Scoop: Dwayne Johnson tops Forbes’ highest paid actors list with $64.5 million

FURIOUS 7, (aka FAST & FURIOUS 7), Dwayne Johnson, 2015. ph: Scott Garfield/©Universal Pictures/Courtesy Everett Collection

FURIOUS 7, (aka FAST & FURIOUS 7), Dwayne Johnson, 2015. ph: Scott Garfield/©Universal Pictures/Courtesy Everett Collection

Former wrestler Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, is 2016’s highest paid actor, Forbes announced Thursday.

The “Fast & Furious” and “San Andreas” star netted $64.5 million, topping last year’s top earner Robert Downey Jr., who dropped to eighth place this year, with $33 million, tying Indian actor Shah Rukh Khan.

Kung-fu master Jackie Chan came in second ($61 million), Matt Damon, aka Jason Bourne, is third ($55 million), Tom Cruise is fourth ($53 million) and Johnny Depp came in fifth ($48 million).

Top female earner Jennifer Lawrence’s $46 million amounts to 72 percent of Johnson’s income and would only place her sixth among the men, between Depp. and Ben Affleck ($43 million).

Rounding out the list are Vin Diesel ($35 million) at No. 7, and, tied for the No. 10 spot, Bollywood star Akshay Kumar and Brad Pitt, with $31.5 million.

Sad but true is the discrepancy between older actors and actresses, with all of the top male earners over 40 compared to half among the women. The over-40 members of the women’s top 10 include Melissa McCarthy, Jennifer Aniston, Charlize Theron, Julia Roberts and Amy Adams.


Katy Perry, in a moment on the radio, expressed sympathy for the guy who thought he was in an online relationship with her – for six years.

A recent episode of MTV’s “Catfish” focused on Spencer Morrill, a Tennessee man who actually had been corresponding with a woman named Harriet in Gloucester, England.

“Yeah, someone sent me a link and I didn’t actually read through it because I just think it’s really unfortunate and very sad,” said Perry in a recent interview on SiriusXM. She added, “So I didn’t really like to indulge in that because my heart would die.”


There are no San Francisco residents among the guys looking for love in the upcoming “Finding Prince Charming.”

Though it sounds like a gay “Bachelor,” the Logo show actually isn’t a spinoff of the inexplicably popular series. Premiering Sept. 8, it’s billed as the first all-gay dating competition (although Bravo did air “Boy Meets Boy,” a reality show featuring both gay and straight men, in 2003.)

The Prince Charming looking for love is Robert Sepúlveda Jr., a 33-year-old former fashion model and interior designer based in Atlanta. The show’s host is Lance Bass of ‘NSYNC fame.

It remains to be seen whether the gay contestants will be as outrageously backstabbing and publicity seeking as their heterosexual counterparts.


Actress Keke Palmer is 23. … Actor Dylan O’Brien is 24. … Actor Evan Ross is 28. … Oakland A Ryan Brasier is 29. … Actor Macaulay Culkin is 36. … Actress Melissa McCarthy is 46. …Singer Shirley Manson of Garbage is 50. … Singer Valerie Simpson of Ashford and Simpson is 71.

– Staff, wire reports

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