( 4UMF NEWS ) TV‘s Highest Paid Actor:
Sheen? Who’s Charlie Sheen? The volatile actor topped our list of Highest-Paid TV Actors last year with $40 million. This year he’s nowhere to be seen. Instead, the actor who took over his lead role on the hit CBS sitcom “Two and A Half Men” ranks in the No. 1 spot. We estimate that Ashton Kutcher earned $24 million between May 2011 and May 2012.
Kutcher has proven that he can hold his own on the show. “Two and a Half Men” attracts an average 12 million viewers per show making it the most-watched sitcom on TV. That’s given Kutcher plenty of money to invest in the Silicon Valley startups that have become his passion. Kutcher was an early investor in Skype, Spotify, and Airbnb.
The two sides of his life, acting and tech investing, will come together in the upcoming film “Jobs” where Kutcher will play Apple founder Steve Jobs.
Sheen isn’t the only actor who failed to make our list this year (and he might get back on thanks to his great deal on the show “Anger Management”). Steve Carrell ranked third last year with $15 million. This year he didn’t even qualify for our TV list. Carell left the NBC sitcom “The Office” in 2011 so now he’ll need to prove himself as a movie star. Small movies like “Hope Springs” and “Seeking a Friend at the End of the World” aren’t going to help him compete against the likes of Tom Cruise and Will Smith when it comes to paydays. Carell has a long way to go before he can get back on our lists.