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Marky Mark is the world's highest paid actor!

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 Guess what . . . MARK WAHLBERG, of all people, is now the highest paid actor in the world.  And let's be honest, NO ONE saw this coming 25 years ago . . . even at the height of Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch hysteria.

Mark is #1 on the annual "Forbes" list of 'The Highest Paid Actors' . . . after he raked in $68 million over the past year.  That includes his paychecks from movies like "Daddy's Home 2" and "Transformers: The Last Knight" . . . as well as his A&E reality show "Wahlburgers", and his AT&T ads.

DWAYNE 'THE ROCK' JOHNSON is a close second with $65 million.  He was #1 last year . . . and ROBERT DOWNEY JR.was #1 the three years before that, but he fell to #6 on this year's list.

 The list also includes some foreign actors.  JACKIE CHAN finished at #5, ahead of a few Bollywood stars.

Here's the Top 20:

1.  Mark Wahlberg, $68 million


2.  The Rock, $65 million


3.  Vin Diesel, $54.5 million


4.  Adam Sandler, $50.5 million


5.  Jackie Chan, $49 million . . . mostly from the Chinese box office.


6.  Robert Downey Jr., $48 million


7.  Tom Cruise, $43 million


8.  Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan, $38 million


9.  Bollywood actor Salman Khan, $37 million


10.  Bollywood actor Akshay Kumar, $35.5 million



11.  Chris Hemsworth, $31.5 million


12.  Tom Hanks, $31 million


13.  Samuel L. Jackson, $30.5 million


14.  Ryan Gosling, $29 million


15.  Ryan Reynolds, $21.5 million


16.  Matt Damon, $21 million


17.  Jeremy Renner, $19 million


18.  Chris Evans, $18 million


19.  Chris Pratt, $17 million


20.  Mark Ruffalo, $13 million

Eddie Redmayne and Liam Neeson are among the actors who JUST missed out on making the list.

The actors who dropped off the list this year include:  Leonardo DiCaprio, Johnny Depp, Ben Affleck, Brad Pitt, Harrison Ford, and Will Smith, mostly due to lighter schedules.  None of them are hurting or anything . . . except maybe Johnny Depp.

As usual, Hollywood's highest-paid actors out-earned their female counterparts . . . the Top 10 actors banked a total of $488.5 million, which is nearly THREE TIMES more than the $172.5 million that the Top 10 actresses got. 

And only THREE actresses made more than $20 million over the past year.  16 actors surpassed that mark. 

(You can revisit the highest paid actresses list, here.)

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