Grant Imahara Biography
Grant Imahara is an American electrical engineer, roboticist and television host. He is best known for his work on the television series MythBusters.
He designed and built numerous robots that were needed for the show and specialized in operating the various computers and electronics that were utilized to test myths. Imahara starred in the Netflix series White Rabbit Project released on December 9, 2016.
Grant Imahara Age
Grant was born on October 23, 1970. He is aged 48 years as of 2018.
Grant Imahara Net Worth
The American TV host and engineer has a net worth of $2 million.
Grant Imahara Jennifer Newman/Personal Life
Imahara became engaged to his long-time girlfriend, costume designer Jennifer Newman in December 2016.
Imahara is a graduate of the University of Southern California, with a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering. For a time, he seriously considered switching majors, with the intention of becoming a screenwriter; he decided to stay on the engineering track after assisting Tomlinson Holman, a professor at the USC School of Cinematic Arts. He is also a passionate LARPer, as revealed on White Rabbit Project
Grant Imahara Battlebots
Deadblow is a combat robot built and driven by Grant Imahara. It competed in BattleBots in the middleweight division using a fast pneumatic hammer as its weapon. Deadblow won 2 rumbles and was ranked number 2 among middleweights, right after Hazard. Afterwards, it went on with Imahara to help in some experiments in the television series MythBusters and is now regarded as a permanent member of the Build Team.
Grant Imahara Mcdonalds
McDonald’s has enlisted professional skeptic and former MythBusters co-host Grant Imahara for its latest attempt to counter what it says are some of the persistent myths about the quality of its food.
Grant Imahara Career
After graduation, Imahara was hired as an engineer for Lucasfilm’s THX division; he then moved to the company’s visual effects division, Industrial Light and Magic (ILM), where he worked for nine years. While at ILM, he was involved in films such as The Lost World: Jurassic Park, Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace, Galaxy Quest, AI: Artificial Intelligence, Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones, Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, The Matrix Reloaded, The Matrix Revolutions, Van Helsing, and Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith.
He is credited in many feature films as a model maker. In particular, he is credited for his work in updating the aging R2-D2 robots for the Star Wars prequel trilogy. He is an official of Artoo Technician, he makes a cameo appearance in the mockumentary R2-D2: Beneath the Dome.
See also: List of MythBusters cast members
He joined MythBusters on the invitation of friend and occasional employer Jamie Hyneman and former ILM colleague Linda Wolkovitch, who was an associate producer of MythBusters. Grant joined as the third member of the Build Team, replacing former MythBusters welder Scottie Chapman. His colleagues often jokingly refer to him as the “geek” of the Build Team.
He often makes the robots that are needed for the show and otherwise specializes in operating the computers and electronics for the myths. On August 21, 2014, Hyneman and MythBusters co-host Adam Savage announced that Imahara, along with cast members Kari Byron and Tory Belleci, would be leaving the show.
White Rabbit Project
Together with colleagues Kari Byron and Tory Belleci, Imahara hosted the Netflix Original Series White Rabbit Project. He and the team investigated topics such as jailbreaks, superpower technology, heists and bizarre World War II weapons. He evaluated against a defined set of criteria and explored through experiments, builds and tests. The complete first season of the series was released on the Netflix streaming service December 9, 2016, but the series was not renewed.
Apart from his role on MythBusters, he is known for his appearances on BattleBots, where he designed and competed with his robot Deadblow. He was hosted as one of the judges for the eighth season on “BattleBots” by 2018. He also had a cameo appearance on Syfy’s Eureka and the web series The Guild. Other well-known works include designing the circuit that creates the rhythmic oscillation of the arms of the modern Energizer Bunny; leading Team ILM to victory in an appearance on Junkyard Mega-Wars; as well as authoring Kickin’ Bot: An Illustrated Guide to Building Combat Robots (ISBN 0-7645-4113-7)
He was a cast member and story writer for the short film Architects of Evil, created for the 2004 Industrial Light and Magic Backyard Film Contest. He mentors the Richmond High robotics team Biomechs #841 (Richmond Ca.) for the FIRST Robotics Competition, lending his expert guidance on how to create the right robot for the right job. Imahara was profiled in the magazine IEEE Spectrum, in an issue focusing on engineering dream jobs. It was titled “Grant Imahara: Debunker in The Box.; he is shown in a fire-resistant suit on the cover.
During early 2010, one of Imahara’s independent projects, was constructing a robotic sidekick for Craig Ferguson, host of The Late Late Show. The robot, named Geoff Peterson, was unveiled on the April 5, 2010 Late Late Show episode and is controlled and voiced by comedian and voice actor Josh Robert Thompson.
Imahara portrayed Mr. Sulu in the web series Star Trek Continues episodes “Pilgrim of Eternity” (2013) and “Lolani” (2014). Imahara was interviewed on TWiT’s Triangulation (Episode 121) on 25 September 2013. Imahara played Lt. Masaru in the 2015 movie Star Trek Renegades.
Imahara has also partnered with Mouser Electronics to kick off their “Empowering Innovation Together” campaign, where he will host several webisodes. In 2015, he appeared in the TV movie Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No!. He is also taking an active part in advising Team USA in a giant-robot battle between American company MegaBots and Japanese company Suidobashi Heavy Industry.
Imahara hosted the second season of the web series The Home of the Future, produced by The Verge in partnership with Curbed.