Sad news. Grant Imahara was instrumental in the creation of the Star Wars prequels. He was one of the engineers in charge of creating and operating R2-D2. He also was involved in creating set models for the prequels. He was 49.
Grant Masaru Imahara (October 23, 1970 – July 13, 2020) was an American electrical engineer, roboticist, and television host. He was best known for his work on the television series MythBusters, in which he designed and built numerous robots that were needed for the show, and specialized in operating the various computers and electronics that were utilized to test myths.
After graduation, Imahara was hired as an engineer for Lucasfilm‘s THX division; he then moved to the company’s visual effectsdivision, Industrial Light and Magic (ILM), where he worked for nine years. While at ILM, he was involved in films such as The Lost World: Jurassic Park, Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace, Galaxy Quest, AI: Artificial Intelligence, Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones, Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, The Matrix Reloaded, The Matrix Revolutions, Van Helsing, and Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith.
Grant Imahara will be missed…