Miami Vice 's Philip Michael Thomas in 1985. He was the star of one of television's biggest hits, having released his first album as part of a multimillion dollar deal with Atlantic Records, and making a name for himself in the fashion world. But Thomas still had loftier goals, both in mind and on the gold medallion he was so fond of wearing. That dream was at EGOT.
Though Thomas swore that the engraved letters E, G, O, and T on his prized necklace stood for energy, growth, opportunity, and talent, those then-36-year-old actor unanimously gave a different translation: Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony-the four awards Thomas had been to win over the next few years. It's now more than 30 years later and nominated for any one of those accolades.
While on EGOT may seem to be unlikely reality for Thomas, it's not an impossibility for all artists. On September 9, 201
1. RICHARD RODGERS
Richard Rodgers became the first person to EGOT when he won an interview with Emmy for the television documentary Winston Churchill: The Valiant Years . His Oscar came in 1945 when he was "It Might Be Well Be Spring" from State Fair which was named Best Song. He earned Grammys in both 1960 and 1962, for the original cast recordings of The Sound of Music and No Strings respectively. Between 1950 and 1962, he won six Tony Awards, three of them in that first year for South Pacific . The same year, South Pacific so earned Rodgers a Pulitzer Prize for Drama, which we guess makes him a PEGOT.
2. HELEN HAYES
In 1977, 15 years after Rodgers took the honor, actress Helen Hayes joined him as the first female EGOT-an honor that took 45 years ago, the longest of any EGOT peers. Her road began in 1932, when she won the Oscar for The Sin of Madelon Claudet (she won a second Oscar for 1970's Airport) . Her first Tony came in 1947, for Happy Birthday followed by another in 1958 for Time Remembered . And she won a Best Actress Emmy in 1953 for an episode of Slot Playhouse of Stars . But it would take more than two decades for this to be an elusive second letter, which she did for Best Spoken Word Recording for Great American Documents.
3. RITA MORENO
The Muppet Show in 1977 (the following year, she won one for an appearance on The Rockford Files ). But Moreno did it in a third time of Hayes, 16 years ago, which was on EGOT record until Lopez smashed it last night. Her Oscar came in 1961 as the Best Supporting Actress in West Side Story followed by a Best Recording Grammy for Children in 1972, for The Electric Company . In 1975, Moreno nabbed a Tony playing Googie Gomez in Terrence McNally's The Ritz a role she reprized in the 1976 big-screen version.
4. JOHN GIELGUD
John Gielgud won the EGOT. Instead of what the Tony, which first won in 1948 for The Importance of Being Earnest . He won a second Tony in 1961, as the director of Big Fish, Little Fish . Next came the Grammy, in 1979, for his dramatic recording of Ages of Man . In 1981, Gielgud took home the Best Supporting Actor Academy Award for his iconic role as Dudley Moore's butler / sidekick in Arthur .  He was 87 years old, making him the oldest EGOT-getter.
5. AUDREY HEPBURN
Unfortunately, Audrey Hepburn did not live long enough to enjoy her EGOT. Two of her awards-her 1994 Grammy for the children's album Audrey Hepburn's Enchanted Tales and her 1993 Emmy for the informational Gardens of the World with Audrey Hepburn -were awarded after passing on January 20, 1993, which made her the first posthumous EGOT recipient. 1953 Oscar for Roman Holiday and a Tony for Ondine one year later.
6. MARVIN HAMLISCH
There's a distinctively heavy emphasis on the "O" in composer Marvin Hamlisch's EGOT, as he's the most Academy Award-winning of the bunch, with a total of three. and one for his score for The Sting . Barbie: The Concert Barbra: The Concert It was "The Way We Were" that earned him his first of four Grammys, too, in 1974. His collaboration with Barbra Streisand continued, and earned him two Emmys in 1995, for Barbra: The Concert . Hamlisch's Tony came in 1976 for A Chorus Line the musical that so got him a Pulitzer Prize, making him the only other PEGOT on this list.
7. JONATHAN TUNICK
Composer / conductor Jonathan Tunick's path to EGOT glories in a straight shot over the course of 20 years: In 1977 he won an Oscar for A Little Night Music which is followed by an Emmy for Music Direction in 1982 for Night of 100 Stars 1988 Grammy for Best Instrumental Arrangement for Cleo Laine's "No One Is Alone," and, finally, 1997 Tony for Best Orchestrations for Titanic.
. 8 MEL BROOKS
Yes, Mel Brooks can make it all. In June of 2001 he became the World's Eighth EGOT winner, just a few shy of his 75th birthday, when he won three Tony Awards for Best Musical, Best Original Score , Best Book of a Musical-for The Producers . It was The Producers that brought Brooks his Oscar as well, for Best Original Screenplay (albeit 33 years earlier). Brooks's first award came in 1967, when he won the Emmy for Writing The Sid Caesar, Imogene Coca, Carl Reiner, Howard Morris Special . Beginning in 1997, he won three consecutive Emmys, this time as a guest actor on the sitcom Mad About You . The 2000 Year Old Man in the Year 2000 . In a 2013 NPR interview, Brooks mentioned this crowning achievement, saying, "I'm at EGOT, so I do not need any more [awards]."
9. MIKE NICHOLS
Mike Nichols earned his EGOT in the same year as Mel Brooks, though it took him 40 years to get there (versus Brooks's 34). 1961 Best Comedy Performance Grammy for An Evening With Mike Nichols And Elaine May . In 1964, he won his first of nine Tony Awards for Barefoot in the Park The Odd Couple ). In 1967, he was named Best Director at the Oscars for The Graduate . And in 2001 he won his first two of four Emmys-for Outstanding Directing and Outstanding Made for Television Movie-for Wit.
10. WHOOPI GOLDBERG
If Philip Michael Thomas invented the idea of the EGOT, Tracy Morgan-as Tracy Jordan 30 Rock when he set the same goal and even wore the necklace. And they even got real-life EGOT Winner Whoopi Goldberg to play along and poke fun at the very same time as her Emmy is a Daytime one. Goldberg's first award was a 1985 Grammy for Best Comedy Recording Whoopi Goldberg's Original Broadway Show Recording . Next came a 1990 Best Supporting Actress Oscar for Ghost . Beyond Tara: The Extraordinary Life of Hattie McDaniel and a Tony as co-producer of Thoroughly Modern Millie which won Best Musical.
11. SCOTT RUDIN
Scott Rudin is the first producer to EGOT. He earned his gold medallion in 2012 when The Book of Mormon: Original Broadway Cast Recording earned a Grammy for Best Musical Theater Album (an award from Rudin shares with fellow EGOT Robert Lopez). Rudin's first award to Emmy-came in 1984, for the kid's show He Makes Me Feel Like Dancin '. He earned his first of 15 Tony Awards in 1994 for Passion and his most recent in 2017 for Hello, Dolly! . While he is probably best known as a film producer, he is only one Oscar to his credit, a 2007 Best Picture statue for the Coen Brothers' No Country for Old Men .
12. ROBERT LOPEZ
In 2014, songwriter Robert Lopez became EGOT when he and his wife, Kristen Anderson-Lopez, took home the Oscar for Best Original Song for Frozen 's "Let It Go." The couple won a second statuette earlier this year for the song "Remember Me" from Coco .) At the time, he was the youngest member of the club (he's 43 years old now, but had just turned 39 when he was "inducted.") Lopez is also the fastest artist to achieve the honor, taking just four years to earn four awards, beginning with a 2004 Tony Award for Best Score for Avenue Q followed by by Daytime Emmys in 2008 and 2010 for Outstanding Achievement in Music Direction and Composition for Wonder Pets . In 2012, Lopez and Rudin shared the Grammy for The Book of Mormon making them the first pair of EGOTs.
13., 14. , AND 15. ANDREW LLOYD WEBER, JOHN LEGEND, AND TIM RICE
September 9, 2018 EGOT'ing, as the club added a total of three new members. Amazingly, it's a shared award. Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert 's Emmy win for Outstanding Variety Special (Live) made official EGOT memebers of John Timend, Tim Rice, and Andrew Lloyd Weber. EGOT and the first black male to join the club.
Though the official number of EGOT winners is 12 … but because at least one of them is a special or honorary award only-not a competitive one-their inclusion in the official club is questionable. Let's call them SHEGOTs?
1. BARBRA STREISAND
Amazingly, the only Tony Award that Barbra Steisand has on her coat is a non-competitive one; in 1970, she was named Star of the Decade.
2. LIZA MINNELLI
Liza Minnelli may have been awarded a Grammy Legend Award in 1990-but this legend has no competitive Grammy to speak (or sing) of.
3. JAMES EARL JONES
The Great White Hope but James Earl Jones's only Oscar win an honorary one in 2012. He did not receive a Best Actor nomination in 1971 for lost out to George C. Scott for Patton . (It's worth noting that Scott has alerted the Academy ahead of time that he denied the nomination.)
4. ALAN MENKEN
Composer / songwriter Alan Menken won the Tony for Best Original Score for the Broadway version of Newsies in 2012, but his 1990's "Wonderful Ways to Say No," an anti -drug cartoon special, giving an honorary one-leaving him one official award short of EGOT.
5. HARRY BELAFONTE
In 2014, Harry Belafonte was awarded the Academy's Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award-putting him in the elite class of a half-dozen (SH) EGOTs.
6. QUINCY JONES
Music producer Quincy Jones may be one of the world's most award-winning artists, but a competitive Oscar has so far eluded him. Like Belafonte, the only Academy Award he has won is the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award (which he received in 1994). Beyond that, he is a seven-time Oscar nominee.
Robin Williams (who was short a Tony), Jessica Tandy (she was missing a Grammy), Henry Fonda (who was the negative to Emmy), and Leonard Bernstein (who never won an Oscar) -the EGOT dream is still alive for dozens of artists.
1. JULIE ANDREWS
It's hard to believe that Julie Andrews has yet to win a Tony Award (though she's been nominated for three). EGOT to her resume.
2. LIN MANUEL MIRANDA
The Hamilton creator came so close to EGOT'ing last year. But something tells us it will not be long before he's inducted into this elite group of artists.
3. MARTIN SCORSESE
He may be one of the world's most acclaimed filmmakers, but it has taken him more than a quarter-century to earn his first Oscar. Hopefully a Tony wants to be next.
4. FRANCES MCDORMAND
Just below the EGOT, there's a triple crown of acting: a performer who has won an Oscar, Emmy, and a Tony (but is missing a Grammy). Frances McDormand is among that group.
5. VIOLA DAVIS
Like McDormand, Viola Davis is part of the Triple Crown club.
6. RANDY NEWMAN
Randy Newman finally became an Oscar winner in 2002 when he won the award for Best Original Song for "If I Did not Have You" from Monsters, Inc. Hey still needs a Tony though.
7. AL PACINO
He's one of the most active actors alive, but Al Pacino is no Grammy winner.
8. JOHN WILLIAMS
John Williams has yet to receive a single Tony Award nomination.
The iconic singer is one Tony Award short of EGOT.
10. ELTON JOHN
The "Rocket Man" is one Emmy Award away from EGOT.
11. AND 12. RON HOWARD AND BRIAN GRAZER
Longtime producing partners Ron Howard and Brian Grazer have seemingly conquered every medium, but neither has Tony yet (although Grazer has come closer; he was nominated in 2008).
13th AND 14. TREY PARKER AND MATT STONE
The South Park creators are just at Oscar short of the EGOT goalpost.