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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 $7,419,922,859 $62,352,293
2 Stan Lee 30 $7,014,646,914 $233,821,564
3 Frank Welker 108 $6,749,717,171 $62,497,381
4 John Ratzenberger 43 $5,612,433,301 $130,521,705
5 Bob Bergen 55 $5,600,884,545 $101,834,264
6 Harrison Ford 49 $4,960,074,007 $101,226,000
7 Morgan Freeman 78 $4,927,499,491 $63,173,070
8 Warwick Davis 21 $4,561,770,369 $217,227,160
9 Tom Hanks 55 $4,534,637,761 $82,447,959
10 Robert Downey, Jr. 61 $4,147,293,971 $67,988,426
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 93 $10,535,479,066 $113,284,721
2 John Williams Composer 72 $10,134,343,651 $140,754,773
3 James Newton Howard Composer 110 $7,922,898,377 $72,026,349
4 Stan Lee Executive Producer 37 $7,345,878,891 $198,537,267
5 Danny Elfman Composer 86 $7,183,576,122 $83,529,955
6 Christopher Boyes Re-recording Mixer 41 $6,919,865,565 $168,777,209
7 Andy Nelson Re-recording Mixer 60 $6,841,060,429 $114,017,674
8 Jane Jenkins Casting Director 119 $6,806,697,807 $57,199,141
9 Janet Hirshenson Casting Director 115 $6,761,583,602 $58,796,379
10 Alan Silvestri Composer 88 $6,708,423,732 $76,232,088
11 Bob Weinstein Executive Producer 218 $6,586,990,821 $30,215,554
12 Harvey Weinstein Executive Producer 218 $6,486,008,457 $29,752,332
13 Bruce Berman Executive Producer 79 $6,401,749,301 $81,034,801
14 Christopher Boyes Sound Designer 35 $6,256,466,040 $178,756,173
15 James Horner Composer 101 $6,137,694,223 $60,769,250
16 Kenneth Karman Music Editor 101 $6,034,965,418 $59,752,133
17 Sarah Halley Finn Casting Director 42 $5,944,206,982 $141,528,738
18 Dave Jordan Music Supervisor 36 $5,649,097,289 $156,919,369
19 Randy Thom Sound Designer 39 $5,516,047,582 $141,437,117
20 John Lasseter Executive Producer 23 $5,293,351,136 $230,145,702
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 43 $4,270,678,092 $99,318,095
2 Harrison Ford 36 $3,658,542,899 $101,626,192
3 Eddie Murphy 37 $3,582,278,580 $96,818,340
4 Robert Downey, Jr. 38 $3,525,126,662 $92,766,491
5 Tom Cruise 37 $3,293,130,624 $89,003,530
6 Johnny Depp 43 $3,206,234,692 $74,563,597
7 Matt Damon 35 $2,983,170,416 $85,233,440
8 Ben Stiller 32 $2,794,698,748 $87,334,336
9 Will Smith 22 $2,765,791,374 $125,717,790
10 Bruce Willis 49 $2,659,657,725 $54,278,729
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 94 $6,237,531,799 $66,356,721
2 Harrison Ford 41 $4,853,078,529 $118,367,769
3 Warwick Davis 20 $4,561,770,369 $228,088,518
4 Morgan Freeman 73 $4,401,289,628 $60,291,639
5 Robert Downey, Jr. 58 $4,012,487,058 $69,180,811
6 Elizabeth Banks 44 $3,751,227,780 $85,255,177
7 Tom Cruise 42 $3,729,179,313 $88,789,984
8 Gary Oldman 40 $3,726,287,745 $93,157,194
9 Andy Serkis 24 $3,553,957,456 $148,081,561
10 Tom Hanks 46 $3,464,723,329 $75,320,072
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 $5,077,826,667 $99,565,229
2 Warwick Davis 15 $4,443,620,058 $296,241,337
3 Frank Welker 29 $4,086,206,400 $140,903,669
4 Hugo Weaving 19 $3,834,979,947 $201,841,050
5 Gary Oldman 17 $3,513,567,143 $206,680,420
6 Anthony Daniels 9 $3,455,575,537 $383,952,837
7 Jack Angel 18 $3,436,136,805 $190,896,489
8 Mickie McGowan 17 $3,325,361,795 $195,609,517
9 Stanley Tucci 35 $3,308,347,018 $94,524,201
10 Elizabeth Banks 24 $3,239,715,404 $134,988,142
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 45 $4,465,676,210 $99,237,249
2 Harrison Ford 31 $4,423,850,403 $142,704,852
3 Samuel L. Jackson 58 $3,951,725,394 $68,133,196
4 Tom Hanks 45 $3,928,274,566 $87,294,990
5 Tom Cruise 37 $3,443,234,709 $93,060,398
6 Johnny Depp 47 $3,330,616,553 $70,864,182
7 Elizabeth Banks 33 $3,274,239,478 $99,219,378
8 Alan Rickman 19 $3,245,701,222 $170,826,380
9 Will Smith 25 $3,142,169,453 $125,686,778
10 Stanley Tucci 31 $3,083,878,428 $99,479,949
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 26 $6,399,259,959 $246,125,383
2 Frank Welker 23 $3,796,419,827 $165,061,732
3 John Ratzenberger 15 $3,306,755,370 $220,450,358
4 Jack Angel 16 $3,270,338,616 $204,396,164
5 Mickie McGowan 15 $3,250,645,069 $216,709,671
6 Sherry Lynn 17 $3,210,217,955 $188,836,350
7 Warwick Davis 9 $2,923,090,276 $324,787,808
8 Bob Bergen 14 $2,760,310,752 $197,165,054
9 Danny Mann 13 $2,569,969,363 $197,689,951
10 Jess Harnell 13 $2,550,270,425 $196,174,648
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 25 $6,471,030,802 $258,841,232
2 John Ratzenberger 12 $2,151,953,644 $179,329,470
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 2 $695,987,708 $347,993,854
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 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 $1,934,938,884 $71,664,403
Art Director Sean Haworth 9 $2,019,034,545 $224,337,172
Assistant Director Jamie Christopher 29 $4,586,305,931 $158,148,480
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 Dean Semler 32 $2,891,691,762 $90,365,368
Composer Hans Zimmer 93 $10,535,479,066 $113,284,721
Costume Designer Joanna Johnston 26 $3,627,720,576 $139,527,714
Dialogue Editor Ewa Sztompke 28 $2,920,778,015 $104,313,501
Director Steven Spielberg 32 $4,332,742,285 $135,398,196
Editor Michael Kahn 51 $4,929,756,787 $96,661,898
Executive Music Producer Chris Montan 8 $1,847,706,704 $230,963,338
Executive Producer Stan Lee 37 $7,345,878,891 $198,537,267
Make up and Hair Designer Ve Neill 13 $1,979,642,109 $152,280,162
Music Editor Kenneth Karman 101 $6,034,965,418 $59,752,133
Music Supervisor Dave Jordan 36 $5,649,097,289 $156,919,369
Producer Kathleen Kennedy 32 $4,110,960,647 $128,467,520
Production Designer Rick Carter 19 $4,258,068,237 $224,108,855
Re recording Mixer Christopher Boyes 41 $6,919,865,565 $168,777,209
Screenwriter Steve Kloves 9 $2,379,489,256 $264,387,695
Second Unit Camera Igor Meglic 52 $2,999,031,247 $57,673,678
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 $4,005,815,675 $143,064,846
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 $3,827,018,196 $318,918,183
Visual Effects Supervisor Roger Guyett 22 $5,026,305,699 $228,468,441

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 5 401
2015 Jennifer Lawrence 6 476
2014 Jennifer Lawrence 6 516
2013 Jennifer Lawrence 5 407