Robert Legato (born 1956) is an American visual effects supervisor, second unit director, and second unit director of photography.
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.
|1994||Interview with the Vampire|
|2000||What Lies Beneath|
|2001||Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone|
|2003||Bad Boys II|
|2006||The Good Shepherd|
|2007||The Key to Reserva|
|2008||Shine a Light|
|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|
- 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."