Charlie Sheen is No. 1 by a wide margin on a just-released list from Forbes, but the magazine notes that the list covers the period from May 2010 to May 2011 and things have slowed down considerably for the actor in recent months.
Sheen is listed as television’s highest-paid male actor, with Forbes citing his estimated earnings at $40 million. Nevertheless, Sheen — who was fired from "Two and a Half Men" back in March — will be unlikely to reach that number again, the story notes. His new in-the-works show "Anger Management" has yet to be picked up, Forbes notes, adding that it could be lucrative at some point if it becomes a hit.
The actor at No. 2 on the list, Ray Romano, is also no longer on the small screen. Romano earned about $20 million in the year ended May 2011, but his critically embraced show "Men of a Certain Age" was recently canceled. He continues to earn money from "Everybody Loves Raymond," and from voice work for the film series "Ice Age," the piece points out.
Steve Carell, who also recently left his television show, "The Office," ranked third with $15 million in earnings. Mark Harmon came in fourth with $13 million.
The rest of the ratings:
5. Jon Cryer: $11 million
6. Laurence Fishburne: $11 million
7. Patrick Dempsey: $10 million
8. Simon Baker: $9 million
9. Hugh Laurie: $9 million
10. Chris Meloni: $9 million