Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 18 September 2014

Top entertainment award for Cruise

Tom Cruise took his daughter to the awards ceremony in Manhattan

Tom Cruise has become only the fourth person in history to receive a prestigious entertainment award.

The Mission Impossible actor attended a star-studded ceremony at the Waldorf-Astoria in Manhattan to collect his Friars Club Entertainment Icon Award, which was hosted by his Rock Of Ages co-star Alec Baldwin.

Tom, 49, took his six-year-old daughter Suri with him to pick up the gong, which has previously only been given to Tinseltown legends Douglas Fairbanks, Cary Grant and Frank Sinatra.

The audience enjoyed a tribute to the Hollywood heavyweight's career as well as speeches from former co-stars such as Cuba Gooding Jr and Kevin Pollak. There were also plenty of plugs for Rock Of Ages, which sees Tom play rock singer Stacee Jaxx and co-stars Malin Akerman, Mary J Blige and Russell Brand.

Meanwhile, Tom has apparently revealed that Suri was terrified of Russell the first time she set eyes on the comedian - because she wasn't used to meeting someone so tall.

The pint-sized star said the pair met when Suri came to visit her dad on the Miami film set of their film.

"The first time she saw Russell striding over towards her she burst out crying," Tom told the Daily Star. "Literally burst out crying on the spot. She was terrified of him.

"She isn't used to being around people who are so tall. I mean the man has freakishly long limbs!"

Tom added that Suri, his daughter with actress wife Katie Holmes, now loves Russell because he makes her laugh by "pulling faces and talking funny".

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