10 Highest-paid TV Actors of All Time

Jon Cryer
Jon Cryer’s salary is even more than that of two and a half millionaires. Cliff Lipson/CBS via Getty Images

"Two and a Half Men" were making enough money for 100 men. Jon Cryer, one of the stars of the highly rated CBS sitcom, earned $650,000 per episode [source: CBS News]. In 2003, Cryer originated the character of Alan Harper, an ever-anxious single dad of one son. Cryer grounded the show as the comedic man to other, more flamboyant lead characters. Portraying a hapless soul who's the butt of many jokes has other rewards, too. Cryer won two Emmys for the role.

Prior to "Two and a Half Men," Cryer worked on Broadway ("Brighton Beach Memoirs" and "Torch Song Trilogy") and in Hollywood (who could forget his character Ducky in "Pretty in Pink"?). He'd also had his share of less-than-successful series, including "The Fabulous Teddy Z," "Partners" and "Getting Personal." The final episode of "Two and a Half Men" aired in 2015. Cryer was the only primary cast member who stuck it out the entire time.