Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson has another accolade to add to his growing list of achievements. The Furious 7 actor was declared the world's highest paid actor and is ranked 19th on Forbes Celebrity 100. Johnson has brought in a total of $64.5m (£49m) earnings since his debut in The Mummy Returns in 2001. The former WWE star took to Instagram to celebrate his achievement. He wrote, "The wolf is always scratchin' at the door" was the first thing I said when we found out from @forbes I was officially the world's highest paid actor. Well, actually the first thing I said was "Aw shit!", then I said the wolf part."
"Receiving news like this will always serve as my anchoring reminder to continue to work even harder," Johnson said on Instagram. "We not only want to 'embrace the grind,' but take the grind to new levels." "In the 15 years since, he's used his action hero physique, deep voice and on-screen charisma to climb the ranks of Hollywood, claiming the title this year of the world's highest-paid actor, with total earnings of $64.5 million and the 19th spot on Forbes' Celebrity 100 list," the magazine wrote about the former wrestler "The Rock.
Johnson's path to acting fame and fortune is something that is rarely accomplished in Hollywood, noted Forbes. "What Johnson has pulled off with that a**-kicking and grinning — parlay his original career into a lucrative 'second act' — is rarely done successfully and takes time," Forbes wrote. "He transitioned from ensemble roles in films like 'Fast and Furious' to be a box office draw, as evidenced in his $472 million grossing star vehicle 'San Andreas' — from which he likely got a hefty backend cut."
In Forbes' Celebrity 100 ranking, which was released Tuesday, it listed pop singer Taylor Swift as the top-ranking entertainer, making $170 million over the past year. The top 10 top-grossing entertainers also included boy band One Direction ($110 million), author James Patterson ($95 million), Dr. Phil McGraw ($88 million), soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo ($88 million), comedian Kevin Hart ($87.5), radio talk show host Howard Stern ($85 million), soccer star Lionel Messi ($81.5), singer Adele ($80.5) and conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh ($79 million).
Hart, who costarred with Johnson in the new movie "Central Intelligence" received most of his money from stand-up and was ranked as a comedian instead of an actor, noted CBS Sports. The actor's upcoming movies include Fast and Furious 8, Baywatch and Shazam!.