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 115 $6,784,726,571 $58,997,622
2 Frank Welker 107 $6,749,717,201 $63,081,469
3 Bob Bergen 53 $4,915,377,798 $92,742,977
4 Stan Lee 23 $4,833,826,255 $210,166,359
5 Morgan Freeman 75 $4,680,775,865 $62,410,345
6 John Ratzenberger 39 $4,653,900,469 $119,330,781
7 Tom Hanks 52 $4,458,076,534 $85,732,241
8 Gary Oldman 45 $4,021,731,048 $89,371,801
9 Hugo Weaving 33 $4,008,111,209 $121,457,915
10 Harrison Ford 49 $3,980,782,015 $81,240,449
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 $10,045,627,111 $111,618,079
2 John Williams Composer 72 $9,143,692,694 $126,995,732
3 James Newton Howard Composer 106 $7,556,203,349 $71,284,937
4 Danny Elfman Composer 84 $7,064,392,227 $84,099,907
5 Jane Jenkins Casting Director 119 $6,806,418,197 $57,196,792
6 Janet Hirshenson Casting Director 115 $6,761,303,991 $58,793,948
7 Alan Silvestri Composer 86 $6,634,141,495 $77,141,180
8 Bob Weinstein Executive Producer 210 $6,436,647,046 $30,650,700
9 Harvey Weinstein Executive Producer 210 $6,335,664,684 $30,169,832
10 Christopher Boyes Sound Designer 35 $6,256,453,908 $178,755,826
11 James Horner Composer 97 $6,016,384,802 $62,024,586
12 Christopher Boyes Re-recording Mixer 38 $5,856,948,025 $154,130,211
13 Bruce Berman Executive Producer 73 $5,825,262,310 $79,798,114
14 Stan Lee Executive Producer 31 $5,724,292,968 $184,654,612
15 Kenneth Karman Music Editor 99 $5,682,707,379 $57,401,085
16 Andy Nelson Re-recording Mixer 55 $5,678,900,271 $103,252,732
17 John Powell Composer 48 $5,015,291,108 $104,485,231
18 John Debney Composer 81 $4,739,424,951 $58,511,419
19 Michael Kahn Editor 48 $4,738,000,537 $98,708,345
20 Steven Spielberg Executive Producer 42 $4,541,454,719 $108,129,874
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 $4,194,136,498 $102,296,012
2 Harrison Ford 36 $3,658,542,907 $101,626,192
3 Eddie Murphy 37 $3,583,050,146 $96,839,193
4 Tom Cruise 33 $3,098,088,256 $93,881,462
5 Johnny Depp 41 $3,066,621,148 $74,795,638
6 Ben Stiller 32 $2,762,208,563 $86,319,018
7 Robert Downey, Jr. 37 $2,658,373,637 $71,847,936
8 Bruce Willis 46 $2,637,145,512 $57,329,250
9 Matt Damon 34 $2,611,536,226 $76,809,889
10 Robin Williams 36 $2,587,149,628 $71,865,267
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 88 $5,602,150,009 $63,660,796
2 Morgan Freeman 68 $4,154,584,665 $61,096,833
3 Harrison Ford 40 $3,873,786,537 $96,844,663
4 Gary Oldman 39 $3,711,237,468 $95,159,935
5 Warwick Davis 19 $3,625,108,164 $190,795,167
6 Tom Cruise 38 $3,534,136,946 $93,003,604
7 Tom Hanks 44 $3,388,177,470 $77,004,033
8 Johnny Depp 49 $3,234,709,733 $66,014,484
9 Elizabeth Banks 39 $3,207,050,830 $82,232,073
10 Cate Blanchett 37 $3,182,352,903 $86,009,538
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 50 $4,499,062,198 $89,981,244
2 Frank Welker 29 $4,086,206,421 $140,903,670
3 Hugo Weaving 18 $3,834,951,387 $213,052,855
4 Gary Oldman 17 $3,513,567,164 $206,680,421
5 Warwick Davis 14 $3,506,957,852 $250,496,989
6 Jack Angel 18 $3,436,121,459 $190,895,637
7 Mickie McGowan 16 $2,989,300,678 $186,831,292
8 Stanley Tucci 31 $2,915,128,512 $94,036,404
9 Elizabeth Banks 18 $2,878,433,120 $159,912,951
10 Robbie Coltrane 18 $2,845,890,272 $158,105,015
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 37 $4,170,112,534 $112,705,744
2 Tom Hanks 43 $3,851,713,339 $89,574,729
3 Harrison Ford 29 $3,411,902,083 $117,651,796
4 Samuel L. Jackson 50 $3,307,706,774 $66,154,135
5 Tom Cruise 33 $3,244,912,150 $98,330,671
6 Johnny Depp 45 $3,190,864,997 $70,908,111
7 Alan Rickman 15 $3,118,761,362 $207,917,424
8 Cameron Diaz 24 $2,864,794,184 $119,366,424
9 Will Smith 24 $2,836,692,714 $118,195,530
10 Robbie Coltrane 13 $2,798,642,424 $215,280,186
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 21 $4,833,791,590 $230,180,552
2 Frank Welker 23 $3,796,419,848 $165,061,733
3 Jack Angel 16 $3,270,323,269 $204,395,204
4 Mickie McGowan 14 $2,914,583,950 $208,184,568
5 Sherry Lynn 14 $2,515,795,130 $179,699,652
6 Devon Murray 8 $2,390,073,895 $298,759,237
7 Josh Herdman 8 $2,390,073,895 $298,759,237
8 Geraldine Somerville 8 $2,390,073,895 $298,759,237
9 John Ratzenberger 11 $2,214,019,887 $201,274,535
10 Adrian Rawlins 9 $2,108,163,658 $234,240,406
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 20 $4,833,483,015 $241,674,151
2 John Ratzenberger 11 $1,672,985,010 $152,089,546
3 Larry King 20 $1,325,847,075 $66,292,354
4 Jay Leno 24 $1,111,982,909 $46,332,621
5 Pat Kiernan 2 $695,987,713 $347,993,857
6 Steven Spielberg 5 $685,015,765 $137,003,153
7 Samuel L. Jackson 7 $635,195,525 $90,742,218
8 Thomas Roberts 1 $623,279,552 $623,279,552
9 M. Night Shyamalan 4 $567,209,842 $141,802,461
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 Jojo Villanueva 28 $1,953,164,057 $69,755,859
Art Director Sean Haworth 9 $2,019,034,573 $224,337,175
Assistant Director Jamie Christopher 31 $4,480,884,000 $144,544,645
Associate Producer Pat Sandston 17 $2,587,439,895 $152,202,347
Casting Director Jane Jenkins 119 $6,806,418,197 $57,196,792
Cinematographer Dean Semler 30 $2,781,400,077 $92,713,336
Composer Hans Zimmer 90 $10,045,627,111 $111,618,079
Costume Designer Joanna Johnston 23 $3,332,838,844 $144,906,037
Dialogue Editor Ewa Sztompke 28 $2,923,778,776 $104,420,671
Director Steven Spielberg 30 $4,206,439,782 $140,214,659
Editor Michael Kahn 48 $4,738,000,537 $98,708,345
Executive Music Producer Chris Montan 8 $1,847,589,940 $230,948,743
Executive Producer Bob Weinstein 210 $6,436,647,046 $30,650,700
Make up and Hair Designer Ve Neill 10 $1,664,917,186 $166,491,719
Music Editor Kenneth Karman 99 $5,682,707,379 $57,401,085
Music Supervisor Dave Jordan 27 $4,297,305,721 $159,159,471
Producer Jerry Bruckheimer 28 $3,744,917,053 $133,747,038
Production Designer Rick Carter 17 $3,267,028,636 $192,178,155
Re recording Mixer Christopher Boyes 38 $5,856,948,025 $154,130,211
Screenwriter Steve Kloves 9 $2,379,489,274 $264,387,697
Second Unit Camera Alexander Witt 14 $1,714,251,099 $122,446,507
Second Unit Director Brian Smrz 23 $3,115,814,152 $135,470,181
Set Decorator Rosemary Brandenberg 35 $3,017,004,501 $86,200,129
Set Designer Easton Smith 28 $3,714,176,989 $132,649,178
Sound Designer Christopher Boyes 35 $6,256,453,908 $178,755,826
Sound Effects Editor Dan Hegeman 70 $4,312,731,387 $61,610,448
Sound Mixer William B. Kaplan 24 $3,068,950,664 $127,872,944
Special Effects Supervisor Neil Corbould 20 $2,439,925,860 $121,996,293
Special Make up Effects Greg Cannom 16 $1,967,406,682 $122,962,918
Story Stan Lee 15 $3,724,895,080 $248,326,339
Stunt Coordinator Simon Crane 14 $2,621,190,131 $187,227,867
Supervising Art Director Neil Lamont 8 $1,558,491,008 $194,811,376
Supervising Sound Editor Christopher Boyes 10 $3,416,310,808 $341,631,081
Visual Effects Supervisor John Knoll 10 $2,934,173,741 $293,417,374

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 Jennifer Lawrence 4 354
2014 Jennifer Lawrence 6 513
2013 Jennifer Lawrence 5 406