Baker Tops U.S. TV Salary List

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December 27, 2010 | 2:20pm EST

Aussie actor Simon Baker has landed at the top of a new U.S. TV salary list – after reportedly signing a $30 million deal to extend his time on The Mentalist.
The star’s Christmas bonus has made him the highest-paid dramatic actor on TV, jumping over House star Hugh Laurie and CSI’s Laurence Fishburne.

Baker, who plays psychic crime consultant Patrick Jane in the hit series, was reportedly pocketing $250,000 per episode before the contract extension.

Reports suggest the new deal with Warner Brothers includes a producing credit throughout the fifth season the show.