Charlie Sheen is TV's highest paid actor. Discuss.

Sheen_lAccording to TV Guide, Charlie Sheen is TV’s highest paid actor, taking home an estimated $825,000 an episode for his work on TV’s top sitcom, CBS’ Two and a Half Men. (That includes ownership in the show.) CSI star and exec producer William Petersen follows with $600,000 an episode. As for the women, Law & Order: SVU‘s Mariska Hargitay comes in first with a payday of $400,000, while The Closer‘s Kyra Sedgwick is runner-up with $275,000.

Are these the people you’d expect to see topping the list? And more importantly, how much do you think Men‘s Jon Cryer makes? We do love him.

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  • Ceballos

    Here are my thoughts: Charlie Sheen has been the highest paid (or among the highest-paid) sitcom actor for a few years now (at least since Seinfeld, Kelsey Grammer and others have been off the air), so to me this isn’t really news.
    Also, though the show takes a beating from critics and a lot of people that are too cool for school (I don’t love the show or watch it regularly at all, but I’ve seen it from time to time, and it makes me laugh), the fact of the matter is that it’s the highest rated sitcom on TV, so I can’t complain about its star making the most money.
    Sure, we can argue about how Steve Carell and Tina Fey (the leads in my two favorite shows) should be making that money, but that’s just not realistic since their respective shows (for better or worse – ok, worse) just don’t get the numbers “Two and a Half Men” does.

  • Anonymous

    I don’t think it would bother me if Charlie Sheen weren’t so icky… the show itself isn’t fantastic, but it’s not According to Jim either. But Charlie Sheen is just such a putz, it’s almost impossible to be okay with him being the highest paid actor on TV right now, ahead of a lot more talented and deserving people.

    • tony

      your a ass anyone who can drink like that and still make that much money and do sitcom, don’t get jealous. Hes done more than you will ever do lol

  • Kate

    Don’t get the appeal of him but to each there own!

  • Lauren

    Then he should be able to afford a more natural-looking toupee or at least a better haircut on the one he’s got. The piecey bangs ala 1998 are KILLING me. And who the heck has BLACK hair at his age? At least lighten it up a bit, Chuck.

  • Nancy

    Why? Whyyyyyyyy????
    Ceballos, I actually agree with most of what you wrote, but I personally have watched bits of the show, and I have never laughed. Not once.
    And I still think this should be filed under “things that make me die in side.”

  • Nancy

    inside. sorry.

    • Dave

      You’re an idiot if the show doesn’t make you laugh

      • Geoffrey

        and… your an idiot for not allowing people to have their own opinion.

  • Leo

    Well, if only he could act and the sitcom wasn’t such a load of crap…

  • Liddy

    “Oh come on!” [/Gob]
    He is indeed a putz and his show is everything that is wrong with network TV today. I have yet to find one person who thinks this pile of garbage is funny. One-note characters, the lot of them.

    • Viewer

      If you can’t find one person, then you don’t know very many people. The show is hilarious and would be nothing without Charlie and the housekeeper. He deserves every penny.

  • jes

    I TRIED to his watch his show once. ONCE! That’s all I could bear. Me thinks 2 1/2 Men and According to Jim HAVE to have overlapping audiences.

  • Rob Grizzly

    It makes sense. Top sitcom. It’s actor gets top pay. I don’t really care. It’s still not funny.
    It’s because he’s big crossover talent from movies. Do I wish that money was going to the cast of Lost? Sure.

  • Lisa

    This reminds me of a dilemma I had this week. I was trying to explain to a friend how big a star David Tennant is in the UK but I couldn’t think of an equivalent in the US. The closest I could come up with was Simon Cowell. Is Charlie Sheen the biggest tv star in the US? And if so, can we have David Tennant instead?

  • Zutroy

    Well, you do have to consider that after the alimony, the hookers, and the cocaine, at the end of the day he’s probably bringing home about what the guy who plays Jim Belushi’s fat brother-in-law gets.

  • Stephanie T.

    The question is if Angus T. Jones was not on Three and a Half Men, would Charlie Sheen be the highest paid actor on television. No, because the show is not funny without Angus and the set-ups.

  • R.D.

    I’m sorry, but I laugh out loud during the entire show. I even laugh at the few reruns I’ve watched. I wouldn’t watch “According to Jim” if you paid me, but will watch everything that Chuck Lorre creates. (I separate the actor from the character, but if you formed your opinion of Charlie Sheen by what Denise Richards says then “shame on you!”)

  • Two and a Half What Now?

    Surely Alec Baldwin is a bigger “crossover talent from movies” than Charlie Sheen, yet people persist in watching Two and a Half Men rather than funny shows like 30 Rock – why won’t the networks show Alec Baldwin, Neil Patrick Harris, Tina Fey, etc the money?

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