Robert De Niro is set to become only the fifth Hollywood legend to be presented with the coveted Entertainment Icon Award from The Friars Club at its annual gala later this year (14).

The Meet the Fockers star will join Douglas Fairbanks, Cary Grant, Frank Sinatra and Tom Cruise as the only celebrities in the club's 109-year history to receive the accolade.

De Niro, who will be honoured at a New York gala in October (14), jokes, "I'm very happy to be part of an evening that raises money for such good causes. Thank you, Friars! Who am I giving an award to?"