|Born:||December 16, 1963|
|Years Active:||1987 - present|
Bratt was born in San Francisco, California, the son of nurse Eldy (née Banda) and a sheet metal worker father. Bratt's mother is a Peruvian Indigenous activist of the Quechua ethnic group; born in Peru, she moved to the U.S. at age 14. His father was an American of German and English descent. They married December 30, 1960, in San Francisco, but divorced in September 1967. Bratt's paternal grandfather, George Cleveland Bratt (March 5, 1893-March 29, 1984), was a Broadway actor who married his grandmother Wiltrude Hildner (1900-1972) on August 6, 1920, in Detroit, Michigan.
As a child, Bratt went with his mother and siblings to participate in the 1969 Native American occupation of Alcatraz. Today, Bratt is an active supporter of such Native American causes as the American Indian College Fund and We Shall Remain, a mini-series and multimedia project, narrated by Bratt, that establishes Native history as an essential part of American history from PBS' acclaimed series American Experience.
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.
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.
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.
Bratt's best-known role has been that of Detective Rey 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 Reynaldo Curtis on Law & Order. Curtis reunited with his former boss, Lt. Anita van Buren (S. Epatha Merkerson), which aired on December 11, 2009. After four seasons, he left the show that same year to pursue a film career.
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 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.
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.
|1991||One Good Cop||Felix|
|1993||Blood In Blood Out||Paco Aguilar||Alternative title: Bound by Honor|
|Demolition Man||Officer Alfredo Garcia|
|1994||Clear and Present Danger||Captain Ramírez|
|The River Wild||Ranger Johnny|
|1996||Follow Me Home||Abel|
|2000||The Next Best Thing||Ben Cooper|
|The Last Producer||Damon Black|
|Red Planet||Lt. Ted Santen|
|Miss Congeniality||Eric Matthews|
|The Great Raid||Lt. Col. Henry Mucci|
|2007||Love in the Time of Cholera||Dr. Juvenal Urbino|
|2008||Trucker||Leonard 'Len' Bonner|
|2009||Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs||Manny||Voice Role|
|The People Speak||Himself|
|2010||La Mission||Che Rivera|
|1987||Juarez||Sgt. Rosendo Juarez||TV-Pilot|
|1988||Lovers, Partners & Spies||Estaban||TV-Pilot|
|Police Story: Gladiator School||Officer Dave Ramirez||TV-Movie|
|1988-1989||Knightwatch||Tony Maldonado||9 episodes|
|1989||Nasty Boys||Eduardo Cruz||TV-Movie|
|1989-1990||Nasty Boys||Eduardo Cruz||13 episodes|
|1991||Chains of Gold||Carlos||TV-Movie|
|1994||James A. Michener's Texas||Benito Garza|| Alternative title: Texas|
|1995-1999||Law & Order||Detective Rey Curtis||95 episodes|
|1996||Woman Undone||Jim Mercer||TV-Movie|
|1996-1999||Homicide: Life on the Street||Detective Rey Curtis||3 episodes|
|1998||Exiled: A Law & Order Movie||Detective Rey Curtis||TV-Movie|
|2001||After the Storm||Arno||TV-Movie|
|2003||Frasier||Kevin, the Caller||The Doctor Is Out|
|2005-2006||E-Ring||Lt. Col. Jim Tisnewski||22 episodes|
|2007||Love in the Time of Cholera||Dr. Juvenal Urbino|
|2008||The Andromeda Strain||Dr. Jeremy Stone||Miniseries|
|2008-2009||The Cleaner||William Banks||26 episodes|
|American Experience||Narrator||3 episodes|
|Law & Order||Detective Rey Curtis||1 episode|
|2010||Modern Family||Javier Delgado||Up All Night|
|2011-||Private Practice||Dr. Jake Riley||Season 4 (recurring) Season 5-present (series regular)|
|2011||Happily Divorced||David||Episode 8|
Awards and nominationsEdit
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 AwardsEdit
2001 Category: Favorite Supporting Actor - Comedy for Miss Congeniality (2000)
- Category: Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series for Law & Order (1990)
- Rita Moreno HOLA Award for Excellence
Imagen Foundation AwardsEdit
- Category: Best Actor - Television for The Cleaner (2008) (TV)
NCLR Bravo AwardsEdit
- Category: Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series for Law & Order (1990)
- Category: Performance in a Drama Series Multi-Episode Storyline for The Cleaner (2008) (TV)
Screen Actors Guild AwardsEdit
- Category: Outstanding Performance by the Cast of a Theatrical Motion Picture for Traffic (2000) shared with Steven Bauer; James Brolin; Don Cheadle
- Category: Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series for Law & Order (1990) shared with Angie Harmon; Steven Hill; Jesse L. Martin
- Category: Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series for Law & Order (1990) shared with Angie Harmon; Steven Hill; Carey Lowell
- Category: Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series for Law & Order (1990) shared with Steven Hill; Carey Lowell; S. Epatha Merkerson
- Category: Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series for Law & Order (1990) shared with Jill Hennessy; Steven Hill; Carey Lowell
- Category: Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series for Law & Order (1990) shared with Jill Hennessy; Steven Hill; S. Epatha Merkerson
- ↑ Benjamin Bratt Biography (1963-)
- ↑ Benjamin's Family Tree
- ↑ How Hollywood Gave 'Cholera' a Delicate Treatment, washingtonpost.com
- ↑ USA WEEKEND Magazine
- ↑ edmontonsun.com - MovieNews - A rags-to-riches-to-rags-to-riches family story
- ↑ Benjamin Bratt - Brief Article
- ↑ Caliornia Marriage Index 1960-1985
- ↑ Colorado Divorce Index 1966-1984
- ↑ Benjamin Bratt gets personal
- ↑ Benjamin Bratt Biography on Yahoo! Movies
- ↑ Michigan Marriages 1868-1925
- ↑ 12.0 12.1 Benjamin Bratt -Native Networks
- ↑ We Shall Remain
- ↑ Native American Health Center
- ↑ Template:Cite news
- ↑ The People Speak
- ↑ Julia Roberts Lays It on the Line - David Letterman, Julia Roberts