Triple Crown of Acting

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The Triple Crown of Acting is a term used in the American entertainment industry to describe actors who have won a competitive Academy Award, Emmy Award, and Tony Award in the acting categories. As of June 2018, twenty-four people have achieved the triple crown of acting (15 women, 9 men). Helen Hayes's Emmy Award win on February 5, 1953, made her the first person to achieve the triple crown. Thomas Mitchell became the first man to achieve the triple crown with his Tony Award win later the same year on March 29, 1953. Hayes and Rita Moreno are the only triple crown winners in competitive acting categories who have also won a Grammy Award to complete the EGOT.

Triple Crown winners[edit]

  • The year in the Oscar, Emmy and Tony columns indicates the year the actor first won the award.
  • The year in the Oscar, Emmy and Tony columns indicates the year of the award ceremony.
  • The total wins column indicates the total number of competitive Oscar, Emmy and Tony wins achieved.
Actor Completed Years to
complete
Oscar Emmy Tony Total
wins
Ref.
Helen Hayes 1953 21 1932 1953 1947 5
Thomas Mitchell 1953 13 1940 1953 1953 3 [1]
Ingrid Bergman 1960 15 1945 1960 1947 6
Shirley Booth 1962 13 1953 1962 1949 6
Melvyn Douglas 1968 8 1964 1968 1960 4
Paul Scofield 1969 7 1967 1969 1962 3
Jack Albertson 1975 10 1969 1975 1965 4
Rita Moreno 1977 15 1962 1977 1975 4
Maureen Stapleton 1982 31 1982 1968 1951 4
Jason Robards 1988 29 1977 1988 1959 4
Jessica Tandy 1990 42 1990 1988 1948 5 [2]
Jeremy Irons 1997 13 1991 1997 1984 4 [3]
Anne Bancroft 1999 41 1963 1999 1958 4 [4]
Vanessa Redgrave 2003 25 1978 1981 2003 4 [5]
Maggie Smith 2003 33 1970 2003 1990 7 [6]
Al Pacino 2004 35 1993 2004 1969 5 [7]
Geoffrey Rush 2009 12 1997 2005 2009 3 [8]
Ellen Burstyn 2009 34 1975 2009 1975 4 [9]
Christopher Plummer 2012 38 2012 1977 1974 5 [10]
Helen Mirren 2015 19 2007 1996 2015 6 [11]
Frances McDormand 2015 18 1997 2015 2011 4 [12]
Jessica Lange 2016 33 1983 2009 2016 6 [13]
Viola Davis 2017 16 2017 2015 2001 4 [14]
Glenda Jackson 2018 47 1971 1972 2018 5 [15]

Summary[edit]

Year given is year of ceremony.

Helen Hayes[edit]

American actress Helen Hayes (1900–1993) was the first performer to achieve the triple crown of acting. She completed the triple crown in 1953. Hayes was a 9-time Emmy (1), 3-time Tony (2), and 2-time Oscar (2) nominee, for a total of 14 TC nominations. She won two Oscars, two Tonys and an Emmy for a total of five competitive triple crown awards. She also won a Grammy in 1977 for Best Spoken Word Recording to complete the EGOT, for competitive Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony wins. Hayes is one of only two Triple Crown winners (along with Rita Moreno) to have achieved the EGOT.

Thomas Mitchell[edit]

American actor Thomas Mitchell (1892–1962) completed the triple crown in 1953, two months after Helen Hayes. He was a 3-time Emmy (1), 2-time Oscar (1), and 1-time Tony (1) nominee, for a total of six TC nominations. Mitchell won three awards.

Ingrid Bergman[edit]

Swedish actress Ingrid Bergman (1915–1982) completed the triple crown in 1960. She was a 7-time Oscar (3), 3-time Emmy (2), and 1-time Tony (1) nominee, for a total of 11 TC nominations. Bergman is the only Triple Crown winner to win three Oscars.

Shirley Booth[edit]

American actress Shirley Booth (1898–1992) completed the triple crown in 1962. She was a 4-time Emmy (2), 3-time Tony (3), and 1-time Oscar (1) nominee, for a total of eight TC nominations. Booth won six awards.

Melvyn Douglas[edit]

American actor Melvyn Douglas (1901–1981) completed the triple crown in 1968. He was a 3-time Oscar (2), 2-time Emmy (1), and 1-time Tony (1) nominee, for a total of six TC nominations. Douglas won four awards.

Paul Scofield[edit]

British actor Paul Scofield (1922–2008) completed the triple crown in 1969. He was a 2-time Oscar (1), 1-time Emmy (1), and 1-time Tony (1) nominee, for a total of four TC nominations. Scofield won three awards.

Jack Albertson[edit]

American actor Jack Albertson (1907–1981) completed the triple crown in 1975. He was a 5-time Emmy (2), 2-time Tony (1), and 1-time Oscar (1) nominee, for a total of eight TC nominations. Albertson won four awards.

Rita Moreno[edit]

Puerto Rican actress Rita Moreno (born 1931) completed the triple crown in 1977. She is a 6-time Emmy (2), 1-time Oscar (1), and 1-time Tony (1) nominee, for a total of eight TC nominations. Her Emmy win saw her complete the EGOT for competitive Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony wins. Her Grammy win was in 1972 in the Best Recording for Children category. Moreno is the first Hispanic actor to win the Triple Crown and is one of only two Triple Crown winners who have also achieved the EGOT.

Maureen Stapleton[edit]

American actress Maureen Stapleton (1925–2006) completed the triple crown in 1982. She was a 7-time Emmy (1), 6-time Tony (2), and 4-time Oscar (1) nominee, for a total of 17 nominations. Stapleton won four awards.

Jason Robards[edit]

American actor Jason Robards (1922–2000) completed the triple crown in 1988. He was an 8-time Tony (1), 5-time Emmy (1), and 3-time Oscar (2) nominee, for a total of 16 TC nominations. Robards won four awards.

Jessica Tandy[edit]

British-American actress Jessica Tandy (1909–1994) completed the triple crown in 1990. She was a 5-time Tony (3), 3-time Emmy (1), and 2-time Oscar nominee (1), for a total of 10 TC nominations. Tandy won five awards.

Jeremy Irons[edit]

British actor Jeremy Irons (born 1948) completed the triple crown in 1997. He is a 3-time acting Emmy (2), 1-time Oscar (1), and 1-time Tony (1) nominee, for a total of five TC nominations. Irons has won four TC awards.

Note: Irons has an additional Emmy win in a non-acting category, winning the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Narrator in 2014 for Game of Lions.

Anne Bancroft[edit]

American actress Anne Bancroft (1931–2005) completed the triple crown in 1999. She was a 6-time (1) acting Emmy, 5-time Oscar (1), and 3-time Tony (2) nominee, for a total of 14 TC nominations. Bancroft won four triple crown awards.

Note: Bancroft won an additional Emmy in 1970 in the variety program category, as the star of the special Annie, the Women in the Life of a Man.

Vanessa Redgrave[edit]

British actress Vanessa Redgrave (born 1937) completed the triple crown in 2003. She is a 6-time Oscar (1), 6-time Emmy (2), and 3-time Tony (1) nominee, for a total of 15 TC nominations. Redgrave has won four awards.

Maggie Smith[edit]

British actress Maggie Smith (born 1934) completed the triple crown in 2003. She is a 9-time Emmy (4), 6-time Oscar (2), and 3-time Tony (1) nominee, for a total of 18 TC nominations. Smith is the first and only Triple Crown winner to win seven awards.

Al Pacino[edit]

American actor Al Pacino (born 1940) completed the triple crown in 2004. He is an 8-time Oscar (1), 3-time Emmy (2), and 3-time Tony (2) nominee, for a total of 14 TC nominations. Pacino has won five awards.

Geoffrey Rush[edit]

Australian actor Geoffrey Rush (born 1951) completed the triple crown in 2009. He is a 4-time Oscar (1), 2-time Emmy (1), and 1-time Tony (1) nominee, for a total of seven TC nominations. Rush has won three awards.

Ellen Burstyn[edit]

American actress Ellen Burstyn (born 1932) completed the triple crown in 2009. She is an 8-time Emmy (2), 6-time Oscar (1), and 1-time Tony (1) nominee, for a total of 15 TC nominations. Burstyn has won four awards.

Christopher Plummer[edit]

Canadian actor Christopher Plummer (born 1929) completed the triple crown in 2012. He is a 7-time Emmy (2), 7-time Tony (2), and 3-time Oscar (1) nominee, for a total of 17 TC nominations. Plummer has won five awards.

Helen Mirren[edit]

British actress Helen Mirren (born 1945) completed the triple crown in 2015. She is an 11-time Emmy (4), 4-time Oscar (1), and 3-time Tony (1) nominee, for a total of 18 TC nominations. Mirren has won six awards.

Helen Mirren is the only person to have also won the British Triple Crown of Acting by being awarded the three equivalent honours in the British entertainment industry, the BAFTA Film Award, the BAFTA Television Award and the Laurence Olivier Award. It took her twenty-one years to complete the British Triple Crown, beginning with a BAFTA Television Award for Best Actress for Prime Suspect in 1992 and finishing in 2013 with the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actress in a Play for The Audience. In the meantime, she also won two more Television BAFTAs for Prime Suspect in 1993 and 1994 and the Film BAFTA for Best Leading Actress for The Queen in 2007. She was the sixth of seven people to have won the British Triple Crown of Acting, with Peggy Ashcroft, Judi Dench, Nigel Hawthorne, Albert Finney and Julie Walters all preceding her to the honour and Mark Rylance succeeding her.

Frances McDormand[edit]

American actress Frances McDormand (born 1957) completed the triple crown in 2015. She is a 5-time Oscar (2), 2-time Tony (1), and 2-time (1) acting Emmy nominee, for a total of nine TC nominations. McDormand has won four awards.

Note: McDormand has an additional Emmy win in a non-acting category, winning the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Limited Series for executive producing Olive Kitteridge.

Jessica Lange[edit]

American actress Jessica Lange (born 1949) completed the triple crown in 2016. She is an 9-time Emmy (3), 6-time Oscar (2), and 1-time Tony (1) nominee, for a total of 16 TC nominations. Lange has won six awards.

Viola Davis[edit]

American actress Viola Davis (born 1965) completed the triple crown in 2017.[16] She is the first black actor to win the triple crown.[16][17] She is a 3-time Oscar (1), 3-time Tony (2), and 5-time Emmy (1) nominee, for a total of 11 TC nominations. Davis has won four awards.

Glenda Jackson[edit]

British actress Glenda Jackson (born 1936) completed the triple crown in 2018. She is a 5-time Tony (1), 4-time Oscar (2), and 4-time Emmy (2) nominee, for a total of 13 TC nominations. Jackson has won five awards.

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