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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 45 $4,430,103,388 $98,446,742
2 Harrison Ford 36 $3,658,542,899 $101,626,192
3 Eddie Murphy 38 $3,582,964,360 $94,288,536
4 Robert Downey, Jr. 38 $3,525,463,847 $92,775,364
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 36 $3,029,341,741 $84,148,382
8 Will Smith 23 $2,851,134,822 $123,962,384
9 Ben Stiller 32 $2,794,698,748 $87,334,336
10 Bruce Willis 50 $2,659,657,725 $53,193,155
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 $5,123,376,701 $98,526,475
2 Warwick Davis 16 $4,972,747,602 $310,796,725
3 Frank Welker 29 $4,086,206,400 $140,903,669
4 Hugo Weaving 21 $3,903,881,944 $185,899,140
5 Gary Oldman 19 $3,521,310,590 $185,332,136
6 Anthony Daniels 10 $3,455,575,537 $345,557,554
7 Bob Bergen 19 $3,452,674,295 $181,719,700
8 Jack Angel 18 $3,436,136,805 $190,896,489
9 Mickie McGowan 17 $3,325,361,795 $195,609,517
10 Stanley Tucci 36 $3,308,347,018 $91,898,528
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 98 $6,374,180,027 $65,042,653
2 Warwick Davis 21 $5,090,897,913 $242,423,710
3 Harrison Ford 41 $4,853,078,529 $118,367,769
4 Morgan Freeman 75 $4,412,893,879 $58,838,585
5 Robert Downey, Jr. 58 $4,012,824,243 $69,186,625
6 Tom Cruise 43 $3,787,876,389 $88,090,149
7 Elizabeth Banks 45 $3,751,227,780 $83,360,617
8 Gary Oldman 42 $3,734,031,192 $88,905,505
9 Tom Hanks 49 $3,624,148,625 $73,962,217
10 Andy Serkis 25 $3,553,957,456 $142,158,298
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 $4,477,280,461 $97,332,184
2 Harrison Ford 31 $4,423,850,403 $142,704,852
3 Tom Hanks 47 $4,087,699,862 $86,972,337
4 Samuel L. Jackson 61 $4,084,518,262 $66,959,316
5 Tom Cruise 38 $3,501,947,421 $92,156,511
6 Johnny Depp 49 $3,330,657,943 $67,972,611
7 Elizabeth Banks 34 $3,274,239,478 $96,301,161
8 Alan Rickman 19 $3,245,717,913 $170,827,259
9 Will Smith 26 $3,227,512,901 $124,135,112
10 Stanley Tucci 33 $3,083,878,428 $93,450,861
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 26 $6,399,597,144 $246,138,352
2 Frank Welker 23 $3,796,419,827 $165,061,732
3 Warwick Davis 10 $3,452,217,820 $345,221,782
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 15 $3,046,407,067 $203,093,804
9 Jess Harnell 14 $2,836,366,740 $202,597,624
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 25 $6,471,370,109 $258,854,804
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 $928,453,734 $309,484,578
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 Mike Tyson 5 $599,198,787 $119,839,757
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 Samuel L. Jackson 122 $7,556,571,087 $61,939,107
2 Stan Lee 30 $7,014,986,221 $233,832,874
3 Frank Welker 108 $6,749,717,171 $62,497,381
4 Bob Bergen 56 $5,886,980,860 $105,124,658
5 John Ratzenberger 43 $5,619,760,217 $130,692,098
6 Warwick Davis 23 $5,090,897,913 $221,343,388
7 Harrison Ford 49 $4,960,074,007 $101,226,000
8 Morgan Freeman 79 $4,939,103,742 $62,520,301
9 Tom Hanks 55 $4,694,063,057 $85,346,601
10 Robert Downey, Jr. 61 $4,147,631,156 $67,993,953
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 Jennifer Lawrence 4 299
2016 Jennifer Lawrence 6 490
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
Cinematographer John Schwartzman 21 $2,902,610,471 $138,219,546
Composer Hans Zimmer 96 $10,684,019,870 $111,291,874
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 32 $4,334,220,436 $135,444,389
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 38 $7,578,684,224 $199,439,059
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 38 $5,901,909,771 $155,313,415
Producer Kathleen Kennedy 33 $4,640,088,191 $140,608,733
Production Designer Rick Carter 19 $4,259,546,388 $224,186,652
Re recording Mixer Andy Nelson 62 $7,211,852,071 $116,320,195
Screenwriter Steve Kloves 9 $2,379,489,256 $264,387,695
Second Unit Camera Igor Meglic 55 $3,241,921,940 $58,944,035
Second Unit Director Brian Smrz 24 $3,417,135,125 $142,380,630
Set Decorator Richard Roberts 20 $3,292,771,867 $164,638,593
Set Designer Easton Smith 28 $4,016,033,966 $143,429,785
Sound Designer Christopher Boyes 35 $6,256,466,040 $178,756,173
Sound Effects Editor Dan Hegeman 68 $4,121,318,756 $60,607,629
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 15 $3,724,895,069 $248,326,338
Stunt Coordinator Jeff Habberstad 20 $2,926,568,262 $146,328,413
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 $10,684,019,870 $111,291,874
2 John Williams Composer 73 $10,135,821,802 $138,846,874
3 James Newton Howard Composer 111 $8,156,229,954 $73,479,549
4 Stan Lee Executive Producer 38 $7,578,684,224 $199,439,059
5 Danny Elfman Composer 89 $7,357,547,762 $82,669,076
6 Andy Nelson Re-recording Mixer 62 $7,211,852,071 $116,320,195
7 Christopher Boyes Re-recording Mixer 41 $6,949,392,412 $169,497,376
8 Jane Jenkins Casting Director 119 $6,806,697,807 $57,199,141
9 Bruce Berman Executive Producer 84 $6,769,590,418 $80,590,362
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 221 $6,651,148,629 $30,095,695
13 Harvey Weinstein Executive Producer 221 $6,550,166,265 $29,638,761
14 Christopher Boyes Sound Designer 35 $6,256,466,040 $178,756,173
15 James Horner Composer 102 $6,231,122,071 $61,089,432
16 Sarah Halley Finn Casting Director 44 $6,177,739,389 $140,403,168
17 Kenneth Karman Music Editor 102 $6,054,432,841 $59,357,185
18 Dave Jordan Music Supervisor 38 $5,901,909,771 $155,313,415
19 Randy Thom Sound Designer 40 $5,559,001,925 $138,975,048
20 John Lasseter Executive Producer 24 $5,546,073,974 $231,086,416
Complete Top 100