It takes a lot to make it in Hollywood, but these actors hit the jackpot all thanks to the hit shows they starred in!
Charlie Sheen – Two and a Half Men
In the final season that Sheen appeared on, he was paid a whopping $1.8 million per episode, making him the highest paid actor on US television. Despite reeling in the big bucks, Sheen engaged in a huge fight with series producer Chuck Lorre and gained a nasty reputation for his controversial personal life. As a result, Warner Bros Television fired him from the series in 2011 and he was replaced by Ashton Kutcher who earned $700,000 per episode.
Ray Romano – Everybody Loves Raymond
Over the course of nine seasons, Everybody Loves Raymond – a show about Ray Romano’s family and personal life – became a fixture in millions of people’s households. Thanks to its relatability and brilliant one liners, in the last year of his contract, Raymond raked in $1.7 million per episode. He continued to make $20 million a year even after the show finished five years before due to royalties.
Kelsey Grammer – Frasier
Having already gained a cult following from nine seasons of the hit show Cheers, Grammer walked onto the set of Frasier knowing exactly how much he was worth. Over the years, as the show’s popularity skyrocketed, Grammer’s salary continued to rise and in 2003 and 2003, he is said to have earned an incredible $1.6 million per episode.
Tim Allen – Home Improvement
In recent years, the lovable actor has made a name for himself as more than just a television superstar, expanding his horizons and appearing in a bunch of feel good flicks. But from 1998 to 1999, Allen negotiated $1.25 million per episode for the final year of the series where he played Tim Taylor.
Jerry Seinfeld – Seinfeld
One in 10 Americans tuned into Seinfeld each week when a new episode aired and Jerry Seinfeld raked in $1 million each time. And although the show finished up in 1998, fans still can’t get enough of the slap stick humor and Seinfeld continues to benefit from it, earning $400 million a year in syndication royalties.