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Tracy Morgan will get Hollywood Walk of Fame star

Tracy Morgan and fiancee Megan Wollover earlier this month. (Peter Kramer/NBC News via AP)
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The “Saturday Night Live” star who survived a fatal bus crash last year will get a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Tracy Morgan — actor, stand-up comic, consistently weird presence on “30 Rock” and creator of Astronaut Jones, among many other memorable characters — was among 29 performers, directors, musicians and other artists who will get a star on the public sidewalk that runs on Hollywood Boulevard and Vine Street in Los Angeles. Here’s the complete list of inductees via the Hollywood Walk of Fame’s official Web site:

In the category of MOTION PICTURES:
Steve Carell, Bradley Cooper, Ashley Judd, Michael Keaton, Kurt Russell, Quentin Tarantino and Toshiro Mifune (posthumous)
In the category of TELEVISION:
Barbara Bain, Kathy Bates, Roma Downey, David Duchovny, Allison Janney, Rob Lowe, Debra Messing, Tracy Morgan, Gary Sinise and William S. Paley (posthumous)
In the category of RECORDING:
Shirley Caesar, LL Cool J, Cyndi Lauper, Adam Levine, Bruno Mars, Joseph B. “Joe” Smith, Itzhak Perlman and “Mama” Cass Elliot (posthumous)
In the category of RADIO: Ralph Lawler
In the category of LIVE THEATRE/LIVE PERFORMANCE:
Angélica María, Harvey Fierstein and Kevin Hart

A star on the Walk of Fame lacks the prestige of, say, an Academy Award or a Grammy. Run by the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, the Walk of Fame is, more or less, a tourist attraction — or, as Vice put it, “America’s Most Surreal Tourist Trap.” The public makes nominations; stars agree to the nomination; if selected, they must appear at a public unveiling of their star within five years; and the star costs $30,000 that must be paid to the Chamber of Commerce.

“The Hollywood Walk of Fame is an important anchor for Los Angeles and Hollywood,” Eliot Sekuler, a spokesman for Universal Studios Hollywood, said in 2010. “It establishes critical mass in Hollywood.”

Still, the Walk of Fame offers a whiff of old-fashioned Hollywood glamour in the age of the less-than-glamorous viral video. It is also a great celebrity equalizer of sorts: Marilyn Monroe is honored here, but so is Alex Trebek.

“Through the years, Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, the Hollywood sign, Star Line Tours, and later the Hollywood ‘Walk of Fame’ have maintained their symbolic significance as Hollywood signs, many of which have penetrated a global imagination,” University of Southern California professor Alison Trope wrote in “Stardust Moments: The Saving and Selling of Hollywood.” “Thus the mythological status of Hollywood has longstanding roots that have historically depended on the movie capital’s international repute and ability to transcend time and space.”

But of this year’s many Walk of Face inductees, Morgan was perhaps most in need of some transcendence. After his limo bus was rear-ended by a Wal-Mart tractor trailer on the New Jersey Turnpike last year in an accident that killed comedy writer James McNair, it was said Morgan might not fully recover from a traumatic brain injury. The actor did not appear in public until earlier this month, after he settled a suit against Wal-Mart.

“When I got home, it really hit me,” an emotional Morgan told Matt Lauer of “Today.” “And every day I would just watch the accident on YouTube. And one day I came across his funeral on YouTube and I just — I lost it for about a week.”

[A tearful Tracy Morgan on “Today"]

Though Morgan told “Today” he still has nosebleeds, memory problems and is “not 100 percent yet,” he said he was honored by this Walk of Fame selection.

“I am honored to be getting a walk of fame star,” Morgan tweeted Tuesday. “I hope they put me next to my biological father Charlton Heston from Planet of the Apes!”

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