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 $6,604,736,405 $62,308,834
2 Samuel L. Jackson 110 $6,568,593,971 $59,714,491
3 John Ratzenberger 37 $4,594,742,725 $124,182,236
4 Morgan Freeman 69 $4,472,160,631 $64,813,922
5 Tom Hanks 49 $4,463,638,279 $91,094,659
6 Stan Lee 22 $4,208,649,973 $191,302,272
7 Bob Bergen 45 $4,032,286,454 $89,606,366
8 Harrison Ford 44 $3,941,459,462 $89,578,624
9 Jack Angel 27 $3,841,838,274 $142,290,306
10 Gary Oldman 41 $3,811,240,905 $92,957,095
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 86 $9,604,559,162 $111,680,920
2 John Williams Composer 66 $9,127,534,100 $138,295,971
3 James Newton Howard Composer 101 $6,916,196,449 $68,477,193
4 Danny Elfman Composer 82 $6,878,085,437 $83,879,091
5 Alan Silvestri Composer 85 $6,520,149,725 $76,707,644
6 Jane Jenkins Casting Director 114 $6,193,955,640 $54,332,944
7 Janet Hirshenson Casting Director 110 $6,148,841,435 $55,898,559
8 James Horner Composer 96 $6,016,384,742 $62,670,674
9 Christopher Boyes Sound Designer 34 $5,923,281,723 $174,214,168
10 Christopher Boyes Re-recording Mixer 36 $5,268,652,272 $146,351,452
11 Stan Lee Executive Producer 29 $5,250,196,623 $181,041,263
12 John Powell Composer 48 $4,773,446,136 $99,446,795
13 Andy Nelson Re-recording Mixer 40 $4,739,523,964 $118,488,099
14 Michael Kahn Editor 47 $4,720,777,240 $100,442,069
15 John Debney Composer 78 $4,561,518,512 $58,481,007
16 Steven Spielberg Director 28 $4,206,439,761 $150,229,991
17 Howard Shore Composer 56 $3,940,632,892 $70,368,445
18 Steven Spielberg Executive Producer 36 $3,916,808,471 $108,800,235
19 Easton Smith Set Designer 29 $3,859,364,170 $133,081,523
20 Jerry Goldsmith Composer 104 $3,847,385,052 $36,994,087
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 35 $3,619,220,355 $103,406,296
3 Eddie Murphy 36 $3,344,313,354 $92,897,593
4 Tom Cruise 32 $2,997,881,991 $93,683,812
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 $2,612,586,864 $66,989,407
8 Robert Downey, Jr. 35 $2,611,254,242 $74,607,264
9 Matt Damon 33 $2,610,761,410 $79,113,982
10 Nicolas Cage 55 $2,489,503,064 $45,263,692
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 $5,386,767,154 $61,916,864
2 Morgan Freeman 65 $3,945,956,072 $60,707,016
3 Harrison Ford 38 $3,834,463,984 $100,906,947
4 Tom Cruise 38 $3,647,048,469 $95,974,960
5 Warwick Davis 19 $3,625,108,144 $190,795,165
6 Gary Oldman 37 $3,500,747,325 $94,614,793
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 45 $3,073,937,303 $68,309,718
10 Robert Downey, Jr. 54 $3,067,190,634 $56,799,827
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 $4,239,690,204 $83,131,180
2 Frank Welker 26 $3,741,059,120 $143,886,889
3 Jack Angel 18 $3,436,121,437 $190,895,635
4 Hugo Weaving 16 $3,276,827,968 $204,801,748
5 Gary Oldman 15 $3,233,554,251 $215,570,283
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 23 $2,677,672,385 $116,420,538
10 Tom Felton 12 $2,633,368,586 $219,447,382
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 Tom Hanks 42 $3,857,275,084 $91,839,883
2 Morgan Freeman 30 $3,796,164,272 $126,538,809
3 Tom Cruise 32 $3,144,705,881 $98,272,059
4 Alan Rickman 14 $3,118,761,341 $222,768,667
5 Harrison Ford 22 $3,098,805,367 $140,854,789
6 Samuel L. Jackson 45 $3,084,389,570 $68,541,990
7 Johnny Depp 42 $3,054,936,856 $72,736,592
8 Robbie Coltrane 12 $2,798,642,406 $233,220,201
9 Will Smith 22 $2,783,002,031 $126,500,092
10 Emma Watson 12 $2,515,739,285 $209,644,940
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 Frank Welker 20 $3,451,272,547 $172,563,627
2 Jack Angel 16 $3,270,323,248 $204,395,203
3 Mickie McGowan 14 $2,914,583,931 $208,184,567
4 Stan Lee 14 $2,851,477,699 $203,676,979
5 Sherry Lynn 14 $2,515,795,106 $179,699,650
6 Josh Herdman 8 $2,390,073,877 $298,759,235
7 Devon Murray 8 $2,390,073,877 $298,759,235
8 Geraldine Somerville 8 $2,390,073,877 $298,759,235
9 John Ratzenberger 10 $2,154,862,144 $215,486,214
10 Adrian Rawlins 8 $2,104,122,952 $263,015,369
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 15 $3,648,651,446 $243,243,430
2 John Ratzenberger 11 $1,672,984,999 $152,089,545
3 Larry King 20 $1,352,603,692 $67,630,185
4 Jay Leno 23 $1,048,712,196 $45,596,182
5 Steven Spielberg 5 $685,015,762 $137,003,152
6 Samuel L. Jackson 6 $634,445,782 $105,740,964
7 Thomas Roberts 1 $623,279,547 $623,279,547
8 Pat Kiernan 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 25 $1,619,706,027 $64,788,241
Art Director Sean Haworth 9 $2,019,034,545 $224,337,172
Assistant Director K.C. Hodenfield 13 $2,072,552,119 $159,427,086
Associate Producer Pat Sandston 17 $2,587,439,869 $152,202,345
Casting Director Jane Jenkins 114 $6,193,955,640 $54,332,944
Cinematographer Andrew Lesnie 10 $2,424,425,950 $242,442,595
Composer Hans Zimmer 86 $9,604,559,162 $111,680,920
Costume Designer Deborah L. Scott 15 $3,174,513,363 $211,634,224
Director Steven Spielberg 28 $4,206,439,761 $150,229,991
Editor Michael Kahn 47 $4,720,777,240 $100,442,069
Executive Music Producer Chris Montan 7 $1,624,012,471 $232,001,782
Executive Producer Stan Lee 29 $5,250,196,623 $181,041,263
Music Editor Ken Wannberg 16 $2,141,447,953 $133,840,497
Music Supervisor Dave Jordan 20 $3,505,142,825 $175,257,141
Producer Jerry Bruckheimer 26 $3,714,339,903 $142,859,227
Production Designer Rick Carter 17 $3,266,571,949 $192,151,291
Re-recording Mixer Christopher Boyes 36 $5,268,652,272 $146,351,452
Screenwriter Steve Kloves 9 $2,379,489,256 $264,387,695
Second Unit Camera Alexander Witt 10 $1,299,991,524 $129,999,152
Second Unit Director Alexander Witt 17 $2,385,557,975 $140,326,940
Set Decorator Rosemary Brandenberg 34 $2,771,565,410 $81,516,630
Set Designer Easton Smith 29 $3,859,364,170 $133,081,523
Sound Designer Christopher Boyes 34 $5,923,281,723 $174,214,168
Sound Effects Editor Teresa Eckton 8 $1,785,636,224 $223,204,528
Sound Mixer William B. Kaplan 23 $2,993,415,741 $130,148,510
Special Effects Supervisor Neil Corbould 20 $2,367,033,399 $118,351,670
Special Make-up Effects Greg Cannom 14 $1,753,878,859 $125,277,061
Story Creator Stan Lee 13 $3,522,041,136 $270,926,241
Stunt Coordinator Simon Crane 11 $2,355,418,252 $214,128,932
Supervising Sound Editor Christopher Boyes 9 $3,083,138,657 $342,570,962
Visual Effects Supervisor John Knoll 10 $2,934,173,704 $293,417,370