Making it to the big screen — many times over — has made Hollywood’s A-list movie stars very, very rich. The top-paid actors can now command eight-figure salaries to appear in a single film, so it’s easy to understand how stars like Tom Cruise and Leonardo DiCaprio have racked up veritable fortunes from their acting gigs. But do you know just how rich they really are?
Tom Cruise rose to fame in the ’80s as the star of “Risky Business” and “Top Gun,” and his acting career hasn’t slowed down over the decades. Cruise now earns eight figures to star in films like “The Mummy” and the “Mission: Impossible” series, which is currently filming its seventh and eighth installments.
Leonardo DiCaprio has successfully transitioned from child star to heartthrob to serious actor — and he’s picked up seven Academy Award nominations along the way. After being nominated — and losing — five times — DiCaprio finally got his Oscar at the 2015 ceremony for his leading role in “The Revenant.”
With his unmistakable voice, Morgan Freeman has enraptured audiences in films like “Se7en,” “Invictus,” “Driving Miss Daisy” and “Million Dollar Baby.” Although Freeman has continued to act — and continued to pick up those corresponding big paychecks — he’s devoted some attention to a new passion in recent years: beekeeping. In 2019, the actor made headlines for converting his 124-acre Mississippi ranch into a bee sanctuary.
As the star of films like “Cast Away,” “Big,” “Forrest Gump” and “Apollo 13,” Tom Hanks has become a beloved actor by audiences and critics alike. He’s also built up a huge social following in recent years, with 16.6 million followers on Twitter alone.
As the star of the “Hunger Games” films, Jennifer Lawrence topped Forbes’ highest-paid actress list in both 2015 and 2016. In 2016 she earned $46 million, thanks in large part to her cut of the profits from the box office gross of the final “Hunger Games” installment — $653.4 million — and her hefty upfront fees. She’s kept the big paychecks coming in as a member of the Marvel film franchise, most recently starring as Raven/Mystique in 2019’s “X-Men: Dark Phoenix.”
Julia Roberts has held the title of “America’s Sweetheart” during her long film career, which has included starring roles in classics like “Pretty Woman,” “Erin Brockovich” and “My Best Friend’s Wedding.” Although she’s made most of her fortune from her movie roles, Roberts’ most recent project was on the small screen, starring in the 2018 series, “Homecoming.”
With 21 Academy Award nominations under her belt, Meryl Streep is the most Oscar-nominated actress of all time. She has also earned five Emmy nominations, including a 2020 nomination for “Big Little Lies” — a role that paid her $800,000 an episode, Variety reported.
According to Forbes, Denzel Washington had earned a whopping $290 million pretax between 2003 and 2017 thanks to his supersized paychecks — around $20 million per film. Up next, Washington is set to appear in two films in 2021: “The Little Things” and “Macbeth.”
After starring in “Sense and Sensibility” in 1995, Kate Winslet rose to new levels of fame when she starred in “Titanic” in 1997. She has since starred in other major hits like “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind” and “Revolutionary Road.” Winslet’s performances have earned her seven Oscar nominations and one win, for 2008’s “The Reader.”
Reese Witherspoon has turned her movie stardom into an entire empire that includes a production company, a multimedia company and a clothing line. Witherspoon is now making big bucks on the small screen too, with $1 million per episode paydays to star on Apple TV+’s “The Morning Show,” Hulu’s “Little Fires Everywhere” and HBO’s second season of “Big Little Lies,” Variety reported.
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