Robert Downey Jr., People's Choice Awards

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Drumroll, please... 

Robert Downey Jr.. earned a mind-boggling $80 million this year, landing him the top spot on Forbes' list of the World's Highest-Paid Actors for the third year in a row. 

What does one have to accomplish to achieve such an esteemed Hollywood accolade? Well for starters, playing one of the most popular superheroes of all time can't hurt!

Although the 50-year-old only appeared in two films from June 2014 to June 2015—The Judge and Avengers: Age of Ultron—his global star power undoubtedly helped carry both box office hits all the way to the money tree. Avengers: Age of Ultra ranked in $1.4 billion worldwide, and Forbes estimates Downey will earn $40 million for his upcoming Iron Man reprisal in 2016's Captain America: Civil War.

Iron Man, Robert Downey Jr.

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"This fantasy life that I get to have, making these movies, the nice thing is when some of the fantasy from the films turns into reality, a technological reality," Downey told E! News back in April. 

In addition to starring on the big screen, the hunky actor plays father to 21-year-old Indio, and two little ones, 3-year-old Exton and 8-month-old Avery, with wife Susan Downey

Jackie Chan earned the No. 2 spot on Forbes' list, falling $30 million short of a gold medal, and Vin Diesel's $47 million payday, mostly from the success of Furious 7, landed him a third place ranking. Bradley Cooper ($41.5 million) and Adam Sandler ($41 million) rounded out the top five. 

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