- Associated Press - Thursday, September 22, 2016

NEW YORK (AP) - “The Big Bang Theory” does a bang-up job of making its stars rich.

The CBS comedy claims TV’s four best-paid actors, according to the annual list released Thursday by Forbes .

Jim Parsons led with a $25.5 million take between June 2015 and this June, Forbes said, followed by cast-mates Johnny Galecki ($24 million), Simon Helberg ($22.5 million) and Kunal Nayyar ($22 million).

In fifth place: Mark Harmon, star of CBS’ drama “NCIS,” was paid $20 million (as with all these actors, before management fees and taxes).

Forbes’ list of TV actresses, released last week, reaffirms the generous salaries for “Big Bang” stars: Leading lady, Kaley Cuoco placed second on that list, with $24.5 million.

In that top spot: ABC’s “Modern Family” bombshell Sofia Vergara, with $43 million.

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