Viacom Inc. and CBS Corp. Chairman Sumner Redstone was etched in entertainment history Friday when he received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
The aging mogul's family members and some of Hollywood's most powerful executives were on hand to witness the tribute on Hollywood Boulevard, just outside the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, where the first Oscar ceremony was held.
Viacom Chief Executive Philippe Dauman compared Redstone to Adolph Zukor, the visionary New York nickelodeon owner who became one of the first people to make big money in movies. It was Zukor who founded Paramount Pictures 100 years ago.
Redstone now controls Paramount, along with CBS television, MTV, BET, Comedy Central and children's channel Nickelodeon.
"Sumner, like you, your star will be around for a long, long, long, long time," Dauman said.
The 88-year-old Redstone, sitting next to the podium on a red-carpeted stage, halfheartedly shrugged.
One of the country's richest men, Redstone began his career as a lawyer and then ran his father's regional theater chain before going on to assemble one of the biggest media empires in the world. His companies have created popular movies, including "Forrest Gump" and "Mission Impossible," and own TV networks that boast such well-known programs as "60 Minutes," "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation," "Late Show With David Letterman," "SpongeBob SquarePants," "Dora the Explorer" and "Jersey Shore."