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All the world's a stage ...

October 1, 2009 - Steve Murch
I certainly didn't choose the right career path. Apparently I should have tried my hand at acting professionally. I was in a few school plays and a couple in college, but that's where it ended. Paycheck-wise I made a really bad choice.

Access Hollywood lists the top paychecks for actors in television (link at the right) as reported by TV Guide (forgive me, the story went in one direction but it credits another source). Regardless, Charlie Sheen reportedly makes, brace yourself, $875,000 an episode on Two and a Half Men. A season for TV is generally 22 episodes, which translates into more than $19.2 a year. And, he still has half the year to seek outside projects to help pad his bank account.

Sheen claimed the top spot when Sopranos ran its course and James Gandolfini stopped receiving $1 million an episode.

The story says that "24" star Keifer Sutherland receives $550,000 an episode, "House" doctor Hugh Laurie $400,000 and Christopher Meloni of "Law & Order: SVU" $400,000. I'll bet they feel underpaided.

However, Dave's the man of all men. David Letterman earns $32 million a year, followed by Jay Leno ($30 million) and Conan O'Brien ($14 million). Other notables include Katie Couric at $15 million a year and Matt Lauer at $13 million.

I wonder if it's too late to get a gig.


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