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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 $9,317,899,898 $202,563,041
2 Johnny Depp 45 $9,202,594,096 $204,502,091
3 Emma Watson 14 $9,080,915,560 $648,636,826
4 Tom Cruise 38 $8,490,261,206 $223,427,926
5 Robert Downey, Jr. 39 $8,438,738,204 $216,377,903
6 Daniel Radcliffe 16 $8,225,201,936 $514,075,121
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 $6,824,463,776 $272,978,551
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 $12,211,066,007 $234,828,192
3 Hugo Weaving 21 $10,681,328,585 $508,634,695
4 Frank Welker 30 $10,195,257,774 $339,841,926
5 Bob Bergen 22 $10,030,565,712 $455,934,805
6 Gary Oldman 20 $9,520,358,546 $476,017,927
7 Alan Rickman 15 $9,005,753,042 $600,383,536
8 Robbie Coltrane 18 $8,932,174,606 $496,231,923
9 Jess Harnell 18 $8,785,448,409 $488,080,467
10 Alan Tudyk 22 $8,665,891,798 $393,904,173
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 $15,084,386,190 $152,367,537
2 Warwick Davis 21 $13,397,487,881 $637,975,613
3 Andy Serkis 26 $10,214,855,403 $392,879,054
4 Robert Downey, Jr. 60 $9,851,013,843 $164,183,564
5 Gary Oldman 43 $9,713,090,560 $225,885,827
6 Emma Watson 16 $9,467,987,197 $591,749,200
7 Robbie Coltrane 34 $9,422,573,985 $277,134,529
8 Tom Cruise 43 $9,405,491,846 $218,732,369
9 Orlando Bloom 23 $9,405,089,802 $408,916,948
10 Alan Rickman 34 $9,351,648,450 $275,048,484
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 $10,536,215,966 $169,938,967
2 Alan Rickman 19 $10,089,350,704 $531,018,458
3 Morgan Freeman 46 $9,766,377,234 $212,312,549
4 Emma Watson 16 $9,467,987,197 $591,749,200
5 Johnny Depp 50 $9,304,558,376 $186,091,168
6 Harrison Ford 32 $8,770,985,544 $274,093,298
7 Tom Cruise 38 $8,760,016,534 $230,526,751
8 Stanley Tucci 33 $8,719,993,278 $264,242,221
9 Robbie Coltrane 13 $8,673,316,271 $667,178,175
10 Andy Serkis 16 $8,669,129,745 $541,820,609
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 $20,405,383,487 $551,496,851
2 Frank Welker 24 $9,607,832,000 $400,326,333
3 Bob Bergen 18 $9,336,587,743 $518,699,319
4 Warwick Davis 10 $8,484,363,300 $848,436,330
5 Jess Harnell 17 $8,457,403,776 $497,494,340
6 John Ratzenberger 16 $8,247,193,293 $515,449,581
7 Mickie McGowan 15 $8,103,493,577 $540,232,905
8 Sherry Lynn 17 $7,880,722,426 $463,571,907
9 Jack Angel 16 $7,862,645,731 $491,415,358
10 Geraldine Somerville 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 $20,405,074,794 $566,807,633
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 David Hasselhoff 6 $1,539,403,978 $256,567,330
8 Thomas Roberts 1 $1,519,479,547 $1,519,479,547
9 M. Night Shyamalan 4 $1,341,325,453 $335,331,363
10 Steven Spielberg 5 $1,221,538,117 $244,307,623
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 $20,405,418,152 $523,215,850
2 Samuel L. Jackson 125 $17,687,497,677 $141,499,981
3 Bob Bergen 59 $15,269,994,541 $258,813,467
4 Frank Welker 109 $15,021,794,734 $137,814,631
5 Warwick Davis 23 $13,401,356,423 $582,667,671
6 John Ratzenberger 44 $13,186,709,633 $299,697,946
7 Hugo Weaving 37 $11,203,397,506 $302,794,527
8 Alan Tudyk 32 $10,883,914,903 $340,122,341
9 Ian McKellen 39 $10,837,071,410 $277,873,626
10 Alan Rickman 39 $10,776,642,655 $276,324,171
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 4 325
2016 Jennifer Lawrence 6 465
2015 Jennifer Lawrence 6 476
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
Art Director Sean Haworth 9 $5,651,960,529 $627,995,614
Assistant Director Jamie Christopher 29 $13,518,162,443 $466,143,533
Associate Producer Pat Sandston 17 $6,271,121,369 $368,889,492
Casting Director Sarah Halley Finn 46 $17,082,598,853 $371,360,845
Character Designer Eric Guillon 5 $4,592,422,223 $918,484,445
Cinematographer Andrew Lesnie 13 $7,960,187,386 $612,322,107
Composer Hans Zimmer 96 $27,349,229,116 $284,887,803
Costume Designer Jany Temime 15 $9,547,935,283 $636,529,019
Dialogue Editor Ewa Sztompke 28 $6,312,258,825 $225,437,815
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 42 $21,392,358,444 $509,341,868
Make up and Hair Designer Linda Flowers 8 $5,303,401,583 $662,925,198
Music Editor Kenneth Karman 102 $11,876,118,916 $116,432,538
Music Supervisor Dave Jordan 39 $14,944,321,020 $383,187,718
Producer Kevin Feige 19 $12,499,824,643 $657,885,508
Production Designer Rick Carter 19 $10,646,519,903 $560,343,153
Re recording Mixer Andy Nelson 62 $19,526,855,667 $314,949,285
Screenwriter Steve Kloves 9 $7,575,525,594 $841,725,066
Second Unit Camera Igor Meglic 55 $9,171,378,344 $166,752,334
Second Unit Director Brian Smrz 24 $8,868,209,390 $369,508,725
Set Decorator Richard Roberts 22 $10,224,000,746 $464,727,307
Set Designer Easton Smith 30 $9,975,331,010 $332,511,034
Sound Designer Christopher Boyes 35 $16,229,706,348 $463,705,896
Sound Effects Editor Dan Hegeman 69 $8,717,835,480 $126,345,442
Sound Mixer Chris Munro 26 $7,784,740,041 $299,413,079
Special Effects Supervisor Chris Corbould 21 $11,682,966,375 $556,331,732
Special Make up Effects Nick Dudman 9 $7,152,350,911 $794,705,657
Story Stan Lee 16 $9,308,669,635 $581,791,852
Stunt Coordinator Greg Powell 18 $8,360,082,714 $464,449,040
Stunts Martin Klebba 28 $6,949,204,578 $248,185,878
Supervising Art Director Neil Lamont 11 $8,669,697,628 $788,154,330
Supervising Sound Editor Christopher Boyes 12 $10,282,721,570 $856,893,464
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 $27,349,229,116 $284,887,803
2 John Williams Composer 74 $22,176,131,160 $299,677,448
3 Stan Lee Executive Producer 42 $21,392,358,444 $509,341,868
4 Andy Nelson Re-recording Mixer 62 $19,526,855,667 $314,949,285
5 Christopher Boyes Re-recording Mixer 41 $19,028,452,378 $464,108,595
6 James Newton Howard Composer 113 $17,205,473,645 $152,260,829
7 Sarah Halley Finn Casting Director 46 $17,082,598,853 $371,360,845
8 Christopher Boyes Sound Designer 35 $16,229,706,348 $463,705,896
9 Danny Elfman Composer 89 $15,388,258,263 $172,901,778
10 Bruce Berman Executive Producer 87 $15,283,564,754 $175,673,158
11 Randy Thom Sound Designer 40 $15,195,414,043 $379,885,351
12 Dave Jordan Music Supervisor 39 $14,944,321,020 $383,187,718
13 John Lasseter Executive Producer 25 $14,876,020,639 $595,040,826
14 Jane Jenkins Casting Director 119 $14,044,931,736 $118,024,636
15 Janet Hirshenson Casting Director 115 $13,999,817,531 $121,737,544
16 Michael Semanick Re-recording Mixer 46 $13,962,886,460 $303,541,010
17 James Horner Composer 102 $13,906,083,846 $136,334,155
18 Tom Johnson Re-recording Mixer 46 $13,887,632,677 $301,905,058
19 Bob Weinstein Executive Producer 224 $13,673,934,171 $61,044,349
20 Jamie Christopher Assistant Director 29 $13,518,162,443 $466,143,533
Complete Top 100