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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 Stan Lee 39 $8,287,041,198 $212,488,236
2 Samuel L. Jackson 125 $7,801,777,038 $62,414,216
3 Frank Welker 109 $6,794,728,373 $62,336,958
4 Bob Bergen 59 $6,281,571,930 $106,467,321
5 John Ratzenberger 44 $5,772,167,057 $131,185,615
6 Warwick Davis 23 $5,093,947,693 $221,475,987
7 Morgan Freeman 79 $4,984,122,283 $63,090,155
8 Harrison Ford 49 $4,960,074,007 $101,226,000
9 Tom Hanks 57 $4,714,720,314 $82,714,391
10 Robert Downey, Jr. 64 $4,479,553,849 $69,993,029
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 96 $11,066,192,518 $115,272,839
2 John Williams Composer 74 $10,138,922,281 $137,012,463
3 Stan Lee Executive Producer 42 $8,760,794,514 $208,590,346
4 James Newton Howard Composer 113 $8,173,716,189 $72,333,772
5 Danny Elfman Composer 89 $7,418,605,243 $83,355,115
6 Andy Nelson Re-recording Mixer 63 $7,226,199,807 $114,701,584
7 Sarah Halley Finn Casting Director 46 $7,067,703,889 $153,645,737
8 Christopher Boyes Re-recording Mixer 41 $6,949,392,412 $169,497,376
9 Bruce Berman Executive Producer 87 $6,894,285,403 $79,244,660
10 Jane Jenkins Casting Director 119 $6,806,697,807 $57,199,141
11 Janet Hirshenson Casting Director 115 $6,761,583,602 $58,796,379
12 Alan Silvestri Composer 90 $6,748,521,796 $74,983,576
13 Bob Weinstein Executive Producer 224 $6,739,604,952 $30,087,522
14 Harvey Weinstein Executive Producer 224 $6,638,622,588 $29,636,708
15 Dave Jordan Music Supervisor 39 $6,291,898,766 $161,330,738
16 Christopher Boyes Sound Designer 35 $6,256,466,040 $178,756,173
17 James Horner Composer 102 $6,231,122,071 $61,089,432
18 Kenneth Karman Music Editor 102 $6,054,432,841 $59,357,185
19 John Lasseter Executive Producer 25 $5,701,841,936 $228,073,677
20 Tom Johnson Re-recording Mixer 46 $5,662,223,694 $123,091,819
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 46 $4,450,601,232 $96,752,201
2 Harrison Ford 37 $3,658,542,899 $98,879,538
3 Eddie Murphy 38 $3,582,964,360 $94,288,536
4 Robert Downey, Jr. 39 $3,525,463,847 $90,396,509
5 Tom Cruise 38 $3,431,928,825 $90,313,916
6 Johnny Depp 46 $3,378,810,259 $73,452,397
7 Matt Damon 37 $3,046,393,206 $82,334,952
8 Emma Watson 14 $2,938,245,314 $209,874,665
9 Will Smith 23 $2,851,134,822 $123,962,384
10 Ben Stiller 33 $2,795,837,601 $84,722,352
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 99 $6,619,385,978 $66,862,485
2 Warwick Davis 21 $5,093,947,693 $242,568,938
3 Harrison Ford 42 $4,853,078,529 $115,549,489
4 Morgan Freeman 75 $4,457,912,420 $59,438,832
5 Robert Downey, Jr. 60 $4,344,746,936 $72,412,449
6 Tom Cruise 43 $3,867,977,514 $89,952,965
7 Elizabeth Banks 45 $3,836,592,230 $85,257,605
8 Gary Oldman 43 $3,807,666,260 $88,550,378
9 Andy Serkis 26 $3,700,226,193 $142,316,392
10 Tom Hanks 51 $3,644,805,882 $71,466,782
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 52 $5,123,768,060 $98,534,001
2 Warwick Davis 16 $4,975,797,382 $310,987,336
3 Frank Welker 30 $4,131,217,602 $137,707,253
4 Hugo Weaving 21 $3,904,211,677 $185,914,842
5 Bob Bergen 22 $3,847,265,365 $174,875,698
6 John Ratzenberger 32 $3,626,340,471 $113,323,140
7 Gary Oldman 20 $3,594,945,658 $179,747,283
8 Anthony Daniels 10 $3,455,575,537 $345,557,554
9 Stanley Tucci 36 $3,438,515,701 $95,514,325
10 Jack Angel 18 $3,436,136,805 $190,896,489
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 46 $4,522,299,002 $98,310,848
2 Harrison Ford 32 $4,423,850,403 $138,245,325
3 Samuel L. Jackson 62 $4,326,455,654 $69,781,543
4 Tom Hanks 48 $4,108,197,706 $85,587,452
5 Stanley Tucci 33 $3,718,061,276 $112,668,524
6 Tom Cruise 38 $3,582,048,546 $94,264,435
7 Johnny Depp 51 $3,503,216,819 $68,690,526
8 Elizabeth Banks 34 $3,359,603,928 $98,811,880
9 Robert Downey, Jr. 49 $3,275,877,999 $66,854,653
10 Alan Rickman 19 $3,245,717,913 $170,827,259
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 37 $8,287,006,533 $223,973,150
2 Frank Welker 24 $3,841,431,029 $160,059,626
3 John Ratzenberger 16 $3,466,489,126 $216,655,570
4 Warwick Davis 10 $3,455,267,600 $345,526,760
5 Bob Bergen 18 $3,440,998,137 $191,166,563
6 Jack Angel 16 $3,270,338,616 $204,396,164
7 Mickie McGowan 15 $3,250,645,069 $216,709,671
8 Jess Harnell 17 $3,214,297,491 $189,076,323
9 Sherry Lynn 17 $3,210,217,955 $188,836,350
10 Danny Mann 14 $2,850,726,838 $203,623,346
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 36 $8,286,697,958 $230,186,054
2 John Ratzenberger 8 $1,901,741,245 $237,717,656
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 $928,629,628 $309,543,209
6 David Hasselhoff 6 $760,202,084 $126,700,347
7 Steven Spielberg 5 $685,015,762 $137,003,152
8 Jimmy Fallon 4 $666,408,175 $166,602,044
9 Samuel L. Jackson 7 $635,195,523 $90,742,218
10 Thomas Roberts 1 $623,279,547 $623,279,547
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 $4,586,308,053 $158,148,554
Associate Producer Pat Sandston 17 $2,587,452,074 $152,203,063
Casting Director Sarah Halley Finn 46 $7,063,429,803 $153,552,822
Cinematographer John Schwartzman 23 $2,923,370,838 $127,103,080
Composer Hans Zimmer 96 $11,062,935,821 $115,238,915
Costume Designer Joanna Johnston 27 $3,669,296,791 $135,899,881
Dialogue Editor Ewa Sztompke 28 $2,922,347,897 $104,369,568
Director Steven Spielberg 33 $4,337,101,506 $131,427,318
Editor Michael Kahn 52 $4,934,116,008 $94,886,846
Executive Music Producer Chris Montan 8 $1,847,706,704 $230,963,338
Executive Producer Stan Lee 42 $8,756,520,428 $208,488,582
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 39 $6,291,844,579 $161,329,348
Producer Kevin Feige 19 $4,952,478,536 $260,656,765
Production Designer Rick Carter 19 $4,259,546,388 $224,186,652
Re recording Mixer Andy Nelson 62 $7,226,199,807 $116,551,610
Screenwriter Steve Kloves 9 $2,379,489,256 $264,387,695
Second Unit Camera Igor Meglic 55 $3,372,766,031 $61,323,019
Second Unit Director Brian Smrz 24 $3,417,135,125 $142,380,630
Set Decorator Richard Roberts 22 $3,422,940,550 $155,588,207
Set Designer Easton Smith 30 $4,420,762,918 $147,358,764
Sound Designer Christopher Boyes 35 $6,256,466,040 $178,756,173
Sound Effects Editor Dan Hegeman 69 $4,138,763,942 $59,982,086
Sound Mixer Lee Orloff 29 $3,251,385,528 $112,116,742
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 16 $4,052,597,863 $253,287,366
Stunt Coordinator Jeff Habberstad 20 $2,926,571,867 $146,328,593
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

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
2017 Samuel L. Jackson 5 355
2016 Jennifer Lawrence 6 465
2015 Jennifer Lawrence 6 474
2014 Jennifer Lawrence 6 516
2013 Jennifer Lawrence 5 407