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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 23 October 1970Los Angeles, California, USA
Birth NameGrant Masaru Imahara
Height 5' 6½" (1.69 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Electronics wizard Grant Imahara has been behind the scenes of many top Hollywood films for years. An expert at animatronics, his skills were used extensively at George Lucas' Industrial Light & Magic, where his talent was demonstrated on various features including The Matrix sequels, the three Star Wars prequels also Spielberg's A.I. Artificial Intelligence (2001) and The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997) and the hit Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines (2003). Grant is one of only a few people to have the privilege to operate R2D2. He continues to use his skills in front of the camera on the Discovery Channel show MythBusters (2003) team. Fans have embraced his talent, unique skills and sense of humor.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Adam Savage

Trivia (5)

Has a degree in Electrical Engineering (USC, 1993)
Is one of three official operators of R2D2 for Lucasfilm.
While working at ILM, Grant wore the official C3-PO suit at a variety of press functions, over the course of 9 years. He went on the Oprah show, did Mitsubishi ads in Japan, and met the Lakers (to name just a few), dressed as C3-P0.
While working at ILM, Grant was on a team that rebuilt the Energizer Bunny (the model that is still in use in commercials). They built and operated 3 bunnies. Each bunny requires 3 operators (head, hands, and driver). Grant began as the arms man, and moved up to become the driver.
Mythbusting on discovery. [April 2006]

Personal Quotes (1)

Regarding Mythbusters: We're insured by the same people who do Jackass. Once I heard that, I knew we were with the right people. (Source: Geek Monthly, January 2008, p. 35)

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