Ashton Kutcher and Jon Cryer, his side-kick on “Two And A Half Men,” have been declared as television’s highest-paid actors by Forbes with each earning more than $20 million in the last one year.
Forbes released its list of TV’s highest-paid actors on Tuesday, and estimated that Kutcher, who replaced Charlie Sheen in the CBS sitcom in 2011, earned $24 million between June 2012 and June 2013, and ranked Cryer, who took home $21 million, in second place.
"TV's highest-paid actor is laughing all the way to the bank since replacing Sheen on 'Two and a Half Men' after the troubled star's 2011 flameout," the Forbes report said, adding that Kutcher’s earnings from the show would help him to fund his other passion -- investing.
According to the report, Kutcher’s latest movie “Jobs,” a biopic about Apple founder Steve Jobs, has not helped him much as the buzz created by the movie did not translate into box-office success, with the movie earning only $16 million.
Angus T. Jones, who enacted the role of Jake in the sitcom, is seventh on the list, earning $11 million. According to Forbes, even though Jones is no longer a part of the show after a video of him calling the sitcom as filth went viral, the 19-year-old will still continue to earn from the show’s syndication. Jones has been replaced by Amber Tamblyn, who plays the long-lost daughter of Charlie Sheen’s character.
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Third on the list is Ray Romano, with earnings of $16 million. According to reports, Romano continues to earn millions from “Everybody Loves Raymond” several years after the show ended in 2005, as it is in syndication.
Tying for fourth place were Mark Harmon and Neil Patrick Harris with $15 million each in earnings while Patrick Dempsey of “Grey’s Anatomy” came in fifth with $13 million.