Forbes just released its annual list of highest paid actors, and Philly boy Bradley Cooper makes an impressive show at No. 3. Forbes estimates he made a cool $43 million last year:
Cooper’s ability to balance large and small movies lands him on our Celebrity 100 for the first time this year. His work in the lucrative Hangover franchise has given him the ability to take risks with smaller films like Silver Linings Playbook and American Hustle. Both movies earned him Oscar nominations (though he has yet to win a gold statue) and plenty of money with their healthy profit margins. Cooper also lent his voice to Rocket Raccoon for the Marvel movie Guardians of the Galaxy.
Another Philly star, Will Smith, cracked the top 10, tying with Mark Wahlberg with $32 million paid last year.
Studios still pay Will Smith top dollar to star in their blockbusters because even when he misfires, he still brings in a huge fan base. Smith’s latest film, After Earth, barely registered in the U.S. earning only $60 million. But it did better overseas bringing in $183 million or 75% of its total global box office. Smith’s most recent passion project is a new big-screen version of “Annie” starring African-American actors in many of the key roles. He produced the film with Jay-Z
See who else made the list here.