Grant Masaru Imahara (October 23, 1970 – July 13, 2020) was an American electrical engineer, roboticist, and television host. He was best known for his work on the television series MythBusters, on which he designed and built numerous robots and specialized in operating computers and electronics to test myths. Prior to his television career, Imahara worked at Lucasfilm in the THX division as an engineer and in the Industrial Light and Magic division in visual effects.
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Built and driven by Grant Imahara, it competed in BattleBots in the middleweight division using a fast pneumatic hammer as its weapon.
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 several films including 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 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.
Imahara reunited with Byron and Belleci for the 2016 White Rabbit Project, a Netflix Original Series, in which the team investigates topics such as jailbreaks, superpower technology, heists, and bizarre World War II weapons, 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.
By 2018, he was selected as one of the judges for the eighth season on "BattleBots".
Imahara portrayed Hikaru Sulu in all 11 episodes of the web series Star Trek Continues. He also played Lt. Masaru in the 2015 movie Star Trek Renegades.
In 2015, he appeared in the TV movie Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No!
Imahara hosted the second season of the web series The Home of the Future, produced by The Verge in partnership with Curbed.
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