Grant Masaru Imahara was a Japanese-American electrical engineer, roboticist, television host and actor. He was born in Los Angeles, California, United States.
Imahara was passionate about live action role-playing game (LARP). Here are 13 more facts about him:
- He earned his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. Upon graduating, he worked for The Walt Disney Studios subsidiary Lucasfilm where he started as an engineer for the THX division before moving to the visual effects division Industrial Light and Magic, where he worked for nine years.
- From 1997 to 2005, he served as a modelmaker for 11 films namely “The Lost World Jurrasic Park,” “Galaxy Quest,” “A.I. Artificial Intelligence,” “The Matrix Reloaded,” “Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines,” “The Matrix Revolutions,” “Van Helsing,” “xXx: State of the Union,” “Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace,” “Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones” and “Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith.”
- In 2001, he made his acting debut by playing Artoo’s technician in the TV short film “R2-D2: Beneath the Dome.”
- From 2005 to 2018, Imahara starred in the Discovery Channel documentary series “MythBusters” as a host and a builder.
- From 2010 to 2012, he appeared as a guest in 10 episodes of “The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson.” From 2012 to 2016, he appeared as a guest in five episodes of the TV series “TableTop.”
- In 2012, he played Sulu in the TV series “Star Trek Continues: The Vignettes” and Kang in the TV series “Avengers Assemble!” episode “Conquered.” Kang returned in the episode “Villains Therapy” in 2014.
- From 2013 to 2017, he reprised his role as Sulu in the web series “Star Trek Continues.”
- In 2014, McDonald’s US partnered with him for a social media campaign designed to address public misconceptions of how the fast food company develops its food designed to address public misconceptions of how McDonald’s develops its food.
- In 2015, he played Lodge in the TV movie “Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No!” In the same year, he played Lt. Masaru in the pilot episode of the TV series “Star Trek: Renegades.”
- In 2016, he hosted the Netflix Original Series “White Rabbit Project.”
- On December 8, 2016, he proposed to his long-time girlfriend Jennifer Newman, costume designer, with a vintage 1.56 carat sparkler he found at an antique dealer in San Francisco, California for around $20,000. It was witnessed by 250 guests who thought they were attending a surprise birthday party for her.
- In 2018, he played Frank Inouye in the TV series “Drunk History” episode “World War II.” In the same year, he was included as an author on the Disney Research paper titled “Stickman: Towards a Human Scale Acrobatic Robot.”
- He died from a sudden brain aneurysm on July 13, 2020. He died at the age of 49.