Behind The Scenes Secrets From “MythBusters”

Jay Heyneman Left Home At 14

From the beginning of the series, Jay Hyneman established himself as the more serious MythBuster with his beret, glasses, beard, and straightforward attitude. Considering his personality, it’s hard to imagine that there was a time in his life when he wasn’t in complete control.

Hyneman giving a presentation
Rick Kern/WireImage
Rick Kern/WireImage

Apparently, as a teenager, his “hands-on” style of science wasn’t always appreciated by his parents and teachers, making him out to be a problem child. So, when he was just 14, he left home and began hitchhiking around the country. Maybe this is what forced him to grow up so fast and be so stoic.