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People Records: Top-Grossing People in Acting and Technical Roles based on Domestic Box Office


See also: People Records based on Worldwide Box Office

Record Categories

- Lifetime Acting Records
- Per Year Acting Records
- Lifetime Technical Role Records

Lifetime Acting Records

Superstars: Top Grossing Stars in Leading Roles

Note: 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 46 $4,450,261,680 $96,744,819
2 Harrison Ford 37 $3,658,542,899 $98,879,538
3 Eddie Murphy 38 $3,582,964,360 $94,288,536
4 Robert Downey, Jr. 39 $3,525,463,847 $90,396,509
5 Tom Cruise 38 $3,351,827,700 $88,205,992
6 Johnny Depp 44 $3,206,251,383 $72,869,350
7 Matt Damon 37 $3,046,393,206 $82,334,952
8 Emma Watson 14 $2,932,117,336 $209,436,953
9 Will Smith 23 $2,851,134,822 $123,962,384
10 Ben Stiller 32 $2,794,698,748 $87,334,336
Complete Top 100

Sidekicks: Top Grossing Stars in Supporting Roles

Note: 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 52 $5,123,768,060 $98,534,001
2 Warwick Davis 16 $4,975,797,382 $310,987,336
3 Frank Welker 30 $4,129,404,527 $137,646,818
4 Hugo Weaving 21 $3,904,211,677 $185,914,842
5 Gary Oldman 20 $3,521,452,437 $176,072,622
6 Bob Bergen 20 $3,499,028,477 $174,951,424
7 Anthony Daniels 10 $3,455,575,537 $345,557,554
8 Jack Angel 18 $3,436,136,805 $190,896,489
9 Mickie McGowan 17 $3,325,361,795 $195,609,517
10 Elizabeth Banks 25 $3,324,796,384 $132,991,855
Complete Top 100

Familiar Faces: Top Grossing Live Action Stars

Note: 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 99 $6,544,889,055 $66,109,990
2 Warwick Davis 21 $5,093,947,693 $242,568,938
3 Harrison Ford 42 $4,853,078,529 $115,549,489
4 Morgan Freeman 75 $4,456,335,697 $59,417,809
5 Robert Downey, Jr. 60 $4,012,824,243 $66,880,404
6 Elizabeth Banks 45 $3,836,308,760 $85,251,306
7 Tom Cruise 43 $3,787,876,389 $88,090,149
8 Gary Oldman 43 $3,734,173,039 $86,841,233
9 Tom Hanks 51 $3,644,306,917 $71,456,998
10 Andy Serkis 26 $3,553,957,456 $136,690,671
Complete Top 100

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

Note: 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 46 $4,520,722,279 $98,276,571
2 Harrison Ford 32 $4,423,850,403 $138,245,325
3 Samuel L. Jackson 62 $4,251,976,365 $68,580,264
4 Tom Hanks 48 $4,107,858,154 $85,580,378
5 Stanley Tucci 33 $3,582,104,167 $108,548,611
6 Tom Cruise 38 $3,501,947,421 $92,156,511
7 Elizabeth Banks 34 $3,359,320,458 $98,803,543
8 Johnny Depp 49 $3,330,657,943 $67,972,611
9 Alan Rickman 19 $3,245,717,913 $170,827,259
10 Will Smith 26 $3,227,512,901 $124,135,112
Complete Top 100

Unsung Heroes: Top Grossing Stars in Below the Line Roles

Note: This chart includes all revenue generated by the movies an actor or actress star has appeared in over their lifetime in an below 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 37 $7,870,259,290 $212,709,711
2 Frank Welker 24 $3,839,617,954 $159,984,081
3 Warwick Davis 10 $3,455,267,600 $345,526,760
4 John Ratzenberger 15 $3,314,082,286 $220,938,819
5 Jack Angel 16 $3,270,338,616 $204,396,164
6 Mickie McGowan 15 $3,250,645,069 $216,709,671
7 Sherry Lynn 17 $3,210,217,955 $188,836,350
8 Bob Bergen 16 $3,092,761,249 $193,297,578
9 Jess Harnell 14 $2,839,522,795 $202,823,057
10 Danny Mann 13 $2,588,892,688 $199,145,591
Complete Top 100

Hidden Gems: Top Grossing Stars in Cameo Roles

Note: 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 36 $7,869,950,715 $218,609,742
2 John Ratzenberger 12 $2,159,280,560 $179,940,047
3 Larry King 21 $1,325,847,072 $63,135,575
4 Jay Leno 25 $1,193,267,736 $47,730,709
5 Pat Kiernan 3 $928,629,628 $309,543,209
6 Steven Spielberg 5 $685,015,762 $137,003,152
7 Jimmy Fallon 4 $666,408,175 $166,602,044
8 Samuel L. Jackson 7 $635,195,523 $90,742,218
9 Thomas Roberts 1 $623,279,547 $623,279,547
10 David Hasselhoff 6 $617,317,348 $102,886,225
Complete Top 20

Top Actors and Actresses in All Roles

Note: 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 Stan Lee 39 $7,870,293,955 $201,802,409
2 Samuel L. Jackson 123 $7,727,280,115 $62,823,416
3 Frank Welker 109 $6,792,915,298 $62,320,324
4 Bob Bergen 57 $5,933,335,042 $104,093,597
5 John Ratzenberger 44 $5,619,760,217 $127,721,823
6 Warwick Davis 23 $5,093,947,693 $221,475,987
7 Morgan Freeman 79 $4,982,545,560 $63,070,197
8 Harrison Ford 49 $4,960,074,007 $101,226,000
9 Tom Hanks 57 $4,714,221,349 $82,705,638
10 Stanley Tucci 76 $4,232,774,545 $55,694,402
Complete Top 100

Per Year Acting Records

Highest Grossing Stars of Each Year

Note: The Star Score in this list represent points assigned to each of the leading stars of top 100 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
2017 Chris Pratt 4 338
2016 Jennifer Lawrence 6 489
2015 Jennifer Lawrence 6 519
2014 Jennifer Lawrence 7 560
2013 Jennifer Lawrence 6 453

Lifetime Technical Role Records

Top People in Specific Technical Roles BETA

Note: This chart includes all technical roles people have performed in movies, including director, producer, composer, casting director and so on. 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 27 $1,934,938,884 $71,664,403
Art Director Sean Haworth 9 $2,019,034,545 $224,337,172
Assistant Director Jamie Christopher 29 $4,586,308,053 $158,148,554
Associate Producer Pat Sandston 17 $2,587,452,074 $152,203,063
Casting Director Jane Jenkins 119 $6,806,697,807 $57,199,141
Character Creator Bob Kane 7 $1,698,619,480 $242,659,926
Cinematographer John Schwartzman 21 $2,919,082,734 $139,003,940
Composer Hans Zimmer 96 $10,871,304,222 $113,242,752
Costume Designer Joanna Johnston 27 $3,669,296,791 $135,899,881
Dialogue Editor Ewa Sztompke 28 $2,920,778,015 $104,313,501
Director Steven Spielberg 34 $4,334,220,436 $127,477,072
Editor Michael Kahn 51 $4,931,234,938 $96,690,881
Executive Music Producer Chris Montan 8 $1,847,706,704 $230,963,338
Executive Producer Stan Lee 41 $8,109,751,467 $197,798,816
Make up and Hair Designer Ve Neill 13 $1,979,642,109 $152,280,162
Music Editor Kenneth Karman 102 $6,054,432,841 $59,357,185
Music Supervisor Dave Jordan 39 $6,207,074,216 $159,155,749
Producer Kathleen Kennedy 33 $4,643,137,971 $140,701,151
Production Designer Rick Carter 19 $4,259,546,388 $224,186,652
Re recording Mixer Andy Nelson 62 $7,226,199,807 $116,551,610
Screenwriter Steve Kloves 9 $2,379,489,256 $264,387,695
Second Unit Camera Igor Meglic 55 $3,242,597,348 $58,956,315
Second Unit Director Brian Smrz 24 $3,417,135,125 $142,380,630
Set Decorator Richard Roberts 22 $3,292,771,867 $149,671,449
Set Designer Easton Smith 30 $4,335,992,555 $144,533,085
Sound Designer Christopher Boyes 35 $6,256,466,040 $178,756,173
Sound Effects Editor Dan Hegeman 69 $4,138,190,817 $59,973,780
Sound Mixer Lee Orloff 29 $3,249,815,646 $112,062,608
Special Effects Supervisor Chris Corbould 21 $4,824,350,444 $229,730,974
Special Make up Effects Nick Dudman 9 $2,442,499,745 $271,388,861
Story Stan Lee 16 $3,724,895,069 $232,805,942
Stunt Coordinator Jeff Habberstad 20 $2,926,571,867 $146,328,593
Stunts Martin Klebba 28 $3,007,082,224 $107,395,794
Supervising Art Director Neil Lamont 11 $3,034,705,216 $275,882,292
Supervising Sound Editor Christopher Boyes 12 $3,856,545,043 $321,378,754
Visual Effects Supervisor Roger Guyett 22 $5,026,305,699 $228,468,441

Top People in Technical Roles BETA

Note: This chart includes all technical roles people have performed in movies, including director, producer, composer, casting director and so on. 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 96 $10,871,304,222 $113,242,752
2 John Williams Composer 73 $10,135,821,802 $138,846,874
3 James Newton Howard Composer 111 $8,156,939,557 $73,485,942
4 Stan Lee Executive Producer 41 $8,109,751,467 $197,798,816
5 Danny Elfman Composer 89 $7,393,604,849 $83,074,212
6 Andy Nelson Re-recording Mixer 62 $7,226,199,807 $116,551,610
7 Christopher Boyes Re-recording Mixer 41 $6,949,392,412 $169,497,376
8 Bruce Berman Executive Producer 87 $6,856,380,665 $78,808,973
9 Jane Jenkins Casting Director 119 $6,806,697,807 $57,199,141
10 Janet Hirshenson Casting Director 115 $6,761,583,602 $58,796,379
11 Alan Silvestri Composer 89 $6,748,521,796 $75,826,088
12 Bob Weinstein Executive Producer 223 $6,663,552,594 $29,881,402
13 Sarah Halley Finn Casting Director 45 $6,649,970,578 $147,777,124
14 Harvey Weinstein Executive Producer 223 $6,562,570,230 $29,428,566
15 Christopher Boyes Sound Designer 35 $6,256,466,040 $178,756,173
16 James Horner Composer 102 $6,231,122,071 $61,089,432
17 Dave Jordan Music Supervisor 39 $6,207,074,216 $159,155,749
18 Kenneth Karman Music Editor 102 $6,054,432,841 $59,357,185
19 Tom Johnson Re-recording Mixer 46 $5,659,652,172 $123,035,917
20 Randy Thom Sound Designer 40 $5,559,001,925 $138,975,048
Complete Top 100