Jamie Hyneman

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Special Effects Artist • Host • Producer

Birth Date: September 25, 1956

Age: 67 years old

Birth Place: Marshall, Michigan

Instantly recognizable in his beret and thick mustache, special effects expert and TV host Jamie Hyneman was born in Marshall, Michigan in 1966. Though he left home at age 14 to hitchhike around the country, he eventually enrolled at Indiana University, where he graduated with a degree in Russian linguistics. He would go on to hold down a diverse collection of jobs, working as a machinist, an animal wrangler, a chef, and a certified dive master. Eventually, Hyneman's interest in special effects led him to join the special effects team on the movie "Top Gun" (1986). After working on additional films like "Flubber" (1997) and "Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace" (1999), Hyneman got the chance to use his special effects knowledge in a new setting as a host on the series "MythBusters" (Discovery Channel, 2003-). Putting urban legends and popular misconceptions to the scientific test using fun and often strange practical simulations, Hyneman and his partner Adam Savage racked up a number of Emmy nominations for Best Reality Series, with Hyneman eventually becoming a producer on the show. Hyneman and Savage's personas would become so indelible, they were asked to make a cameo appearance together in the movie "The Darwin Awards" (2006).

Credits

Jurassic Punk

Self
Movie
2022

MythBusters: There's Your Problem!

Host
Show
2021

MythBusters vs. Jaws

Host
Show
2015

MythBusters: Star Wars Special

Actor
Show
2014

Dangerous Toys

Actor
Show
2014

Live! With Kelly and Michael

Guest
Talk
2012

MythBusters Jawsome Shark Special

Host
Show
2012

Unchained Reaction

Executive Producer
Show
2012

Unchained Reaction

Judge
Show
2012

MythBusters Buster's Cut

Host
Show
2010

Phineas and FerbStream

Guest Voice
Empire Member
Series
2007

Shark Bites

Actor
Show
2007

The Colbert Report

Guest
Talk
2005

The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson

Guest
Talk
2005

Jimmy Kimmel Live!Stream

Guest
Talk
2003

MythBustersStream

Host
Reality
2003

Late Show With David Letterman

Guest
Talk
1993

The SimpsonsStream

Guest Voice
Himself
Series
1989
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