Dwayne Johnson leads Forbes list of highest-paid actors

Dwayne Johnson arrives at the premiere of Universal Pictures' Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw.
Dwayne Johnson arrives at the premiere of Universal Pictures' Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw.PHOTO: AFP

LOS ANGELES (REUTERS) - 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 (Aug 21).

Johnson, the former wrestler once known as The Rock, pulled in US$89.4 million (S$123 million) from June 2018 to June 2019, the magazine said.

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

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 US$76.4 million, while Iron Man actor Robert Downey Jr earned US$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 US$40 million of his US$57 million total from that film, Forbes said.

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

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