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Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson Tops Forbes Highest Paid Actor List

Mark Cunliffe

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Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson Tops Forbes Highest Paid Actor List

Can you smell what The Rock is earning? Forbes recently released their 2019 highest-paid actors list and the ex-wrestler beat off the likes of Thor himself, Chris Hemsworth and Bollywood actor Akshay Kumar to win the title. According to the site, the Jumanji star earned a massive $89.4 million (£73.6m) from June 1, 2018 to June 1, 2019.

It's been a great few weeks for Dwayne Johnson. He's not only mega rich, but he married his long-time girlfriend Lauren Hashian in a secret ceremony in Hawaii and his film, Hobbs & Shaw, has enjoyed a successful release. The Rock has always been the people's champion and has credited his audience with being pivotal in his success.

In 2018, he told Forbes: "It has to be audience first. What does the audience want, and what is the best scenario that we can create that will send them home happy?"

The Avengers Star Dwayne Johnson Tops Forbes Highest Paid Actor List. Credit: PA
The Avengers Star Dwayne Johnson Tops Forbes Highest Paid Actor List. Credit: PA

When breaking down his huge pay-packet, Forbes say that Dwayne earns $700,000 (£576,000) for each episode of Ballers and will also see a $23.5 (£19.3) million payday for the new movie Jumanji: The Next Level which is set for release in December. He also reportedly earns seven figures in royalties for his clothing line and headphones with Under Armour.

Another celebrity with a massive deal is Iron Man himself, Robert, Downey Jr. who gets $20 million (£16.4m) upfront and nearly 8% of the pool for his role in the Marvel films. That added up to about $55 million ($45.2m) for his dramatic performance in Avengers: Endgame.

The complete top 10 list

10. Will Smith


Earnings: $35 million (£28.8m)

9. Paul Rudd

Earnings: $41 million (£33.7m)

8. Chris Evans


Earnings: $43.5 million (£35.8m)

6. Adam Sandler (tie)

Earnings: $57 million (£46.9m)

6. Bradley Cooper (tie)


Earnings: $57 million (£46.9m)

5. Jackie Chan

Earnings: $58 million (£47.7m)

4. Akshay Kumar


Earnings: $65 million (£53.5m)

3. Robert Downey Jr.

Earnings: $66 million (£54.3m)

2. Chris Hemsworth

Earnings: $76.4 million (£62.9m)

1. Dwayne Johnson

Earnings: $89.4 million (£73.6m)

Someone else who will be happy with The Rock topping the list is his new wife, Lauren Hashian. The 47-year-old wrestler/movie star/all-round good guy took to Instagram to share their big news, writing: "We do. August 18th, 2019. Hawaii. Pōmaikaʻi (blessed)."

The Rock recently announced that he was to retire from wrestling but said that he could never completely close the door because he misses life in the ring too much.

He told TV show Live with Kelly and Ryan: "I miss wrestling. I love wrestling.

"I quietly retired from wrestling because I was lucky enough to have a wonderful career and accomplish what I wanted to accomplish.

"But there's nothing like a live crowd, live audience, live microphone."

Do you think he deserves to top the list? ...IT DOESN'T MATTER WHAT YOU THINK.

Topics: Celebrity, Money, Avengers, The Rock, Dwayne Johnson, UK Entertainment, Wrestling, US Entertainment

Mark Cunliffe
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