Tom Cruise to Receive Honor That Was Previously Given Only to Douglas Fairbanks, Cary Grant and Frank Sinatra

May 31, 2012  •  Post A Comment

Tom Cruise is about to enter one of the most exclusive clubs in the entertainment industry, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The actor will receive the Friars Club’s Entertainment Icon Award, which has been given out only three times before.

In the 108-year history of the organization, the award has previously been given out only to Douglas Fairbanks, Cary Grant and Frank Sinatra. The award, according to the Friars, is an opportunity to "pay tribute to someone whose accomplishments transcend the entertainment industry by positively redefining the very culture we live in."

Jerry Lewis, a Friars Club abbot, said, "Tom Cruise will join an elite group of only three other entertainment legends who have received our Icon Award, and whose work has made a global impact on our industry and changed the face of cinema."

Joseph Zappala, Friars Foundation chairman, added, "This will be an incredible night that will live forever in our club’s history. We are so proud to be presenting this unique honor to Tom Cruise whose humanitarian endeavors mirror his accomplishments in cinema and the arts."

The award will be given out June 12 at the Waldorf-Astoria in midtown Manhattan, the story reports.

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