Jude Law received the Sir Ian McKellen Award for his philanthropy and activism at the Only Make Believe Gala in Manhattan on Monday.

The 77-year-old acting legend even 'dropped in' via video from London to wish his fellow countryman well at the children's theatre benefit. Back in 1997, the Oscar-nominated duo co-starred in the gay concentration camp drama Bent alongside Clive Owen.Law - who turns 44 next month - looked every bit the dapper English gentleman onstage St. James Theater in his grey blazer, button-up, and slim black trousers.

'Only Make Believe takes storytelling and uses it to prove that imagination can heal,' Jude - born David - told the crowd.

Earlier that day, the two-time Tony winner ceremoniously lit the Empire State Building purple, blue, and gold on behalf of Only Make Believe.  Noticeably missing from the Genius actor's New York adventure was his girlfriend since last year, business psychologist Dr. Phillipa Coan.

Law has fathered five children with three different women - including his sons Rudy, 14, and Rafferty, 20, with ex-wife Sadie Frost. American audiences can finally catch the three-time Golden Globe nominee as Pope Pius XIII (Lenny Belardo) in HBO's The Young Pope premiering January 15.

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