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 Samuel L. Jackson 117 $7,174,959,387 $61,324,439
2 Frank Welker 107 $6,749,717,201 $63,081,469
3 Stan Lee 24 $5,222,352,719 $217,598,030
4 Bob Bergen 53 $4,915,377,798 $92,742,977
5 Morgan Freeman 75 $4,681,420,800 $62,418,944
6 John Ratzenberger 39 $4,653,900,469 $119,330,781
7 Tom Hanks 53 $4,458,093,802 $84,114,977
8 Gary Oldman 45 $4,022,072,651 $89,379,392
9 Harrison Ford 49 $4,019,571,431 $82,032,070
10 Hugo Weaving 33 $4,008,111,209 $121,457,915
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 90 $10,057,229,045 $111,746,989
2 John Williams Composer 72 $9,143,692,694 $126,995,732
3 James Newton Howard Composer 106 $7,556,203,349 $71,284,937
4 Danny Elfman Composer 84 $7,064,552,355 $84,101,814
5 Jane Jenkins Casting Director 119 $6,806,418,197 $57,196,792
6 Janet Hirshenson Casting Director 115 $6,761,303,991 $58,793,948
7 Alan Silvestri Composer 86 $6,634,251,295 $77,142,457
8 Bob Weinstein Executive Producer 210 $6,448,489,720 $30,707,094
9 Harvey Weinstein Executive Producer 210 $6,347,507,358 $30,226,226
10 Christopher Boyes Sound Designer 35 $6,256,453,908 $178,755,826
11 Stan Lee Executive Producer 32 $6,112,819,432 $191,025,607
12 James Horner Composer 97 $6,016,384,802 $62,024,586
13 Bruce Berman Executive Producer 74 $5,897,451,434 $79,695,290
14 Christopher Boyes Re-recording Mixer 38 $5,856,948,025 $154,130,211
15 Kenneth Karman Music Editor 99 $5,682,923,475 $57,403,267
16 Andy Nelson Re-recording Mixer 55 $5,679,385,099 $103,261,547
17 Randy Thom Sound Designer 33 $5,148,477,540 $156,014,471
18 John Powell Composer 48 $5,015,291,108 $104,485,231
19 Sarah Halley Finn Casting Director 34 $4,833,122,283 $142,150,655
20 John Debney Composer 81 $4,740,375,095 $58,523,149
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 $4,194,136,498 $102,296,012
2 Harrison Ford 36 $3,658,542,907 $101,626,192
3 Eddie Murphy 37 $3,583,050,146 $96,839,193
4 Tom Cruise 33 $3,098,088,256 $93,881,462
5 Johnny Depp 41 $3,066,621,148 $74,795,638
6 Robert Downey, Jr. 37 $3,046,900,101 $82,348,651
7 Ben Stiller 32 $2,765,399,378 $86,418,731
8 Bruce Willis 47 $2,659,640,978 $56,588,106
9 Matt Damon 34 $2,611,536,226 $76,809,889
10 Robin Williams 36 $2,587,259,428 $71,868,317
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 89 $5,992,382,825 $67,330,144
2 Morgan Freeman 69 $4,155,229,600 $60,220,719
3 Harrison Ford 40 $3,912,575,953 $97,814,399
4 Gary Oldman 39 $3,711,579,071 $95,168,694
5 Warwick Davis 19 $3,625,108,164 $190,795,167
6 Robert Downey, Jr. 58 $3,534,260,498 $60,935,526
7 Tom Cruise 38 $3,534,136,946 $93,003,604
8 Tom Hanks 44 $3,388,194,738 $77,004,426
9 Elizabeth Banks 41 $3,304,340,958 $80,593,682
10 Johnny Depp 49 $3,234,709,733 $66,014,484
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 $4,887,588,662 $95,835,072
2 Frank Welker 29 $4,086,206,421 $140,903,670
3 Hugo Weaving 18 $3,834,951,387 $213,052,855
4 Gary Oldman 17 $3,513,567,164 $206,680,421
5 Warwick Davis 14 $3,506,957,852 $250,496,989
6 Jack Angel 18 $3,436,121,459 $190,895,637
7 Mickie McGowan 16 $2,989,300,678 $186,831,292
8 Stanley Tucci 32 $2,937,623,978 $91,800,749
9 Elizabeth Banks 19 $2,878,536,656 $151,501,929
10 Robbie Coltrane 18 $2,845,890,272 $158,105,015
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 39 $4,193,252,935 $107,519,306
2 Tom Hanks 43 $3,851,730,607 $89,575,130
3 Samuel L. Jackson 51 $3,697,939,590 $72,508,619
4 Harrison Ford 30 $3,483,347,827 $116,111,594
5 Tom Cruise 33 $3,244,912,150 $98,330,671
6 Johnny Depp 45 $3,190,864,997 $70,908,111
7 Alan Rickman 15 $3,118,761,362 $207,917,424
8 Cameron Diaz 24 $2,864,794,184 $119,366,424
9 Will Smith 24 $2,836,864,998 $118,202,708
10 Elizabeth Banks 28 $2,825,902,151 $100,925,077
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 22 $5,222,318,054 $237,378,093
2 Frank Welker 23 $3,796,419,848 $165,061,733
3 Jack Angel 16 $3,270,323,269 $204,395,204
4 Mickie McGowan 14 $2,914,583,950 $208,184,568
5 Sherry Lynn 15 $2,517,695,130 $167,846,342
6 Devon Murray 8 $2,390,073,895 $298,759,237
7 Josh Herdman 8 $2,390,073,895 $298,759,237
8 James Phelps 8 $2,390,073,895 $298,759,237
9 Oliver Phelps 8 $2,390,073,895 $298,759,237
10 Geraldine Somerville 8 $2,390,073,895 $298,759,237
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 21 $5,222,009,479 $248,667,118
2 John Ratzenberger 11 $1,672,985,010 $152,089,546
3 Larry King 20 $1,325,847,075 $66,292,354
4 Jay Leno 24 $1,111,982,909 $46,332,621
5 Pat Kiernan 2 $695,987,713 $347,993,857
6 Steven Spielberg 5 $685,015,765 $137,003,153
7 Samuel L. Jackson 7 $635,195,525 $90,742,218
8 Thomas Roberts 1 $623,279,552 $623,279,552
9 M. Night Shyamalan 4 $567,209,842 $141,802,461
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 Jojo Villanueva 28 $1,953,164,057 $69,755,859
Art Director Sean Haworth 9 $2,019,034,573 $224,337,175
Assistant Director Jamie Christopher 30 $4,579,397,428 $152,646,581
Associate Producer Pat Sandston 17 $2,587,439,895 $152,202,347
Casting Director Jane Jenkins 119 $6,806,418,197 $57,196,792
Cinematographer Dean Semler 30 $2,817,169,601 $93,905,653
Composer Hans Zimmer 90 $10,057,229,045 $111,746,989
Costume Designer Joanna Johnston 23 $3,332,838,844 $144,906,037
Dialogue Editor Ewa Sztompke 28 $2,923,778,776 $104,420,671
Director Steven Spielberg 31 $4,206,439,782 $135,691,606
Editor Michael Kahn 48 $4,738,000,537 $98,708,345
Executive Music Producer Chris Montan 8 $1,847,688,396 $230,961,050
Executive Producer Bob Weinstein 210 $6,448,489,720 $30,707,094
Make up and Hair Designer Ve Neill 11 $1,688,283,044 $153,480,277
Music Editor Kenneth Karman 99 $5,682,923,475 $57,403,267
Music Supervisor Dave Jordan 28 $4,685,870,561 $167,352,520
Producer Jerry Bruckheimer 28 $3,744,917,053 $133,747,038
Production Designer Rick Carter 17 $3,267,028,636 $192,178,155
Re recording Mixer Christopher Boyes 38 $5,856,948,025 $154,130,211
Screenwriter Steve Kloves 9 $2,379,489,274 $264,387,697
Second Unit Camera Alexander Witt 14 $1,714,251,099 $122,446,507
Second Unit Director Brian Smrz 23 $3,115,814,152 $135,470,181
Set Decorator Rosemary Brandenberg 35 $3,017,004,501 $86,200,129
Set Designer Easton Smith 28 $3,714,176,989 $132,649,178
Sound Designer Christopher Boyes 35 $6,256,453,908 $178,755,826
Sound Effects Editor Dan Hegeman 70 $4,312,731,387 $61,610,448
Sound Mixer Lee Orloff 27 $3,071,613,233 $113,763,453
Special Effects Supervisor Neil Corbould 20 $2,439,925,860 $121,996,293
Special Make up Effects Nick Dudman 9 $2,442,499,768 $271,388,863
Story Stan Lee 15 $3,724,895,080 $248,326,339
Stunt Coordinator Simon Crane 14 $2,621,190,131 $187,227,867
Supervising Art Director Neil Lamont 10 $2,098,042,996 $209,804,300
Supervising Sound Editor Christopher Boyes 10 $3,416,310,808 $341,631,081
Visual Effects Supervisor Roger Guyett 21 $3,153,181,269 $150,151,489

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
2015 Jennifer Lawrence 4 354
2014 Jennifer Lawrence 6 513
2013 Jennifer Lawrence 5 406