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Rourke dedicates cement honour to grandmother

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Nov 01, 2011 | 5:00am EDT

The Wrestler star landed a special Halloween treat as he became the 254th celebrity to have his prints immortalised at the historic Hollywood venue.

The actor was emotional as he spoke about his beloved grandmother, who raised Rourke and his brother Joe, insisting she would have been pleased to see him joining the ranks of silver screen icons honoured at Grauman's.

Rourke even inscribed a heart and the word 'Granma' (sic) next to his autograph in the wet cement.

He told the crowd, "She knew about all these people here. I used to watch TV and she'd tell me who Errol Flynn was and who Ronald Colman was. Of course, her favourite actor was a gangster actor - George Raft - so that runs in the family...

"(Today) she would have told me to stand up straight, keep my shoulders back, 'Make sure you take that goddamn toothpick out of your mouth so you don't look like some white trash hillbilly standing on the corner.'

"She would have said, 'Be polite, be a gentleman, say please and thank you'... Thank you very much. Thank you from my grandmother because I wouldn't be here if I didn't have the love she gave me."

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