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People Records Worldwide: Top-Grossing People in Acting and Technical Roles based on Worldwide Box Office


See also: People Records based on Domestic Box Office

Record Categories

- Lifetime Acting Records
- Per Year Acting Records
- Lifetime Technical Role Records

Lifetime Acting Records

Superstars: Top Grossing Stars in Leading Roles

Note: 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 $9,313,978,200 $202,477,787
2 Johnny Depp 44 $9,095,540,844 $206,716,837
3 Emma Watson 14 $9,074,899,238 $648,207,088
4 Robert Downey, Jr. 39 $8,435,442,725 $216,293,403
5 Tom Cruise 38 $8,428,781,026 $221,810,027
6 Daniel Radcliffe 16 $8,225,154,169 $514,072,136
7 Rupert Grint 13 $7,741,371,659 $595,490,128
8 Harrison Ford 37 $6,904,330,420 $186,603,525
9 Leonardo DiCaprio 25 $6,826,570,085 $273,062,803
10 Will Smith 23 $6,762,446,431 $294,019,410
Complete Top 100

Sidekicks: Top Grossing Stars in Supporting Roles

Note: 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 Warwick Davis 16 $13,279,155,445 $829,947,215
2 Samuel L. Jackson 52 $12,209,958,095 $234,806,886
3 Hugo Weaving 21 $10,681,328,585 $508,634,695
4 Frank Welker 30 $10,192,951,764 $339,765,059
5 Gary Oldman 20 $9,493,393,870 $474,669,694
6 Alan Rickman 15 $9,005,753,042 $600,383,536
7 Bob Bergen 21 $8,976,455,240 $427,450,250
8 Robbie Coltrane 18 $8,932,174,606 $496,231,923
9 Tom Felton 18 $8,451,325,853 $469,518,103
10 Timothy Spall 24 $8,409,617,107 $350,400,713
Complete Top 100

Familiar Faces: Top Grossing Live Action Stars

Note: 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 $15,055,332,215 $152,074,063
2 Warwick Davis 21 $13,397,487,881 $637,975,613
3 Andy Serkis 26 $9,865,580,577 $379,445,407
4 Gary Oldman 43 $9,686,115,843 $225,258,508
5 Emma Watson 16 $9,461,970,875 $591,373,180
6 Robbie Coltrane 34 $9,422,573,985 $277,134,529
7 Morgan Freeman 75 $9,357,786,977 $124,770,493
8 Alan Rickman 34 $9,351,648,450 $275,048,484
9 Harrison Ford 42 $9,347,963,453 $222,570,558
10 Tom Cruise 43 $9,344,011,666 $217,302,597
Complete Top 100

Primus Inter Pares: Top Grossing Stars in Above the Line Roles

Note: 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 Samuel L. Jackson 62 $10,504,773,788 $169,431,835
2 Alan Rickman 19 $10,089,350,704 $531,018,458
3 Morgan Freeman 46 $9,774,829,524 $212,496,294
4 Emma Watson 16 $9,461,970,875 $591,373,180
5 Johnny Depp 49 $9,197,505,124 $187,704,186
6 Harrison Ford 32 $8,770,985,544 $274,093,298
7 Tom Cruise 38 $8,698,536,354 $228,908,851
8 Robbie Coltrane 13 $8,673,316,271 $667,178,175
9 Stanley Tucci 33 $8,385,567,155 $254,108,096
10 Tom Hanks 48 $8,345,422,068 $173,862,960
Complete Top 100

Unsung Heroes: Top Grossing Stars in Below the Line Roles

Note: This chart includes all revenue generated by the movies an actor or actress star has appeared in over their lifetime in an below 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 $19,646,721,807 $530,992,481
2 Frank Welker 24 $9,605,525,990 $400,230,250
3 Warwick Davis 10 $8,484,363,300 $848,436,330
4 Bob Bergen 17 $8,282,477,271 $487,204,545
5 Mickie McGowan 15 $8,103,493,577 $540,232,905
6 John Ratzenberger 16 $8,082,013,798 $505,125,862
7 Sherry Lynn 17 $7,880,722,426 $463,571,907
8 Jack Angel 16 $7,862,645,731 $491,415,358
9 Devon Murray 8 $7,727,156,777 $965,894,597
10 James Phelps 8 $7,727,156,777 $965,894,597
Complete Top 100

Hidden Gems: Top Grossing Stars in Cameo Roles

Note: 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 $19,646,413,114 $545,733,698
2 John Ratzenberger 12 $4,962,131,000 $413,510,917
3 Pat Kiernan 3 $2,359,775,304 $786,591,768
4 Larry King 21 $2,115,956,669 $100,759,841
5 Jay Leno 25 $1,947,074,834 $77,882,993
6 Jimmy Fallon 4 $1,686,076,045 $421,519,011
7 Thomas Roberts 1 $1,519,479,547 $1,519,479,547
8 David Hasselhoff 6 $1,491,221,836 $248,536,973
9 M. Night Shyamalan 4 $1,341,325,453 $335,331,363
10 Steven Spielberg 5 $1,217,938,080 $243,587,616
Complete Top 20

Top Actors and Actresses in All Roles

Note: 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 $19,646,756,472 $503,762,986
2 Samuel L. Jackson 124 $17,657,876,281 $142,402,228
3 Frank Welker 109 $15,019,488,724 $137,793,475
4 Bob Bergen 58 $14,215,884,069 $245,101,449
5 Warwick Davis 23 $13,401,356,423 $582,667,671
6 John Ratzenberger 44 $13,021,530,138 $295,943,867
7 Hugo Weaving 36 $11,203,397,506 $311,205,486
8 Ian McKellen 39 $10,835,227,060 $277,826,335
9 Alan Rickman 39 $10,776,642,655 $276,324,171
10 Gary Oldman 46 $10,682,836,680 $232,235,580
Complete Top 100

Per Year Acting Records

Highest Grossing Stars of Each Year

Note: The Star Score in this list represent points assigned to each of the leading stars of top 100 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 Vin Diesel 4 331
2016 Jennifer Lawrence 6 465
2015 Jennifer Lawrence 6 475
2014 Jennifer Lawrence 6 516
2013 Jennifer Lawrence 5 407

Lifetime Technical Role Records

Top People in Specific Technical Roles BETA

Note: This chart includes all technical roles people have performed in movies, including director, producer, composer, casting director and so on. 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
Animation Supervisor Andrew R. Jones 3 $4,096,449,690 $1,365,483,230
Art Director Sean Haworth 9 $5,651,960,529 $627,995,614
Assistant Director Jamie Christopher 29 $13,513,456,284 $465,981,251
Associate Producer Pat Sandston 17 $6,271,121,369 $368,889,492
Casting Director Sarah Halley Finn 45 $16,345,444,998 $363,232,111
Cinematographer Andrew Lesnie 13 $7,960,187,386 $612,322,107
Composer Hans Zimmer 96 $26,956,647,068 $280,798,407
Costume Designer Jany Temime 15 $9,547,935,283 $636,529,019
Dialogue Editor Ewa Sztompke 28 $6,312,412,817 $225,443,315
Director Steven Spielberg 33 $9,755,623,029 $295,624,940
Editor Michael Kahn 52 $11,149,991,751 $214,422,918
Executive Music Producer Chris Montan 8 $5,155,490,767 $644,436,346
Executive Producer Stan Lee 41 $19,886,426,444 $485,034,791
Make up and Hair Designer Linda Flowers 8 $5,304,177,781 $663,022,223
Music Editor Kenneth Karman 102 $11,876,092,100 $116,432,275
Music Supervisor Dave Jordan 39 $14,927,017,193 $382,744,031
Producer Kevin Feige 19 $11,760,514,842 $618,974,465
Production Designer Rick Carter 19 $10,646,519,903 $560,343,153
Re recording Mixer Andy Nelson 62 $19,528,307,322 $314,972,699
Screenwriter Steve Kloves 9 $7,575,525,594 $841,725,066
Second Unit Camera Igor Meglic 55 $8,839,198,543 $160,712,701
Second Unit Director Brian Smrz 24 $8,865,769,685 $369,407,070
Set Decorator Richard Roberts 22 $9,888,380,158 $449,471,825
Set Designer Easton Smith 30 $9,966,973,007 $332,232,434
Sound Designer Christopher Boyes 35 $16,231,615,936 $463,760,455
Sound Effects Editor Dan Hegeman 69 $8,716,911,852 $126,332,056
Sound Mixer Chris Munro 26 $7,646,601,023 $294,100,039
Special Effects Supervisor Chris Corbould 21 $11,683,931,023 $556,377,668
Special Make up Effects Nick Dudman 9 $7,152,350,911 $794,705,657
Story Stan Lee 16 $8,564,064,167 $535,254,010
Stunt Coordinator Greg Powell 17 $8,328,735,050 $489,925,591
Stunts Martin Klebba 28 $6,951,310,887 $248,261,103
Supervising Art Director Neil Lamont 11 $8,669,697,628 $788,154,330
Supervising Sound Editor Christopher Boyes 12 $10,285,198,579 $857,099,882
Unit Production Manager Tim Lewis 7 $5,293,622,069 $756,231,724
Visual Effects Supervisor Roger Guyett 22 $11,780,522,012 $535,478,273

Top People in Technical Roles BETA

Note: This chart includes all technical roles people have performed in movies, including director, producer, composer, casting director and so on. 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 $26,956,647,068 $280,798,407
2 John Williams Composer 74 $22,176,131,160 $299,677,448
3 Stan Lee Executive Producer 41 $19,886,426,444 $485,034,791
4 Andy Nelson Re-recording Mixer 62 $19,528,307,322 $314,972,699
5 Christopher Boyes Re-recording Mixer 41 $19,027,957,024 $464,096,513
6 James Newton Howard Composer 112 $17,190,913,064 $153,490,295
7 Sarah Halley Finn Casting Director 45 $16,345,444,998 $363,232,111
8 Christopher Boyes Sound Designer 35 $16,231,615,936 $463,760,455
9 Danny Elfman Composer 89 $15,373,241,753 $172,733,053
10 Bruce Berman Executive Producer 87 $15,252,001,122 $175,310,358
11 Randy Thom Sound Designer 40 $15,195,392,084 $379,884,802
12 Dave Jordan Music Supervisor 39 $14,927,017,193 $382,744,031
13 John Lasseter Executive Producer 25 $14,710,841,144 $588,433,646
14 Jane Jenkins Casting Director 119 $14,042,461,027 $118,003,874
15 Janet Hirshenson Casting Director 115 $13,997,346,822 $121,716,059
16 James Horner Composer 102 $13,906,083,846 $136,334,155
17 Tom Johnson Re-recording Mixer 46 $13,885,276,646 $301,853,840
18 Michael Semanick Re-recording Mixer 46 $13,797,707,157 $299,950,156
19 Bob Weinstein Executive Producer 223 $13,639,478,895 $61,163,582
20 Jamie Christopher Assistant Director 29 $13,513,456,284 $465,981,251
Complete Top 100