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Run Run Shaw

It has been a while since someone born in the nineteen-aughts went for a swim in the AO Deadpool. Run Run Shaw wasn't the typical "oldest this" or "last surviving that." Outliving 99.999% of the people who walked the earth on the November 1907 day he entered the world was just a footnote in his career.

In the 1920s, Shaw, along with his older brother Run Me, founded the Shaw Brothers studio, which went on to produce nearly 1,000 movies. Known as the father of "chop-socky" films and of the kung fu genre, his 323 producing credits include Five Fingers of Death (1973), Man of Iron (1973), The Shaolin Avengers (1976), and Blade Runner (1982).

In 1967, Shaw founded Television Broadcasts Limited (TVB), the first broadcast network in Hong Kong. The network grew into a multibillion-dollar empire, solidifying his status as a media mogul. Shaw is also credited with helping launch the careers of many Asian stars, including Chow Yun-fat, Maggie Cheung, and John Woo. (Bruce Lee was the one who got away when he signed with former Shaw Brothers producer Raymond Chow.)

Shaw was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 1977 and received the Grand Bauhinia Medal from the government of Hong Kong in 1998. Known for his philanthropy in Hong Kong and China, he donated billions to various charities, hospitals, and schools. In 1991, he helped rescue Macy's from bankruptcy by purchasing 10% of its preferred shares for $50 million. In 2002, he established the Shaw Prize, an international award for research in astronomy, mathematics, and medicine. In 2007, at the age of 100, he received a lifetime achievement award at the Hong Kong Film Awards, and in 2013, he received a BAFTA special award for his contribution to cinema.

In the end, he was not fast enough to elude the AO Deadpool. Loki and RH Draney get 4 points each for their classy duet (1 for hit + 3 for duet).

--Ed V

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