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The Rock is the 2nd highest-paid actor—here's how much he earns per 'Ballers' episode

Dwayne Johnson
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Dwayne Johnson

Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson was listed as the highest paid actor of 2016, earning $64.5 million before taxes.

This year, he dropped to No. 2 on Forbes' ranking — behind Mark Wahlberg — but still earns a sizable paycheck: Between June 2016 and June 2017, he made $65 million pretax.

The former wrestler-turned-actor now commands eight figures to be featured in films like "Baywatch" and "Jumanji," but his television role on HBO's "Ballers" is also lucrative.

According to Variety, Johnson earns an estimated $650,000 per episode, in which he plays a retired football superstar re-inventing himself as a financial adviser. That makes him one of TVs highest-paid comedy players. The only stars out-earning him are the original five cast members of CBS's "The Big Bang Theory," who earn an estimated $900,000 per episode.

The Rock also earns more than the highest-paid stars on HBO's hit series "Game of Thrones," who makes an estimated $500,000 per episode.

Johnson doesn't get paid for nothing. "He's grinding every day," says Alvin Streeter, who has worked as the actor's stand-in for several movies, including "The Fate of the Furious" and "Baywatch."

"There's an intensity when you're working around him and you can see it and feel it in the air. He's going 150 miles an hour every day."

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