When you adjust for inflation who rises to the top as the most valuable actors of all time? Does Cary Grant make the top ten? How about Spencer Tracy? The fact of the matter is that very few of the old stars made the list! 24/7 Wall Street has computerized over 700 actor names to come up with the top ten most valuable actors of all time. Here are the top five.
1. Tom Hanks
- Total film gross: $6.2 billion
- Average film gross: $155.4 million
- Films: 40
- Top grossing film: Forrest Gump
- Acting Oscars: 2
Since his film career began in 1984, movies starring Hanks have grossed, on average, more than $155 million in inflation-adjusted ticket sales. However, many of Tom Hanks’s films have grossed significantly higher. The highest grossing film was Forrest Gump, with an adjusted total of more than $611 million. Other films that grossed more than $300 million include Saving Private Ryan, Cast Away and all three Toy Story movies. Hanks has been nominated for five Academy Awards and has won two: best actor in a leading role for Philadelphia in 1994, and the same Oscar again in 1995 for Forrest Gump.
2. Harrison Ford
- Total film gross: $7.4 billion
- Average film gross: $218.3 million
- Films: 34
- Top grossing film: Star Wars
- Acting Oscars: 0
Harrison Ford (photograph above) is best known for starring as Han Solo in the original Star Wars trilogy, which grossed nearly $2.9 billion after adjusting for ticket price inflation, and as the lead in the Indiana Jones franchise, which grossed more than $1.8 million. Outside these series, Ford has starred in numerous blockbuster action films and thrillers, including 1985’s Witness, for which he received his only Oscar nomination, 1993’s The Fugitive, and 1997’s Air Force One. Following Disney’s acquisition of Lucasfilm in October 2012 and the announcement that new films would be made for the franchise, rumors have circulated that Ford may be open to starring in future Star Wars movies
3. Eddie Murphy
- Total film gross: $5.9 billion
- Average film gross: $154.6 million
- Films: 38
- Top grossing film: Shrek 2
- Acting Oscars: 0
Eddie Murphy, a comedian whose acting career took off at age 19 after he joined Saturday Night Live, has become one of the most successful comedians of his generation. He has been in 11 films that grossed more than $200 million in inflation-adjusted terms, ranging from Mulan to The Nutty Professor. His two highest grossing films, Shrek 2 and Beverly Hills Cop, have grossed more than a half-billion dollars each. Despite his success, Murphy has never won an Academy Award, although he won a Golden Globe in 2006 for his role in Dreamgirls. On the flip side of Murphy’s career, he won a Razzie in 2010 for worst actor of the decade, noting his appearances in busts such as The Adventures of Pluto Nash and Norbit.
4. Robin Williams
- Total film gross: $4.8 billion
- Average film gross: $108.4 million
- Films: 44
- Top grossing film: Mrs. Doubtfire
- Acting Oscars: 1
After starring on the TV series Mork and Mindy, Robin Williams began his film as the title role in Popeye in 1980, the first of his 16 films that would gross more than $100 million in inflation-adjusted ticket sales. Among Williams’ smash hits were comedies such as Mrs. Doubtfire and Flubber, as well as dramas such as Dead Poets Society and Good Will Hunting, which earned Williams his only Oscar to date. Williams has also lent his voice to two of the highest grossing animated movies of all time, Aladdin and Happy Feet. His one Oscar came in a noncomedic role, as best supporting actor in Good Will Hunting.
5. Tom Cruise
- Total film gross: $5.0 billion
- Average film gross: $153.0 million
- Films: 33
- Top grossing film: Top Gun
- Acting Oscars: 0
Tom Cruise is one of just a handful of actors to have grossed more than $5 billion in inflation-adjusted ticket sales. At just 23, Cruise starred in Top Gun, a film that went on to gross $370 million. Other movies starring Cruise that grossed more than $300 million include Rain Man and the first two Mission Impossible movie. Cruise has never won an Academy Award, but has been nominated three times for his roles in Born on the Fourth of July, Jerry Maguire and Magnolia. Cruise has also been nominated for seven Golden Globes, winning three.