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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 Samuel L. Jackson 117 $7,217,093,115 $61,684,557
2 Frank Welker 108 $6,724,902,277 $62,267,614
3 Stan Lee 25 $5,460,117,256 $218,404,690
4 Bob Bergen 54 $5,224,118,130 $96,742,928
5 John Ratzenberger 40 $4,991,130,378 $124,778,259
6 Morgan Freeman 78 $4,782,353,889 $61,312,229
7 Tom Hanks 54 $4,438,979,778 $82,203,329
8 Mickie McGowan 27 $4,104,639,752 $152,023,695
9 Liam Neeson 77 $4,078,321,949 $52,965,220
10 Gary Oldman 46 $4,016,953,235 $87,325,070
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 90 $10,038,420,914 $111,538,010
2 John Williams Composer 72 $9,096,203,864 $126,336,165
3 James Newton Howard Composer 106 $7,526,698,292 $71,006,588
4 Danny Elfman Composer 84 $7,007,998,163 $83,428,550
5 Jane Jenkins Casting Director 119 $6,760,074,512 $56,807,349
6 Janet Hirshenson Casting Director 115 $6,714,868,602 $58,390,162
7 Alan Silvestri Composer 87 $6,644,475,856 $76,373,286
8 Christopher Boyes Re-recording Mixer 39 $6,498,907,365 $166,638,650
9 Bob Weinstein Executive Producer 212 $6,497,990,191 $30,650,897
10 Stan Lee Executive Producer 34 $6,403,175,825 $188,328,701
11 Harvey Weinstein Executive Producer 212 $6,397,084,299 $30,174,926
12 Christopher Boyes Sound Designer 35 $6,254,844,578 $178,709,845
13 Bruce Berman Executive Producer 76 $6,134,544,309 $80,717,688
14 James Horner Composer 99 $6,102,644,451 $61,642,873
15 Andy Nelson Re-recording Mixer 57 $5,804,626,593 $101,835,554
16 Kenneth Karman Music Editor 99 $5,639,865,191 $56,968,335
17 Randy Thom Sound Designer 34 $5,212,157,492 $153,298,750
18 Steven Spielberg Executive Producer 44 $5,157,406,430 $117,213,783
19 Sarah Halley Finn Casting Director 35 $5,070,527,858 $144,872,225
20 Dave Jordan Music Supervisor 32 $5,034,865,435 $157,339,545
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 $4,175,020,109 $101,829,759
2 Harrison Ford 36 $3,633,659,859 $100,934,996
3 Eddie Murphy 37 $3,548,769,786 $95,912,697
4 Tom Cruise 35 $3,251,241,451 $92,892,613
5 Robert Downey, Jr. 37 $3,113,358,714 $84,144,830
6 Johnny Depp 41 $3,066,367,211 $74,789,444
7 Ben Stiller 32 $2,765,154,905 $86,411,091
8 Bruce Willis 47 $2,655,963,001 $56,509,851
9 Matt Damon 34 $2,609,587,285 $76,752,567
10 Jim Carrey 28 $2,574,926,823 $91,961,672
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 91 $6,035,227,956 $66,321,186
2 Morgan Freeman 71 $4,256,162,691 $59,945,953
3 Harrison Ford 40 $3,891,533,264 $97,288,332
4 Gary Oldman 39 $3,706,459,655 $95,037,427
5 Tom Cruise 40 $3,687,290,140 $92,182,254
6 Warwick Davis 19 $3,624,046,239 $190,739,276
7 Robert Downey, Jr. 58 $3,595,680,311 $61,994,488
8 Elizabeth Banks 43 $3,468,733,411 $80,668,219
9 Tom Hanks 44 $3,369,237,433 $76,573,578
10 Michael Papajohn 36 $3,313,934,197 $92,053,728
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 $4,932,509,844 $96,715,879
2 Frank Welker 29 $4,076,288,649 $140,561,678
3 Hugo Weaving 19 $3,834,485,668 $201,815,035
4 Gary Oldman 17 $3,512,998,194 $206,646,953
5 Warwick Davis 14 $3,505,895,928 $250,421,138
6 Jack Angel 18 $3,427,166,796 $190,398,155
7 Mickie McGowan 17 $3,305,120,771 $194,418,869
8 Sherry Lynn 18 $3,193,883,331 $177,437,963
9 John Ratzenberger 25 $3,080,898,115 $123,235,925
10 Elizabeth Banks 22 $2,956,970,565 $134,407,753
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 40 $4,268,289,302 $106,707,233
2 Tom Hanks 43 $3,832,616,583 $89,130,618
3 Samuel L. Jackson 53 $3,756,415,097 $70,875,757
4 Harrison Ford 30 $3,464,482,625 $115,482,754
5 Tom Cruise 35 $3,398,065,341 $97,087,581
6 Johnny Depp 45 $3,190,611,064 $70,902,468
7 Alan Rickman 16 $3,148,854,901 $196,803,431
8 Elizabeth Banks 32 $2,991,745,109 $93,492,035
9 Cameron Diaz 25 $2,872,932,544 $114,917,302
10 Will Smith 24 $2,836,256,239 $118,177,343
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 Stan Lee 23 $5,460,082,591 $237,394,895
2 Frank Welker 23 $3,794,995,063 $164,999,785
3 Jack Angel 16 $3,261,387,692 $203,836,731
4 Mickie McGowan 15 $3,230,404,045 $215,360,270
5 Sherry Lynn 17 $3,178,034,299 $186,943,194
6 John Ratzenberger 12 $2,558,425,746 $213,202,146
7 Bob Bergen 13 $2,399,530,865 $184,579,297
8 James Phelps 8 $2,389,091,642 $298,636,455
9 Oliver Phelps 8 $2,389,091,642 $298,636,455
10 Geraldine Somerville 8 $2,389,091,642 $298,636,455
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 21 $5,290,568,374 $251,931,827
2 John Ratzenberger 11 $1,666,146,922 $151,467,902
3 Larry King 20 $1,315,887,515 $65,794,376
4 Jay Leno 25 $1,185,163,540 $47,406,542
5 Pat Kiernan 2 $695,794,907 $347,897,454
6 Steven Spielberg 5 $684,952,433 $136,990,487
7 Jimmy Fallon 2 $645,507,950 $322,753,975
8 Samuel L. Jackson 7 $634,625,715 $90,660,816
9 Thomas Roberts 1 $623,279,547 $623,279,547
10 Mike Tyson 5 $599,198,787 $119,839,757
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 Jojo Villanueva 28 $1,952,526,524 $69,733,090
Art Director Sean Haworth 9 $2,018,860,158 $224,317,795
Assistant Director Jamie Christopher 29 $4,580,558,578 $157,950,296
Associate Producer Pat Sandston 17 $2,587,429,687 $152,201,746
Casting Director Jane Jenkins 119 $6,760,074,512 $56,807,349
Cinematographer Dean Semler 31 $2,839,764,478 $91,605,306
Composer Hans Zimmer 90 $10,038,420,914 $111,538,010
Costume Designer Joanna Johnston 25 $3,523,875,277 $140,955,011
Dialogue Editor Ewa Sztompke 28 $2,919,915,300 $104,282,689
Director Steven Spielberg 32 $4,189,378,611 $130,918,082
Editor Michael Kahn 48 $4,714,127,746 $98,210,995
Executive Music Producer Chris Montan 8 $1,847,706,704 $230,963,338
Executive Producer Bob Weinstein 212 $6,497,990,191 $30,650,897
Make up and Hair Designer Ve Neill 11 $1,687,625,328 $153,420,484
Music Editor Kenneth Karman 99 $5,639,865,191 $56,968,335
Music Supervisor Dave Jordan 32 $5,034,865,435 $157,339,545
Producer Jerry Bruckheimer 28 $3,735,997,063 $133,428,467
Production Designer Rick Carter 17 $3,257,534,666 $191,619,686
Re recording Mixer Christopher Boyes 39 $6,498,907,365 $166,638,650
Screenwriter Steve Kloves 9 $2,378,507,021 $264,278,558
Second Unit Camera Igor Meglic 53 $3,031,187,589 $57,192,219
Second Unit Director Brian Smrz 24 $3,257,942,264 $135,747,594
Set Decorator Richard Roberts 20 $3,290,327,590 $164,516,380
Set Designer Easton Smith 28 $3,713,779,357 $132,634,977
Sound Designer Christopher Boyes 35 $6,254,844,578 $178,709,845
Sound Effects Editor Dan Hegeman 69 $4,135,946,989 $59,941,261
Sound Mixer Lee Orloff 27 $3,150,477,989 $116,684,370
Special Effects Supervisor Chris Corbould 22 $3,014,355,079 $137,016,140
Special Make up Effects Nick Dudman 9 $2,438,817,017 $270,979,669
Story Stan Lee 15 $3,724,316,544 $248,287,770
Stunt Coordinator Jeff Habberstad 19 $2,759,787,002 $145,251,947
Supervising Art Director Neil Lamont 10 $2,097,591,950 $209,759,195
Supervising Sound Editor Christopher Boyes 10 $3,416,005,783 $341,600,578
Visual Effects Supervisor Roger Guyett 21 $3,152,234,854 $150,106,422

Highest Grossing Stars of Each Year

The Star Score in this list represent points assigned to each of the leading stars of top 100 (based on world wide box office) movies in the specified year and two preceding years. For appearing in the number one movie in a year a star gets 100 points, the number two movie 99 points and so on. This rewards actors for appearing in a number of hit films over the course of three years more than starring in just one monster hit over the same time period. Voice-only roles are not considered for this list.

Year Name Movies Score
2015 Channing Tatum 5 366
2014 Jennifer Lawrence 6 514
2013 Jennifer Lawrence 5 407