‘Iron Man’ named as world’s top-earning actor

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Iron Man actor Robert Downey Jr. is once again on the news — this time after being named as the world’s top-earning star by Forbes.

As posted by USA Today, Downey, 50, earned an estimated $80 million from June 2014 –  June 2015, spurred by the successful superhero ensemble “Avengers: Age of Ultron” which grossed more than $1.3 billion worldwide.

Downey first appeared on the screen when he was five years old; being included in the cast of Pound, his father Robert Downey Sr.’s film in 1970.

The Iron Man actor also starred in Air America (1990), Soapdish (1991), and Natural Born Killers (1994).  In 1992, he played the role of Charlie Chaplin, the title character in the 1992 film Chaplin, which earned him a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Actor.

Some of Downey’s more recent films are The Singing Detective (2003), Gothika (2003), Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2005), A Scanner Darkly (2006), Zodiac (2007), and Tropic Thunder (2008). In 2008, he started portraying the role of Marvel Comics superhero Tony Stark/Iron Man.

Other top-earners

Downey was followed by Hong Kong comedy and action star Jackie Chan, Time disclosed. Chan earned $50 million between June 2014 and June 2015.

Chan was followed by the Fast and Furious franchise’s leading man Vin Diesel with $47 million. Moreover, Diesel was followed by Bradley Cooper, Adam Sandler.

Forbes also disclosed that there are 12 newcomers who joined the ranking; five of them are collecting paychecks from Bollywood.

Of the 12, three are in the top 10. They are Amitabh Bachchan and Salman Khan rank at No. 7 with $33.5 million, and next to them is Akshay Kumar with $32.5 million.

Forbes collates its earnings lists using figures from Nielsen, Box Office Mojo, and IMDB. The earnings are calculated by deducting estimated taxes and management fees.

Furthermore, USA Today reported, the full list has 33 thespians from seven countries, who together earned a total of $877 million before taxes and fees between June 1, 2014, and June 1, 2015.