Friars Club To Honor Tom Cruise With Rare Entertainment Icon Award
Posted on Thu May 31, 2012 02:43 PM PDT

tom-cruise-news-200.jpgLOS ANGELES, California (X17online) - The Friars Club will present Tom Cruise with its Entertainment Icon Award at the annual Friars Foundation ceremony on June 12 at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York.

The Icon Award is an opportunity to "pay tribute to someone whose accomplishments transcend the entertainment industry by positively redefining the very culture we live in," the organization said. The Friars Club has given out the award only three times in its 108-year history; previous recipients are Douglas Fairbanks, Cary Grant and Frank Sinatra.

"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," Friars Club abbot Jerry Lewis told The Hollywood Reporter.

Friars Foundation chairman Joseph Zappala 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."