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And Hollywood's highest-paid actor is...

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ROBERT DOWNEY JR has been named Hollywood’s highest-paid actor, after resurrecting his career with superhero franchises.

The star of Iron Man and The Avengers pocketed around $75million last year, according to Forbes magazine’s annual list of the biggest earners in the movie business.

Downey Jr claimed first place ahead of Channing Tatum, who earned $60million from his role as a male stripper in Magic Mike among other major projects.

Ireland bagged a spot in the top ten via Liam Neeson, who brought up the end of the list with a tidy $32million in earnings last year.

In third place was Australian actor Hugh Jackman, who left his well-practiced role as Wolverine behind to belt out a few tunes as Jean Valjean in Les Miserables. Jackman earned $55million last year, according to Forbes’ estimates.

There were no women in the Hollywood top ten. Forbes said it compiled the list by talking to “agents, producers, managers and other people in the know”.

Here’s the complete top ten:

  1. Robert Downey Jr – $75m
  2. Channing Tatum – $60m
  3. Hugh Jackman – $55m
  4. Mark Wahlberg – $52m
  5. Dwayne Johnson – $46m
  6. Leonardo DiCaprio – $39m
  7. Adam Sandler – $37m
  8. Tom Cruise – $35m
  9. Denzel Washington – $33m
  10. Liam Neeson – $32m

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