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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 44 $9,283,728,959 $210,993,840
2 Robert Downey, Jr. 38 $8,435,448,248 $221,985,480
3 Johnny Depp 44 $8,416,951,461 $191,294,351
4 Daniel Radcliffe 16 $8,225,002,063 $514,062,629
5 Tom Cruise 38 $8,079,567,396 $212,620,195
6 Emma Watson 12 $7,787,837,956 $648,986,496
7 Rupert Grint 13 $7,736,166,803 $595,089,754
8 Harrison Ford 36 $6,866,084,328 $190,724,565
9 Leonardo DiCaprio 25 $6,826,570,085 $273,062,803
10 Will Smith 23 $6,752,833,362 $293,601,451
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 $13,238,584,209 $827,411,513
2 Samuel L. Jackson 52 $11,935,473,304 $229,528,333
3 Hugo Weaving 21 $10,671,281,536 $508,156,264
4 Frank Welker 29 $9,998,090,603 $344,761,745
5 Gary Oldman 18 $9,475,762,535 $526,431,252
6 Alan Rickman 15 $9,005,753,042 $600,383,536
7 Robbie Coltrane 18 $8,932,174,606 $496,231,923
8 Bob Bergen 19 $8,561,784,503 $450,620,237
9 Tom Felton 16 $8,429,677,886 $526,854,868
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 97 $14,202,889,843 $146,421,545
2 Warwick Davis 21 $13,356,916,645 $636,043,650
3 Andy Serkis 24 $9,858,497,163 $410,770,715
4 Gary Oldman 41 $9,665,844,743 $235,752,311
5 Robbie Coltrane 34 $9,422,573,985 $277,134,529
6 Alan Rickman 34 $9,351,548,450 $275,045,543
7 Harrison Ford 41 $9,309,717,361 $227,066,277
8 Morgan Freeman 74 $9,279,301,703 $125,395,969
9 Helena Bonham Carter 38 $9,236,298,265 $243,060,481
10 Cate Blanchett 42 $9,207,070,174 $219,215,957
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 Alan Rickman 19 $10,089,250,704 $531,013,195
2 Morgan Freeman 45 $9,696,344,250 $215,474,317
3 Samuel L. Jackson 60 $9,659,811,560 $160,996,859
4 Harrison Ford 31 $8,732,731,665 $281,701,021
5 Robbie Coltrane 13 $8,673,316,271 $667,178,175
6 Johnny Depp 49 $8,518,915,741 $173,855,423
7 Tom Cruise 38 $8,349,322,724 $219,719,019
8 Andy Serkis 15 $8,316,284,359 $554,418,957
9 Tom Hanks 46 $8,315,172,827 $180,764,627
10 Daniel Radcliffe 15 $8,223,855,589 $548,257,039
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 26 $15,466,272,655 $594,856,641
2 Frank Welker 23 $9,410,664,829 $409,159,340
3 Warwick Davis 10 $8,443,792,064 $844,379,206
4 Mickie McGowan 15 $8,103,585,360 $540,239,024
5 John Ratzenberger 15 $7,938,934,293 $529,262,286
6 Sherry Lynn 17 $7,880,814,209 $463,577,306
7 Bob Bergen 15 $7,867,806,534 $524,520,436
8 Jack Angel 16 $7,862,737,514 $491,421,095
9 James Phelps 8 $7,727,156,777 $965,894,597
10 Josh Herdman 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 25 $16,023,585,878 $640,943,435
2 John Ratzenberger 12 $4,962,131,000 $413,510,917
3 Pat Kiernan 3 $2,340,162,499 $780,054,166
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 M. Night Shyamalan 4 $1,341,325,453 $335,331,363
9 Steven Spielberg 5 $1,217,938,080 $243,587,616
10 Samuel L. Jackson 7 $1,209,491,517 $172,784,502
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 30 $17,326,302,108 $577,543,404
2 Samuel L. Jackson 122 $16,805,400,371 $137,749,183
3 Frank Welker 108 $14,824,627,563 $137,265,070
4 Bob Bergen 56 $13,801,213,332 $246,450,238
5 Warwick Davis 22 $13,360,785,187 $607,308,418
6 John Ratzenberger 43 $12,878,450,633 $299,498,852
7 Hugo Weaving 35 $11,193,350,457 $319,810,013
8 Alan Rickman 39 $10,776,542,655 $276,321,607
9 Gary Oldman 46 $10,662,567,402 $231,794,944
10 Morgan Freeman 79 $10,383,733,187 $131,439,661
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 Jennifer Lawrence 4 277
2016 Jennifer Lawrence 6 469
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
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 $13,513,504,994 $465,982,931
Associate Producer Pat Sandston 17 $6,271,121,369 $368,889,492
Casting Director Sarah Halley Finn 43 $14,902,780,216 $346,576,284
Cinematographer Andrew Lesnie 13 $7,960,202,949 $612,323,304
Composer Hans Zimmer 94 $26,316,216,628 $279,959,751
Costume Designer Jany Temime 15 $9,535,756,792 $635,717,119
Dialogue Editor Ewa Sztompke 28 $6,312,412,817 $225,443,315
Director Steven Spielberg 32 $9,755,250,205 $304,851,569
Editor Michael Kahn 51 $11,149,618,927 $218,619,979
Executive Music Producer Chris Montan 8 $5,155,490,767 $644,436,346
Executive Producer Stan Lee 38 $18,382,538,412 $483,751,011
Make up and Hair Designer Linda Flowers 7 $4,065,957,121 $580,851,017
Music Editor Kenneth Karman 102 $11,876,394,398 $116,435,239
Music Supervisor Dave Jordan 38 $14,053,422,905 $369,826,919
Producer Kevin Feige 15 $10,889,449,595 $725,963,306
Production Designer Rick Carter 19 $10,646,147,079 $560,323,530
Re recording Mixer Andy Nelson 62 $19,263,600,603 $310,703,236
Screenwriter Steve Kloves 9 $7,575,525,594 $841,725,066
Second Unit Camera Igor Meglic 55 $8,550,576,598 $155,465,029
Second Unit Director Brian Smrz 24 $8,865,769,685 $369,407,070
Set Decorator Richard Roberts 20 $9,619,504,035 $480,975,202
Set Designer Easton Smith 28 $9,100,751,845 $325,026,852
Sound Designer Christopher Boyes 35 $16,229,164,646 $463,690,418
Sound Effects Editor Dan Hegeman 68 $8,708,816,267 $128,070,827
Sound Mixer Lee Orloff 29 $7,463,980,947 $257,378,653
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 15 $8,564,064,167 $570,937,611
Stunt Coordinator Greg Powell 17 $8,328,912,192 $489,936,011
Stunts Martin Klebba 28 $6,951,310,887 $248,261,103
Supervising Art Director Neil Lamont 11 $8,663,562,628 $787,596,603
Supervising Sound Editor Christopher Boyes 12 $10,275,853,853 $856,321,154
Unit Production Manager Tim Lewis 7 $5,290,897,062 $755,842,437
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 94 $26,316,216,628 $279,959,751
2 John Williams Composer 72 $22,175,758,336 $307,996,644
3 Andy Nelson Re-recording Mixer 62 $19,263,600,603 $310,703,236
4 Christopher Boyes Re-recording Mixer 41 $19,016,216,036 $463,810,147
5 Stan Lee Executive Producer 38 $18,382,538,412 $483,751,011
6 James Newton Howard Composer 111 $17,205,093,276 $155,000,840
7 Christopher Boyes Sound Designer 35 $16,229,164,646 $463,690,418
8 Randy Thom Sound Designer 40 $15,179,267,480 $379,481,687
9 Danny Elfman Composer 87 $14,954,065,401 $171,885,809
10 Bruce Berman Executive Producer 83 $14,944,364,745 $180,052,587
11 Sarah Halley Finn Casting Director 43 $14,902,780,216 $346,576,284
12 John Lasseter Executive Producer 24 $14,437,378,007 $601,557,417
13 Dave Jordan Music Supervisor 38 $14,053,422,905 $369,826,919
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 $13,901,693,531 $136,291,113
17 Jamie Christopher Assistant Director 29 $13,513,504,994 $465,982,931
18 Alan Silvestri Composer 89 $13,482,054,428 $151,483,758
19 Bob Weinstein Executive Producer 221 $13,456,661,017 $60,889,869
20 Michael Semanick Re-recording Mixer 44 $13,319,699,963 $302,720,454
Complete Top 100