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Highest grossing actors over the age of 50

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Highest grossing actors over the age of 50

In many cases, the passage of years can add value and influence. And that doesn’t just go for fine wines or artisan cheese—many Hollywood stars just keep doing better as time goes on. Of course, there are those rare cases in which age appears to stop progressing (see: Paul Rudd), but most humans are not quite that lucky.

Each of the actors on this list continued to achieve acclaim and financial success well after celebrating the big 5-0. Stacker has used data from the-numbers.com to rank these 50 actors according to their total box office earnings (the total earnings that actor received from a leading role in a film), in order from lowest to highest.

It’s true that most people will never pull in the kind of cash these actors do, regardless of age. But we can still respect their success and continuing work ethic—and perhaps fantasize about what we’d do with that kind of money. Read on to find out which of your favorite over-50 stars are among the top earners in Hollywood—yes, Meryl is a given, but some others may surprise you.

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Jack NIcholson in "How Do You Know"—Columbia

#50. Jack Nicholson

Total box office earnings: $1,421,807,264

Movies with a leading role: 30

Age: 81

All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy, but Jack Nicholson has surely found time for fun even amid filming dark classics like “Chinatown”, “The Shining”, and “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.” Now 81, Nicholson has not performed in a film since 2010, but that may be about to change. Rumor has it he’ll be stepping back into the spotlight for a remake of the German-Austrian film “Toni Erdmann.”

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#49. Kurt Russell

Total box office earnings: $1,428,601,489

Movies with a leading role: 35

Age: 67

With 35 leading roles under his belt, as well as a 35-year relationship to Goldie Hawn, Kurt Russell has more than one good thing going for him. He’s performed in hits like “Overboard” and “Escape From New York”, and isn’t done yet—he’s among the cast of “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,” a Quentin Tarantino film set to come out in 2019.

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Robert Redford in "Our Souls at Night"—Netflix

#48. Robert Redford

Total box office earnings: $1,479,046,352

Movies with a leading role: 30

Age: 81

Robert Redford is known for a few things: his famous good looks, his iconic partnership with Paul Newman, and a resume of great films that have earned him almost $1.5 billion in total. Redford is known for classics like “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid,” “The Sting,” and “The Way We Were,” and recently announced he was making one last film before retirement.

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Michelle Pfeiffer in "Mother!"—Protozoa Pictures

#47. Michelle Pfeiffer

Total box office earnings: $1,483,876,646

Movies with a leading role: 32

Age: 60

Michelle Pfeiffer may be best known for her film work in the 80s and 90s in films such as “Scarface” and “Dangerous Liaisons,” but she has no intentions of slowing down. She took a break from Hollywood to focus on her family, but returned for exciting projects like the HBO film “Wizard of Lies”. She also recently starred in Darren Aronofsky’s “Mother!”, a film that garnered a mixture of praise, confusion, and in some cases, hatred.

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#46. Anthony Hopkins

Total box office earnings: $1,493,926,860

Movies with a leading role: 24

Age: 80

Welsh actor Anthony Hopkins is known and respected for his roles in classic films such as “Silence of the Lambs,” “Legends of the Fall,” and “The Remains of the Day,” and is still going strong. He’s appeared on a slightly smaller screen this year in HBO’s “Westworld,” has been cast in multiple installments of the “Thor” series, and is working on a film titled “The Pope,” in which he’ll play Pope Benedict.

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Tommy Lee Jones in "Jason Bourne"—Universal Pictures

#45. Tommy Lee Jones

Total box office earnings: $1,536,462,833

Movies with a leading role: 24

Age: 71

With memorable turns in films including “Lincoln,” “The Fugitive,” and “No Country for Old Men,” Tommy Lee Jones’ resume is full of Hollywood gold—all of which have contributed to his total box office earnings of just above $1.5 billion. The Texas native is still acting today, with a Brad Pitt collaboration set for a 2019 release. He’s been nominated for four Academy Awards thus far, and won for his supporting role in “The Fugitive.”

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Bill Murray in "Ghostbusters: Answer the Call"—Columbia Pictures Corporation

#44. Bill Murray

Total box office earnings: $1,575,792,456

Movies with a leading role: 32

Age: 67

From early days as an SNL cast member to multiple Wes Anderson collaborations (“Rushmore” and “Moonrise Kingdom,” among others) to critically acclaimed work in dramas like “Lost in Translation,” Bill Murray has run the gamut when it comes to his diverse performances. Murray may not be known as the most easy-going, earning him the nickname “The Murricane,” but he’s worked hard for his big box office earnings.

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#43. Steve Martin

Total box office earnings: $1,603,236,880

Movies with a leading role: 34

Age: 72

Multi-hyphenate Steve Martin has worn a variety of hats—from wildly successful stand-up comic (who stopped performing from the 80s until 2016) to writer of everything from TV to novels. But he’s probably best known as a film actor, starring in films like “Planes, Trains and Automobiles,” “Father of the Bride,” and “The Pink Panther.” His work on stage, in film, and in television has earned him consistent praise as one of the greatest comedians ever.

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Arnold Schwarzenegger in "Killing Gunther"—Folktale Productions

#42. Arnold Schwarzenegger

Total box office earnings: $1,676,826,646

Movies with a leading role: 30

Age: 71

His most surprising role may have been as Governor of California, and he got his start as a bodybuilder, but Arnold Schwarzenegger’s work on-screen is what made him a household name. His movies include “True Lies,” “The Terminator” (and its sequel), “Total Recall,” and so many more. Schwarzenegger is still acting, and word on the street is that there’s another “Terminator” installment in the works.

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Carrie Fisher in "Star Wars: The Last Jedi"—Lucasfilm

#41. Carrie Fisher

Total box office earnings: $1,680,656,428

Movies with a leading role: 4

Age: 60

Carrie Fisher passed away in 2016 at the age of 60, but her legacy lives on in her extensive film work. Not only is she remembered for roles like Marie in “When Harry Met Sally”, and of course, Princess Leia, but Fisher also continues to appear in content even after her death—a yet to be released “Star Wars: Episode XI” will once again feature Leia Organa.

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Clint Eastwood in "Trouble with the Curve"—Warner Bros.

#40. Clint Eastwood

Total box office earnings: $1,704,959,371

Movies with a leading role: 47

Age: 88

A Hollywood veteran known for films like “Gran Torino” and “The Bridges of Madison County,” Clint Eastwood has made a name for himself as both actor and director. These two roles often coincide: in 2005, Eastwood was nominated for an Oscar for his performance in “Million Dollar Baby,” and won Best Director for the same film (which also took home Best Picture). The almost-90-year-old is still working, though he might like to forget one performance that neither Democrats nor Republicans seemed to enjoy.

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#39. Mark Hamill

Total box office earnings: $1,707,137,648

Movies with a leading role: 10

Age: 66

In his multi-decade acting career, Mark Hamill is best known for a single role: Luke Skywalker. His work as the famous Jedi was put on hold for three decades until he reappeared again in “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” Hamill has admitted he was “really scared” to reprise the role, but overcame his fear and is continuing to act in the Star Wars universe.

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Tim Allen in "Crazy on the Outside"—20th Century Fox

#38. Tim Allen

Total box office earnings: $1,729,555,935

Movies with a leading role: 19

Age: 65

TV veteran Tim Allen is also no stranger to the big screen. Appearances in movies like “The Santa Clause” and “Galaxy Quest” have contributed to his impressive financial success, but one of Allen’s most famous roles included no actual appearance at all—Allen has voiced Buzz Lightyear in each of the “Toy Story” films, and will continue that role next year.

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Josh Brolin in "Sicario: Day of the Soldado"—Black Label Media

#37. Josh Brolin

Total box office earnings: $1,734,294,576

Movies with a leading role: 18

Age: 50

A combination of “rugged features and a natural charm” have allowed Josh Brolin to succeed in a variety of roles. Oscar-nominated for his role in “Milk”, Brolin continues to work in films like “Sicario” and “Avengers: Infinity War.” Although age has brought him much success, Brolin has also been candid about certain biological realities that come with being 50.

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Michael Douglas in "Ant-Man"—Marvel Studios

#36. Michael Douglas

Total box office earnings: $1,761,819,429

Movies with a leading role: 33

Age: 73

As famous for his longtime marriage as any of his acting roles, Michael Douglas has undoubtedly earned his place as one of the big dogs in Hollywood. Douglas has two Oscar wins to his name and an impressive film roster including “Basic Instinct” and “Wall Street.” He’s still working, although was reportedly a little confused by one his more recent projects.

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Keanu Reeves in "Siberia"—Buffalo Gal Pictures

#35. Keanu Reeves

Total box office earnings: $1,785,931,296

Movies with a leading role: 46

Age: 53

So ageless that he’s rumored to be immortal, Keanu Reeves’ roster of films includes “John Wick,” “The Gift,” and multiple chapters of “The Matrix.” Reeves is still incredibly busy working on multiple upcoming projects, including a film with Winona Ryder that he had “too much fun” with while making.

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Meryl Streep in "Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again"—Universal Pictures

#34. Meryl Streep

Total box office earnings: $1,791,700,431

Movies with a leading role: 45

Age: 69

Do the Academy Awards even exist if Meryl Streep isn’t nominated? Meryl Streep’s work spans decades and genres, including notable films like “Kramer vs. Kramer,” “Doubt,” and the much more lighthearted “Mamma Mia!” A true screen legend, Streep’s Oscar nomination count currently stands at a whopping 21.

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#33. Dustin Hoffman

Total box office earnings: $1,800,861,154

Movies with a leading role: 30

Age: 80

“Tootsie,” “Rain Man,” “The Graduate”—Dustin Hoffman’s on-screen career is chock full of critical acclaim. Hoffman’s most recent appearance was in the Netflix film “The Meyerowitz Stories,” which was released in 2017. Hoffman has also been at the center of some scrutiny for his on-set behavior, mostly in regard to another actor on this list, the esteemed Meryl Streep.

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Kevin Costner in "Molly's Game"—STX Entertainment

#32. Kevin Costner

Total box office earnings: $1,805,076,368

Movies with a leading role: 37

Age: 63

Kevin Costner’s most celebrated work may be 1990’s “Dances with Wolves,” for which he won an Oscar for Best Director and was nominated for Best Actor. Costner is still working in both film and television, which is especially impressive considering he has seven children to tend to.

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Sylvester Stallone in "Escape Plan 2: Hades"—Grindstone Entertainment Group

#31. Sylvester Stallone

Total box office earnings: $1,929,576,735

Movies with a leading role: 43

Age: 72

Cue the “Rocky” theme song: the star of the film’s multiple installments (as well as 2015’s “Creed”) is also known for his work in “Rambo” and “The Expendables”. Stallone, now 72, has no time for rest—he is very much still acting, and working out, and talking about working out on Instagram.

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#30. Mike Myers

Total box office earnings: $2,057,881,734

Movies with a leading role: 13

Age: 55

Austin Powers could be Mike Myers’ most iconic film role, although lovable ogre Shrek could be a close second. Meyers has a lower total leading role count than many actors on this list, but that hasn’t harmed his overall box office influence. If you’re a fan of the randy British spy, you’ll be happy to know that Powers is rumored to a grand return to screen—in an installment that focuses on another Myers character: Dr. Evil.

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Morgan Freeman in "Going in Style"—Warner Bros.

#29. Morgan Freeman

Total box office earnings: $2,063,833,477

Movies with a leading role: 35

Age: 81

Have you ever wished that Morgan Freeman could narrate your life? The vocally-gifted 81-year-old is a widely respected actor, known for his work in “Se7en,” “Invictus,” and “Million Dollar Baby.” Freeman is currently in pre-production for multiple films, but he’s also experienced the consequences of some recent harassment allegations.

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George Clooney in "Money Monster"—TriStar Pictures

#28. George Clooney

Total box office earnings: $2,066,805,818

Movies with a leading role: 31

Age: 57

An undeniable movie star, George Clooney has shined in films like “O Brother Where Art Thou?,” “Gravity,” “Up in the Air,” and multiple titles in the “Ocean’s” franchise. His long-running TV stint on “ER” also had a hand in propelling George Clooney to his current level of fame and success. And his career isn’t the only impressive one in the Clooney home: His wife, Amal, is an incredibly successful lawyer specializing in human rights and international law.

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Mel Gibson in "The Expendables 3"—Lionsgate

#27. Mel Gibson

Total box office earnings: $2,111,484,427

Movies with a leading role: 35

Age: 62

Mel Gibson has had quite the career. He’s played the title character in “Mad Max”, Martin Riggs in “Lethal Weapon,” and William Wallace in “Braveheart”. Gibson has several upcoming films in the works, although many people have not forgiven his offensive comments and actions of the past.

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Will Ferrell in "The House"—Warner Bros.

#26. Will Ferrell

Total box office earnings: $2,151,232,760

Movies with a leading role: 30

Age: 51

“Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby,” “Blades of Glory,” “Anchorman”—the list of Will Ferrell films that inspire tear-generating laughter feels endless. Ferrell has several new films on the way, and also recently celebrated a very important anniversary.

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John Travolta in "Gotti"—Fiore Films

#25. John Travolta

Total box office earnings: $2,279,768,233

Movies with a leading role: 48

Age: 64

Most people’s mental image of John Travolta is likely either a certain flared white suit, or a leather jacket and greased-back hair combo. But he’s done a lot since then, featuring in a wide range of films like “Pulp Fiction” and “Hairspray.” Travolta also has more than one film coming out next year, including “Moose,” in which he plays an obsessive stalker.

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#24. Don Cheadle

Total box office earnings: $2,309,468,722

Movies with a leading role: 17

Age: 53

Younger generations may best know Don Cheadle from his work in the “Avengers” franchise, but his time as James Rhodes/War Machine is preceded by a lengthy film career. Cheadle’s film credits include “Hotel Rwanda” and “The Guard;” he’ll also be reprising his “Avengers” role in the franchise’s currently untitled 2019 chapter.

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#23. Brad Pitt

Total box office earnings: $2,313,194,329

Movies with a leading role: 40

Age: 54

With an impressive 40 leading roles to his name, Brad Pitt is a bona fide Hollywood icon. One of his earliest on-screen appearances left audiences breathless, and since then he’s continued to amaze. Pitt’s memorable films include “Moneyball,” “Mr. and Mrs. Smith,” and “Se7en,” and he’s nowhere near close to slowing down. He has multiple films in the works, as both producer and actor, and in the meantime can relax with a match in one of his many homes.

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Julia Roberts in "Money Monster"—Sony Pictures Entertainment

#22. Julia Roberts

Total box office earnings: $2,358,098,189

Movies with a leading role: 33

Age: 50

Julia Roberts’ age may just barely qualify her for a place on this list, but the 50-year-old’s film record is no joke. With 33 leading roles to her name, one Oscar win, and three additional Oscar nominations, Roberts has been known as America’s Sweetheart (and is still defending that title). Some of her memorable films include “Pretty Woman,” “Eat Pray Love,” and “Erin Brockovich,” and Roberts is still creating new content—including an upcoming Amazon series, “Homecoming.”

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Liam Neeson in "The Commuter"—StudioCanal

#21. Liam Neeson

Total box office earnings: $2,380,517,837

Movies with a leading role: 44

Age: 66

Liam Neeson has made a career out of tough-guy action roles in films like “Taken” and “The Commuter,” but his acting abilities go far beyond that genre. Neeson was nominated for his role in “Schindler’s List,” and also portrayed Alfred Kinsey in the 2004 film “Kinsey.” Even in the wake of personal tragedy, he has continued acting and has more than one film in the works.

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Denzel Washington in "The Equalizer 2"—Sony Picture Entertainment

#20. Denzel Washington

Total box office earnings: $2,414,089,159

Movies with a leading role: 44

Age: 63

Two Oscars, six additional Oscar nominations, and a record of impressive domestic box office figures throughout the past decade have made Denzel Washington one of the most “reliable” stars in the industry. Films like “Fences,” ”Glory,” and “Flight” earned Washington great critical acclaim as an actor. And even though his latest film (“The Equalizer 2”) isn’t of the same caliber, Rolling Stone noted that “nothing dims [Washington’s] star power.”

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#19. Ian McKellen

Total box office earnings: $2,416,229,208

Movies with a leading role: 15

Age: 79

Ian McKellen was officially knighted in 1991, although he has since confessed he almost turned the offer down. His career has run the gamut of genres, from blockbuster franchises like “X-Men” and “The Lord of the Rings,” to a recently announced film adaptation of the Broadway musical, “Cats.” However, McKellen’s true passion seems to live on the stage, and his commitment to the theatre is so great that a recent injury didn’t stop him from giving his “King Lear” audience a little something.

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Mark Ruffalo in "Now You See Me 2"—K/O Paper Products

#18. Mark Ruffalo

Total box office earnings: $2,500,675,805

Movies with a leading role: 19

Age: 50

How many actors are capable of playing both a romantic lead and a giant, angry, green superhero? There’s no hard data on that, but Mark Ruffalo would certainly qualify. Ruffalo has acted in films like “13 Going on 30” and “Spotlight,” and is now a central member of the “Avengers” crew. He also has several upcoming projects in pre-and post-production.

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Nicolas Cage in "The Humanity Bureau"—Minds Eye Entertainment

#17. Nicolas Cage

Total box office earnings: $2,503,790,482

Movies with a leading role: 75

Age: 54

Nicolas Cage has been a recent source of internet hilarity (some of which uses ethically questionable technology to insert Cage into any movie imaginable). But he’s made a pretty big impact on bigger screens—Cage has had 75 leading roles in various films, including “Leaving Las Vegas,” “Adaptation,” and “National Treasure.” Cage also has roles in several soon-to-be-released films, including a vocal part in the animated “Spiderman: Into the Spider-Verse.”

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Robert De Niro in "The Comedian"—Sony Pictures

#16. Robert De Niro

Total box office earnings: $2,516,608,505

Movies with a leading role: 68

Age: 74

Robert De Niro has done it all: He’s played imposing fathers,psychotic ex-cons, and even a 70-year-old intern. His work has earned him seven Best Actor nominations at the Academy Awards (two of which he won), and at age 74, the Hollywood legend has shown no signs of slowing down.

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Sandra Bullock in "Our Brand Is Crisis"—Warner Bros.

#15. Sandra Bullock

Total box office earnings: $2,563,945,395

Movies with a leading role: 29

Age: 54

Like an FBI agent transforming in a pageant queen, Sandra Bullock has transformed into one of America’s most beloved actors. Still “America’s Sweetheart,” Bullock has more recently demonstrated her dramatic chops in films like “The Blind Side” and “Gravity.” Although Bullock’s most recent project “Oceans 8” was not “up to the talents of its stars,” Bullock still has plenty of work ahead of her.

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#14. Jim Carrey

Total box office earnings: $2,576,877,356

Movies with a leading role: 30

Age: 56

Everyone knows Jim Carrey is funny. His skill at physical comedy is next level, and his roles in films like “Ace Ventura” and “Liar Liar” are built for laughs. But Carrey is also a talented dramatic actor, as he has shown in “The Truman Show,” “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind,” and “Man on the Moon.” Although his artwork has been gaining attention as of late, Carrey still acts—so here’s to many more laughs and tears induced by his performances.

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#13. Robin Williams

Total box office earnings: $2,587,460,319

Movies with a leading role: 37

Age: 63

Robin Williams’ tragic death by suicide was a shock to most of his fans, who knew him as both an incredible comedian and a deeply gifted actor. Some of Williams’ most memorable films include “Good Will Hunting,” “One Hour Photo,” and “Mrs. Doubtfire.” His life and legacy are explored in depth through a new HBO documentary.

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#12. Steve Carell

Total box office earnings: $2,658,037,123

Movies with a leading role: 26

Age: 55

Steve Carell reached TV legend status in the role of Michael Scott (bumbling boss and owner of the phrase “that’s what she said”) on the American version of  “The Office.” His film career isn’t too shabby either, with movies like “Little Miss Sunshine,” “The 40-Year-Old Virgin,” and “Foxcatcher” on his resume. Carell is still very much hard at work in the acting world, and a collaboration with Timothee Chalamet is on its way to theatres this fall.

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Bruce Willis in "Death Wish"—MGM

#11. Bruce Willis

Total box office earnings: $2,693,674,753

Movies with a leading role: 55

Age: 63

Fans rejoice: the world of the “Die Hard” franchise seems to be infinite, with rumors flying that Bruce Willis will be portraying John McClane once again next year. And Willis’ talents are not limited to action sequences: he has received praise for roles like Butch Coolidge in “Pulp Fiction” and Malcolm Crowe in “The Sixth Sense.”

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#10. Adam Sandler

Total box office earnings: $2,771,772,769

Movies with a leading role: 36

Age: 51

Currently working alongside Jennifer Aniston in the upcoming Netflix movie “Murder Mystery,” Adam Sandler has had some ups and downs in the public eye. He never seems dismayed, however, as he continues to put out new content at an impressive rate. Some of his most well-known works include “The Wedding Singer,” “The Waterboy,” and a surprising dramatic turn in “Punch Drunk Love.”

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Ben Stiller in "Brad's Status"—Amazon Studios

#9. Ben Stiller

Total box office earnings: $2,797,049,842

Movies with a leading role: 33

Age: 52

With 33 leading roles and a total of 131 acting credits on IMDb, Ben Stiller is certainly prolific. In addition to perfecting his Blue Steel, he has starred in movies including “Tropic Thunder” and “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty.” In addition to acting, Stiller is also established as a TV and film producer.

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#8. Vin Diesel

Total box office earnings: $3,202,066,545

Movies with a leading role: 22

Age: 51

When he’s not busy feuding with Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Vin Diesel is making movies that make big bucks. He’s the voice of Groot in “Guardians of the Galaxy” and plays Dominic Toretto in multiple “Fast & Furious” chapters. The latter role will be reprised very soon: The ninth and tenth sequels of the franchise have been announced.

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#7. Johnny Depp

Total box office earnings: $3,525,099,699

Movies with a leading role: 49

Age: 55

Johnny Depp has a knack for playing wild-haired leading men, from the dreadlocked Jack Sparrow in “Pirates of the Caribbean” to the aptly named Edward Scissorhands. Even the demon barber of Fleet Street rocks an impressive silver streak. Depp is a confirmed actor in many upcoming films, which is good news given his current financial issues.

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#6. Tom Cruise

Total box office earnings: $3,544,537,426

Movies with a leading role: 39

Age: 56

Likely due to his immense salaries for films like “Mission Impossible: Fallout,” Tom Cruise has reportedly amassed a net worth of more than half a billion dollars over the years. At 56, Cruise still performs his own stunts and stars in films that are both high grossing and critically well received.

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#5. Eddie Murphy

Total box office earnings: $3,583,063,429

Movies with a leading role: 39

Age: 57

From a waffle-loving Donkey in “Shrek” to an obese academic in “The Nutty Professor,” Eddie Murphy’s characters are usually wacky and over-the-top. But that’s not always the case—Murphy’s serious side can be seen in films like “Dreamgirls” and he’s reportedly interested in taking on more dramatic roles.

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#4. Harrison Ford

Total box office earnings: $3,728,200,434

Movies with a leading role: 39

Age: 76

Harrison Ford is not just an incredibly successful and established actor, he’s also the man behind two of the most memorable film characters of all time: Indiana Jones and Han Solo. Outside of those two mega-franchises, Ford is still a force to be reckoned with, starring in movies like “The Fugitive” and “Witness.” For fans in need of some winter wear, Han Solo’s jacket is currently on the market; it may be one of the priciest pieces of movie merchandise ever.

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#3. Samuel L. Jackson

Total box office earnings: $3,808,359,099

Movies with a leading role: 55

Age: 69

Samuel L. Jackson comes in with one of the highest counts of leading roles, and in turn, one of the highest total box office earnings. The only person to appear in more Quentin Tarantino films than Tarantino himself, Jackson’s other memorable movies include “Iron Man” and “A Time to Kill.”

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#2. Tom Hanks

Total box office earnings: $4,523,980,125

Movies with a leading role: 49

Age: 62

One of America’s eternal nice guys, Oscar-winner Tom Hanks has won hearts in films like “Big”, “Forrest Gump,” and “Saving Private Ryan.” He’s involved in several upcoming movies, both on-camera and behind the scenes. An added bonus? He’s got your back if you’ve lost your ID.

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#1. Robert Downey, Jr.

Total box office earnings: $4,537,414,505

Movies with a leading role: 42

Age: 53

After time in rehab and a hiatus from acting, Robert Downey, Jr. returned with a vengeance—turning a “B-list Marvel character into the most bankable superhero in Hollywood.” The success of “Iron Man” was followed by roles in “Sherlock Holmes” and “Tropic Thunder,” and Downey continues to pull in not-too-shabby paychecks for all his work in the “Avengers” Universe.

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