Adam Savage: who is the 'MythBusters' star outside the hit show?

Adam Savage is most closely associated with Discovery Channel's "MythBusters," the show he's been co-hosting for more than a decade with his business partner Jamie Hyneman. But who is this excitable guy who loves science and general nerding out so much? There's a whole lot more to Savage than just busting myths.

Being creative runs in Savage's family; his father, Whitney Savage, was a painter, filmmaker and animator who contributed animated characters to the long-running children's program "Sesame Street." The young Adam Savage initially thought he wanted to be an actor, and voiced several of the characters his father animated. He also made an appearance in a Charmin commercial, and in 1985, both graduated high school and appeared as a young man drowning in the music video for Billy Joel's top 10 hit "You're Only Human (Second Wind)."

But before he was out of his teenage years, Savage had let go of acting in favor of science. He's done just about every even vaguely scientific job behind the scenes in the film business, from model maker to projectionist to graphic designer. You've seen his model work in a number of major motion pictures, including "Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones," the Tim Allen sci-fi parody "Galaxy Quest," and "Bicentennial Man." In the "making of" material included in the special features of "The Matrix Revolutions," you can see Savage, who discusses the special effects work he performed on the film.

Savage also has made a habit of passing on his enthusiasm and knowledge to others. According to a 2008 interview, he once taught advanced model making at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. He has since been a guest speaker or regular presenter at a number of events, including but not limited to giving the commencement speech at Sarah Lawrence College in 2012, participating in the science-oriented Maker Faire since 2008, and being the keynote speaker at 2014's South by Southwest (SXSW) music, film and interactive media festival.

When he's not working or sharing his experiences, Savage is also a known fan of costume making and costume play ("cosplay"). Also in 2014, the website - for which he is a regular contributor - followed a costumed Savage around on the exhibit hall floor of San Diego Comic-Con.

Savage will return, along with Hyneman, for the upcoming 2015 season of "MythBusters" on Discovery Channel. To find out where he may appear next when he's not on your TV screen, keep up with Adam Savage at AXS.