Grant Imahara was an Industrial Light & Magic modeler and animatronics technician who controlled R2-D2's movements in the Star Wars prequel trilogy. Imahara cameoed in the mockumentary R2-D2: Beneath the Dome, and was an actor and writer of the fan film Architects of Evil. The in-universe company Imaharatronics is named for him.

Grant Imahara was also known as the creator of the Battlebot Deadblow and was a cast member on Discovery Channel's MythBusters, prior to a restructuring of the program.

On April 2, 2011, Imahara was inducted into the 501st Legion fan organization.[2] He passed away following a brain aneurysm on July 13, 2020.[1]

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Imahara working on R2-D2 models for the prequel trilogy.

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Rahman, Abid (2020-07-13). Grant Imahara, Host of 'MythBusters' and 'White Rabbit Project,' Dies at 49. Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on July 14, 2020. Retrieved on July 14, 2020.
  2. TwitterLogo.svg Grant Imahara (@grantimahara) on Twitter: "I was inducted into the @501stLegion at #WonderCon yesterday. It was a tremendous honor! Special thanks to Jedi @bonniegrrl!" (backup link)

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