The EGOT, a phrase coined Miami Vice’s Philip Michael Thomas, represents earning the highest individual, competitive entertainment honors in the areas of television (Emmy), music (Grammy), film (Oscar) and theatre (Tony). To date, only 12 people have received all four awards with Robert Lopez being the most recent, having completed his in record time (10 years) and as the youngest ever (39) when he won an Oscar for Best Original Song (“Let It Go,” from Frozen) in 2014. At 45 years, Helen Hayes took the longest time to complete hers.
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Richard Rodgers (1902–1979), a composer, received his fourth distinct award in 1962. Between 1945 and 1979, Rodgers received a total of 13 awards.
1945: Best Song – “It Might as Well Be Spring” from State Fair
1962: Outstanding Achievement in Original Music Composed – Winston Churchill: The Valiant Years
1960: Best Show Album (Original Cast) – The Sound of Music
1962: Best Original Cast Show Album – No Strings
1950: Best Musical – South Pacific
1950: Tony Award for Producers, Musical – South Pacific
1950: Best Score – South Pacific
1952: Best Musical – The King and I
1960: Best Musical – The Sound of Music
1962: Best Composer – No Strings
Helen Hayes (1900–1993), an actress, received her fourth distinct award in 1976. Between 1932 and 1980, Hayes received a total of 7 awards. She was the first woman to win all four. Counting only the first award of each type, she also has the distinction of the longest timespan (45 years) between her first and fourth award of any showbiz EGOT winner.
1932: Best Actress in a Leading Role – The Sin of Madelon Claudet
1970: Best Actress in a Supporting Role – Airport
1953: Best Actress – Schlitz Playhouse of Stars for the episode “Not a Chance”
1977: Best Spoken Word Recording – Great American Documents
1947: Best Actress, Dramatic – Happy Birthday
1958: Best Actress, Dramatic – Time Remembered
Rita Moreno (born 1931), an actress, received her fourth distinct award in 1977. Between 1961 and 1978, Moreno received a total of five awards. She is also the first Latin winner and the first winner to win a Grammy as their second award (both previous winners won Tonys as their second award).
1961: Best Actress in a Supporting Role – West Side Story
1977: Outstanding Continuing or Single Performance by a Supporting Actress in Variety or Music – The Muppet Show
1978: Outstanding Lead Actress for a Single Appearance in a Drama or Comedy Series – The Rockford Files for the episode “The Paper Palace”
1972: Best Recording for Children – The Electric Company
1975: Best Featured or Supporting Actress in a Play – The Ritz
John Gielgud (1904–2000), an actor, received his fourth distinct award in 1991. Between 1948 and 1991, Gielgud received a total of six awards. Gielgud was the first winner to win any award other than the Oscar as their first award (his first award was a Tony). At age 87 when he won his Emmy, he was also the oldest winner.
1981: Best Actor in a Supporting Role – Arthur
1991: Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Special – Summer’s Lease
1979: Best Spoken Word, Documentary or Drama Recording – Ages of Man
1948: Outstanding Foreign Company – The Importance of Being Earnest
1961: Best Director of a Drama – Big Fish, Little Fish
Audrey Hepburn (1929–1993), an actress, received her fourth distinct award posthumously in 1994. Between 1953 and 1994, Hepburn received a total of six awards. She was the fifth person to complete the feat and the first to do so posthumously. She was also the first winner to win two of their awards in consecutive awards shows (the 1994 Grammys were the first Grammys since her win at the 1993 Emmys).
1953: Best Actress in a Leading Role – Roman Holiday
1993: Outstanding Individual Achievement, Informational Programming – Gardens of the World with Audrey Hepburn
1994: Best Spoken Word Album for Children – Audrey Hepburn’s Enchanted Tales
1954: Best Actress in a Drama – Ondine
Marvin Hamlisch (1944–2012), a composer, received his fourth distinct award in 1995. Between 1973 and 2001, Hamlisch received a total of 12 awards. Hamlisch has the most Oscars of any Grand Slam winners (three). In 1974 he became the first winner to have won a “General Field” Grammy – taking Song of the Year and Best New Artist. He was also the first EGOT winner to have won multiple legs of the feat for the same work – an Oscar and a Grammy for song “The Way We Were”.
1973: Best Music, Original Dramatic Score – The Way We Were
1973: Best Music, Original Song – “The Way We Were”
1973: Best Music, Scoring Original Song Score and/or Adaptation – The Sting
1995: Outstanding Individual Achievement in Music Direction – Barbra: The Concert
1995: Outstanding Individual Achievement in Music and Lyrics – Barbra: The Concert
1999: Outstanding Music and Lyrics – AFI’s 100 Years… 100 Movies
2001: Outstanding Music Direction – Timeless: Live in Concert
1974: Song of the Year – “The Way We Were”
1974: Best New Artist of the Year
1974: Best Pop Instrumental Performance – The Entertainer
1974: Album of Best Original Score Written for a Motion Picture or a Television Special – The Way We Were
1976: Best Musical Score – A Chorus Line
Jonathan Tunick (born 1938), a composer, conductor, and music arranger, received his fourth distinct award in 1997. Between 1977 and 1997, Tunick received a total of four awards. Tunick is the first EGOT winner to have won an Emmy as their second award as well as the first to win the Tony as their fourth award.
1977: Best Music, Original Song Score and Its Adaptation or Best Adaptation Score – A Little Night Music
1982: Outstanding Achievement in Music Direction – Night of 100 Stars
1988: Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocals – “No One is Alone,” Cleo Laine
1997: Best Orchestrations – Titanic
Mel Brooks (born 1926), a director, writer and actor, received his fourth distinct award in June 2001. Between 1968 and 2002, Brooks received a total of 11 awards. Brooks was the first person to win the Emmy as the first award, and the first winner to have won his Oscar for screenplay writing.
1968: Best Writing, Story and Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen – The Producers
1967: Outstanding Writing Achievement in Variety – The Sid Caesar, Imogene Coca, Carl Reiner, Howard Morris Special
1997: Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series – Mad About You
1998: Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series – Mad About You
1999: Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series – Mad About You
1998: Best Spoken Comedy Album – The 2000 Year Old Man in the Year 2000
2002: Best Long Form Music Video – Recording ‘The Producers’: A Musical Romp with Mel Brooks
2002: Best Musical Show Album – The Producers
2001: Best Book of a Musical – The Producers
2001: Best Original Score – The Producers
2001: Best Musical – The Producers
When he appeared on the January 26, 2015 episode of Real Time with Bill Maher, Brooks called himself an EGOTAK, noting that he had also received awards from the American Film Institute and Kennedy Center.
Mike Nichols (1931–2014), a director, received his fourth distinct award in November 2001. Between 1961 and 2012, Nichols received a total of 15 awards. Nichols was the first person to complete the Grand Slam in the same year in which another individual (Mel Brooks) had previously completed it. Nichols was also the first to win the Grammy as their first award, the first winner to have won multiple awards (an Oscar, several Tonys, and two Emmys) for directing, and has the most Tony Awards (9) of any EGOT winner. When counting all awards won—not just the first of each type—Nichols has the longest timespan of awards among EGOT winners, at 51 years.
1967: Best Director – The Graduate
2001: Outstanding Directing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Special – Wit
2001: Outstanding Made for Television Movie – Wit (as executive producer)
2004: Outstanding Directing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Special – Angels in America
2004: Outstanding Miniseries – Angels in America (as Executive producer)
1961: Best Comedy Performance – An Evening With Mike Nichols And Elaine May
1964: Best Director, Dramatic – Barefoot in the Park
1965: Best Director, Dramatic – Luv and The Odd Couple
1968: Best Director, Dramatic – Plaza Suite
1972: Best Director, Dramatic – The Prisoner of Second Avenue
1977: Best Musical – Annie (as producer)
1984: Best Director, Play – The Real Thing
1984: Best Play – The Real Thing (as producer)
2005: Best Director, Musical – Monty Python’s Spamalot
2012: Best Director, Play – Death of a Salesman
Whoopi Goldberg (born 1955), an actress, comedian and talk-show host, received her fourth distinct award in 2002. Between 1985 and 2009, Goldberg received a total of 6 awards. Goldberg is the first African-American winner, the first to win the Oscar as their second award, and the first to win two of their awards in the same year (she won both her first Daytime Emmy and her Tony in 2002).
1990: Best Actress in a Supporting Role – Ghost
Daytime Emmy Awards:
2002: Outstanding Special Class Special – Beyond Tara: The Extraordinary Life of Hattie McDaniel (Host)
2009: Outstanding Talk Show Host – The View
1985: Best Comedy Recording – Whoopi Goldberg: Original Broadway Show Recording
2002: Best Musical – Thoroughly Modern Millie
Notes: Although she has never won a competitive Primetime Emmy award, she has been nominated several times. The fact that she does not have a competitive Primetime Emmy Award has led to debate over her inclusion in the “official list.” In the 30 Rock episode “Dealbreakers Talk Show #0001”, Goldberg (playing herself) addresses this when questioned by character Tracy Jordan about her Daytime Emmy: “It still counts! Girl’s gotta eat!”
Scott Rudin (born 1958) received his fourth distinct award in 2012. Between 1984 and 2012, Rudin received a total of 12 awards. Rudin is the first winner who was primarily a producer.
2007: Best Picture – No Country For Old Men
Primetime Emmy Awards:
1984: Outstanding Children’s Program – He Makes Me Feel Like Dancin’
2012: Best Musical Theater Album – The Book of Mormon: Original Broadway Cast Recording
1994: Best Musical – Passion
2000: Best Play – Copenhagen
2002: Best Play – The Goat, or Who is Sylvia?
2005: Best Play – Doubt: A Parable
2006: Best Play – The History Boys
2009: Best Play – God of Carnage
2010: Best Revival of a Play – Fences
2011: Best Musical – The Book of Mormon
2012: Best Revival of a Play – Death of a Salesman
2014: Best Revival of a Play– A Raisin in the Sun
2015: Best Play – The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
2015: Best Revival of a Play – Skylight
2016: Best Revival of a Play– A View from the Bridge
2017: Best Revival of a Musical– Hello, Dolly!
Robert Lopez (born 1975), a songwriter, received his fourth distinct award in 2014. Between 2004 and 2014, Lopez received a total of 7 awards. Like fellow EGOT winner Whoopi Goldberg, his Emmy awards are Daytime Emmys (although he has been nominated for a competitive Primetime Emmy award). Lopez is the youngest winner to receive all four awards in competitive categories, as well as the fastest to complete his qualifying run of award wins (10 years), and has the shortest time to complete any run of wins (4 years). He received his Grammy Award for The Book of Mormon in collaboration with fellow EGOT winner Scott Rudin (among others), making them the first pair of EGOT winners to have been co-winners of the same award. Lopez is also the first person to have won the Oscar last, which he won with his wife Kristen Anderson-Lopez. He is also the second EGOT winner, behind Marvin Hamlisch, to have won multiple legs of the feat for the same work – an Oscar and a Grammy for the song “Let It Go.”
2014: Best Original Song: “Let It Go” from Frozen
Daytime Emmy Awards
2008: Outstanding Achievement in Music Direction and Composition: Wonder Pets
2010: Outstanding Achievement in Music Direction and Composition: Wonder Pets
2012: Best Musical Theater Album: The Book of Mormon: Original Broadway Cast Recording
2015: Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media: Frozen
2015: Best Song Written for Visual Media: “Let It Go” from Frozen
2004: Tony Award for Best Score: Avenue Q
2011: Best Book of a Musical: The Book of Mormon
2011: Best Original Score: The Book of Mormon
This list of artists who have won three awards continues to grow, with John Legend having won a Tony award last year for producing August Wilson’s Jitney. He also has an Oscar, which he shares with Common, for Best Original Song (“Glory,” from Selma) and multiple Grammy awards. He is just an Emmy away from EGOT status. He and his co-producers on the show, Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice, were nominated for Emmys for Jesus Christ Superstar Live and could become EGOT winners in September. Legend has two chances by also being nominated for his performance.
Two on the rise with three of the four awards are Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, who won Oscars for La La Land and then Tonys for Dear Evan Hansen. They are nominated this year for an Emmy for their song “In the Market for a Miracle” from A Christmas Story – Live.
Glenda Jackson, at 80 years of age, earned her first Tony award this year (for Three Tall Women) and now just needs a Grammy to seal her EGOT.
Bette Midler’s Tony win for Hello, Dolly! (on her first nomination) puts her just an Oscar away from EGOT. Midler is a two-time Oscar nominee but the last time she was nominated was for 1991’s For the Boys.
Cynthia Erivo completed her Emmy, Grammy and Tony wins in less than two years and is just shy an Oscar. That could all change as she is to start filming soon on the Harriet Tubman biopic Harriet, which could secure her Oscar gold. It would make her only the second black EGOT winner.
Here is the list of individuals with three of the four awards. Names in italics* indicate those who have won special awards, but not competitive, in those areas.
MISSING A TONY
John Addison (deceased)
George Burns (deceased)
Peter Ustinov (deceased)
Robin Williams (deceased)
MISSING A GRAMMY
Jack Albertson (deceased)
Anne Bancroft (deceased)
Ingrid Bergman (deceased)
Shirley Booth (deceased)
Ralph Burns (deceased)
Melvyn Douglas (deceased)
Bob Fosse (deceased)
Thomas Mitchell (deceased)
Jason Robards (deceased)
Paul Scofield (deceased)
Maureen Stapleton (deceased)
Peter Stone (deceased)
Jessica Tandy (deceased)
MISSING AN EMMY
Henry Fonda (deceased)
Oscar Hammerstein II (deceased)
Alan Jay Lerner (deceased)
Andrew Lloyd Webber
Frank Loesser (deceased)
Jule Styne (deceased)
MISSING AN OSCAR
Leonard Bernstein (deceased)
Cy Coleman (deceased)
Fred Ebb (deceased)
James Earl Jones*
Dick Van Dyke
James Whitmore (deceased)
*recipients of Honorary or Special awards but not competitive