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Burt Dalton is an Academy Award-winning motion picture special effects artist who supervised the physical special effects on 2009's Star Trek. He received an Academy Award nomination in the Best Achievement in Visual Effects for his work on Star Trek, which he shared with Industrial Light & Magic crew members Roger Guyett, Russell Earl, and Paul Kavanagh. [1] In 2010 Dalton, Earl, Kavanagh, and Guyett received a Saturn Award nomination for Best Special Effects for their work on Star Trek [2] as well as for Into Darkness.


Dalton was nominated for an Emmy Award for his effects work on the HBO's acclaimed 1998 mini-series From the Earth to the Moon, which featured Star Trek alumni David Andrews, Robert Curtis Brown, David Clennon, Ronny Cox, Brett Cullen, Ann Cusack, Jerry Hardin, Clint Howard, Daniel Hugh Kelly, John Carroll Lynch, Dakin Matthews, Deborah May, Andy Milder, Kieran Mulroney, Holmes Osborne, Ethan Phillips, Harve Presnell, Mark Rolston, Stephen Root, and Alan Ruck. David Carson was a director on this series.

In 2009, Dalton won an Academy Award in the category "Best Achievement in Visual Effects" for coordinating the special effects of the Paramount Pictures release The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. He shared the award with fellow Star Trek visual effects alum Craig Barron. Like 2009's Star Trek, Benjamin Button features Spencer Daniels in the cast.

Other projects

Early in his Hollywood career, Dalton coordinated the special effects for such films as Xanadu (1980, starring James Sloyan), Creator (starring Jeff Corey, Ellen Geer, Virginia Madsen, Michael McGrady, Kenneth Tigar, and Ian Wolfe), Sweet Dreams (1985, starring David Clennon), At Close Range (1986, featuring Tracey Walter), and Disorganized Crime (1989, starring Corbin Bernsen and Daniel Roebuck). He also did special effects work for the NBC television series Remington Steele and coordinated effects for the cult science fiction series Alien Nation (starring Gary Graham, Eric Pierpoint, and Michele Scarabelli).

Since then, Dalton has coordinated or supervised the effects of films such as The Bodyguard (1992, starring Bill Cobbs), Showgirls (1995), The Nutty Professor (1996), Liar Liar (1997, featuring Anne Haney, Don Keefer, Randy Oglesby, and Eric Pierpoint), Doctor Dolittle (1998), Road Trip (2000, featuring Andy Dick and Ellen Albertini Dow), The Legend of Bagger Vance (2000, featuring Bruce McGill and Harve Presnell), The Ring (2002, featuring Shannon Cochran and Richard Lineback), The Rundown (2003, starring The Rock). More recent film credits include Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous (2005, starring Enrique Murciano and William Shatner) and Zodiac (2007, featuring Zach Grenier, John Carroll Lynch, and Matt Winston).

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