At this point, nobody remembers Philip Michael Thomas for his time on Miami Vice. His enduring contribution to society is his declaration that he intended to end up with an EGOT: that was his acronym for nabbing an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar, and a Tony. Thomas even sported a gold medallion engraved with the letters EGOT, but as of 2014, has not been nominated for any of the big four awards in the show-biz grand slam.
There are just eleven members of the ultra-exclusive EGOT club: actors Helen Hayes, Rita Moreno, John Gielgud, Audrey Hepburn, and Whoopi Goldberg; composers Richard Rodgers, Marvin Hamlisch, and Jonathan Tunick; producer Scott Rudin; and hyphenates Mel Brooks and Mike Nichols. If you count honorary Oscars and other special awards, then Barbra Streisand, Liza Minnelli, and James Earl Jones also get past the velvet EGOT rope.
Public awareness of the EGOT was revived on a 2009 episode of 30 Rock, when Tracy Jordan bought Philip Michael Thomas's old medallion and decided to strive for the grand slam, declaring, "That's a good goal for a talented crazy person." So who are the leading nonfictional contenders to achieve the EGOT today?—Gavin Edwards