Host of the Hit Show MythBusters
It's not often that someone gets to use the term "animal birthing lubricant" when describing their work, but Adam Savage is one of the rare few who can.
As co-host of the wildly popular TV show MythBusters, Adam, along with co-host Jamie Hyneman, gets to tackle the kind of jobs and hobbies that many science geeks and teenage boys would "nerd-out" over. Attempting to debunk myths, urban legends and popular misconceptions through scientific testing and experimentation, the show has explored hundreds of myths over the last eight years, including whether or not elephants are really afraid of mice, the validity of the "five-second rule," and cockroaches' ability to survive nuclear fallout.
Adam has spent his life gathering skills that allow him to take what's in his brain and make it real. He's built everything from ancient Buddhas to futuristic weapons, from spaceships to dancing vegetables, from fine art sculptures to animated chocolate — and just about anything else you can think of.
The son of a filmmaker/painter and a psychotherapist, Adam has been making his own toys since he was allowed to hold scissors. Having held positions as a projectionist, animator, graphic designer, carpenter, interior and stage designer, toy designer, welder, and scenic painter, he's worked with every material and in every medium he could fathom — metal, paper, glass, plastic, rubber, foam, plaster, pneumatics, hydraulics, animatronics, neon, glassblowing, mold-making and injection molding to name just a few.
Since 1993, Adam has concentrated on the special effects industry, honing his skills through more than 100 television commercials and a dozen feature films, including some particularly nerdy ones, such as Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace and Episode II: Attack of the Clones, Galaxy Quest, Terminator 3, A.I. and The Matrix sequels. He's also designed props and sets for Coca-Cola, Hershey's, Lexus and a host of New York and San Francisco theater companies.
Not only has he worked and consulted in the research and development division for toy companies and made several short films, but Adam has also acted in several films and commercials — including a Charmin ad, in which he played Mr. Whipple's stock boy, and a Billy Joel music video, "Second Wind," in which he drowns. An artist as well, Adam's sculptures have been showcased in over 40 shows around the country.
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