Tom Cruise receives Friars Icon award in NY
Actor Alec Baldwin and honoree Tom Cruise pose together at The Friars Club and Friars Foundation Honor of Tom Cruise at The Waldorf-Astoria on Tuesday, June 12, 2012, in New York. (AP/Evan Agostini)
The Friars Club, best known for searing celebrity roasts, held the insults when it toasted Tom Cruise.
The actor received the fourth ever Friars Club Entertainment Icon Award on Tuesday night, placing him in the same company as Douglas Fairbanks, Cary Grant and Frank Sinatra.
Fresh off a whirlwind week of premieres for "Rock of Ages," the actor, who turns 50 next month, said he's amazed his career is still going so strong.
"I was hoping. After my first film I remember thinking I just wanted the opportunity to do it again. And I didn't know whether I was going to have it again and so to be doing this now; it's kind of amazing to me," he said on the red carpet.
Cruise had been slated to receive the award from Jerry Lewis, but the comedian had a health scare just before the ceremony. Lewis' publicist said Wednesday that he was OK after being hospitalized overnight for low blood sugar.
Alec Baldwin presided at the Waldorf-Astoria, where speakers included such former co-stars as Cuba Gooding Jr. and Kevin Pollak. Robin Thicke and Corinne Rae Bailey were among the musical performers.