Can you imagine being a multi-millionaire before you hit puberty? These top 5 highest paid child actors could retire now and never have to worry about money again.
The long-running sitcom “Modern Family” earned its actors massive paychecks–including the kids. Rico Rodriguez, who played Manny on the ABC show, started off making $15,000 an episode. Not a bad paycheck by most people’s standards, but by the time he was 19, Rico had negotiated a substantial raise of $100,000 per episode.
Although it will be ending this year after its 11th season, Rico has racked up a staggering 250 episodes of the hit show.
Identical twins Cole and Dylan Sprouse made bank during their careers as child actors. They started young–really, really young. For 112 episodes, they shared the role of the youngest son on “Grace Under Fire,” beginning when they were still in diapers.
They went on to co-star in “The Suite Life of Zack & Cody” for the Disney Channel and it’s spin-off, “The Suite Life on Deck” for a total of six seasons. They reportedly earned $20,000 each for every episode.
Although the brothers put their acting careers on hold to attend college and explore other aspects of their lives, both of them have returned to acting. Cole currently stars on the hit CW show Riverdale, adding to his already impressive net worth.
Funny to think that “Two and a Half Men” was once the biggest show on television, isn’t it? The sitcom hasn’t aged terribly well, thanks mostly to star Charlie Sheen’s off-screen antics. But at the height of its popularity, the lead actors were making huge salaries.
Angus T. Jones, who played the young boy that gave the title it’s “half,” was making $300,000 PER EPISODE by the time he left in season 11. His newfound faith at the time caused him to publicly announce: “I’m on Two and a Half Men and I don’t want to be on it. Please stop watching it. Please stop filling your head with filth.”
Netflix didn’t know it’d have such a massive hit on their hands when the first season of “Stranger Things” premiered, but they still paid the child actors well. All the main kids–Gaten Matarazzo, Caleb McLaughlin, Noah Schnapp, Finn Wolfhard and Millie Bobby Brown–received the same salary for the first two seasons, earning $30,000 each per episode.
By the time season 3 started filming, it was clear that “Stranger Things” was a phenomenon. The boys all got a substantial raise, now earning $250,000 each per episode. But Millie Bobbie Brown–who is unarguably the biggest breakout star–negotiated for $350,000 per episode.
Although the rest of our top 5 highest paid child actors made their money from television, Daniel Radcliffe earned his millions from the “Harry Potter” film franchise. Although all three of the main child actors who starred in the movies earned millions, Daniel Radcliffe’s estimated payday was $110 million!
Since graduating from Hogwarts, Radcliffe has stuck to indie projects such as the bizarre “Swiss Army Man” where he played a farting corpse. I guess when you have that much cash in the bank, you can do whatever you want…