Kutcher tops Forbes' list of highest paid TV actors

NEW YORK Wed Oct 17, 2012 3:23pm EDT

Actor Ashton Kutcher sits courtside during Game 2 of the Los Angeles Lakers against Denver Nuggets NBA Western Conference quarter-final basketball playoff game in Los Angeles, California May 1, 2012. REUTERS/Alex Gallardo

Actor Ashton Kutcher sits courtside during Game 2 of the Los Angeles Lakers against Denver Nuggets NBA Western Conference quarter-final basketball playoff game in Los Angeles, California May 1, 2012.

Credit: Reuters/Alex Gallardo

NEW YORK (Reuters) - When Ashton Kutcher replaced Charlie Sheen on the hit comedy "Two And a Half Men", he also took his place as television's highest-paid actor, according to Forbes' annual survey released on Wednesday.

Forbes estimated Kutcher earned $24 million from May 2011 to May 2012, while Sheen, now starring in "Anger Management" on cable television following a very public firing from the hit CBS show, didn't even make the top 10.

Sheen's $40 million a year ago however easily out-earned Kutcher by some $16 million. Steve Carell, also in the top 10 last year with $15 million before he left "The Office," was also nowhere to be found this year.

Earnings runners-up included "House" star Hugh Laurie and Ray Romano of now-canceled "Men of a Certain Age," with $18 million each.

Other highly compensated actors in the top 10 list included Emmy winner Alec Baldwin of "30 Rock," "Last Man Standing" star Tim Allen, "Men" co-star Jon Cryer and "The Big Bang Theory"'s Jim Parsons and Johnny Galecki.

Forbes said its estimates did not include deductions for manager and agent fees, or "the other costs of being a celebrity."

The entire list can be seen here .

(Reporting by Chris Michaud, editing by Jill Serjeant and Sofina Mirza-Reid)

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Comments (3)
desertlover wrote:
Kutcher is way overpaid. He has added nothing to the show. I stopped watching after a couple shows. Say what you want about Charlie Sheen, but he was very funny.

Oct 17, 2012 4:48pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
thecosmos wrote:
Meanwhile, Topher Grace just signed up for a part-time gig at the Home Depot making $8.27 an hour. This Ashton lives a charmed life…maybe the most charmed life ever. He’s a loser in Iowa (sorry, that is redundant), becomes a model and then lucks out with That 70′s show. His movies are unwatchable, he’s as bright as a bag of hammers and yet he is rolling in cash and beautiful women. After I figure out Infinity, I will try to explain A. K.

Oct 17, 2012 7:35pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
trebber wrote:
What??? So is he now in the “1%”?

Oct 18, 2012 12:04pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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