WireImage)

15. Robin Williams — $3.279 billion

Highest grossing film: "Night at the Museum" ($250.9 million)

(Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images For BAFTA Los Angeles)

14. Gary Oldman — $3.368 billion

Highest grossing film: "The Dark Knight" ($534.9 million)

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13. Michael Caine — $3.396 billion

Highest grossing film: "The Dark Knight" ($534.9 million)

(Photo by Julian Parker/UK Press via Getty Images)

12. Anthony Daniels — $3.420 million 

Highest grossing film: "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" ($936.7 million)

(Photo by Mike Marsland/WireImage)

11. Johnny Depp — $3.541 billion

Highest grossing film: "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest" ($423.3 million)

(Photo by Rich Fury/Getty Images)

10. Ian McKellan — $3.654 billion

Highest grossing film: "Beauty and the Beast" ($504 million)

(Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images)

9. Scarlett Johansson — $3.674 billion

Highest grossing film: "The Avengers" ($623.4 million)

(Photo credit VALERIE MACON/AFP/Getty Images)

8. Tom Cruise — $3.726 billion

Highest grossing film: "War of the Worlds" ($234.3 million)

(Photo by Carlos Tischler/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

7. Stanley Tucci — $3.758 billion

Highest grossing film: "Catching Fire" ($424.7 million)

(Photo by Anthony Harvey/Getty Images)

6. Eddie Murphy — $3.811 billion

Highest grossing film: "Shrek 2" ($441.2 million)

(Photo by Mark Davis/WireImage)

5. Robert Downey, Jr. — $4.275 billion

Highest grossing film: "The Avengers" ($623.4 million)

(Photo credit ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images)

4. Morgan Freeman — $4.515 billion

Highest grossing film: "The Dark Knight" ($534.9 million)

(Photo by Gabriel Olsen/Getty Images for AARP)

3. Tom Hanks — $4.522 billion

Highest grossing film: "Toy Story 3" ($415 million)

(Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images for People's Choice Awards)

2. Harrison Ford — $4.871 billion 

Highest grossing film: "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" ($936.7 million)

(Photo by Jeff Spicer/Getty Images)

1. Samuel L. Jackson — $5.140 billion 

Highest grossing film: "The Avengers" ($623.4 million)

(Photo by Samir Hussein/WireImage)
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