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While he starred in movies both onscreen and offscreen last year, Vin Diesel was a voice-over actor in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and the leading character, Xander Cage, in xXx: Return of Xander Cage. Of course, the famous celeb is also a part of The Fast and Furious franchise, starring in last year's film alongside The Rock, The Fate of the Furious. These blockbuster hits alone helped make Diesel the third-highest-paid actor of 2017, with a salary of $54.4 million.
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Thanks to his work in Ballers, The Fate of the Furious, Baywatch and his upcoming action-packed film Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, in one year, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson raked in a mere $65 million, placing him as the second-highest-paid actor of 2017.
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Mark Wahlberg takes the cake for the highest paid actor of 2017, bringing in a whopping $68 million last year. Wahlberg starred in a number of large-scale movies throughout 2017, including Patriots Day, oil spill biopic Deepwater Horizon and Transformers: The Last Knight. While these movies did not wind up being major box office successes as planned, being the big actor he is, Wahlberg receives upfront compensation, meaning he gets paid the big bucks whatever the outcome of a movie.
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With his four-movie deal with Netflix—two of which were released last year—it's no wonder Adam Sandler was the fourth-highest-paid actor of 2017. His Netflix hits The Meyerowitz Stories and Sandly Wexler helped the comedian-slash-actor make $50.5 million just in one year.
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Jackie Chan starred in a number of action-packed films last year—both big and small, national and international—including Reset, The Foreigner, Bleeding Steel, The LEGO Ninjago Movie, Kung Fu Yoga, The Nut Job 2 and Namiya. All that hard work paid off, though, because Chan ended up making $49 million last year.
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Another star who's cashing in on the action movies is Tom Cruise. Cruise reportedly made eight figures for each of his 2017 movies: The Mummy and American Made. Both of these combined landed Cruise number seven on the list of highest paid actors last year, with a salary of $43 million.