Which is pretty miraculous, considering he’s not even on television.
Even though he got fired from Two and a Half Men, Charlie Sheen has somehow managed to remain the highest paid actor on television, according to Forbes. He earned $40 million from syndication and pay owed between May 2010 and May 2011.
Sheen was fired from the show in March 2011, so I guess the numbers make sense. But something tells me he still has a chance for 2012. Because even though we laughed at Sheen’s $100 million lawsuit against Chuck Lorre and Warner Bros., the guy managed to settle out of court. The sum is still a secret, but it’s reported that the entire $100 mil was paid out to the cast and crew, with Charlie getting $25 million of that.
But Sheen’s not planning to go into retirement anytime soon (although mentally, it seems like he already has). The actor is working on a new sitcom based on the movie Anger Management. The movie was about an athlete who becomes a counselor. Originally played by Jack Nicholson, the character makes his patients angrier instead of calming them down. Sheen said of the story:
"I chose 'Anger Management' because, while it might be a big stretch for me to play a guy with serious anger management issues, I think it is a great concept."
Once again, it’s a part that’s totally fit for Sheen. I’m guessing they’ll even name the character Charlie, just like half the roles he takes on. Seriously, his character's name was even Charlie when he played a German Shepherd in All Dogs Go to Heaven 2.
So who else made Forbes’ Highest Paid Actors list?
Ray Romano comes in second, as he made $20 million for Men of a Certain Age. It’s now cancelled. Steve Carell Comes in third. He made $15 million for playing Michael Scott in The Office. But he recently left to look for something bigger. That’s what she said.
Mark Harmon from NCIS came in fourth, earning $13 million. Jon Cryer, Sheen’s old Two and a Half Men costar, earned $11 million. He tied with Laurence Fishburne, the ex CSI actor.
Patrick Dempsey (Grey’s Anatomy), Simon Baker (The Mentalist), Hugh Laurie (House) and Christopher Meloni (Law & Order) all rounded off the list, each making $9 million.
But none of the runners up are anywhere close to Sheen numbers. His salary is double those of second-placer Ray Romano. I hate to say it, but I guess the scoreboard really doesn’t lie.