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10 of the Richest Typecast Movie Stars

In 21st century Hollywood, there are many 'typecast' actors earning millions of dollars a year. Typecasting, by definition, is what happens to an actor when they become associated with one particular

In 21st century Hollywood, there are many 'typecast' actors earning millions of dollars a year. Typecasting, by definition, is what happens to an actor when they become associated with one particular sort of role. Often, once an actor becomes typecast, they can find it very difficult to escape from the box they have been placed in.

However, many actors can also benefit from being typecast. If they find a genre of film in which they are popular, they can often make millions of dollars playing very similar roles. Whether its romantic comedies, family films or horror movies, certain actors seem to have found a genre that just fits them. Being typecast, though often cited as an affliction for an actor's career, isn't necessarily a bad thing. Many of Hollywood's most treasured stars are heavily typecast, having found a niche in which they excel.

However, the term typecast has undeniably negative connotations. It evokes feelings that the actor in question has a small range, that they are not brave enough to explore more challenging roles. Opinions of typecasted actors vary depending on the projects they take on, the intrigue of the roles and the originality of their 'type'.  Here, we've traced the careers of 10 of the most successful typecast actors in Hollywood today. Are they talented individuals who bring something unique to the screen that just can't be matched by another actor; or are they just sailing by, playing it safe?

10 Helena Bonham Carter - $24 million

9 Christopher Walken - $35 million

8 Seth Rogen - $45 million

7 Will Ferrell - $85 million

6 Morgan Freeman - $90 million

5 Angelina Jolie - $145 million

4 Jennifer Aniston - $150 million

3 Al Pacino - $185 million

2 Adam Sandler - $300 million

Sandler is a very popular comic actor, but most of his films fall into the "family comedy" category. His characters are always likeable, irritable, all-American guys who seem to exist on a plain of two main emotions - charming or angry. No matter what the problem, his films have a cheesy happy ending, which makes them perfect for family cinema trips. Notable examples include Big Daddy, 50 First Dates, Click and Bedtime Stories.

1 Jack Nicholson - $400 million

Jack Nicholson is famous for a lot, but he's well-known for his ability to scare the hell out of children, teenagers and adults alike; Nicholson's characters are some of the most noted maniacs in the history of film. Nicholson is an undeniably exceptional actor: simply take a look at The Shining,  One Flew Over the Cookoo's Nest, 1989'S Batman and The Departed and you'll get an idea of what makes this Hollywood veteran so memorable. Nicholson is best-known for the incredible atmosphere he creates within a film. In fact, he's so good at what he does that his more serious roles in films such as The Bucket List have proved almost disappointing. Nicholson's maniacal, hyperactive attitude is what viewers want, which makes Nicholson one of the most enjoyable typecast actors of them all.

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