Charlie Sheen has been named the Highest Paid Actor on TV
The actor lost his role as Charlie Harper in the sitcom in March after a huge fall out with co-creator Chuck Lorre, but still topped the list compiled by Forbes.com who estimates he earned $40 million from syndication and pay owed between May 2010 and May 2011.
Charlie also filed a lawsuit with Chuck and the show`s makers, Warner Brothers, over his dismissal, but this was settled out of court. Although the sum of the settlement has not been made public, it has widely been reported to be a $100 million deal, starting with a $25 million lump sum payment to Charlie.
The 46-year-old star is now working on a new show based around Adam Sandler`s film `Anger Management` about an athlete-turned counsellor - originally played by Jack Nicholson in the movie - who enrages his patients more than calming them down.
Speaking of the series, Charlie said: "I chose `Anger Management` because, while it might be a big stretch for me to play a guy with serious anger management issues, I think it is a great concept."
Behind Charlie on the Forbes list is Ray Romano, who banked $20 million for his new show `Men of a Certain Age`, which has now been axed.
In third place is Steve Carell, for his performance as lead character Michael Scott in `The Office`, which netted him $15 million, but is a role he has left to concentrate on his film career.
`NCIS` star Mark Harmon came fourth with earnings of $13 million followed by Charlie`s former co-star Jon Cryer and ex-`CSI` actor Laurence Fishburne who tied in fifth with $11 million each.