Mythbusters stars Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage are known worldwide for pushing the limits to find out whether a myth is busted or true but not everyone knows how the pair got started. With Mythbusters coming to the Bob Hope Theatre on December 9th, I wanted to give all you fans a look into how the show got started and how Jamie and Adam got to where they are now.
Let’s start with Jamie. Jamie is easily identified on Mythbusters as being the one with the great goatee and stylish black beret; but Jamie has a very different background than you may think. Hailing from an Indiana farm country, Jamie has a wide array of work experience including: survivalist expert, boat captain, diver, linguist, animal wrangler, machinist and cook. Jamie earned a degree in Russian languages and ran a sailing/diving charter in the Caribbean before going into the special effects career.
Jamie started producing models and special effects for movies and commercials; he then took over M5 Industries Inc., now home to Mythbusters.
Adam seemed to know who he was and what he wanted to do since he was a young child. The son of a filmmaker/painter and psychotherapist, Adam started making his own toys as soon as he was old enough to hold scissors. Adam’s work experience includes: projectionist, animator, graphic designer, carpenter, interior and stage designer, toy designer, welder and scenic painter.
Adam has been focused on the special effects industry since 1993, using his skills on commercials and movies (you may have heard of a few: Star Wars Episode One and the Matrix sequels!).
It was in 1993 that Jamie and Adam met when Adam was making unique props for stage productions in San Francisco. Jamie ended up hiring Adam to work with him as a model maker and they went on to collaborate on over 100 commercials together. Years later, Jamie was approached about hosting Mythbusters and he reached out to Adam to join him. The rest is history!
In addition to Mythbusters, both Jamie and Adam have other projects they work on. Jamie collaborates with the Office of Naval Research, the U.S. Army and several universities. He even holds two honorary doctorates and several patents! Adam teaches, lectures, and consults on a variety of topics to students, business folks and everyday Joes. He also devotes his time to his own art which has been showcased in over 40 shows in San Francisco, New York and Charleston, West Virginia.
All Mythbusters fans know that they can tune into a show and see some of the coolest explosions and experiments, check out the video below to see some of the shows best explosions!