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There’s been a great non-selfish trend sweeping through the Hong Kong entertainment and “Richie Rich” community. Ever since the “Oracle of Omaha” and world’s second richest man, Warren Buffett, announced his intention last year to donate US$37 billion of his wealth to charity, there’s been a domino effect in, of all places, Hong Kong.

Shedding the generational notion of dynastic inheritance, a few wealthy, high profile individuals have also announced their intention to donate a large portion of their accumulated wealth to charities including tycoon Li Ka-shing and superstar Jackie Chan who committed half of his property after his death.

And now the “Killer” has turned into Mr. Softee. Hong Kong veteran actor Chow Yun-Fat is planning to donate his fortune to charity after he passes away.

Chow says that he and his wife have no plans to have a child after their attempts at having a child ended in a miscarriage. As for his roughly US$130 million property, the 52-year-old actor says that they plan to donate all their money to charity. He says that since the fortune was given by the society, it was natural to use it for the good of the society.

Good for him. This is a trend worth reporting on.

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Nick Frost

January 25, 2007

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Born March 28, 1972)
England Essex, England
Notable roles Ed in Shaun of the Dead

Nick Frost (born March 28, 1972) is an English actor and comedian most famous for his work with Simon Pegg.

Born in Essex, Frost worked as a waiter and had a number of low key acting jobs such as ‘Chris Carter and The Coverplan Challenge’, a Dixons group sales video, before gaining fame as Tim’s Army-obsessed best friend Mike in the groundbreaking British comedy Spaced, which was written by Pegg and Jessica Stevenson and aired on Channel 4 for two series.

Although Frost wasn’t an actor before this (Though he had appeared in Pegg’s first major comedy series, Big Train, as an extra on numerous occasions), he created the character of Mike to amuse Pegg, his flatmate at the time. Pegg liked it so much that he wrote the character into Spaced.

In 2002, Frost wrote and presented a TV show called Danger! 50,000 Volts!, which presented viewers with various worst-case scenarios and offered sensible and easy-to-understand ways out of these situations, blended throughout with Frost’s unique humour. In the DVD release of the programme, a 30 minute spin-off episode called Danger! 50,000 Zombies! is included as an extra. This episode sees Frost paired up with Pegg as they deal with the situation of a zombie outbreak and what one should do in this situation. Also in 2002, Frost co-wrote and starred in The Sofa of Time with Matt King.

In 2004, Frost appeared in Shaun of the Dead, a rom-zom-com (romantic comedy, with zombies), written once again by Pegg along with Spaced director Edgar Wright. The film follows the life of Shaun, a disaffected store clerk who tries to win back his girlfriend in the midst of a zombie outbreak. Frost played Ed, the lovable oaf and best friend of Shaun.

In late 2005 he starred in the comedy sketch show Man Stroke Woman, which aired on BBC3. In the same year Nick acted in a second feature film, “Kinky Boots”.

In early 2006 Frost played the lead character, Commander Henderson, in new BBC Two sci-fi sitcom, Hyperdrive. Nick has recently completed a second series of Hyperdrive which will air on BBC2 in April 2007.

Both Frost and Pegg are to appear in a second Pegg-Wright feature, Hot Fuzz, a film which is set to be an action and cop genre homage, taking place in rural Somerset. Frost is to play bumbling Constable Danny Butterman, who partners up with Pegg’s Nicholas Angel after he transfers from London.

Frost also narrates Channel 4 reality show Supernanny.

Simon Pegg

January 25, 2007

Simon Pegg

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Born 14 February 1970
Gloucester, England, U.K. England United Kingdom
Spouse(s) Maureen McCann
Notable roles Shaun in Shaun of the Dead

Simon John Pegg (born 14 February 1970) is an English stand-up comedian, writer and film and television actor. He is best-known for his title role in Shaun of the Dead and for the British sitcom Spaced. Much of his major work has been in collaboration with some combination of Jessica Stevenson, Edgar Wright and Nick Frost.

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Pegg was born in Gloucester and studied drama at the University of Bristol. In 1993 he moved to London and gigged on the stand-up comedy circuit before breaking into television comedy in Asylum, Six Pairs of Pants, Faith in the Future, Big Train and Hippies. From 1998 to 2004, Pegg regularly featured on BBC Radio 4‘s The 99p Challenge.

In 1999, he created and co-wrote the Channel 4 sitcom Spaced with Jessica Stevenson. For this project Pegg brought in Frost, his best friend. For his performance in this series Pegg was nominated for a British Comedy Award as Best Male Comedy Newcomer.

Pegg co-wrote (with Spaced director Edgar Wright) and starred in the “romantic zombie comedy” (rom-zom-com) film Shaun of the Dead, released in April 2004. At George A. Romero‘s invitation, Pegg and Wright made cameo appearances in Romero’s latest zombie film, Land of the Dead.

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As the Editor in the Doctor Who episode The Long Game

As the Editor in the Doctor Who episode The Long Game

Pegg’s other credits include the World War II miniseries Band of Brothers, guest appearances on Black Books, Brass Eye Special, I’m Alan Partridge , The Parole Officer and in the Factory Records story 24 Hour Party People. He also played the mutant bounty hunter Johnny Alpha, the Strontium Dog, in a series of Big Finish Productions audio plays based on the character from British comic 2000 AD.

Pegg appeared in the Big Finish Productions Doctor Who audio story Invaders From Mars as Don Chaney, and portrayed the Editor in the 2005 Doctor Who episode The Long Game. He also narrated the first series of the documentary series Doctor Who Confidential.

Pegg auditioned for a part in the romantic comedy, Love Actually. The part he auditioned for was taken by the actor Rowan Atkinson.

Upon completion of Shaun of the Dead, Pegg was questioned on whether he would be abandoning the British film industry for bigger and better things, to which he replied “It’s not like I’m going to run off and do Mission: Impossible III!”[citation needed], which he then promptly went on to do, playing Benji Dunn, an I.M.F. technician who assists Tom Cruise‘s character, Ethan Hunt.

In 2006 he played an American character, Gus, in Big Nothing alongside David Schwimmer.

[edit] Forthcoming work

Pegg and Wright have written their second film, Hot Fuzz, which will be released in 2007. The film is a police-action movie homage and will also star Nick Frost. Pegg will play Nicholas Angel, a London policeman who is transferred to rural Somerset, where grisly events start taking place.

Pegg will also appear in The Good Night and is currently filming Run, Fat Boy, Run directed by David Schwimmer and co-starring Thandie Newton and Hank Azaria.

[edit] Personal life

Pegg married Maureen McCann on 23 July 2005 in Glasgow. Nick Frost was the best man. Both Pegg’s mother and sister briefly appeared in Spaced.

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[edit] Selected filmography