Let’s ban the acronym EGOT for the accomplishment of winning entertainment’s four major awards (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, Tony). Whoever arranged the initials that way was obviously joking. It sounds horrible, and it starts with “ego.” How about GOTE, pronounced like “goatee”? Scott Rudin, the leading producer of New York’s signature form of art and entertainment, live theater, is the first producer in entertainment history to GOTE.
Mr. Rudin was born in New York City and grew up on Long Island. He entered the world of theater production at 16, when he took a job as assistant to legendary Broadway producer Kermit Bloomgarden. The same eye for talent that would later have Mr. Rudin insert Leonardo DiCaprio in Marvin’s Room was evident early on: at 20 years old, Mr. Rudin cast The Wanderers, one of the greatest (and most underrated) New York City movies ever made and featuring a marvelous collection of future stars who work beautifully together.
Mr. Rudin went on to become Broadway’s leading producer, with hits like Hamlet (1995), A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (1996) and, perhaps most notably, The Book of Mormon (2011), which earned nine Tony Awards, including Best Musical. In addition to his influence on Broadway, his shows’ national and international tours spread his theatrical vision throughout America and the rest of the world.
Mr. Rudin has been a shockingly prolific film producer as well, scoring hits in virtually every genre, from art house indie to tentpole Hollywood: The Dictator, Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Moneyball, True Grit, Notes on a Scandal, The Social Network, It’s Complicated, The Other Boleyn Girl, Angela’s Ashes, A Civil Action, The School of Rock, Ransom, Clueless (and its TV spinoff), Little Man Tate, Flatliners and his first real hit, The Firm. In January 2008, two Rudin productions—No Country for Old Men (the Coen brothers) and There Will Be Blood (Paul Thomas Anderson)—were each nominated for eight Academy Awards, including Best Picture (which went to the divine No Country).