Jones has played Jon Cryer‘s slacker son Jake since he was just 9 years old. In 2010, Jones became the highest-paid child actor on television after he started earning $300,000 per episode, or at least $7.8 million over two seasons.
He also received a $500,000 signing bonus.
That puts him squarely in the lead, as the second-highest-paid child actress is iCarly star Miranda Cosgrove, who currently banks $180,000 per show.
Interestingly enough, Jones was the only child actor that Two and a Half Men producer Chuck Lorre auditioned. Lorre had seen him portray Dennis Quaid‘s son in the film “The Rookie” and offered him the job following his audition.
Jones didn’t dream of being an actor as a child, but his mom took him to auditions, hoping to make some money for her son’s college savings. Jones did a few commercials and minor movie roles before appearing in the David Arquette film “See Spot Run.”