Angus T. Jones of 'Two and a Half Men' turns 18
Angus T. Jones, the top paid television child star of "Two and a Half Men," turned 18 on October 8, prompting jokes that the CBS comedy should be re-named "Three Men."
Jones has portrayed Jon Cryer's slacker son Jake since he was 9 years old. Last year, the actor became the highest-paid child TV actor after he began earning $300,000 an episode, or at least $7.8 million over two seasons. He also received a $500,000 signing bonus, according to TV Guide.
The second highest-paid minor is iCarly star Miranda Cosgrove, who earns $180,000 an episode on the popular Nickelodeon series.
According to TV Guide, Jones was the only child actor that "Two and a Half Men" producers and Chuck Lorre saw audition. Lorre asked the youngster to audition after seeing him play Dennis Quaid's son in "The Rookie" and offered him the job following his audition.
The actor did not have Hollywood aspirations as a child, but his mother brought him to auditions, hoping to make some money for her son's college savings. Jones did a few commercials and small film roles before appearing in the David Arquette film "See Spot Run."
At an event in August, Jones told OnTheRedCarpet.com that he couldn't wait to hang out with Ashton Kutcher, who will made his debut on "Two and a Half Men" following the departure of Charlie Sheen.
Sheen, 45, was fired from the hit CBS series in March after a slew of rants in the media about show co-creator Chuck Lorre and following a rehab stint to treat alcohol and drug abuse. He had played the party-loving uncle of Jones' character.
Kutcher, a 33-year-old actor whose roles as goofy teen Kelso on the sitcom "That '70s Show" and host of the prank series "Punk'd" have earned him a coveted teen and young adult fan base, was later cast in Sheen's place. He made his debut as a new character, a broken-hearted Internet billionaire, when the show returned for a ninth season on September 19 and earned .
"It's been fun," Jones told OnTheRedCarpet.com host Rachel Smith at the WWE SummerSlam Kickoff event. "I'm not sure if there's a new dynamic. It's just a different person, so it's a different situation."
"I can't wait to hang out with him and stuff," he said. "He seems like a really cool guy. I haven't gotten a chance to talk to him yet, because it's been kind of hectic, the first few weeks. He seems like a really nice guy and he is awesome."
After Kutcher was cast in May, he Tweeted to his some 7 million Twitter fans a photo of himself, Jones and Jon Cryer, who plays the father of Jones' character and the brother of Sheen's, appearing to yell together. He jokingly described the scene in the picture as the "first cast argument."
Sheen was the top-paid television actor in 2010, commanding a reported $1.25 million per episode, which broke a Guinness World Record. Kutcher has since nabbed the top TV salary, as he is set to earn $700,000 an episode (see a list of the top-earning TV stars).
The ninth season premiere of "Two and a Half Men" and Sheen's Comedy Central Roast both aired on September 19. Kutcher made his debut as a broken-hearted billionaire while Sheen's character was mourned in a funeral.
The premiere of the CBS comedy was watched by 28.7 million viewers and earned ratings twice as high as last year's first episode. Sheen's roast averaged 6.4 million viewers and aired an hour after the "Two and a Half Men" premiere.