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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 119 $7,265,692,486 $61,056,239
2 Frank Welker 108 $6,724,902,277 $62,267,614
3 Stan Lee 28 $6,222,727,871 $222,240,281
4 Bob Bergen 54 $5,235,408,230 $96,952,004
5 John Ratzenberger 42 $5,123,795,136 $121,995,122
6 Harrison Ford 49 $4,913,367,706 $100,272,810
7 Morgan Freeman 78 $4,782,507,186 $61,314,195
8 Warwick Davis 21 $4,538,885,203 $216,137,391
9 Tom Hanks 55 $4,511,066,096 $82,019,384
10 Mickie McGowan 27 $4,115,929,852 $152,441,846
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 92 $10,132,879,502 $110,139,995
2 John Williams Composer 72 $10,011,042,828 $139,042,262
3 James Newton Howard Composer 109 $7,844,490,255 $71,967,801
4 Danny Elfman Composer 85 $7,088,810,534 $83,397,771
5 Andy Nelson Re-recording Mixer 60 $6,802,259,229 $113,370,987
6 Jane Jenkins Casting Director 119 $6,763,139,927 $56,833,109
7 Janet Hirshenson Casting Director 115 $6,717,934,017 $58,416,818
8 Alan Silvestri Composer 88 $6,667,129,180 $75,762,832
9 Bob Weinstein Executive Producer 217 $6,581,305,918 $30,328,599
10 Stan Lee Executive Producer 35 $6,553,806,202 $187,251,606
11 Christopher Boyes Re-recording Mixer 39 $6,508,126,820 $166,875,047
12 Harvey Weinstein Executive Producer 217 $6,480,400,026 $29,863,595
13 Bruce Berman Executive Producer 79 $6,275,415,372 $79,435,638
14 Christopher Boyes Sound Designer 35 $6,254,844,578 $178,709,845
15 James Horner Composer 101 $6,118,026,963 $60,574,524
16 Kenneth Karman Music Editor 100 $5,652,919,473 $56,529,195
17 Randy Thom Sound Designer 38 $5,449,095,684 $143,397,255
18 Dave Jordan Music Supervisor 34 $5,215,142,151 $153,386,534
19 Steven Spielberg Executive Producer 44 $5,179,141,707 $117,707,766
20 Sarah Halley Finn Casting Director 38 $5,136,001,285 $135,157,929
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 42 $4,247,106,427 $101,121,582
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 37 $3,276,041,717 $88,541,668
5 Johnny Depp 42 $3,128,942,889 $74,498,640
6 Robert Downey, Jr. 37 $3,114,620,518 $84,178,933
7 Matt Damon 34 $2,837,754,686 $83,463,373
8 Ben Stiller 32 $2,815,154,905 $87,973,591
9 Bruce Willis 48 $2,655,979,776 $55,332,912
10 Adam Sandler 32 $2,650,418,528 $82,825,579
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 93 $6,083,956,369 $65,418,886
2 Harrison Ford 41 $4,806,372,228 $117,228,591
3 Warwick Davis 20 $4,538,885,203 $226,944,260
4 Morgan Freeman 70 $4,256,297,323 $60,804,247
5 Elizabeth Banks 44 $3,750,043,745 $85,228,267
6 Tom Cruise 42 $3,712,090,406 $88,383,105
7 Gary Oldman 39 $3,706,459,655 $95,037,427
8 Robert Downey, Jr. 58 $3,596,942,116 $62,016,243
9 Andy Serkis 24 $3,532,129,173 $147,172,049
10 Tom Hanks 45 $3,441,323,751 $76,473,861
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 $4,927,930,221 $98,558,604
2 Warwick Davis 15 $4,420,734,892 $294,715,659
3 Frank Welker 29 $4,076,288,649 $140,561,678
4 Hugo Weaving 19 $3,834,485,668 $201,815,035
5 Gary Oldman 17 $3,512,998,194 $206,646,953
6 Jack Angel 18 $3,427,166,796 $190,398,155
7 Anthony Daniels 9 $3,425,001,440 $380,555,716
8 Mickie McGowan 17 $3,316,410,871 $195,082,992
9 Stanley Tucci 35 $3,307,619,541 $94,503,415
10 Elizabeth Banks 24 $3,238,879,544 $134,953,314
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 Harrison Ford 31 $4,379,321,589 $141,268,438
2 Morgan Freeman 42 $4,321,845,757 $102,901,089
3 Tom Hanks 44 $3,904,702,901 $88,743,248
4 Samuel L. Jackson 57 $3,813,780,324 $66,908,427
5 Tom Cruise 37 $3,426,066,998 $92,596,405
6 Elizabeth Banks 33 $3,273,055,443 $99,183,498
7 Johnny Depp 46 $3,253,270,822 $70,723,279
8 Alan Rickman 16 $3,148,854,901 $196,803,431
9 Stanley Tucci 31 $3,075,351,752 $99,204,895
10 Andy Serkis 15 $3,009,433,019 $200,628,868
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 24 $5,607,340,916 $233,639,205
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 $3,241,694,145 $216,112,943
5 Sherry Lynn 17 $3,201,267,031 $188,309,825
6 Warwick Davis 9 $2,901,187,345 $322,354,149
7 John Ratzenberger 14 $2,825,308,522 $201,807,752
8 Bob Bergen 13 $2,410,820,965 $185,447,767
9 Geraldine Somerville 8 $2,389,091,642 $298,636,455
10 Devon Murray 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 23 $5,907,182,468 $256,834,020
2 John Ratzenberger 11 $1,666,146,922 $151,467,902
3 Larry King 21 $1,315,887,515 $62,661,310
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 3 $656,912,045 $218,970,682
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 27 $1,934,301,359 $71,640,791
Art Director Sean Haworth 9 $2,018,860,158 $224,317,795
Assistant Director Jamie Christopher 29 $4,581,820,382 $157,993,806
Associate Producer Pat Sandston 17 $2,587,429,687 $152,201,746
Casting Director Jane Jenkins 119 $6,763,139,927 $56,833,109
Cinematographer Dean Semler 32 $2,867,132,138 $89,597,879
Composer Hans Zimmer 92 $10,132,879,502 $110,139,995
Costume Designer Joanna Johnston 25 $3,560,366,544 $142,414,662
Dialogue Editor Ewa Sztompke 28 $2,919,915,300 $104,282,689
Director Steven Spielberg 32 $4,261,464,929 $133,170,779
Editor Michael Kahn 50 $4,851,867,822 $97,037,356
Executive Music Producer Chris Montan 8 $1,847,706,704 $230,963,338
Executive Producer Bob Weinstein 217 $6,581,305,918 $30,328,599
Make up and Hair Designer Ve Neill 13 $1,978,377,814 $152,182,909
Music Editor Kenneth Karman 100 $5,652,919,473 $56,529,195
Music Supervisor Dave Jordan 34 $5,215,142,151 $153,386,534
Producer Kathleen Kennedy 32 $4,077,041,491 $127,407,547
Production Designer Rick Carter 18 $4,172,762,284 $231,820,127
Re recording Mixer Andy Nelson 60 $6,802,259,229 $113,370,987
Screenwriter Steve Kloves 9 $2,378,507,021 $264,278,558
Second Unit Camera Igor Meglic 52 $2,998,325,485 $57,660,105
Second Unit Director Alexander Witt 25 $3,355,698,208 $134,227,928
Set Decorator Richard Roberts 20 $3,291,589,394 $164,579,470
Set Designer Easton Smith 27 $3,847,452,951 $142,498,257
Sound Designer Christopher Boyes 35 $6,254,844,578 $178,709,845
Sound Effects Editor Dan Hegeman 68 $4,120,621,862 $60,597,380
Sound Mixer Lee Orloff 29 $3,244,793,486 $111,889,431
Special Effects Supervisor Chris Corbould 21 $4,778,379,249 $227,541,869
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 $2,770,783,523 $145,830,712
Stunts Martin Klebba 28 $3,007,037,082 $107,394,182
Supervising Art Director Neil Lamont 11 $3,012,430,914 $273,857,356
Supervising Sound Editor Christopher Boyes 10 $3,416,005,783 $341,600,578
Visual Effects Supervisor Roger Guyett 22 $4,981,912,782 $226,450,581

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
2016 Jennifer Lawrence 4 308
2015 Jennifer Lawrence 6 474
2014 Jennifer Lawrence 6 514
2013 Jennifer Lawrence 5 407