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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 119 $7,283,136,221 $61,202,825
2 Stan Lee 30 $6,808,563,997 $226,952,133
3 Frank Welker 108 $6,736,487,656 $62,374,886
4 Bob Bergen 54 $5,246,394,742 $97,155,458
5 John Ratzenberger 42 $5,133,289,391 $122,221,176
6 Harrison Ford 49 $4,953,679,960 $101,095,509
7 Morgan Freeman 78 $4,851,710,346 $62,201,415
8 Warwick Davis 21 $4,561,750,022 $217,226,192
9 Tom Hanks 55 $4,527,488,549 $82,317,974
10 Mickie McGowan 27 $4,126,651,369 $152,838,940
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 93 $10,520,824,289 $113,127,143
2 John Williams Composer 72 $10,070,393,296 $139,866,574
3 James Newton Howard Composer 110 $7,907,491,395 $71,886,285
4 Stan Lee Executive Producer 37 $7,139,642,328 $192,963,306
5 Danny Elfman Composer 86 $7,099,184,407 $82,548,656
6 Andy Nelson Re-recording Mixer 60 $6,840,732,640 $114,012,211
7 Christopher Boyes Re-recording Mixer 40 $6,839,708,146 $170,992,704
8 Jane Jenkins Casting Director 119 $6,793,366,353 $57,087,112
9 Janet Hirshenson Casting Director 115 $6,748,160,443 $58,679,656
10 Alan Silvestri Composer 88 $6,689,213,372 $76,013,788
11 Bob Weinstein Executive Producer 217 $6,583,275,300 $30,337,674
12 Harvey Weinstein Executive Producer 217 $6,482,292,936 $29,872,318
13 Bruce Berman Executive Producer 79 $6,275,898,715 $79,441,756
14 Christopher Boyes Sound Designer 35 $6,255,394,615 $178,725,560
15 James Horner Composer 101 $6,119,705,763 $60,591,146
16 Sarah Halley Finn Casting Director 42 $5,840,657,800 $139,063,281
17 Kenneth Karman Music Editor 100 $5,664,783,148 $56,647,831
18 Dave Jordan Music Supervisor 36 $5,598,117,942 $155,503,276
19 Randy Thom Sound Designer 38 $5,454,697,178 $143,544,663
20 Tom Johnson Re-recording Mixer 44 $5,206,921,215 $118,339,119
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 43 $4,263,528,880 $99,151,834
2 Harrison Ford 36 $3,652,169,199 $101,449,144
3 Eddie Murphy 37 $3,568,559,060 $96,447,542
4 Robert Downey, Jr. 38 $3,472,401,452 $91,378,986
5 Tom Cruise 37 $3,282,098,963 $88,705,377
6 Johnny Depp 43 $3,128,942,889 $72,766,114
7 Matt Damon 34 $2,838,523,243 $83,485,978
8 Ben Stiller 32 $2,794,433,387 $87,326,043
9 Bruce Willis 49 $2,656,013,807 $54,204,363
10 Adam Sandler 32 $2,650,616,899 $82,831,778
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 93 $6,101,400,104 $65,606,453
2 Harrison Ford 41 $4,846,684,482 $118,211,817
3 Warwick Davis 20 $4,561,750,022 $228,087,501
4 Morgan Freeman 71 $4,325,500,483 $60,922,542
5 Robert Downey, Jr. 58 $3,954,723,050 $68,184,880
6 Elizabeth Banks 44 $3,750,953,286 $85,248,938
7 Gary Oldman 40 $3,721,504,316 $93,037,608
8 Tom Cruise 42 $3,718,147,652 $88,527,325
9 Andy Serkis 24 $3,553,932,087 $148,080,504
10 Tom Hanks 46 $3,457,574,117 $75,164,655
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 50 $4,944,375,692 $98,887,514
2 Warwick Davis 15 $4,443,599,711 $296,239,981
3 Frank Welker 29 $4,085,963,143 $140,895,281
4 Hugo Weaving 19 $3,834,756,732 $201,829,302
5 Gary Oldman 17 $3,513,334,159 $206,666,715
6 Anthony Daniels 9 $3,455,555,190 $383,950,577
7 Jack Angel 18 $3,436,117,720 $190,895,429
8 Mickie McGowan 17 $3,325,361,795 $195,609,517
9 Stanley Tucci 35 $3,308,242,957 $94,521,227
10 Elizabeth Banks 24 $3,239,708,719 $134,987,863
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 Harrison Ford 31 $4,419,633,843 $142,568,834
2 Morgan Freeman 43 $4,391,048,917 $102,117,417
3 Tom Hanks 45 $3,921,125,354 $87,136,119
4 Samuel L. Jackson 57 $3,823,346,097 $67,076,247
5 Tom Cruise 37 $3,432,187,711 $92,761,830
6 Elizabeth Banks 33 $3,273,964,984 $99,211,060
7 Johnny Depp 47 $3,253,308,454 $69,219,329
8 Alan Rickman 19 $3,168,267,518 $166,750,922
9 Stanley Tucci 31 $3,083,774,367 $99,476,592
10 Andy Serkis 15 $3,031,235,933 $202,082,396
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 26 $6,193,177,042 $238,199,117
2 Frank Welker 23 $3,795,896,608 $165,038,983
3 Jack Angel 16 $3,270,338,616 $204,396,164
4 Mickie McGowan 15 $3,250,645,069 $216,709,671
5 Sherry Lynn 17 $3,210,217,955 $188,836,350
6 Warwick Davis 9 $2,923,069,929 $324,785,548
7 John Ratzenberger 14 $2,827,786,725 $201,984,766
8 Bob Bergen 13 $2,410,849,747 $185,449,981
9 Geraldine Somerville 8 $2,390,073,877 $298,759,235
10 Devon Murray 8 $2,390,073,877 $298,759,235
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 25 $6,265,236,941 $250,609,478
2 John Ratzenberger 11 $1,672,984,999 $152,089,545
3 Larry King 21 $1,320,793,878 $62,894,947
4 Jay Leno 25 $1,185,435,405 $47,417,416
5 Pat Kiernan 2 $695,794,907 $347,897,454
6 Steven Spielberg 5 $685,015,762 $137,003,152
7 Jimmy Fallon 3 $656,912,045 $218,970,682
8 Samuel L. Jackson 7 $634,625,715 $90,660,816
9 Thomas Roberts 1 $623,279,547 $623,279,547
10 Mike Tyson 5 $599,198,787 $119,839,757
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 27 $1,934,574,898 $71,650,922
Art Director Sean Haworth 9 $2,019,034,545 $224,337,172
Assistant Director Jamie Christopher 29 $4,583,391,321 $158,047,977
Associate Producer Pat Sandston 17 $2,587,439,869 $152,202,345
Casting Director Jane Jenkins 119 $6,793,366,353 $57,087,112
Cinematographer Dean Semler 32 $2,884,296,920 $90,134,279
Composer Hans Zimmer 93 $10,520,824,289 $113,127,143
Costume Designer Joanna Johnston 25 $3,573,714,957 $142,948,598
Dialogue Editor Ewa Sztompke 28 $2,920,739,388 $104,312,121
Director Steven Spielberg 32 $4,278,650,387 $133,707,825
Editor Michael Kahn 50 $4,872,377,961 $97,447,559
Executive Music Producer Chris Montan 8 $1,847,706,704 $230,963,338
Executive Producer Stan Lee 37 $7,139,642,328 $192,963,306
Make up and Hair Designer Ve Neill 13 $1,979,034,438 $152,233,418
Music Editor Kenneth Karman 100 $5,664,783,148 $56,647,831
Music Supervisor Dave Jordan 36 $5,598,117,942 $155,503,276
Producer Kathleen Kennedy 32 $4,108,819,135 $128,400,598
Production Designer Rick Carter 18 $4,204,005,073 $233,555,837
Re recording Mixer Andy Nelson 60 $6,840,732,640 $114,012,211
Screenwriter Steve Kloves 9 $2,379,489,256 $264,387,695
Second Unit Camera Igor Meglic 52 $2,998,325,485 $57,660,105
Second Unit Director Alexander Witt 25 $3,357,391,550 $134,295,662
Set Decorator Richard Roberts 20 $3,292,256,703 $164,612,835
Set Designer Easton Smith 27 $3,856,956,134 $142,850,227
Sound Designer Christopher Boyes 35 $6,255,394,615 $178,725,560
Sound Effects Editor Dan Hegeman 68 $4,120,730,404 $60,598,977
Sound Mixer Lee Orloff 29 $3,245,078,610 $111,899,262
Special Effects Supervisor Chris Corbould 21 $4,822,829,655 $229,658,555
Special Make up Effects Nick Dudman 9 $2,442,499,745 $271,388,861
Story Stan Lee 15 $3,724,895,069 $248,326,338
Stunt Coordinator Jeff Habberstad 20 $2,771,125,773 $138,556,289
Stunts Martin Klebba 28 $3,007,037,082 $107,394,182
Supervising Art Director Neil Lamont 11 $3,034,684,869 $275,880,443
Supervising Sound Editor Christopher Boyes 11 $3,747,822,678 $340,711,153
Visual Effects Supervisor Roger Guyett 22 $5,025,734,204 $228,442,464

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
2016 Jennifer Lawrence 5 392
2015 Jennifer Lawrence 6 476
2014 Jennifer Lawrence 6 516
2013 Jennifer Lawrence 5 407