37 Stars Who Need Only an Oscar to EGOT, From Hugh Jackman to Cynthia Erivo (Photos)

Thom Geier
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The EGOT — an acronym for Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, Tony — is the greatest honor in entertainment. These stars are (or were) close to achieving it.

A select group of entertainers can round out their trophy cases with a competitive win from the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences.

Harry Belafonte (1927 – )

Emmy: Performance in a Variety or Musical Program or Series, “The Revlon Revue” (1960).

Grammys (2): Folk Performance, “Swing Dat Hammer” (1960); Folk Recording, “An Evening With Belafonte/Makeba” (1965).

Tony: Supporting Actor in a Musical, “John Murray Anderson’s Almanac” (1954).

Leonard Bernstein (1918-1990)

Emmy: 7 individual wins, including for “Omnibus” (1957 and 1958); “Leonard Bernstein and the New York Philharmonic” (1961); “New York Philharmonic Young People’s Concerts” (1965); “Beethoven’s Birthday” (1972); and “Carnegie Hall: The Grand Reopening” (1987).

Grammy: 16 wins, most for best classical album.

Tony: Best Musical, “Wonderful Town” (1953).

Jerry Bock
Martin Charnin
Cy Coleman
Fred Ebb

Cynthia Erivo (1987 – )

Daytime Emmy: On-Camera Musical Performance in a Daytime Program, “Today” (2017).

Grammy: Musical Theater Album, “The Color Purple” (2016).

Tony: Actress in a Musical, “The Color Purple” (2016). EGOT

Anne Garefino (1959 – )

Emmys (5): Animated Program (producing), “South Park” (2005, 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2013).

Grammy: Musical Theater Album, “The Book Of Mormon” (2011).

Tony: Musical (producing), “The Book of Mormon” (2011).

Julie Harris (1925-2013)

Emmys (3): Single Performance by an Actress, “Little Moon of Alban” (1959); Single Performance by an Actress, “Victoria Regina” (1962); Voiceover Performance, “Not for Ourselves Alone: The Story of Elizabeth Cady Stanton & Susan B. Anthony” (2000).

Grammy: Spoken Word Recording, “The Belle Of Amherst” (1977).

Tonys (5): Actress in a Play, “I Am a Camera” (1952), “The Lark” (1956), “Forty Carats” (1969), “The Last of Mrs. Lincoln” (1973) and “The Belle of Amherst” (1977). EGOT

James Earl Jones (1931 – )

Emmys (2): Actor in a Drama Series, “Gabriel’s Fire” (1991); Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or Special, “Heat Wave” (1991).

Grammy: Spoken Word Recording, “Great American Documents” (1976).

Tonys (2): Actor in a Play, “The Great White Hope” (1969) and “Fences” (1987).

Quincy Jones (1933 – )

Emmy: Music Composition for a Series Original Dramatic Score, “Roots” (1977).

Grammy: 27 wins, including Record of the Year, “Beat It” (1983) and “We Are the World” (1985); Album of the Year, “Back on the Block” (1990).

Tony: Musical Revival (producing), “The Color Purple” (2016).

John Kander

Cyndi Lauper (1953 – )

Emmy: Guest Actress in a Comedy Series, “Mad About You” (2005).

Grammys (2): Best New Artist (1984); Musical Theater Album, “Kinky Boots” (2013).

Tony: Score, “Kinky Boots” (2013).

Audra McDonald (1970 – )

Emmy: Special Class Program, “Live From Lincoln Center” (2015).

Grammys (2): Classical Album and Opera Recording, “Weill: Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny” (2008).

Tonys (6): Featured Actress in a Musical, “Carousel” (1994); Featured Actress in a Play, “Master Class” (1996); Featured Actress in a Musical, “Ragtime” (1998); Featured Actress in a Play, “A Raisin in the Sun” (2004); Actress in a Musical, “The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess” (2012); Actress in a Play, “Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill” (2014).

Bette Midler (1945 – )

Emmys (3): Special – Comedy, Variety or Music, “Bette Midler Ol’ Red Hair Is Back” (1978); Performance in a Variety or Music Program, “Bette Midler: Diva Las Vegas” (1997) and “The Tonight Show” (1992).

Grammy (3): Best New Artist (1973); Best Female Pop Vocal Performance,
“The Rose” (1980); Record of the Year, “Wind Beneath My Wings” (1989).

Tony: Actress in a Musical, “Hello, Dolly!” (2017).

Lin-Manuel Miranda (1980 – )

Emmy: Original Music and Lyrics, “67th Annual Tony Awards” (2014).

Grammys (2): Best Musical Theater Album, “In the Heights” (2008) and “Hamilton” (2017).

Tonys (3): Score, “In the Heights” (2008) and “Hamilton” (2016); Musical, “Hamilton” (2016).

Cynthia Nixon (1966 – ) EGOT

Emmys (2): Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series, “Sex and the City” (2004); Guest Actress in a Drama Series, “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” (2008).

Grammy: Spoken Word Album, “An Inconvenient Truth” (2008) .

Tonys (2): Actress in a Play, “Rabbit Hole” (2006); Featured Actress in a Play, “Lillian Hellman’s The Little Foxes” (2017).

Trey Parker
Marc Shaiman
Bill Sherman
Matt Stone
Charles Strouse

Lily Tomlin (1939 – )

Emmys (6): Writing in a Comedy-Variety or Music Special, “Lily” (1974) and The Lily Tomlin Special (1976) and “The Paul Simon Special” (1978); Variety, Music or Comedy Program, “Lily” (1974) and “Lily: Sold Out” (1981); Voiceover Performance, “An Apology to Elephants” (2013).

Grammy: Comedy Recording, “This Is a Recording” (1971)

Tony: Actress in a Play, “The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe” (1986).

Dick Van Dyke (1925 -)

Emmys (4): Actor in a Comedy Series, “The Dick Van Dyke Show” (1964, 1965 and 1966); Comedy-Variety or Music Series, “Van Dyke and Company” (1977).

Grammy: Recording for Children, “Mary Poppins” (1964).

Tony: Featured Actor in a Musical, “Bye, Bye Birdie” (1961).

James Whitmore

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