Photo Coverage: Billy Crystal Presented Friars Icon Award by Robert De Niro

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When you enter the Friars Club on 55th street the world immediately becomes a better place. The first space you encounter is the Billy Crystal Room where you hear the laughter and the animated conversations as Friars share stories with one another. Last night in only the 8th time in the Club's 114-year history The Icon Award was presented by Robert De Niro to Billy Crystal at the Ziegfeld Ballroom to a capacity filled New York/Hollywood audience. The Icon Award honors individuals whose extraordinary accomplishment raise the standard of entertainment and positively redefines our culture. Billy is following in the footsteps of entertainment icons Douglas Fairbanks, Cary Grant, Frank Sinatra, Martin Scorsese, and Robert De Niro.

Friar Rinaldo Nistico was also presented with an Icon Award For Outstanding Contribution to The Friars Club as it's Goodwill Ambassador.

Billy Crystal's good friend, producer and writer Friar Alan Zweibel was presented with the Friar of The Year Award by Lewis Black, and entertainer Deana Martin was honored for her contributions to the club, continuing in the tradition of her dad Friar Dean Martin.

The Friar historians will no doubt recall the evening as one of the most momentous, emotional, entertaining, and humor filled nights in the long list of the many unforgettable show business events that the Friars have produced.

The list of sports and entertainment legends honoring Billy Crystal with their words and performances made the Ziegfeld Ballroom one of the exciting places on the planet to be in last night....Richard Belzer, Lewis Black, Bob Costas, Katie Couric, Robert De Niro, Dick Ebersole, Josh Gad, Larry King, Robert Klein, Deana Martin, Steven Maglio, Rob Reiner, Smokey Robinson, Meg Ryan, Susan St. James, Ben Schwartz, Marc Shaiman, Paul Shaffer, Jordin Sparks, David Steinberg, Take 6, Joe Torre Bernie Williams and many others.

Article & Photos by: Stephen Sorokoff

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Photo Coverage: Billy Crystal Presented Friars Icon Award by Robert De Niro
Billy Crystal & Robert De Niro

Photo Coverage: Billy Crystal Presented Friars Icon Award by Robert De Niro
Billy Crystal

Photo Coverage: Billy Crystal Presented Friars Icon Award by Robert De Niro
Billy Crystal

Photo Coverage: Billy Crystal Presented Friars Icon Award by Robert De Niro
Rob Reiner & family

Photo Coverage: Billy Crystal Presented Friars Icon Award by Robert De Niro
Alan Zweibel & Robin Zweibel

Photo Coverage: Billy Crystal Presented Friars Icon Award by Robert De Niro
Rinaldo Nistico

Photo Coverage: Billy Crystal Presented Friars Icon Award by Robert De Niro
RoBert Klein & Alan Zweibel

Photo Coverage: Billy Crystal Presented Friars Icon Award by Robert De Niro
Larry King

Photo Coverage: Billy Crystal Presented Friars Icon Award by Robert De Niro
Larry King & DeAna Martin

Photo Coverage: Billy Crystal Presented Friars Icon Award by Robert De Niro
Lewis Black

Photo Coverage: Billy Crystal Presented Friars Icon Award by Robert De Niro
Alan Zweibel

Photo Coverage: Billy Crystal Presented Friars Icon Award by Robert De Niro

Rinaldo Nistico

Photo Coverage: Billy Crystal Presented Friars Icon Award by Robert De Niro

Rob Reiner

Photo Coverage: Billy Crystal Presented Friars Icon Award by Robert De Niro

Joe Torre

Photo Coverage: Billy Crystal Presented Friars Icon Award by Robert De Niro

Robert Klein

Photo Coverage: Billy Crystal Presented Friars Icon Award by Robert De Niro
Meg Ryan

Photo Coverage: Billy Crystal Presented Friars Icon Award by Robert De Niro
Richard Belzer

Photo Coverage: Billy Crystal Presented Friars Icon Award by Robert De Niro
Bob Costas

Photo Coverage: Billy Crystal Presented Friars Icon Award by Robert De Niro
Marc Shaiman

Photo Coverage: Billy Crystal Presented Friars Icon Award by Robert De Niro
Katie Couric

Photo Coverage: Billy Crystal Presented Friars Icon Award by Robert De Niro
Robert De Niro

Photo Coverage: Billy Crystal Presented Friars Icon Award by Robert De Niro
Bernie Williams

Photo Coverage: Billy Crystal Presented Friars Icon Award by Robert De Niro
Paul Shaffer

Photo Coverage: Billy Crystal Presented Friars Icon Award by Robert De Niro
Smokey Robinson

Photo Coverage: Billy Crystal Presented Friars Icon Award by Robert De Niro
Bernie Williams & Joe Torre

Photo Coverage: Billy Crystal Presented Friars Icon Award by Robert De Niro
Billy Crystal & Bernie Williams

Photo Coverage: Billy Crystal Presented Friars Icon Award by Robert De Niro
Katie Couric & Eda Sorokoff

Photo Coverage: Billy Crystal Presented Friars Icon Award by Robert De Niro
Jamie deRoy & Paul Shaffer

Photo Coverage: Billy Crystal Presented Friars Icon Award by Robert De Niro
Bill Boggs & Dr. Jon LaPook

Photo Coverage: Billy Crystal Presented Friars Icon Award by Robert De Niro
DeAna Martin

Photo Coverage: Billy Crystal Presented Friars Icon Award by Robert De Niro
Billy Crystal

Photo Coverage: Billy Crystal Presented Friars Icon Award by Robert De Niro
Billy Crystal & Dick Ebersole

Photo Coverage: Billy Crystal Presented Friars Icon Award by Robert De Niro
Billy Crystal & Orchestra

Photo Coverage: Billy Crystal Presented Friars Icon Award by Robert De Niro
Marvin Scott

Photo Coverage: Billy Crystal Presented Friars Icon Award by Robert De Niro
Tony Lo Bianco & Alyse Lo Bianco

Photo Coverage: Billy Crystal Presented Friars Icon Award by Robert De Niro
Linda Compagnone & Ralph Compagnone

Photo Coverage: Billy Crystal Presented Friars Icon Award by Robert De Niro
Bill Boggs

Photo Coverage: Billy Crystal Presented Friars Icon Award by Robert De Niro
Jane Hanson & Mayor David Dinkns

Photo Coverage: Billy Crystal Presented Friars Icon Award by Robert De Niro
Tripp Whetsell & Steven Maglio



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