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Tory Belleci Biography
Tory Belleci born Salvatore Paul Belleci, is an American television personality and model maker. At age 11, his uncle gave him a Super 8 movie camera and he began making movies. Tory went on to San Francisco State University film school and graduated magna cum-laude.
In 1994 he started working with Jamie Hyneman at M5 Industries, first as a stage manager, then quickly moving up the ranks. A few years later, he started work at Industrial Light and Magic. For eight years he worked as a model maker, sculptor and painter at Industrial Light and Magic building models for major Hollywood movies including the Star Wars: Episode 1 -The Phantom Menace and Star Wars: Episode 2 – Attack of the Clones.
Belleci began work on Discovery Channel’s MythBusters, in 2003, doing work behind the scenes and, in the second season, was featured as part of the show’s build team. In the show’s third season, he received on-screen credit. In 2005, Belleci persuaded fellow ILM veteran Grant Imahara to join the show, following the departure of original cast member Scottie Chapman.
His models include the pod racers and the Federation battleship. Other movies that you can see his work in include Starship Troopers, Galaxy Quest, Terminator 3, The Matrix 2 & 3 and Van Helsing. Tory also has written and directed short films including his short “Sand Trooper” which played at the Slamdance Film Festival and also aired on Syfy Channel.
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Tory Belleci Net Worth
He has an estimated net worth of $2 million.
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