Jim Parsons Tops the 2018 List of Highest-Paid TV Actors

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The Big Bang Theory is officially ending next year, but until that moment comes, the stars of this hit sitcom will keep on making a fortune. Four actors from the CBS series topped Forbes’ list of highest-paid TV actors of the year, with Jim Parsons taking the lead.

The four-time Emmy winner, who rose to prominence thanks to the role of Sheldon Cooper, earned $26.5 million over the course of twelve months. Johnny Galecki was right behind him, with $25 million in the bank. Simon Helberg and Kunal Nayyar tied for the third spot, thanks to $23.5 million paychecks they received for starring on The Big Bang Theory.

This is Parson’s fourth year in a row topping the list. He recently served as narrator for spin-off series Young Sheldon and starred in a movie A Kid Like Jake. Parsons was executive producer of both projects, and that’s probably why he earned a few more millions than his colleagues.

Take a look at full list of highest-paid TV actors of 2018:

  1. Jim Parsons (The Big Bang Theory) – $26.5 million
  2. Johnny Galecki (The Big Bang Theory) – $25 million
  3. Simon Helberg (The Big Bang Theory) – $23.5 million
  4. Kunal Nayyar (The Big Bang Theory) – $23.5 million
  5. Mark Harmon (NCIS) – $19 million
  6. Ed O’Neill (Modern Family) – $14 million
  7. Eric Stonestreet (Modern Family) – $13.5 million
  8. Jesse Tyler Ferguson (Modern Family) – $13 million
  9. Ty Burrell (Modern Family) – $12 million
  10. Andrew Lincoln (The Walking Dead) – $11 million