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Tom Cruise accepts Friars Club award, while Jerry Lewis reportedly misses show over health issue

Ambassador Joseph Zappala, Alec Baldwin and Tom Cruise pose with Cruise's Entertainment Icon Award. (Andrew Kelly/Reuters)

Tom Cruise accepted the Friars Club entertainment icon award Tuesday, the Associated Press reported, just in time to promote his new film “Rock of Ages” before it hits theaters Friday.

His “Rock” co-star Alec Baldwin served as master of ceremonies, while his former acting colleagues Kevin Pollack and Cuba Gooding Jr. were on hand to speak. Also in attendance was Cruise’s six-year-old daughter Suri, who, according to the AP, was not shielded from the NSFW language.

Cruise is the fourth person to receive the award, joining other icons Douglas Fairbanks, Cary Grant and Frank Sinatra.

Jerry Lewis was supposed to accept the Friars Club Applause Award, but was reportedly taken to the hospital shortly before he was set to take the stage.

According to the New York Post, the 86-year-old comedian collapsed because of low blood sugar and was taken to a hospital. He was later released, the New York Post reported. Lewis’s rep has not commented on the alleged health scare.


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