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Biography

Adam Savage 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 psychotherapist, Savage 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 process he could get his hands on - metal, paper, glass, plastic, rubber, foam, plaster, pneumatics, hydraulics, animatronics, neon, glassblowing, mold making and injection molding, to name just a few.

Since 1993, Savage has concentrated on the special-effects industry, honing his skills through more than 100 television commercials and a dozen feature films, including 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 Savage 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.

Today, in addition to co-hosting Discovery Channel's "MythBusters," Savage teaches advanced model making, most recently in the industrial design department at the San Francisco Academy of Art. Somehow, he also finds time to devote to his own art - his sculptures have been showcased in over 40 shows in San Francisco, New York and Charleston, W.Va.

8 Programs

Mythbusters' Adam Savage: Words of Wisdom for Makers

05.19.13 | 00:47:40 min | 4,470 views | 0 comments

Adam Savage of MythBusters: Why We Make

05.20.12 | 00:40:36 min | 12,227 views | 0 comments

Get Inspired with MythBuster Adam Savage at Maker Faire

05.22.11 | 01:00:56 min | 18,593 views | 5 comments

Adam Savage Presents Problem Solving: How I Do It

05.22.10 | 00:54:13 min | 337,894 views | 6 comments

Hosts Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage Talk 'MythBusters'

03.13.10 | 01:02:16 min | 49,572 views | 9 comments

MythBusters: Just the Facts

08.06.09 | 01:07:55 min | 73,515 views | 11 comments

MythBuster Adam Savage's Colossal Failures

05.30.09 | 00:58:53 min | 397,487 views | 11 comments

MythBusters Co-Host Adam Savage on Obsession with Dodo

12.12.08 | 00:16:54 min | 543,275 views | 14 comments
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