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Here’s How Much Money Actors Get Paid For Their Reruns


Being an actor can be a very lucrative line
of work. The stars of long-running, mega-hit TV shows
can bring home $1 million an episode. Even better: actors get residual paychecks
whenever their movie or TV show gets aired (or re-aired) on TV, gets sold to a streaming
service like Netflix, is re-released to movie theaters, or even shown on an airplane. That means they get paid again even though
they didn’t do anything! Production companies use a complicated formula
to determine how much actors get paid, and some get more than others. Here are some television actors who earn a
very substantial living just off the reruns of their old work. Cast of Friends Friends don’t always last forever, but the
show Friends just might. The NBC sitcom ranks as one of the most beloved
and re-run television comedies of all time. According to the New York Times, by the end
of the show, collective cast bargaining had boosted the salaries for all six friends to
a very friendly $1 million dollars per episode, each. The show’s reruns went into syndication in
1998, and in 2015 and the entire series went to Netflix, which has only served to feed
the public’s insatiable need to watch Ross and Rachel break-up and make up. Basically, Friends is always on, and that
translates into big residuals for the main cast. According to USA Today, Friends generates
$1 billion dollars per year for production company Warner Brothers. Of that, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry, Lisa
Kudrow, Courteney Cox, Jennifer Aniston, and David Schwimmer are contractually entitled
to 2 percent — which works out to about $20 million for each and every one of them. “Pivot! Pivot!” “Shut Up! Shut up! Shut up!” Ricky Gervais Even with his many successful hit shows, comedian
and actor Ricky Gervais will forever be known for the series that made him famous and launched
a comedy revolution. The BBC comedy The Office was produced in
a mockumentary style that would be widely imitated, and Gervais starred as the self-deluded
boss for two seasons. “And I went traveling… and exploring….” “Exploring the south?” “…and Asia.” But he really made a fortune when the show
was internationally syndicated and remade for other countries — notably the American
version of The Office starring Steve Carell. The enduring popularity of his franchised
Office has made Gervais very wealthy. According to Celebrity Net Worth, he’s valued
at about $90 million. Ray Romano Stand-up comedian and family sitcom star Ray
Romano has proven himself to be a very talented dramatic actor, but his best known work is
the Emmy-winning and extraordinarily successful CBS comedy Everybody Loves Raymond. Everybody, indeed, loves Raymond, and they
still do. Reruns of the show play on local stations
and all over cable TV, which means huge residual checks for Romano, the star and co-creator
of the series. According to Forbes, he recently placed third
on a list of the highest-paid TV actors, even though he didn’t currently have a show on
the air. His $18 million haul came almost entirely
from Raymond residuals. Jerry Seinfeld In part because he’s co-creator as well as
the star of the show, Jerry Seinfeld earns a ton of money when an episode of Seinfeld
airs on a local station or on Hulu. And those episodes air a lot — it’s still
a major force in syndicated television, even though its been off the air for 20 years. According to Forbes, Jerry Seinfeld earned
$900 million over the past decade, primarily from old Seinfeld episodes. That works out to an incredible $90 million
a year. “Congratulations! How do you feel? What is that like?” Seinfeld doesn’t need to work unless he wants
to, which is probably why he hasn’t done too many major live-action projects since his
sitcom ended. But people just love him so much that when
his web series Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee jumped from Crackle to Netflix, Seinfeld pocketed
about $100 million, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Robert Pine The definition of “working actor,” you’ve
most certainly seen Robert Pine’s work if you’ve ever watched television. Pine has appeared in hundreds of films and
TV episodes since the mid-1960s. If he’s best known for anything, it’s for
his longest-running TV role, as Sergeant Joe on the classic cop show CHiPs. In 1998, Pine told the Los Angeles Daily News
that his residual checks alone were enough to finance both his son and daughter’s college
educations. That son, by the way, is Hollywood A-lister
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54 Comments

  1. Ciaobella Amour Author

    Must be nice 💅🏽💅🏽💅🏽💅🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽. Shiiit I needs that💵💲💰💳💸
    90 million per year just chilling😮

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  2. LaVidaRosa Author

    Wow😳. I had never seen a full episode of Friends until I binged episodes on Netflix. I had no idea those streams still put that much money in their pockets!!

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  3. Thaeda - Author

    BULLSHIT!! Seinfeld himself said he wasn’t worth close to $600 mil. when he was asked about a Forbes list he was on. He laughed his ass off!

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  4. Alessio Matteo Jr. Author

    The limey version of The Office was horrid! I found the US version to be consistently funnier and this is coming from an Italian. lol

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  5. Kevin Author

    I love Friends. And they definitely earned the money they’re getting paid for. I am constantly rewatching it, which is what I’m actually doing right now on Netflix in between other series.

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  6. MsRainbow Brite Author

    I am not kidding or lying for attention. Friends has been playing in New Zealand 5 days a week for the past 15 YEARS. They finish the last season and then start from the beginning the next day.

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  7. Ado Hasimovic Author

    20 million a year and you don't need any math….or any school(exempt actor school that us very easy)and you become famous and a star ok this is my jobbbb!!!

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  8. Eric Owens Author

    A police office saves lives, might get shot, might die – does it for $40,000/year while an actor gets pampered, vitamin waters, catered food, and 20 million dollar royalties per year, and did nothing to help humanity or fellow people in anyway. Jes sayin'

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