Robert Legato

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Robert Legato (born 1956) is an American visual effects supervisor, second unit director, and second unit director of photography.

Raised in Asbury Park, New Jersey, Legato graduated from Ocean Township High School.[1]


He directed the 2016 film Eloise.

He has been nominated for five Academy Awards and has won three. His first win was for his visual effects work on Titanic, his second was for his work on Hugo and his third for The Jungle Book. In 1996, he won the BAFTA award for Best Achievement in Special Effects for Apollo 13, for which he also garnered his first Academy Award nomination. He won Academy Awards in Visual effects for Hugo and The Jungle Book. In 2020, he received his fifth Academy Award nomination for Best Visual Effects for The Lion King.

Prior to his work in film, he was a Visual Effects Supervisor for Star Trek: The Next Generation from 1987 to 1992, and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine in 1993. His work on the Star Trek franchise earned him three Emmy nominations and two wins, as well as an in-front-of-the-camera appearance on Reading Rainbow for an episode devoted to a behind-the-scenes look at TNG.

Legato is a member of the Directors Guild of America (DGA), American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) and the Visual Effects Society (VES).


Year Title
1994 Interview with the Vampire
1995 Apollo 13
1997 Titanic
2000 What Lies Beneath
2000 Cast Away
2001 Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
2003 Bad Boys II
2004 The Aviator
2006 The Departed
2006 The Good Shepherd
2007 The Key to Reserva
2008 Shine a Light
2009 Avatar
2010 Shutter Island
2011 Hugo
2013 The Wolf of Wall Street
2016 The Jungle Book
2019 The Lion King


Year Title Visual effects supervisor Visual effects coordinator Visual effects artist
1986 The Twilight Zone 1 Episode
1987–1992 Star Trek: The Next Generation 46 Episodes 17 Episodes
1993 Star Trek: Deep Space Nine 18 Episodes 1 Episode


  1. ^ Staff. "Shore's Robert Legato is special-effects wizard behind 'Hugo'", Asbury Park Press, February 26, 2012. "Many decades later, after growing up in Asbury Park, graduating from Ocean Township High School and studying film in Santa Barbara, Calif., Legato has become the magician."

External links[edit]

  • Robert Legato at IMDb
  • Robert Legato at TED Edit this at Wikidata
    • "Rob Legato: The art of creating awe". TEDGlobal 2012. TED. June 2012.
  • "Rob Legato on Hugo and The Joy of Filmmaking". Creative Cow Magazine. Retrieved 24 October 2013.
  • "VFX Supervisor Rob Legato on Hugo". Retrieved 21 February 2013.