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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 TheForce.net 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: Grant Imahara, Host of 'MythBusters' and 'White Rabbit Project,' Dies at 49 (2020-07-13). hollywoodreporter.com. Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original 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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