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Ashton Kutcher is the top earning TV actor in the US

Ashton Kutcher is the top earning TV actor in the US

Ashton Kutcher is the top earning TV actor in the US

Ashton Kutcher has taken the throne - to be crowned the top-earning actor on the small screen in the US.

The Jobs star received a salary boost after he replaced Charlie Sheen in the lead role in US sitcom Two And A Half Men in 2011, with estimated earnings of around 24 million US dollars (£14.9 million) in the past 12 months from June 2012 to June 2013.

The 35-year-old, who has stakes in tech companies such as Airbnb, Foursquare and Path, beat his co-star Jon Cryer (Alan Harper), who took second place with an estimated salary of 21 million US dollars (£13 million) in the list compiled by Forbes.com.

Ray Romano, of Everybody Loves Raymond, came in third, making around 16 million US dollars (£9.9 million) from the show's syndication around the world.

He is followed by How I Met Your Mother's Neil Patrick Harris and NCIS star Mark Harmon in joint fourth place, with approximate earnings of 15 million US dollars (£9.4 million).

Grey's Anatomy heartthrob Patrick Dempsey rounds out the top five, having made around 13 million US dollars (£8.1 million) with the show's tenth series.

Ashton's other co-star, Angus T Jones, also makes the list, coming in seventh, with Dexter star Michael C Hall and Anger Management's Charlie Sheen also appearing in the top 10.


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