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Grant Imahara Net Worth

Grant Imahara Net Worth is
$2.5 Million

Grant Imahara Biography

Grant Masaru Imahara was born on 21 October 1970, in Los Angeles, California USA, of part-Japanese descent, and is a professional of electronics and radio control, who became well known through working on the special effects in such films as the “Star Wars” and “Terminator” franchises, and more recently on television series “MythBusters”.

So just how rich is Grant Imahara, as of late 2017? Authoritative sources estimate that Grant’s net worth is over $2.5 million dollars, accumulated largely from his involvement in producing and operating special effects which began in the 1990s.

Grant Imahara Net Worth $2.5 Million

Grant Imahara went to the University of Southern California, and graduated with a degree in electrical engineering, but it is known Grant was interested in becoming a screenwriter, too. However, he stayed in the field of engineering and became involved in movies in a different way. Right after graduation Grant began working at a Lucas film’s Home THX division, but soon moved to Industrial Light and Magic, a company which provides visual effects for movies. Among many films that Grant Imahara had a hands in, most famous and the one that added a lot to his net worth is a prequel trilogy of “Star Wars”, working on an old robot named R2-D2. He subsequently worked a a stream of successful films, which included “The Matrix Reloaded”, “Star Wars: Episode 1: The Phantom Menace”, “Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith”, “Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines”, “Van Helsing”, “Galaxy Quest” and many others, usually as the the maker and operator of various robots and models.

Another source of Grant Imahara’s net worth as well as his fame is the aforementioned show “Myth Busters”, which combines science and entertainment, perhaps the perfect place for Imahara to apply his talents. This Discovery Channel’s show is hosted by Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman who are special effects experts. Grant Imahara joined their “The Build Team” to contribute his knowledge and experience in electronics and robotics and in its use in movie production. The show is popular around the world, being broadcast in US, Australia and other countries by the Discovery Channels worldwide.

Imahara is known for his other involvements in science and entertainment industry too. For example, he has been an active participator at “BattleBots”, a reality TV show- competition which ran on Comedy Central for five seasons from 2000 to 2002. Grant competed in it with the robot he himself had created and named Deadblow. He also became involved in another show called “Junkyard Mega-Wars”, and with his skills in robotics helped his team to win the competition. Imahara is also the one who created the mechanism of movement for the famous Energizer Bunny. More recently Grant constructed a robot which appeared in “The Late Night Show” along with its host Craig Ferguson.

Even though Grant Imahara earned most of his net worth from designing robots, he is also known for writing as well as acting work. He has written a robot-making guide book called “Kickin’ Bot: An Illustrated Guide to Building Combat Robots”. He also participated in the creation of a short film “Architects of Evil”, for which Imahara wrote the story as well as appeared in it as an actor. All these projects have contributed to Grant’s net worth.

In his personal life, since 2016 his partner has been costume designer Jennifer Newman. They continue to live in Los Angeles.

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Quick Facts

Full NameGrant Imahara
Net Worth$2.5 Million
Date Of BirthOctober 23, 1970
Place Of BirthLos Angeles, California, United States
Height5 ft 6 in (1.69 m)
ProfessionElectrical engineer, designer, roboticist, TV personality, TV host
EducationUniversity of Southern California
NationalityAmerican
PartnerJennifer Newman
NicknamesGrant Masaru Imahara , Grant Grim-Ahara
Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/grantimaharaofficial
Twitterhttp://www.twitter.com/grantimahara
Instagramhttps://www.instagram.com/grantimahara/
MySpacehttp://www.myspace.com/grantimahara
Wikipediahttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grant_Imahara
NominationsASTRA Awards for Favourite International Personality or Actor (2008), Shorty Award for Best in Science (2010)
MoviesThe Matrix Reloaded, The Matrix Revolutions, Van Helsing, Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith, Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No! (2015), The Lost World: Jurassic Park, Star Wars: The Phantom Menace, Galaxy Quest, AI: Artificial Intelligence, Star Wars: Attack of the Clones, Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines
TV ShowsMythBusters (since 2003), White Rabbit Project (since 2016), Junkyard Mega-Wars


Interesting Facts

#Fact
1Mythbusting on discovery. [April 2006]
2While 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.
3While 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.
4Is one of three official operators of R2D2 for Lucasfilm.
5Has a degree in Electrical Engineering (USC, 1993)


Quotes

#Quote
1Regarding 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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Filmography

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Suspended Belief2017pre-productionKludge
The Finer Things2014Short completedTea Patron
Zombie 360Short post-productionZombie
Star Trek Continues2013-2016TV SeriesSulu
Explain Things to Me2016TV Series
Muzzled the Musical2015TV SeriesRobot Knight
Star Trek: Renegades2015TV SeriesMasaru
Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No!2015TV MovieLodge
The Realms of Labyrinth2014TV SeriesTea Guest
Goblin Kitchen: Labyrinth Masquerade2014ShortTea Guest
Avengers Assemble!2012-2014TV SeriesKang
Caper2014TV Series
TCS Presents2013TV Series
Shelf Life2013TV SeriesZhou Solo
Team Unicorn2013TV SeriesGeneral Grant
Eureka2012TV SeriesEMO Robot Scientist
The League of S.T.E.A.M.2012TV SeriesSir Angus De Cranium
S.H.I.E.L.D.E.D.2012ShortGrant Imahara
The Guild2011TV SeriesGrant Imahara
R2-D2: Beneath the Dome2001TV Special shortArtoo's Technician

Special Effects

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson2010-2011TV Series robot skeleton sidekick - 14 episodes

Visual Effects

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith2005model maker: ILM
xXx: State of the Union2005modelmaker: ILM
Van Helsing2004modelmaker: ILM
The Matrix Revolutions2003model maker foreman: Eon
Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines2003modelmaker: ILM
The Matrix Reloaded2003model maker foreman: Eon
Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones2002model maker: ILM
A.I. Artificial Intelligence2001senior model maker: ILM
Galaxy Quest1999chief model maker: ILM
Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace1999model maker: ILM
The Lost World: Jurassic Park1997model maker: miniature unit

Miscellaneous

TitleYearStatusCharacter
BattleBots2000TV Series competitor / robot builder

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Office Ninja2014special thanks

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Last Call with Carson Daly2016TV SeriesHimself
White Rabbit Project2016TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Host
MythBusters2005-2016TV Series documentaryHimself - Host / Himself - Builder
TableTop2012-2015TV SeriesHimself - Guest / Himself
The Comlink2014TV SeriesHimself - Special Guest
Netflix Musical: Frozen Parody2014Video shortHimself
The 2nd Annual Geekie Awards2014TV SpecialHimself - Award Recipient
Heroes of Cosplay2014TV SeriesHimself
Chaotic Awesome2014TV SeriesHimself
Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Live Pre-Show2013TV MovieHimself - Panelist
Triangulation2013TV SeriesHimself
The Geekie Awards2013TV SpecialHimself - Presenter
Punkin Chunkin 20122012TV MovieHimself
Punkin Chunkin2012TV SeriesHimself - Host
Try This at Home!2012TV SeriesHimself
Sharkzilla2012TV MovieHimself
Comic Con 2012 Live2012TV MovieHimself
Geek DIY2012TV SeriesHimself
Chris Hardwick's All-Star Celebrity Bowling2012TV SeriesHimself
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson2010-2012TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Guest
Punkin Chunkin 20112011TV MovieHimself - Host
Beyond Tomorrow2006TV Series documentaryHimself

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
TableTop2015TV SeriesHimself
MythBusters2010-2012TV Series documentaryHimself - Host
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