Benjamin Bratt

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Benjamin Bratt
Benjamin Bratt - parade Grand Master.jpg
Bratt in May 2010
Born(1963-12-16) December 16, 1963 (age 50)
San Francisco, California, U.S.
OccupationActor
Years active1987–present
Spouse(s)Talisa Soto (m. 2002)
Children2
 
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Benjamin Bratt
Benjamin Bratt - parade Grand Master.jpg
Bratt in May 2010
Born(1963-12-16) December 16, 1963 (age 50)
San Francisco, California, U.S.
OccupationActor
Years active1987–present
Spouse(s)Talisa Soto (m. 2002)
Children2

Benjamin Bratt (born December 16, 1963) is an American actor. He is best known for his role as Rey Curtis on the legal/crime drama series Law & Order and his appearances in the movies Miss Congeniality, Demolition Man, Blood in Blood Out, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, Traffic, La Mission, Despicable Me 2, Piñero and The Lesser Blessed. He also recently became known for his role of Dr. Jake Riley on the medical drama series Private Practice.

Early life[edit]

Bratt was born in San Francisco, California, the son of Eldy (née Banda), a nurse, and Peter Bratt, Sr., a sheet metal worker.[1][2] Bratt's mother is a Peruvian Indigenous activist of the Quechua ethnic group; born in Perú, she moved to the U.S. at age nine.[3] His father was an American, of German, English, and Austrian descent.[4] They married December 30, 1960, in San Francisco,[5] but divorced in September 1967.[6] Bratt's paternal grandfather, George Cleveland Bratt (March 5, 1893 – March 29, 1984), was a Broadway actor. He married Bratt's grandmother, Wiltrude Hildner, on August 6, 1920, in Detroit, Michigan.[7][8][9]

As a child, Bratt went with his mother and siblings to participate in the 1969 Native American occupation of Alcatraz.[10] Today, Bratt is an active supporter of such Native American causes as the American Indian College Fund[10] and We Shall Remain, a mini-series and multi-media project, narrated by Bratt, that establishes Native history as an essential part of American history from PBS' acclaimed series American Experience.[11] His brother, Peter Bratt, wrote and directed the 1996 film Follow Me Home, casting Benjamin as Abel. In 2009 Peter wrote and directed the independent film La Mission also starring Benjamin as Che Rivera, an inhabitant of the Mission District. Bratt has for years been a strong supporter and board member of San Francisco Bay Area's Friendship House Association of American Indians and Native American Health Center.[12] He attended Lowell High School in San Francisco, where he was a member of the Lowell Forensic Society. Bratt earned a B.F.A. at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he also joined the Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity. Although accepted into the M.F.A. program at the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco, he left before receiving his degree to star in the television series Juarez...

Career[edit]

Bratt's best-known role has been that of Detective Reynaldo Curtis on the television show Law & Order. In 1999, he was nominated for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series for his work on the series. His more popular films include Miss Congeniality, Blood in Blood out and Traffic. On June 23, 2009, Bratt appeared on The View to promote The Cleaner. On October 23, 2009, it was announced that Bratt will return as Detective Curtis on Law & Order. Curtis reunited with his former boss, Lt. Anita van Buren (S. Epatha Merkerson), which aired on December 11, 2009. He left the show that same year to continue his film career.[13] In 2009, Bratt performed in The People Speak, a documentary feature film that uses dramatic and musical performances of the letters, diaries, and speeches of everyday Americans, based on historian Howard Zinn's A People's History of the United States. In 2012, Bratt was passionate about his opportunity to play a Tlicho Indian in the film The Lesser Blessed, a project dear to his heart because of his own Native background.[14] He voiced El Macho, the main antagonist, in Despicable Me 2, and reprised his role from Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs as Manny the cameraman in Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2.

Personal life[edit]

In 1998, he began dating actress Julia Roberts. He escorted her to the 2001 Academy Awards ceremony, at which she won the Academy Award for Best Actress. Four months later, they announced that they were no longer a couple.[15] In 2002, he (along with Priscilla López) received the Rita Moreno HOLA Award for Excellence from the Hispanic Organization of Latin Actors (HOLA). Less than a year later, he married his pregnant girlfriend, actress Talisa Soto, on April 13, 2002, in San Francisco. The two met ten years earlier during the casting audition of Blood In Blood Out and afterwards they saw each other on and off. It was not until the filming of Piñero that they began to develop a relationship. Their first child, daughter Sophia Rosalinda Bratt, was born on December 6, 2002; their second child, son Mateo Bravery Bratt, was born on October 3, 2005, in Los Angeles.

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

YearFilmRoleNotes
1988Police Story: Gladiator SchoolOfficer Dave Ramirez
1989Nasty BoysEduardo Cruz
1990Bright AngelClaude
1990Capital News
1991One Good CopFelix
1991Chains of GoldCarlos
1993Blood In Blood OutPaco Aguilar
1993Demolition ManOfficer Alfredo Garcia
1993ShadowhunterNakai Twobear
1994James A. Michener's TexasBenito Garza
1994Clear and Present DangerCaptain Ramírez
1994The River WildRanger Johnny
1996Follow Me HomeAbel
1996Woman UndoneJim Mercer
1998Exiled: A Law & Order MovieDet. Rey Curtis
2000The Next Best ThingBen Cooper
2000The Last ProducerDamon Black
2000Red PlanetLt. Ted Santen
2000Miss CongenialityEric Matthews
2000TrafficJuan Obregón
2001PiñeroMiguel Piñero
2001After the StormArno
2002AbandonWade Handler
2004The WoodsmanCarlos
2004CatwomanTom Lone
2005ThumbsuckerMatt Schramm
2005The Great RaidLt. Col. Henry Mucci
2007Love in the Time of CholeraDr. Juvenal Urbino
2008TruckerLeonard "Len" Bonner
2009Cloudy with a Chance of MeatballsMannyVoice
2009The People SpeakHimself
2009La MissionChe Rivera
2013SnitchEl Topo
2013The Lesser BlessedJed
2013Despicable Me 2Eduardo Perez/El MachoVoice
2013Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2MannyVoice

Television[edit]

YearFilmRoleNotes
1987JuarezSgt. Rosendo Juarez
1988Lovers, Partners & SpiesEstaban
1988–1989KnightwatchTony Maldonado9 episodes
1989–1990Nasty BoysEduardo Cruz13 episodes
1995–1999Law & OrderDet. Rey Curtis95 episodes
1996–1999Homicide: Life on the StreetDet. Rey Curtis3 episodes
2003FrasierKevinVoice
1 episode
2005–2006E-RingLt. Col. Jim Tisnewski22 episodes
2008The Andromeda StrainDr. Jeremy Stone
2008–2009The CleanerWilliam Banks26 episodes
2009Freedom Riders
2009American ExperienceNarrator3 episodes
2009Law & OrderDet. Rey Curtis1 episode
2010–presentModern FamilyJavier Delgado3 episodes
2011–2013Private PracticeDr. Jake Reilly36 episodes
2014Adventure TimeBig Red Mad Peebles (Princess Bubblegum)Voice
1 episode
201424: Live Another DaySteve Navarro

Awards[edit]

ALMA Awards[edit]

2009 Category: Best Actor in Drama (Year in Television) for The Cleaner (2008) (TV)

2002 Category: Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture for Pinero (2001)

1999 Category: Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series for Law & Order (1990)

1999 Category: Outstanding Actor in Made-for-Television Movie or Mini-Series for Exiled (1998) (TV Movie)

1998 Category: Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series for Law & Order (1990)

Blockbuster Entertainment Awards[edit]

2001 Category: Favorite Supporting Actor – Comedy for Miss Congeniality (2000)

Emmy Awards[edit]

1999
Category: Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series for Law & Order (1990)

HOLA Awards[edit]

2002
Rita Moreno HOLA Award for Excellence

Imagen Foundation Awards[edit]

2009
Category: Best Actor – Television for The Cleaner (2008) (TV)

NCLR Bravo Awards[edit]

1996
Category: Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series for Law & Order (1990)

PRISM Awards[edit]

2009
Category: Performance in a Drama Series Multi-Episode Storyline for The Cleaner (2008) (TV)

Screen Actors Guild Awards[edit]

2001
Category: Outstanding Performance by the Cast of a Theatrical Motion Picture for Traffic (2000) shared with Steven Bauer; James Brolin; Don Cheadle
2000
Category: Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series for Law & Order (1990) shared with Angie Harmon; Steven Hill; Jesse L. Martin
1999
Category: Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series for Law & Order (1990) shared with Angie Harmon; Steven Hill; Carey Lowell
1998
Category: Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series for Law & Order (1990) shared with Steven Hill; Carey Lowell; S. Epatha Merkerson
1997
Category: Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series for Law & Order (1990) shared with Jill Hennessy; Steven Hill; Carey Lowell
1996
Category: Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series for Law & Order (1990) shared with Jill Hennessy; Steven Hill; S. Epatha Merkerson

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Benjamin Bratt Biography (1963–)". Filmreference.com. Retrieved November 13, 2011. 
  2. ^ [1]
  3. ^ "How Hollywood Gave 'Cholera' a Delicate Treatment". The Washington Post. November 11, 2007. Retrieved November 13, 2011. 
  4. ^ http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000973/bio
  5. ^ "California Marriage Index 1960–1985". Ancestry.com. Retrieved November 13, 2011. 
  6. ^ "Colorado Divorce Index 1966–1984". Ancestry.com. Retrieved November 13, 2011. 
  7. ^ Liz Braun (November 14, 2007). "Benjamin Bratt gets personal". Jam.canoe.ca. Retrieved November 13, 2011. 
  8. ^ "Benjamin Bratt Biography on Yahoo! Movies". Movies.yahoo.com. Retrieved November 13, 2011. 
  9. ^ "Michigan Marriages 1868–1925". Search.labs.familysearch.org. Retrieved November 13, 2011. 
  10. ^ a b "Benjamin Bratt -Native Networks". Nativenetworks.si.edu. December 2, 2001. Retrieved November 13, 2011. 
  11. ^ "We Shall Remain". PBS.org. April 13, 2009. Retrieved November 13, 2011. 
  12. ^ "Friendship House". Friendshiphousesf.org. Retrieved November 13, 2011. 
  13. ^ Benjamin Bratt. "Benjamin Bratt Returning to Law & Order". TVGuide.com. 
  14. ^ Cupryn,Isabel. "Interview: Anitca Doron talks 'The Lesser Blessed'". criticizethis.com. 
  15. ^ Silverman, Stephen M. (July 11, 2001). "Julia Roberts Lays It on the Line – David Letterman, Julia Roberts". People. Retrieved November 13, 2011. 

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