Top entertainment award for De Niro
Robert De Niro is to become only the fifth person in history to receive a prestigious entertainment award.
Friars Club Abbot Jerry Lewis said De Niro - whose screen career spans almost 50 years - was picked because "he is the reason we have the words 'great actor'."
De Niro, 70, said: "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?"
De Niro will be given his gong at a ceremony at New York City's Waldorf Astoria Hotel on October 7.
The organisation is a private club in New York which is known for its risque celebrity roasts.