The lowest paid actors were either the cast of “Love Story” or Harrison Ford in the original “Star Wars.”
“Love Story” had only a $2 million budget, and the two leads were not established actors. As Ali MacGraw told Town and Country, “[N]one of us thought it was going to be what it turned out to be. Especially me: I was an unknown; Ryan [O’Neal] was a TV star; there was no budget.” Although MacGraw may have been speaking modestly. She had won a Golden Globe for her role in “Goodbye, Columbus” in 1969, but it’s possible she was chosen for “Love Story” before the award was given.
Plus, the details of the “Love Story’ salaries are obscured. However, Ford revealed that he was paid $1,000 a week for his role as Han Solo in the first “Star Wars,” which would have netted him around $10,000 — about $42,300 in 2019 dollars.