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Hollywood's Top Paid Actors



Robert Downey, Jr.

$75 million

Robert Downey Jr. topped the 2014 Forbes Magazine list of Hollywood'shighest paid actors, earning an estimated $75 million.

As Iron Man, he's been the force behind four of Marvel's biggest hits, including "The Avengers" which is the third highest-grossing movie of all time. He played hard to get with the upcoming "Avengers: Age of Ultron" and was rewarded with a big pay hike. Most of Downey's money this year comes from the backend of "Iron Man 3" which was the highest-grossing movie of 2013 with $1.2 billion in box office revenue. The star of Iron Man and the Avengers: Age of Ultron earned the same amount last year, according to the list.


Dwayne Johnson

$52 million

Coming in at No. 2: Dwayne Johnson, $52 million. Star of such films G.I. Joe: Retaliation and Fast & Furious 6, Johnson also has a huge social media fan base following him.  Well known as "The Rock", Dwayne gained his mainstream fame as a professional wrestler for the WWE (previously the WWF). 

The Rock has become a true movie star and a smart businessman, and he's also branching out into TV. "The Hero" was his first stab at reality TV. Now he's moving up to the big leagues with the HBO comedy "Ballers."


Bradley Cooper

$46 million

No. 3: Bradley Cooper, $46 million. Credits include the Hangover, American Hustle and Silver Linings Playbook. Cooper's work in the lucrative "Hangover" franchise has given him the ability to take risks with smaller films like "Silver Linings Playbook" and "American Hustle." Both movies earned him Oscar nominations (though he has yet to win a gold statue) and plenty of money with their healthy profit margins. Cooper also lent his voice to Rocket Raccoon for the Marvel movie "Guardians of the Galaxy."  


Leonardo DiCaprio

$39 million

No. 4: Leonardo DiCaprio, $39 million. Credits include The Wolf of Wall Street andThe Great Gatsby.

"The Wolf of Wall Street" was a risk for DiCaprio because the actor had to agree to cut his upfront fee in order to get the Martin Scorsese film made. Five Oscar nominations (including for Best Actor) and $395 million later, it looks like "Wolf" was yet another good bet for the actor. DiCaprio excels at turning adult movies into box office hits. His other triumph this year was "The Great Gatsby." A surprise hit, "Gatsby" earned $351 million at the global box office.


Chris Hemsworth

$37 million

And in the No. 5 spot: Chris Hemsworth, $37 million. Star of Thor, Star Trek and the upcoming action film, Blackhat.

The actor category is one of the toughest on the Celebrity 100 and despite earning millions, Hemsworth just failed to make the cut, but really, can we balk at his No. 5 spot in terms of his paycheck? The "Thor" star isn't resting on his Marvel laurels. Look for him in movies like the upcoming "Blackhat" about the pursuit of a high-level cyber criminal, expected in theaters early 2015.

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