Robert Downey Jr. tops Forbes list

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London - Robert Downey Jr. has been named Hollywood's highest paid actor for the second year running.

The 49-year-old star - who earned an estimated $75 million (R795.9m) for the year 2012 and 2013 - has topped Forbes' annual ranking of the highest paid movie stars after making a fortune from his portrayal of Iron Man.

Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson came in second place with an earning of $52 million, which he accumulated from a number of acting roles as well as producing gigs.

Bradley Cooper, 39, followed behind with an estimated $46 million due to his much loved roles in 'The Hangover' and 'American Hustle', while Leonardo DiCaprio, 39, secured fourth place with $39 million.

Chris Hemsworth finished off the top five with an estimated earning of $37 million after beating Liam Neeson and Ben Affleck, who earned $36 million and $35 million respectively, to the place.

Will Smith and Mark Wahlberg fell to the bottom of the top 10 list with an estimated annual earning of $32 million, while Johnny Deep, Brad Pitt and Tom Cruise all failed to secure a place on the chart.

The top 10 list of highest paid actors 2014:

1. Robert Downey Jr - $75 million

2. Dwayne Johnson - $52 million

3. Bradley Cooper - $46 million

4. Leonardo DiCaprio - $39 million

5. Chris Hemsworth - $37 million

6. Liam Neeson - $36 million

7. Ben Affleck - $35 million

8. Christian Bale - $35 million

9. Will Smith - $32 million

10. Mark Wahlberg - $32 million

- BANG Showbiz

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