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Harrison Ford has a golden year

By Ric Bohy

June 17, 2009 at 7:46am

It took a very fat paycheck to lure actor Harrison Ford out of semi-retirement to star in last year’s Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, enough to put him at the top of Forbes’ latest list of the 20 highest paid actors.

Ford earned $65 million in a deal that split the film’s earnings between him, director Steven Spielberg and executive producer George Lucas, minus production and promotion costs.

Harrison Ford
Harrison Ford

Playing yang to Ford’s yin was comic actor Will Ferrell, who anchored the list with earnings of $10 million for the same time period, June 2008 to June 2009.

Other leading earners:

  • Adam Sandler, $55 million
  • Will Smith, $45 million
  • Eddie Murphy, $40 million
  • Nicolas Cage, $40 million
  • Tom Hanks, $35 million
  • Tom Cruise, $30 million
  • Jim Carrey, $28 million
  • Brad Pitt, $28 million
  • Johnny Depp, $27 million
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