Over the years, the X-Men franchise has skyrocketed some lesser known actors’ careers, as well as casting A-list actors from movies and television in some prominent roles. Unsurprisingly, a number of actors who have appeared in X-Men films are millionaires — but each of the actors in the top fifteen are worth at least $14 million, with the richest actor being worth over ten times that amount.
This list was compiled by comparing all actor’s net worth as listed on CelebrityNetWorth.com; the amount associated with each actor is their total net worth, not the amount that they made on X-Men films or even the amount they have made as an actor. Actors from the original X-Men trilogy, X-Men Origins: The Wolverine (2009), The Wolverine (2013), and the new X-Men films are included.
Hundreds of people have played roles over those eight films, and dozens could be considered key players in the ensemble casts. Some of the younger stars of more recent X-Men films, like Lucas Till (est. net worth $2 million), Evan Peters ($3 million), and Sophie Turner ($3 million) were no competition compared to many of their co-stars. Zoe Kravitz ($4 million), Nicholas Hoult ($4 million), Brian Cox ($8 million), Oscar Isaac ($8 million), and James Marsden ($8 million) would be considered wealthy in most company, but did not make enough to earn a place in the top fifteen. January Jones ($10 million) and Peter Dinklage ($10 million) both made their fortunes on television, with Mad Men (2007) and Game of Thrones (2011) respectively. Additionally, Olivia Munn ($12 million) and Rose Byrne ($12.5 million) were just edged out of the top fifteen.
Counting down to the wealthiest star of Fox’s mutant movie world, here are the 15 Richest X-Men Actors:
15. Ellen Page ($14 million – tie)
Ellen Page, who played Kitty Pride in both X-Men: The Last Stand (2006) and X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014), is perhaps best known for playing a pregnant teenage in Juno (2007), though she has also starred in Whip It (2009) and Inception (2010). Outside of film, Page has appeared in a number of modeling campaigns and hosts the travel show Gaycation (2016). The show documents Page and Ian Daniel as they travel and explore different cultures and LGBTQ+ communities around the world.
14. Anna Paquin ($14 million – tie)
Anna Paquin began her career as a child star, and she had already been nominated for an Academy Award for The Piano (1993) before she appeared as Rogue in the first X-Men movie. She reprised her role in the two sequels, and in X-Men: Days of Future Past — after her role was cut from the timeline-rebooting adventure — Fox released “The Rogue Cut” of the film, which included seventeen additional minutes and a subplot that centered on Rogue that was cut from the theatrical release of the movie. On television, Paquin played Sookie in True Blood (2008) and recently starred in the miniseries Roots (2016).
13. Famke Janssen ($15 million)
Famke Janssen played Jean Grey in X-Men (2000), X2 (2003), X-Men: The Last Stand (2006), The Wolverine (2013), and X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014). She did not return to the role this summer’s in X-Men: Apocalypse, with Game of Thrones star Sophie Turner playing a younger Jean Grey in the new continuity.
Janssen, who began her career as a model, is also known for playing Xenia in GoldenEye (1995) and Lenore in the Taken franchise, appearing in all three films opposite Liam Neeson. On television, she has appeared in Nip/Tuck (2003), How to Get Away With Murder (2014), Hemlock Grove (2013), and the upcoming The Blacklist: Redemption (2016).
12. James McAvoy ($17 million)
James McAvoy plays Professor Charles Xavier in the new continuity that began with X-Men: First Class. He has reprised the role in X-men: Days of Future Past and X-Men: Apocalypse, of course, and it was recently revealed that he’ll be returning to the franchise in 2018’s New Mutants. No word yet on if he’ll actually show any signs of aging in this one though.
McAvoy is also known for starring in The Last King of Scotland (2006), Atonement (2007), and Wanted (2008). Some fans might recognize him as Mr. Tumnus, who he played in The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe (2005). He also has appeared in a number of theatrical productions, starring as Macbeth in 2013 and The Ruling Class in 2015 on the West End in London.
11. Rebecca Romijn ($25 million)
Rebecca Romijn played Mystique in the original X-Men trilogy before the role was taken on (and given a hell of a lot more depth and backstory) by Jennifer Lawrence in the more recent trilogy. Romijn also reprised her role with a fun little cameo in First Class.
Romijn has worked primarily as a model, although she has worked in film and in television. She starred in an entirely separate Marvel production in 2004 (The Punisher), and will continue to star as Eve Baird in the third season of the TNT show The Librarians. Romijn was married to actor John Stamos from 1998 to 2005, which explains her former professional name of Romijn-Stamos. She is currently married to actor Jerry O’Connell, who she married in 2007.
10. Kevin Bacon ($30 million – tie)
Kevin Bacon is a critically acclaimed actor who has starred in a number of noteworthy movies, including Footloose (1984), Apollo 13 (1995), and Mystic River (2003). In recent years, he starred as Ryan Hardy in the television series The Following, a cult-favorite which was given the ax last year after a solid three year run on Fox.
Bacon has only appeared in one X-Men film — First Class. In it, he plays the principal antagonist, Sebastian Shaw, a militant mutant capable of absorbing energy and converting it. Given his character’s end, it seems highly unlikely that he will reprise the role, although the multitude of timelines the franchise has shown a willingness to explore keeps that door somewhat open
9. Michael Fassbender ($30 million – tie)
Michael Fassbender plays Magneto in the second X-Men trilogy, taking on the role that Ian McKellan originated in the original live-action series. He appears in all three films in the latter trilogy, but his future with the franchise is something of a question mark. Given that Magneto is the principal antagonist of the X-Men (and one of Marvel’s very best characters overall), we can’t imagine he’ll be gone for long if he misses an outing or two.
Fassbender’s popularity in Hollywood has only increased over time, and he’s now firmly planted on Hollywood’s A-List. He has repeatedly starred in films helmed by prominent directors, including Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds (2009), Ridley Scott’s Prometheus (2012), Steve McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave (2013), and Danny Boyle’s Steve Jobs (2015). For the latter two films, he was nominated for Academy Awards. He is set to star in the upcoming blockbusters Assassin’s Creed (2016) and Alien: Covenant (2017), so don’t expect his star to fade any time soon.
8. Stan Lee ($50 million)
Stan Lee is a comic book writer and — along with Jack Kirby — one of the creators of the X-Men. He has also appeared in multiple cameos in X-Men films, as well as pretty much every other modern Marvel movie. In his earliest cameo appearance in X-Men (2000), Lee plays a hotdog vendor on the beach that Senator Kelly washes up on after escaping from Magneto and the Brotherhood of Mutants. In X-Men: The Last Stand, Lee plays Jean Grey’s neighbor. He also appears in a crowd in X-Men: Apocalypse.
7. Ian McKellen ($55 million)
Sir Ian McKellen is a prolific actor whose accolades include being knighted by the Queen of England for his contributions to the arts. He has been nominated for an Academy Award twice and a BAFTA award five times. McKellen has performed on the stage, on television, and in film — most notably in a number of Shakespearean roles (including Richard III and King Lear) and as Gandalf in The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies.
McKellen plays Erik Lehnsherr, otherwise known as Magneto, in the original X-Men trilogy, and reprises his role (that nearly cost him Gandalf) in Days of Future Past. And while it appears he’s done with his two most well-known roles, that doesn’t mean he’s done participating in blockbusters.
6. Patrick Stewart ($60 million – tie)
Sir Patrick Stewart plays Professor Charles Xavier opposite Sir Ian McKellen’s Magneto in the original X-Men trilogy. Stewart was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II for his contributions to the dramatic arts. Stewart — who began his career on the stage performing Shakespeare — also has had an active career on television, starring as Captain Jean-Luc Picard in Star Trek: The Next Generation (a role that undoubtedly helped pad his inflated bank account) and currently as Walter Blunt in Blunt Talk (2015) on Starz and American Dad! (2005) on TBS.
5. Channing Tatum ($60 million – tie)
This one is technically cheating, as Channing Tatum has yet to portray Remy LeBeau aka Gambit on screen. He’s set to bring the Ragin’ Cajun to life in an upcoming solo movie in the X-Men film universe within the next year or two, however. The role was originally shown on film in X-Men Origins: Wolverine, played by Taylor Kitsch, who was widely panned for his performance.
Tatum has also starred in the Magic Mike movies, 21 Jump Street (2012) and its sequel 22 Jump Street (2014), Foxcatcher (2014), and The Hateful Eight (2015). He has begun to produce the movies that he stars in, including both Magic Mike movies and the upcoming Gambit film.
4. Jennifer Lawrence ($60 million – tie)
Jennifer Lawrence plays Mystique in the most recent X-Men trilogy. She was nominated for an Oscar for her performance in Winter’s Bone (2010), and later was nominated for American Hustle (2013) and Joy (2015). She does have one Best Actress Oscar win though, for Silver Linings Playbook (2012). Lawrence has also starred as Katniss in all four cinematic installments of The Hunger Games, the role she’s probably best known for. After the Sony leaks revealed that she was not being paid as much as her male co-stars, Lawrence has been an advocate for equal pay for women.
3. Ryan Reynolds ($65 million)
When Ryan Reynolds first played “the Merc With a Mouth” Wade Wilson in X-Men Origins: Wolverine, fans outraged over the bastardization of the character — sewing up his famous mouth and making him a silent killing machine wasn’t exactly what they’d had in mind. But when Reynolds reprised the role in the acclaimed Deadpool solo film earlier this year, fans were pleased that his mouth remained open and profane.
Outside of the X-Men universe, Reynolds has appeared in other superhero movies, Blade: Trinity (2004) and Green Lantern (2011), as well as popular romantic comedies: Just Friends (2005), Definitely, Maybe (2008), and The Proposal (2009). He also produced Deadpool and is set to star in and produce the upcoming sequel.
2. Halle Berry ($80 million)
Perhaps the most surprising finish on our list, Halle Berry played Storm in the original X-Men trilogy and reprised her role in Days of Future Past. She is perhaps best known for being the only woman of color to win the Academy Award for Best Actress (Monster’s Ball, in 2001) in film history. Berry appeared as a Bond girl in Die Another Day (2002), and has been a model and spokeswoman for Revlon since 1996, which has clearly been a lucrative partnership. She starred in and was the executive producer of the television series Extant (2014), and will star and produce the upcoming movie Kidnap (2016).
1. Hugh Jackman ($150 million)
While it may not be surprising that Hugh Jackman is the richest actor of the X-Men films, his estimated net worth of $150 million nearly doubles Berry’s fortune. As Wolverine, Jackman starred in the original X-Men trilogy, had two solo movies about his character, and returned for Days of Future Past and Apocalypse. He is set to star in a third Wolverine movie in 2017, which is supposedly his final outing as the great Canucklehead.
Jackman has found great success on the stage, and brought his musical talents to film as Jean Valjean in Les Miserables (2012). Over his career, he has won a Tony, an Emmy, a Golden Globe, and has been nominated for an Oscar and a Grammy. While his mutant days may soon be behind him, he’s a Hollywood star through and through — don’t expect him to fade into obscurity anytime soon.
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