Benjamin Bratt

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Benjamin Bratt

Bratt in May 2010
Born(1963-12-16) December 16, 1963 (age 48)
San Francisco, California, U.S.
OccupationActor
Years active1987–present
Spouse(s)Talisa Soto (2002–present)
ChildrenSophia Bratt
Mateo Bratt
 
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Benjamin Bratt

Bratt in May 2010
Born(1963-12-16) December 16, 1963 (age 48)
San Francisco, California, U.S.
OccupationActor
Years active1987–present
Spouse(s)Talisa Soto (2002–present)
ChildrenSophia Bratt
Mateo Bratt

Benjamin Bratt (born December 16, 1963) is an American actor. He is most famous for his role as Rey Curtis on the TV series Law & Order; and his appearances in the movies Miss Congeniality, Demolition Man, Blood in Blood Out, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, Traffic, and Piñero.

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Early life

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][3] Bratt's mother is a Peruvian Indigenous activist of the Quechua ethnic group; born in Peru, she moved to the U.S. at age nine.[4][5][6] His father was an American of German and English descent.[7] They married December 30, 1960, in San Francisco,[8] but divorced in September 1967.[9] Bratt's paternal grandfather, George Cleveland Bratt (March 5, 1893 – March 29, 1984), was a Broadway actor who married Benjamin's grandmother, Wiltrude Hildner, on August 6, 1920, in Detroit, Michigan.[10][11][12]

As a child, Bratt went with his mother and siblings to participate in the 1969 Native American occupation of Alcatraz.[13] Today Bratt is an active supporter of such Native American causes as the American Indian College Fund[13] 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.[14]

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.[15]

Schooling

In San Francisco, Bratt attended Lowell High School, where he developed his dramatic and oratory skills as 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

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.[16]

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.[17]

Personal life

In 1998, he began dating actress Julia Roberts. He escorted her to the March 25, 2001, Academy Awards ceremony, at which she won the Academy Award for Best Actress. Three months later, in June 2001, they announced that they were no longer a couple.[18]

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 off and on they saw each other. It was not until while filming 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

Film
YearFilmRoleOther notes
1990Bright AngelClaude
1991One Good CopFelix
1993Blood In Blood OutPaco AguilarAlternative title: Bound by Honor
Demolition ManOfficer Alfredo Garcia
1994Clear and Present DangerCaptain Ramírez
The River WildRanger Johnny
1996Follow Me HomeAbel
2000The Next Best ThingBen Cooper
The Last ProducerDamon Black
Red PlanetLt. Ted Santen
Miss CongenialityEric Matthews
TrafficJuan Obregón
2001PiñeroMiguel Piñero
2002AbandonWade Handler
2004The WoodsmanCarlos
CatwomanTom Lone
2005ThumbsuckerMatt Schramm
The Great RaidLt. Col. Henry Mucci
2007Love in the Time of CholeraDr. Juvenal Urbino
2008TruckerLeonard 'Len' Bonner
2009Cloudy with a Chance of MeatballsMannyVoice Role
The People SpeakHimself
La MissionChe Rivera
Television
YearTitleRoleNotes
1987JuarezSgt. Rosendo JuarezTV pilot
1988Lovers, Partners & SpiesEstabanTV pilot
Police Story: Gladiator SchoolOfficer Dave RamirezTV movie
1988–1989KnightwatchTony Maldonado9 episodes
1989Nasty BoysEduardo CruzTV movie
1989–1990Nasty BoysEduardo Cruz13 episodes
1990Capital NewsTV movie/TV pilot
1991Chains of GoldCarlosTV movie
1993ShadowhunterNakai TwobearTV movie
1994James A. Michener's TexasBenito GarzaAlternative title: Texas
TV movie
1995–1999Law & OrderDet. Rey Curtis95 episodes
1996Woman UndoneJim MercerTV movie
1996–1999Homicide: Life on the StreetDet. Rey Curtis3 episodes
1998Exiled: A Law & Order MovieDet. Rey CurtisTV movie
2001After the StormArnoTV movie
2003FrasierKevin, the CallerEpisode: "The Doctor Is Out"
2005–2006E-RingLt. Col. Jim Tisnewski22 episodes
2007Love in the Time of CholeraDr. Juvenal Urbino
2008The Andromeda StrainDr. Jeremy StoneMiniseries
2008–2009The CleanerWilliam Banks26 episodes
2009Freedom Riders
American ExperienceNarrator3 episodes
Law & OrderDet. Rey Curtis1 episode
2010–presentModern FamilyJavier Delgado2 Episodes
2011–Private PracticeDr. Jake RileySeason 4 (recurring) Season 5- (series regular)
2011Happily DivorcedDavidEpisode 8

Awards and nominations

ALMA Awards

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

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

Emmy Awards

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

HOLA Awards

2002
Rita Moreno HOLA Award for Excellence

Imagen Foundation Awards

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

NCLR Bravo Awards

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

PRISM Awards

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

Screen Actors Guild Awards

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

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