“Forbes” list: “The Big Bang Theory” stars cash in big time
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The lucrative contracts of the “The Big Bang Theory” stars have paid off: Jim Parsons aka Sheldon, Johnny Galecki aka Leonard, Simon Helberg aka Howard and Kunal Nayyar aka Raj occupy first to fourth place on the new “Forbes” list of the best-earning TV actors of the past twelve months.
Parsons earned 25.5 million US dollars, Galecki 24 million, Helberg 22.5 million and Nayyar 22 million. That makes a total of 94 million US dollars. Co-Star Kaley Cuocolag was second in the best earning TV ladies’ category with 24.5 million US dollars. In total, 118.5 million US dollars flowed into the pockets of the stars of the popular sitcom from June 2015 to June 2016. Helberg and Nayyar may have other deals than Parsons, Galecki and Cuoco, but thanks to other projects such as the feature film “Florence Foster Jenkins”(Helberg) and the book “Yes, My Accent Is Real: And Some Other Things I Haven’t Told You”(Nayyar) they can keep up with their colleagues.
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The other winners
Mark Harmon secured fifth place with 20 million dollars. He is Navy C.I.S. Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs. In sixth place, Modern Family star Ty Burrell with $12.5 million. Seventh place is shared by 12 million Nathan Fillion (“Castle”), Jesse Tyler Ferguson (“Modern Family”) and Ray Romano. Ed O’Neill and Eric Stonestreet, also “Modern Family”, earned 11.5 million and 11 million US dollars respectively, making tenth and eleventh place.
The president himself, Frank Underwood alias Kevin Spacey, earned 10.5 million thanks to “House of Cards” and ended up in twelfth place. 13th place is shared by ten million Michael Weatherly (“Navy CIS”) and David Duchovny, who again appeared as Fox Mulder in the “X-Files” sequel. “Grey’s Anatomy” star Justin Chambers, who has played Dr. Alex Karev since season one, is in 15th place with $9.5 million.
The 15 men combined raised $225 million. The ladies, on the other hand, only 208.5 million. So even in the television landscape, women are paid even less than their male co-stars.
Kaley Cuoco, actually Kaley Christine Cuoco-Sweeting was born on 30 November 1985 in Camarillo, California. She is very much in demand as an international actor and became especially famous through the US sitcom “The Big Bang Theory”. Already at the age of six Kaley Cuoco appeared in commercials and also had her first series and guest appearances at a young age. Up to… To the Kaley Cuoco archive
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