Two and a Half Men ran for 12 seasons on CBS and was one of the most popular sitcoms on television during the height of its popularity, affording the main cast members hefty salaries.
The series was about a wealthy and womanizing jingle writer who lived on his own in a beach house in Malibu until his recently divorced and uptight brother moved in with him, along with his young son, complicating the man’s freewheeling life.
Exactly how much did the main and recurring cast members earn on the series? With many of the actors, including Charlie Sheen and Jon Cryer, having successful careers prior to the series, it simply added to their already big bank account. And for others, the series helped pad their wallets with some serious dough.
Here’s a look at the net worth of every cast member of the series. All figures are according to CelebrityNetWorth.com.
10 Charlie Sheen - $10 million
Playing Charlie Harper for the first 10 seasons of the series, and raking in the highest-paid salary for a sitcom star at the time, Sheen was eventually replaced by Ashton Kutcher. But as a big-time movie star, he was already worth a ton.
Despite encountering some personal troubles, Sheen amassed his large income thanks to starring roles in movies dating back to the ‘80s, including Platoon, Wall Street, and Hot Shots! as well as from TV series like Spin City and Anger Management. But it was Two and a Half Men that really boosted his bottom line in the ‘00s, earning him $1.8 million per episode during its heyday.
9 Ashton Kutcher - $200 million
Best known for playing Michael Kelso on That ‘70s Show, Kutcher went on to star in movies like Dude, Where’s My Car? and The Butterfly Effect, and produce and star in his own series Punk’d on MTV. But he also became a savvy businessman, co-founding his own venture capital firm A-Grade Investments, and investing in many successful tech start-ups, including Skype, Foursquare, and Airbnb.
Getting his official start modeling, he took over the lead role on Two And A Half Men after Sheen’s departure, playing Walden, a lonely wealthy billionaire who buys Charlie’s Malibu beach house and somehow agrees that his brother Alan can still live there. The contract for that role was for a reported cool $20 million or about $750,000 per episode. He currently stars in Netflix series The Ranch and continues with his business ventures.
8 Jon Cryer - $65 million
Making serious bank for his role as Alan Harper on the series, the divorced brother of Charlie, and getting recognized with plenty of Emmy nominations and a pair of wins, Cryer had a lengthy career long before joining the cast of the sitcom in 2003.
He is known by ‘80s and ‘90s kids as Duckie from the iconic John Hughes film Pretty in Pink. He has also appeared in many other movies and TV series, including Hot Shots! with his former Two and a Half Men co-star Sheen. He now appears in a recurring role as Lex Luthor on The CW’s Supergirl, and previously appeared in a recurring role as himself in YouTube Premium series Ryan Hansen Solves Crimes on Television.
7 Angus T. Jones - $15 million
Amassing almost all of his income from his role as Alan’s son Jake on the series, raking in a reported $350,000 per episode during his time on the series, along with income from the show airing in syndication, this 25-year-old has a pretty full bank account.
He spent 10 years playing Jake, from the age of 10 through to 20, though he was only a recurring character for the final two seasons, appearing sparingly, and only in the final episode of the last season. But during the height of the series’ popularity, Jones became the highest paid child star on television. He’s had a few supporting roles in films like George of the Jungle 2 and Bringing Down the House, but attended university after leaving the show, and has been mostly absent from the acting scene of late.
6 Melanie Lynskey - $5 million
Playing the creepy stalker neighbour Rose who was infatuated with Charlie, Lynskey, who hails from New Zealand, has been acting since she was 17. Now 42, the actor has racked up a resume of supporting appearances in film, including Ever After, Coyote Ugly, and Flags of Our Fathers.
She also appeared in HBO series Togetherness from 2015 to 2016, does voice work for cartoons, and starred in Hulu series Castle Rock. Fun fact: she’s engaged to and has a child with actor Jason Ritter, son of the late iconic comedic actor John Ritter.
5 Amber Tamblyn - $3 million
Joining the series in its final seasons to take over for Jones after his departure, she played Jenny, the illegitimate daughter of Charlie that he didn’t know existed. But Tamblyn had a lengthy career in television and movies before ever setting foot on that set.
She starred in the primetime series Joan of Arcadia, for which she received both Emmy and Golden Globe nominations, had an extended arc on the series House, and appeared in the first two The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants movies and films like The Ring, The Grudge 2, and 127 Hours. She’ll next be seen in an upcoming pilot for a series called Y.
4 Holland Taylor - $18 million
This veteran actor and playwright played Charlie and Alan’s mom Evelyn, but Two and a Half Men was not her first TV series rodeo. She previously appeared on series like Bosom Buddies, The Powers That Be, Saved by the Bell: The College Years, and The Practice.
She also has a long history in film with appearances in movies like One Fine Day, George of the Jungle, The Truman Show, and Legally Blonde. Ann is a play Taylor both wrote and starred in, based on the life and work of Ann Richards, which brought her back to her theater roots. She’ll next be seen in the upcoming sequel film Bill & Ted Face the Music.
3 Marin Hinkle - $3 million
Best known for her role as Judith on the series, the angry and annoyed ex-wife of Alan, Hinkle has also appeared on ABC series Once and Again. She is currently gaining further attention playing Rose Weissman, mother to lead character Miriam, in Amazon Prime Video series The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, for which she earned an Emmy nomination.
Most of her earnings come from these two roles on hit series, though she did appear in Shakespearean plays back in the ‘90s and got her start on daytime soap opera Another World. Hinkle’s other credits include the series Deception, and small roles in films like I Am Sam and Quarantine, as well as a string of guest appearances on TV series like Law & Order: SVU and ER.
2 Courtney Thorne-Smith - $10 million
Most notable for her role on ‘90s drama Melrose Place, the follow-up series to Beverly Hills 90210, Thorne-Smith played Lyndsey, Alan’s girlfriend, in a recurring role on the series. Her income was also boosted by roles in series like Ally McBeal and According to Jim.
Debuting on film back in the ‘80s, coincidentally in the movie Lucas alongside Sheen, she continued to act in films throughout the ‘80s like Revenge of the Nerd II: Nerds in Paradise and Summer School. She can most recently be seen in the TV movie Emma Fielding: More Bitter Than Death.
1 Jennifer Taylor - $2 million
Best known for playing Chelsea on the series, Charlie’s ex-fiance and someone the notorious womanizer and bachelor actually loved, she has made many small appearances on television series since the late ‘90s, including Pacific Blue, Charmed, Las Vegas, and NCIS. Her most recent TV appearance was playing Anne on the popular series Shameless.
She has also appeared in films, debuting in 1998’s erotic thriller Wild Things. She most recently appeared on daytime soap opera The Young and the Restless.