Grant Imahara was born October 23, 1970.
Grant Masaru Imahara is an American electrical engineer, roboticist, and television host. He is best known for his work on the television series MythBusters, in which 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 stars in the Netflix series White Rabbit Project.
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.
Imahara 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. As an official Artoo Technician, he makes a cameo appearance in the mockumentary R2-D2: Beneath the Dome.
Imahara portrayed Mr. Sulu in the web series Star Trek Continues episodes “Pilgrim of Eternity” (2013) and “Lolani” (2014).
He is known for his appearances on BattleBots, where he designed and competed with his robot Deadblow. He 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).
Imahara played Lt. Masaru in the 2015 movie Star Trek Renegades.
In 2015, he appeared in the TV movie Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No!.
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