Mythbusters Host and Lucasfilm Animatronics Specialist Grant Imahara Has Passed Away at 49

The Hollywood Reporter has announced today that Grant Imahara, former host of the hit TV show ‘Mythbusters,’ has passed away at the age of 49.

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Many may not know that Imahara also had close ties to Disney, and even worked on the upcoming Avengers Campus land in Disneyland.

While Imahara was perhaps most well known as a host for Mythbusters, Imahara was also hired by Lucasfilm in their THX and Industrial Light and Magic divisions. Specifically, he specialized in animatronics as a chief model maker and worked on the George Lucas Star Wars prequels.

Obi-Wan in “Revenge of the Sith” ©Lucasfilm/Disney

Imahara also developed and built a fully functioning animatronic of “The Child,” also known as Baby Yoda, that began touring around children’s hospitals this past April. He tweeted a short video of the animatronic in March, giving Baby Yoda a chicky nuggie!

Grant Imahara’s work will continue to be enjoyed by fans from around the world when Avengers Campus opens at Disney California Adventure. He worked on the highly anticipated Spider-Man stunt animatronic, that freely flies through the air!

We look forward to seeing the completed stunt animatronic at the opening of Avengers Campus, knowing that Imahara’s work is able to live on and be admired by millions of guests.

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