Dwayne tops Forbes best-paid actor list

Agence France-Presse . Los Angeles | Published: 00:00, Aug 24,2019


Dwayne Johnson.

Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson has reclaimed his position as the world’s highest-paid actor, according to a Forbes rich list otherwise dominated by the cast of Marvel’s record-breaking ‘Avengers’ films.

Former professional wrestler Johnson raked in $89.4 million over 12 months, rising back to the number-one spot he last held in 2016. He placed second in both of the last two years.

The prolific actor, 47, scored a major hit with family-friendly reboot ‘Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle’ -- a sequel is on the way -- and has starred in multiple ‘Fast and Furious’ films including this month’s ‘Hobbs & Shaw.’

‘He has just become the go-to bankable star,’ said Comscore analyst Paul Dergarabedian. ‘And he’s always working -- he’s relentless.’

Using his A-list clout to secure lucrative profit-sharing movie deals on top of eight-figure fees, Johnson also appears on HBO television show ‘Ballers,’ hosts NBC game show ‘Titan Games’ and has his own lucrative line of fitness clothing, among other endorsements. 

‘He’s a multi-platform, cross-promoted brand unto himself like no other,’ added Dergarabedian. Chris Hemsworth took second place with $76.4 million -- one of several actors from Marvel’s superhero universe to appear in the top 10.

The list covers the period June 2018 to June 2019, during which Marvel Studios released ‘Avengers: Endgame,’ the highest-grossing film of all time.

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