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Kevin Spacey Is Receiving An Absurd Paycheck For 'House Of Cards'

Kirsten Acuna

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Kevin Spacey makes one of the largest salaries on TV for his "House of Cards" role, according to a new report from TV Guide.

There's a big reason Kevin Spacey made the jump to Netflix.

According to a new TV salary report from TV Guide, Spacey is making $500,000 an episode for his lead role on the Emmy-winning political thriller "House of Cards."

TV Guide reports that number includes producer's fees and profit participation.

Season 2 of the series, which launched in February, had 13 episodes.  That puts the actor's salary at $6.5 million. 

The figure places Spacey into an elite club on network television that make over $500,000 per episode. According to TV Guide that includes Mark Harmon for "NCIS" ($525,000), "Two and a Half Men" actors Jon Cryer ($650,000) and Ashton Kutcher ($750,000), and "The Big Bang Theory" stars Jim Parsons, Kaley Cuoco, and Johnny Galecki who just netted $1 million per episode salaries. 

On the series, Spacey plays a ruthless democratic house whip, Frank Underwood, who strategizes his way to the top of the White House.

"House of Cards" received 13 Emmy nods for season 2 including Outstanding Lead Actor (Spacey), Outstanding Lead Actress (Robin Wright), and Outstanding Drama Series.

TV Guide predicts the streaming service could eventually pay Spacey a $1 million salary for his role.

"House of Cards" has been renewed for season 3 which is expected to air on Netflix next year.



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