Dwayne Johnson leads Forbes list of highest-paid actors

Johnson, the former wrestler known as The Rock, pulled in $89.4 million from June 2018 to June 2019, the magazine said.
Image: Dwayne Johnson at a premiere in West Hollywood in 2018.
Dwayne Johnson at a premiere in West Hollywood in 2018.Matt Winkelmeyer / Getty Images file

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LOS ANGELES - Action movie hero Dwayne Johnson, star of the "Jumanji" and "Fast and Furious" franchises, topped the annual list of the world's highest-paid actors, Forbes magazine reported on Wednesday.

Johnson, the former wrestler once known as The Rock, pulled in $89.4 million from June 2018 to June 2019, the magazine said.

That includes his salary and a share of profits from films, $700,000 per episode of HBO series "Ballers," and seven figures in royalties from his line of clothing, shoes and headphones with Under Armour.

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Last year, Johnson was second behind George Clooney, who reaped a windfall from the sale of his tequila company.

Next on this year's list were two stars of "Avengers: Endgame," the highest-grossing movie of all time.

Chris Hemsworth, who played Thor, took in $76.4 million, while Iron Man actor Robert Downey Jr. earned $66 million, Forbes said.

Other "Endgame" stars - Bradley Cooper, Chris Evans and Paul Rudd - also landed in the top 10.

Most of Cooper's earnings, however, came from "A Star is Born," the musical drama he directed, produced, co-wrote and starred in with Lady Gaga. Cooper collected $40 million of his $57 million total from that film, Forbes said.

The fourth-biggest earner was Bollywood actor Akshay Kumar, with $65 million, and Hong Kong-born actor and martial artist Jackie Chan with $58 million.

The figures are pre-tax and do not include deductions for fees given to agents, managers and lawyers, Forbes said.