Hollywood loves its leading men and the salaries of three of them prove it. Maybe one of the longest performing leading men still making headline news--and taking home awards for his performances--is Michael Douglas, who recently confessed that he lied about having throat cancer when he really had tongue cancer, according to a Fox News Oct. 11 report.
Lying now obviously didn't keep the actor from realizing a salary of $82 million for his movie work in the '90s, of course, or hinder him from making $15 million for film work done in 2000. And who knows what his salary was for his most recent movie, Behind the Candleabra, as even IMDb.com doesn't have that total. But Douglas' fan base may not take to well to being deceived about his cancer diagnosis facts, and they may punish him in the future at the box office as a result.
John Travolta is another popular leading man, coming on the film scene in the 90's and drawing as much as $110 million back then for that decade of work, even though he began with a paltry payment of only $150,000 for Pulp Fiction back then. The next decade his earnings were still exceptionally high, however, with the Swordfish, Basic, and Be Cool movies bumping him into the 20 million per film club for a $103 million total earned between 2000 to 2007.
And then there is Tom Cruise, of course, who is a movie star few can match in salary, bringing home more than $9 million in the '80s for films like Top Gun, which was his first million-dollar movie deal and Mission Impossible, which made him a staggering $70 million. But like Travolta, Tom's first film back then only made the young actor $50,000 for appearing in Taps.
Cruise would go on to such financial earnings as $171.6 million plus in the 90s, which included his Jerry McGuire hit earnings, and $263 million plus was earned by the celebrity between 2000 to 2011.