Jim Parsons: One of top 10 highest-paid actors

Despite some TV shows coming to an end soon - CBS's The Big Bang Theory - or characters' story arcs ending - Rick Grimes on AMC's The Walking Dead - these 10 actors are the highest paid as of 2018.

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The top three highest paid actors are the main male cast members of The Big Bang Theory and four other spots are taken by members of the Modern Family cast.

Jim Parsons, Big Bang Theory
Photo: Michael Yarish/Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. © 2017

One thing that boosted the ranking of Jim Parsons was his involvement in The Big Bang Theory spinoff show Young Sheldon - executive producer and endorsement money added on.

Similarly, Johnny Galecki boosted his ranking from The Connors, a spinoff of Roseanne. In order to enhance the salaries of fellow cast members Melissa Rauch and Mayim Bialik, the four Big Bang Theory actors on this list, along with the rest of the original cast, took a pay cut per episode from about $1 million to $900,000.

The Cast of Modern Family

Fellow The Walking Dead actor Norman Reedus might soon take the tenth spot considering a pay raise negotiation and the end of Lincoln's time on the show.

Meanwhile, following the accusations of sexual misconduct Kevin Spacey, the star of House of Cards, was removed from being considered for the list.

Top 10 Highest-Paid Actors totaling $185 million:

10. Andrew Lincoln - The Walking Dead - $11 million

9. Ty Burrell - Modern Family - $12 million

8. Jesse Tyler Ferguson - Modern Family - $13 million

7. Eric Stonestreet - Modern Family - $13.5 million

6. Ed O'Neill - Modern Family - $14 million

5. Mark Harmon - NCIS - $19 million

3. Kunal Nayyar & Simon Helberg - The Big Bang Theory - $23.5 million

2. John Galecki - The Big Bang Theory - $25 million

1. Jim Parsons - The Big Bang Theory - $26.5 million

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