Ashton Kutcher Tops List of Highest-Paid TV Actors

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Ashton Kutcher (CAA, Untitled, Sloane Offer) is attached to star as Steve Jobs in "Jobs," an independent biopic being produced and financed by Five Star Institute. Joshua Michael Stern ("Swing Vote") is directing.

The "Two and a Half Men" actor made $24 million last year; co-star Jon Cryer also makes an appearance on the highest-paid list with $13 million earned.

Two and a Half Men is treating Ashton Kutcher pretty well -- so well that, by one measure, he's currently the highest-paid actor on the small screen.

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Forbes has released its annual highest-paid TV actors list and Kutcher topped the charts with $24 million made from May 2011 to May 2012. The magazine notes that the sitcom's ex-star, Charlie Sheen, topped the 2011 list of TV actors with $40 million. 

Kutcher is familiar with the terrain -- TV Guide named him the highest-paid TV actor last year for his $700,000 per episode Two and a Half Men payday. 

The runner-ups on this year's Forbes TV list are Hugh Laurie, who took home $18 million during House's final season, and Ray Romano, who earned the same amount. Alec Baldwin ($15 million), Mark Harmon ($15 million) and Tim Allen ($14 million) followed.

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Kutcher's Two and a Half Men co-star, Jon Cryer -- who took home the 2012 Emmy award for lead actor in a comedy -- earned $13 million. Earlier this year, the magazine released its highest paid actors list that included film stars and Tom Cruise took the crown with $75 million made.

In calculating the TV list, Forbes notes that it didn't "deduct for manager and agent fees or the other costs of being a celebrity" in its estimate of the top-earning TV stars.