More than 125 Industry Legends Honored
With the 2014 induction of Ray Dolby, David E. Kelley, Jay Leno, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Rupert Murdoch, and Brandon Stoddard, the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Hall of Fame grew to well over 125 honorees. (Scroll down to see the complete list of inductees.)
These pioneers have helped shape the most important and influential medium of our time, whether in front of the camera or behind it.
The Hall of Fame honors actors, comics, directors, producers, costume designers, writers, animators, executives, reporters, explorers—and the list goes on and on, covering the gamut of talent that it takes to entertain, inform and enrich a mass audience.
History of the Award
The Hall of Fame was founded by a former president of the Television Academy, the late John H. Mitchell.
Mitchell sought to honor individuals who have made extraordinary contributions to television. In the words of the selection committee, the Hall of Fame is for "persons who have made outstanding contributions in the arts, sciences or management of television, based upon either cumulative contributions and achievements or a singular contribution or achievement."
The first ceremony in 1984 celebrated the careers of Lucille Ball, Milton Berle, Paddy Chayefsky, Norman Lear, Edward R. Murrow, William S. Paley and David Sarnoff. The honorees received glass statuettes in the form of two ballet dancers that were created by sculptor and painter Pascal to reflect the self-discipline required in all facets of the arts.
Since 1988, inductees have brought home an award in the form of a crystal television screen atop a cast-bronze base. The new awards were designed by the late art director Romain Johnston.
4th HoF Johnny Carson, Jacques-Yves Cousteau, Leonard Goldenson, Jim Henson, Bob Hope, Ernie Kovacs, Eric Sevareid