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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
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