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Top 10 highest paid actors of all time

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DOCTORS, lawyers and high flying business tycoons may rake in enviable annual salaries but when it comes to sky high payslips nothing beats being a famous actor! From iconic industry veterans to Hollywood’s hottest celebs, we’ve got the lowdown on the top 10 highest paid actors of all time.

1. Leonardo DiCaprio -- US$77 million per movie
   
From the endearing and penniless Jack Dawson to the intriguing and filthy rich Jay Gatsby, Leonardo DiCaprio has been one of the world’s most coveted actors for almost two decades. Every movie he stars in seems to be an instant hit, with our personal picks including The Wolf of Wall Street, Inception, Blood Diamond and Gangs of New York.

2. Johnny Depp -- US$50 million per movie
   
From the minute he threw on his Captain Jack Sparrow costume Johnny Depp was destined for success. And while he may have started off as a swoon worthy pirate with a whole lot of sex appeal, Depp is now considered one of the most diverse actors of all time. From Edward Scissorhands and Sweeny Todd to Sleepy Hollow and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, he’s famous for going all out to get into character! He’s still pulling off some incredible performances which is why his average pay check peaks at a colossal US$50 million.

3. Adam Sandler -- US$40 million per movie
   
When it comes to laugh after laugh no one does it better than the legendary Adam Sandler. His is without a doubt one of the most galvanizing comedy actors on the planet, churning out hit after hit. Happy Gilmore and Billy Maddison are timeless works of comedy genius while The Wedding Singer, The Waterboy and Big Daddy also have us in stitches. He also deserves a nod for his more dramatic work, with film like Punch-Drunk Love, Spanglish and Reign Over Me showing off his more serious side.

4. Will Smith -- US$36 million per movie
   
He may have started off as the Fresh Prince of Bel Air but Mr. Smith is now considered one of Hollywood’s most powerful kings! He’s a true chameleon, with films such as Men in Black showing off his funny side while flicks like Independence Day and The Pursuit of Happyness winning him industry wide respect as a serious professional.

5. Tom Hanks -- US $35 million per movie
   
A true industry veteran, Tom Hanks is one of Hollywood’s most respected actors. And he’s got a bank account to prove it. After taking the lead role in iconic films such as Forrest Gump, Saving Private Ryan, The Green Mile and Castaway, Hanks is a classic actor and a long standing inspiration.

6. Ben Stiller -- US$34 million per movie
   
As one of the greatest ‘funny men’ of all time Ben Stiller deserves his eye wateringly high pay checks! Starring in hit flicks such as Zoolander, There’s Something About Mary and Meet the Parents it’s not hard to see why he’s still in such high demand.

7. Robert Downey Jr. -- US$31 million per movie
   
Kicking off his acting career at the age of five, Robert Downey Jr. has now made a name for himself as one of the richest actors on the planet. No doubt Robert Downey Senior is glowing with pride! While he did battle with a serious drug addiction in his early life his bad boys days are well and truly over, with his role in three blockbuster Iron Man films winning him worldwide affection.

8. Angelina Jolie -- US$30 million per movie
   
With her gorgeous figure and sexy pout we’re not surprised that Ms. Jolie is one of Hollywood’s highest paid actresses. Not to mention one of the most recognised faces on the planet! The Tomb Raider films undeniably kicked off her career, with the ultra-sexy Lara Croft making jaws drop across the globe. Add flicks such as Wanted, Mr and Mrs Smith and Malificent into the mix and you’ve got a recipe for mammoth earning power. Being married to Brad Pitt could also help…

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9. Sarah Jessica Parker -- US$30 million per movie
   
Who knew that portraying a self-confessed clothes horse could end up scoring you a colossal US$30 million per film? SJP made quite a name for herself in Sex and The City which went on to become one of the world’s most successful chick flicks. Two to be precise! As well as portraying the ever charming Carrie Bradshaw she’s also featured in Honeymoon in Vegas, The Family Stone and Failure to Launch. Nice work Jess!

10. Mark Wahlberg -- US$28 million per movie
   
This charismatic American has come a long way since his days as a teenage rapper fronting 90’s hip hop group Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch. In fact, today ‘Marky Mark’ earns a huge US$28 million per movie. We’re pretty sure that tops any royalties he received from his debut album Music for the People! As one of Hollywood’s hottest actors he’s starred in flicks such as Shooter, Four Brothers, Fear and one of our personal faves, The Departed.