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, the highest accolades recognized in American film, television and theatre respectively. Its term is related to terms from other competitive areas, such as the Triple Crown of Motorsports.
As of 2021, 24 people (15 women, 9 men) have achieved this.
Helen Hayes became the first actor to do so with her Emmy Award on February 5, 1953. Less than two months later, Thomas Mitchell became the first man to do so when he received a Tony Award 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 (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, Tony). Dame Maggie Smith has the most triple crown wins, with seven awards.
In the British entertainment industry, the Triple Crown consists of the BAFTA Film Awards, the BAFTA Television Awards and the Laurence Olivier Awards, or simply the Olivier awards. Eight actors have completed the British Triple crown. (Virginia McKenna, Peggy Ashcroft, Judi Dench, Nigel Hawthorne, Albert Finney, Julie Walters, Helen Mirren and Mark Rylance). Only Helen Mirren has completed both the American and British Triple Crowns.
Winners of the Triple Crown of Acting still living are: Rita Moreno, Jeremy Irons, Vanessa Redgrave, Maggie Smith, Helen Mirren, Geoffrey Rush, Al Pacino, Frances McDormand, Jessica Lange, Ellen Burstyn, Glenda Jackson, and Viola Davis.