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 $6,748,229,061 $63,662,538
2 Samuel L. Jackson 113 $6,658,805,989 $58,927,487
3 Bob Bergen 53 $4,915,377,770 $92,742,977
4 Stan Lee 23 $4,758,951,387 $206,910,930
5 John Ratzenberger 38 $4,651,659,859 $122,412,102
6 Morgan Freeman 71 $4,622,605,425 $65,107,119
7 Tom Hanks 50 $4,463,638,279 $89,272,766
8 Gary Oldman 43 $4,016,722,701 $93,412,156
9 Harrison Ford 46 $3,971,098,511 $86,328,229
10 Liam Neeson 69 $3,872,371,948 $56,121,333
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 $9,808,136,892 $112,737,206
2 John Williams Composer 66 $9,127,534,100 $138,295,971
3 James Newton Howard Composer 103 $7,182,881,183 $69,736,711
4 Danny Elfman Composer 82 $6,883,880,348 $83,949,760
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 Christopher Boyes Sound Designer 35 $6,181,578,991 $176,616,543
9 James Horner Composer 96 $6,016,384,742 $62,670,674
10 Kenneth Karman Music Editor 98 $5,656,005,140 $57,714,338
11 Stan Lee Executive Producer 31 $5,649,418,106 $182,239,294
12 Christopher Boyes Re-recording Mixer 37 $5,526,953,291 $149,377,116
13 Bruce Berman Executive Producer 71 $5,426,692,834 $76,432,293
14 Andy Nelson Re-recording Mixer 47 $5,325,263,119 $113,303,471
15 John Powell Composer 48 $5,010,572,390 $104,386,925
16 Michael Kahn Editor 47 $4,720,777,240 $100,442,069
17 John Debney Composer 77 $4,577,625,863 $59,449,687
18 Steven Spielberg Executive Producer 42 $4,539,966,601 $108,094,443
19 Sarah Halley Finn Casting Director 32 $4,316,283,092 $134,883,847
20 Dan Hegeman Sound Effects Editor 69 $4,226,523,323 $61,253,961
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 36 $3,648,859,404 $101,357,206
3 Eddie Murphy 36 $3,344,313,354 $92,897,593
4 Tom Cruise 32 $3,097,874,238 $96,808,570
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 Jim Carrey 27 $2,491,668,165 $92,284,006
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 $5,476,979,172 $62,953,784
2 Morgan Freeman 66 $4,090,395,820 $61,975,694
3 Harrison Ford 39 $3,864,103,033 $99,079,565
4 Gary Oldman 38 $3,706,229,121 $97,532,345
5 Warwick Davis 19 $3,625,108,144 $190,795,165
6 Tom Cruise 37 $3,533,922,927 $95,511,430
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 $3,097,189,222 $67,330,200
10 Robert Downey, Jr. 55 $3,096,768,723 $56,304,886
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 $4,056,575,755 $144,877,706
3 Gary Oldman 16 $3,439,036,047 $214,939,753
4 Jack Angel 18 $3,436,121,437 $190,895,635
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 $2,734,589,519 $113,941,230
10 Tom Felton 14 $2,644,245,216 $188,874,658
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 32 $3,984,114,630 $124,503,582
2 Tom Hanks 42 $3,857,275,084 $91,839,883
3 Tom Cruise 32 $3,244,698,128 $101,396,817
4 Harrison Ford 24 $3,214,747,604 $133,947,817
5 Samuel L. Jackson 46 $3,180,349,390 $69,138,030
6 Alan Rickman 14 $3,118,761,341 $222,768,667
7 Johnny Depp 43 $3,055,166,466 $71,050,383
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 $2,669,957,991 $127,140,857
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 $4,758,916,722 $226,615,082
2 Frank Welker 22 $3,766,789,182 $171,217,690
3 Jack Angel 16 $3,270,323,248 $204,395,203
4 Mickie McGowan 14 $2,914,583,931 $208,184,567
5 Sherry Lynn 14 $2,515,795,106 $179,699,650
6 Geraldine Somerville 8 $2,390,073,877 $298,759,235
7 Josh Herdman 8 $2,390,073,877 $298,759,235
8 Devon Murray 8 $2,390,073,877 $298,759,235
9 John Ratzenberger 11 $2,211,779,278 $201,070,843
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 20 $4,758,608,147 $237,930,407
2 John Ratzenberger 11 $1,672,984,999 $152,089,545
3 Larry King 19 $1,258,996,019 $66,262,948
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 24 $1,577,891,164 $65,745,465
Art Director Sean Haworth 9 $2,019,034,545 $224,337,172
Assistant Director K.C. Hodenfield 15 $2,369,460,885 $157,964,059
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 $2,717,030,108 $97,036,790
Co-Producer Allegra Clegg 8 $1,368,869,837 $171,108,730
Composer Hans Zimmer 87 $9,808,136,892 $112,737,206
Costume Designer Deborah L. Scott 15 $3,174,513,363 $211,634,224
Dialogue Editor Ewa Sztompke 28 $2,923,322,126 $104,404,362
Director Steven Spielberg 30 $4,206,439,761 $140,214,659
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 31 $5,649,418,106 $182,239,294
Make-up and Hair Designer Ve Neill 9 $1,327,781,313 $147,531,257
Music Editor Kenneth Karman 98 $5,656,005,140 $57,714,338
Music Supervisor Dave Jordan 24 $4,116,775,315 $171,532,305
Producer Jerry Bruckheimer 28 $3,744,917,025 $133,747,037
Production Designer Rick Carter 17 $3,266,571,949 $192,151,291
Re-recording Mixer Christopher Boyes 37 $5,526,953,291 $149,377,116
Screenwriter Steve Kloves 9 $2,379,489,256 $264,387,695
Second Unit Camera Alexander Witt 13 $1,544,462,377 $118,804,798
Second Unit Director Alexander Witt 20 $2,630,028,828 $131,501,441
Set Decorator Rosemary Brandenberg 35 $3,015,516,376 $86,157,611
Set Designer Easton Smith 27 $3,377,041,106 $125,075,597
Sound Designer Christopher Boyes 35 $6,181,578,991 $176,616,543
Sound Effects Editor Dan Hegeman 69 $4,226,523,323 $61,253,961
Sound Mixer William B. Kaplan 24 $3,068,494,001 $127,853,917
Special Effects Supervisor Neil Corbould 20 $2,437,502,147 $121,875,107
Special Make-up Effects Greg Cannom 16 $1,967,406,661 $122,962,916
Story Creator Stan Lee 14 $3,724,895,069 $266,063,934
Stunt Coordinator Simon Crane 13 $2,494,045,437 $191,849,649
Supervising Sound Editor Christopher Boyes 10 $3,341,435,925 $334,143,593
Visual Effects Supervisor John Knoll 10 $2,934,173,704 $293,417,370