Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson tops Forbes highest-paid male actors list

Wrestler-turned-movie star Dwayne Johnson clung to the top slot on the list of the world's highest-paid male actors for a second straight year, according to an annual tally released by Forbes magazine on Tuesday.

Johnson, also known by his ring name "The Rock" earned $US 87.5 million from June 1, 2019 to June 1, 2020, Forbes said, including $US 23.5 million from Netflix Inc to star in movie thriller Red Notice. He also benefited from his "Project Rock" fitness wear line for Under Armour Inc.

Ryan Reynolds, who co-stars with Johnson in Red Notice, came in second in the Forbes ranking of male stars. He earned $US 20 million for that film, plus another $US 20 million for Netflix movie Six Underground, the magazine said, part of his $US 71.5 million total for the one-year period.

Dwayne Johnson has hung onto top spot on the Forbes list of richest male actors.Credit:AP

Actor and producer Mark Wahlberg, star of Netflix action comedy Spenser Confidential, finished third with $US 58 million. Next on the list were actors Ben Affleck with $US 55 million and Vin Diesel with $US 54 million.

Akshay Kumar, the only Bollywood star in the top 10, landed in sixth place with earnings of $US 48.5 million. Most of his income came from product endorsements, Forbes said.

Rounding out the list were Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda, actors Will Smith and Adam Sandler, and martial-arts star Jackie Chan.

The figures are pre-tax and do not include deductions for fees given to agents, managers and lawyers, Forbes said. The magazine releases a separate list of highest-paid actresses.

Reuters

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