Tom Cruise receives Friars Club Entertainment Icon Award

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. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP) Evan Agostini

Alec Baldwin and honoree Tom Cruise pose together at The Friars Club and Friars Foundation Honor of Tom Cruise at The Waldorf-Astoria on June 12, 2012, in New York.
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(CBS/AP) Tom Cruise was in Manhattan to collect an award just days before his movie "Rock of Ages" hits the big screen.

On Tuesday night, the actor received the fourth ever Friars Club Entertainment Icon Award. The evening was a toast, not a roast.

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Alec Baldwin hosted at the Waldorf-Astoria, where speakers included such former co-stars as Cuba Gooding Jr. and Kevin Pollak.

Cruise brought along his 6-year-old daughter, Suri, who not only got to stay up late, but to take in an R-rated tribute. A few f-bombs were dropped, including some on film by Cruise during a highlight reel of his career.

Numerous plugs were worked in for "Rock of Ages," coming out Friday. Baldwin co-stars with Cruise and the ceremony included a performance by the cast of the Broadway musical on which the film is based.

Cruise plays the tattooed -- and frequently shirtless -- rock star Stacee Jaxx in the tribute to the big-haired, big-riffing glam metal sound of the 1980s. But when asked if he had the choice between the life of a movie star or a rock star, Cruise said he would stick with his day job.

"I love my job, and I feel very privileged to be able to do it. It has been a dream of mine, and I love what I do," he said.

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