Jim Parsons Tops the List of TV’s Highest-Paid Actors, With $25 Million

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Jim Parsons Tops the List of TV’s Highest-Paid Actors, With $25 Million

Jim Parsons tops this year’s annual 'Forbes' list for TV’s highest-paid actors with $25.5 million — see which other Hollywood stars made the cut

Raking in the big bucks. Jim Parsons tops this year’s annual Forbes list for TV’s highest-paid actors, with a whopping $25.5 million, the site announced on Thursday, September 22.

Parsons' Big Bang Theory costars Johnny Galecki came in second with $24 million, and Simon Helberg and Kunal Nayyar locked in spots at third and fourth, with $22.5 million and $22 million, respectively.

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Parsons, 43, topped the list last year with $29 million, and Galecki, 41, took home $27 million to rank No. 2.

Mark Harmon, the star of CBS's drama NCIS, came in fifth with $20 million.

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Big Bang Theory's Kaley Cuoco placed second on Forbes’ list of top-earning TV actresses, released last week, with $24.5 million. The top spot was reserved for Modern Family's Sofia Vergara, who took home $43 million this last year.

All of the earnings were tracked between June 1, 2015, and June 1, 2016.

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According to Forbes, though both Helberg and Nayyar take home slightly lower per-episode salaries than do Parsons and Galecki, their side projects — such as Nayyar’s bestselling book, Yes, My Accent Is Real, and Helberg’s role in Florence Foster Jenkins — are what secured their top-earning spots.


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