People Records: Top-Grossing People in Acting and Technical Roles


Top Actors and Actresses in All Roles

This chart includes all roles for an actor or actress, including leading roles, supporting roles, voice roles, cameos, and bit parts.

  Name Movies Total Box Office Average
1 Frank Welker 106 $6,732,452,969 $63,513,707
2 Samuel L. Jackson 111 $6,657,650,383 $59,978,832
3 Bob Bergen 53 $4,915,377,770 $92,742,977
4 John Ratzenberger 38 $4,612,742,725 $121,387,966
5 Morgan Freeman 70 $4,505,170,879 $64,359,584
6 Stan Lee 23 $4,498,729,423 $195,596,931
7 Tom Hanks 49 $4,463,638,279 $91,094,659
8 Gary Oldman 41 $3,955,716,417 $96,480,888
9 Harrison Ford 44 $3,941,459,462 $89,578,624
10 Liam Neeson 68 $3,871,944,956 $56,940,367
Complete Top 100

Top People in Technical Roles BETA

This chart includes all technical roles people have performed in movies, including director, producer, composer, casting director and so on. Note that we are still actively researching technical roles in movies, so some filmographies are incomplete. We therefore consider this chart to be in beta mode.

  Name Role Movies Total Box Office Average
1 Hans Zimmer Composer 87 $9,807,367,802 $112,728,366
2 John Williams Composer 66 $9,127,534,100 $138,295,971
3 James Newton Howard Composer 103 $7,173,761,326 $69,648,168
4 Danny Elfman Composer 82 $6,883,692,480 $83,947,469
5 Alan Silvestri Composer 85 $6,520,149,725 $76,707,644
6 Jane Jenkins Casting Director 116 $6,352,806,737 $54,765,575
7 Janet Hirshenson Casting Director 112 $6,307,692,532 $56,318,683
8 James Horner Composer 96 $6,016,384,742 $62,670,674
9 Christopher Boyes Sound Designer 34 $5,923,281,723 $174,214,168
10 Kenneth Karman Music Editor 98 $5,654,423,796 $57,698,202
11 Stan Lee Executive Producer 29 $5,338,191,230 $184,075,560
12 Christopher Boyes Re-recording Mixer 36 $5,268,656,023 $146,351,556
13 Andy Nelson Re-recording Mixer 46 $5,227,263,679 $113,636,167
14 John Powell Composer 49 $5,018,961,105 $102,427,778
15 Michael Kahn Editor 47 $4,720,777,240 $100,442,069
16 John Debney Composer 78 $4,577,625,863 $58,687,511
17 Steven Spielberg Director 29 $4,206,439,761 $145,049,647
18 Steven Spielberg Executive Producer 36 $4,144,983,345 $115,138,426
19 Bruce Berman Executive Producer 41 $4,062,550,715 $99,086,603
20 Howard Shore Composer 58 $4,011,706,989 $69,167,362
Complete Top 100

Superstars: Top Grossing Stars in Leading Roles

This chart includes all revenue generated by the movies an actor or actress star has appeared in over their lifetime in a leading role.

  Name Movies Total Box Office Average
1 Tom Hanks 41 $4,193,679,837 $102,284,874
2 Harrison Ford 35 $3,619,220,355 $103,406,296
3 Eddie Murphy 36 $3,344,313,354 $92,897,593
4 Tom Cruise 32 $3,094,634,452 $96,707,327
5 Ben Stiller 29 $2,644,521,369 $91,190,392
6 Bruce Willis 44 $2,637,145,484 $59,935,125
7 Johnny Depp 39 $2,635,609,173 $67,579,722
8 Matt Damon 33 $2,611,536,203 $79,137,461
9 Robert Downey, Jr. 35 $2,611,254,242 $74,607,264
10 Nicolas Cage 56 $2,489,770,558 $44,460,189
Complete Top 100

Familiar Faces: Top Grossing Live Action Stars

This chart includes all revenue generated by the movies a star has appeared in over their lifetime excluding voice-only and cameo roles. Note that wearing prosthetics is allowed in this chart, which helps Warwick Davis considerably.

  Name Movies Total Box Office Average
1 Samuel L. Jackson 87 $5,475,823,566 $62,940,501
2 Morgan Freeman 65 $3,973,248,378 $61,126,898
3 Harrison Ford 38 $3,834,463,984 $100,906,947
4 Gary Oldman 38 $3,645,222,837 $95,926,917
5 Warwick Davis 19 $3,625,108,144 $190,795,165
6 Tom Cruise 37 $3,530,683,141 $95,423,869
7 Tom Hanks 43 $3,387,720,808 $78,784,205
8 Robbie Coltrane 33 $3,121,015,963 $94,576,241
9 Johnny Depp 46 $3,097,187,001 $67,330,152
10 Robert Downey, Jr. 55 $3,093,241,786 $56,240,760
Complete Top 100

Sidekicks: Top Grossing Stars in Supporting Roles

This chart includes all revenue generated by the movies an actor or actress star has appeared in over their lifetime in a supporting role. Voice-only roles are included in this chart.

  Name Movies Total Box Office Average
1 Samuel L. Jackson 51 $4,240,752,009 $83,152,000
2 Frank Welker 28 $4,040,799,663 $144,314,274
3 Jack Angel 18 $3,436,121,437 $190,895,635
4 Gary Oldman 16 $3,378,029,763 $211,126,860
5 Hugo Weaving 16 $3,276,827,968 $204,801,748
6 Warwick Davis 13 $3,189,382,283 $245,337,099
7 Mickie McGowan 16 $2,989,300,657 $186,831,291
8 Robbie Coltrane 17 $2,845,890,254 $167,405,309
9 John Ratzenberger 24 $2,695,672,385 $112,319,683
10 Tom Felton 14 $2,644,053,572 $188,860,969
Complete Top 100

Primus Inter Pares: Top Grossing Stars in Above the Line Roles

This chart includes all revenue generated by the movies an actor or actress star has appeared in over their lifetime in an above the line role. Above the line credits are the names that appear one by one on the screen during the opening (or sometimes closing) credits for a film.

  Name Movies Total Box Office Average
1 Morgan Freeman 31 $3,866,680,084 $124,731,616
2 Tom Hanks 42 $3,857,275,084 $91,839,883
3 Tom Cruise 32 $3,241,458,342 $101,295,573
4 Samuel L. Jackson 46 $3,179,193,784 $69,112,908
5 Alan Rickman 14 $3,118,761,341 $222,768,667
6 Harrison Ford 22 $3,098,805,367 $140,854,789
7 Johnny Depp 43 $3,055,164,245 $71,050,331
8 Robbie Coltrane 12 $2,798,642,406 $233,220,201
9 Will Smith 22 $2,783,002,031 $126,500,092
10 Cameron Diaz 21 $2,646,843,114 $126,040,148
Complete Top 100

Unsung Heroes: Top Grossing Stars in Below the Line Roles

This chart includes all revenue generated by the movies an actor or actress star has appeared in over their lifetime in an above the line role. Above the line credits are the names that appear one by one on the screen during the opening (or sometimes closing) credits for a film, , so a "below the line" credit is one where the actor's name did not appear in those opening credits.

  Name Movies Total Box Office Average
1 Frank Welker 22 $3,751,013,090 $170,500,595
2 Jack Angel 16 $3,270,323,248 $204,395,203
3 Stan Lee 15 $3,141,557,149 $209,437,143
4 Mickie McGowan 14 $2,914,583,931 $208,184,567
5 Sherry Lynn 14 $2,515,795,106 $179,699,650
6 Josh Herdman 8 $2,390,073,877 $298,759,235
7 Devon Murray 8 $2,390,073,877 $298,759,235
8 Geraldine Somerville 8 $2,390,073,877 $298,759,235
9 John Ratzenberger 11 $2,172,862,144 $197,532,922
10 Adrian Rawlins 9 $2,108,163,643 $234,240,405
Complete Top 100

Hidden Gems: Top Grossing Stars in Cameo Roles

This chart includes all revenue generated by the movies an actor or actress star has appeared in over their lifetime in a cameo role. Voice-only roles are included in this chart.

  Name Movies Total Box Office Average
1 Stan Lee 15 $3,648,651,446 $243,243,430
2 John Ratzenberger 11 $1,672,984,999 $152,089,545
3 Larry King 20 $1,352,603,692 $67,630,185
4 Jay Leno 23 $1,048,712,196 $45,596,182
5 Pat Kiernan 2 $695,987,708 $347,993,854
6 Steven Spielberg 5 $685,015,762 $137,003,152
7 Samuel L. Jackson 6 $634,445,782 $105,740,964
8 Thomas Roberts 1 $623,279,547 $623,279,547
9 M. Night Shyamalan 4 $567,209,829 $141,802,457
10 Mike Tyson 4 $566,835,383 $141,708,846
Complete Top 20

Top People in Specific Technical Roles BETA

This chart includes all technical roles people have performed in movies, including director, producer, composer, casting director and so on. Note that we are still actively researching technical roles in movies, so some filmographies are incomplete. We therefore consider this chart to be in beta mode.

Role Name Movies Total Box Office Average
Additional Music Paul Linford 25 $1,619,706,027 $64,788,241
Art Director Sean Haworth 9 $2,019,034,545 $224,337,172
Assistant Director K.C. Hodenfield 15 $2,353,684,793 $156,912,320
Associate Producer Pat Sandston 17 $2,587,439,869 $152,202,345
Casting Director Jane Jenkins 116 $6,352,806,737 $54,765,575
Cinematographer Dean Semler 28 $2,707,489,509 $96,696,054
Composer Hans Zimmer 87 $9,807,367,802 $112,728,366
Costume Designer Deborah L. Scott 15 $3,174,513,363 $211,634,224
Director Steven Spielberg 29 $4,206,439,761 $145,049,647
Editor Michael Kahn 47 $4,720,777,240 $100,442,069
Executive Music Producer Chris Montan 7 $1,625,177,867 $232,168,267
Executive Producer Stan Lee 29 $5,338,191,230 $184,075,560
Music Editor Kenneth Karman 98 $5,654,423,796 $57,698,202
Music Supervisor Dave Jordan 22 $3,845,071,005 $174,775,955
Producer Jerry Bruckheimer 28 $3,743,598,653 $133,699,952
Production Designer Rick Carter 17 $3,266,571,949 $192,151,291
Re-recording Mixer Christopher Boyes 36 $5,268,656,023 $146,351,556
Screenwriter Steve Kloves 9 $2,379,489,256 $264,387,695
Second Unit Camera Alexander Witt 12 $1,474,197,469 $122,849,789
Second Unit Director Alexander Witt 19 $2,559,763,920 $134,724,417
Set Decorator Rosemary Brandenberg 35 $2,999,740,284 $85,706,865
Set Designer Easton Smith 27 $3,377,041,106 $125,075,597
Sound Designer Christopher Boyes 34 $5,923,281,723 $174,214,168
Sound Effects Editor Teresa Eckton 11 $2,181,408,073 $198,309,825
Sound Mixer William B. Kaplan 24 $3,068,494,001 $127,853,917
Special Effects Supervisor Neil Corbould 20 $2,367,237,239 $118,361,862
Special Make-up Effects Greg Cannom 15 $1,873,798,988 $124,919,933
Story Creator Stan Lee 14 $3,724,125,979 $266,008,999
Stunt Coordinator Simon Crane 13 $2,490,805,651 $191,600,435
Supervising Art Director Richard L. Johnson 6 $1,315,370,189 $219,228,365
Supervising Sound Editor Christopher Boyes 9 $3,083,138,657 $342,570,962
Visual Effects Supervisor John Knoll 10 $2,934,173,704 $293,417,370