Benjamin Bratt

Benjamin Bratt

Birth name: Benjamin George Bratt
Born: December 16, 1963
Age: 60
Birthplace: San Francisco, California, U.S.
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Benjamin George Bratt (born December 16, 1963) is an American actor. He is best known for his role as NYPD Detective Rey Curtis on the NBC drama series Law & Order, for which he was nominated for the 1999 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series. He has also appeared in the films Demolition Man (1993), Blood In Blood Out (1993), Traffic (2000), Piñero (2001), Miss Congeniality (2000), Catwoman (2004), Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (2009), La Mission (2009), The Lesser Blessed (2012), and Despicable Me 2 (2013).

Bratt is also known for his roles as Dr. Jake Reilly on ABC's Private Practice (2011-13), and Steve Navarro on Fox's 24: Live Another Day (2014).


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. Bratt's mother is an Indigenous activist of the Quechua ethnic group; born in Peru, she moved to the U.S. at age fourteen. His father was an American, of German, English, and Austrian 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. He married Bratt's grandmother, Wiltrude Hildner, 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 multi-media 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, 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. 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 in 1986, 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 film Juarez (1987).


One of Bratt's first television series was Nasty Boys, based on a film by the same name in which he appeared, which aired in 1989 on NBC. His best-known role has been that of Detective Reynaldo Curtis on the television show Law & Order. In 1999, he was nominated for the Primetime 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 would return as Detective Curtis on Law & Order. Curtis reunited with his former boss, Lt. Anita van Buren (S. Epatha Merkerson), in the episode that aired on December 11, 2009. He left the show that same year to continue his 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 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. 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

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. In 2002, he (along with Priscilla López) received the Rita Moreno HOLA Award for Excellence from the Hispanic Organization of Latin Actors (HOLA). In 2002, he began dating and then 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 (1993) and afterwards they saw each other on and off. It was not until the filming of Piñero (2001) 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.



Year Film Role Notes
1988 Lovers, Partners & Spies Esteban
1989 Nasty Boys Eduardo Cruz
1990 Bright Angel Claude
1990 Capital News Unknown
1991 One Good Cop Felix
1991 Chains of Gold Carlos
1993 Blood In Blood Out Paco Aguilar
1993 Demolition Man Officer Alfredo Garcia
1994 James A. Michener's Texas Benito Garza
1994 Clear and Present Danger Captain Ramírez
1994 The River Wild Ranger Johnny
1996 Follow Me Home Abel
2000 The Next Best Thing Ben Cooper
2000 The Last Producer Damon Black
2000 Red Planet Lt. Ted Santen
2000 Miss Congeniality Eric Matthews
2000 Traffic Juan Obregón
2001 Piñero Miguel Piñero
2002 Abandon Wade Handler
2004 The Woodsman Carlos
2004 Catwoman Tom Lone
2005 Thumbsucker Matt Schramm
2005 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
2009 The People Speak Himself
2009 La Mission Che Rivera
2013 Snitch Juan Carlos "El Topo" Pintera
2013 The Lesser Blessed Jed
2013 Despicable Me 2 Eduardo Perez / El Macho Voice
2013 Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 Manny Voice
2015 Justice League: Gods and Monsters Zod / Superman Voice
2016 Ride Along 2 Pope
2016 Special Correspondents John Baker
2016 The Infiltrator Roberto Alcaino In post-production
2016 Shot Caller Filming


Year Film Role Notes
1987 Juarez Sgt. Rosendo Juarez Television film
1988 Police Story: Gladiator School Officer Dave Ramirez Television film
1988-89 Knightwatch Tony Maldonado 9 episodes
1989-90 Nasty Boys Eduardo Cruz 13 episodes
1993 Shadowhunter Nakai Twobear Television film
1994 Texas Benito Garza Television film
1995-99 Law & Order Detective Rey Curtis 95 episodes
1996-99 Homicide: Life on the Street Detective Rey Curtis 3 episodes
1996 Woman Undone Jim Mercer Television film
1998 Exiled: A Law & Order Movie Detective Rey Curtis Television film
2001 After the Storm Arno Television film
2003 Frasier Kevin, the Caller Episode: "The Doctor Is Out"
2005-06 E-Ring Lt. Col. Jim Tisnewski 23 episodes
2008 The Andromeda Strain Dr. Jeremy Stone 4 episodes
2008-09 The Cleaner William Banks 26 episodes
2009 American Experience Narrator 3 episodes
2009 Law & Order Detective Rey Curtis Episode: "Fed"
2010-15 Modern Family Javier Delgado 5 episodes
2011-13 Private Practice Dr. Jake Reilly 36 episodes
2014 24: Live Another Day Steve Navarro 10 episodes

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Work Result
1996 NCLR Bravo Awards Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series Law & Order Nominated
Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Nominated
1997 Nominated
1998 Nominated
OFTA Television Awards Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series Nominated
ALMA Awards Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series Won
1999 Won
Outstanding Actor in Made-for-Television Movie or Mini-Series Exiled: A Law & Order Movie Won
Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series Law & Order Nominated
Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Nominated
2000 Nominated
2001 Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture Traffic Won
Golden Raspberry Awards Worst Screen Combo The Next Best Thing Nominated
Blockbuster Entertainment Awards Favorite Supporting Actor - Comedy Miss Congeniality Won
2002 ALMA Awards Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture Piñero Won
HOLA Awards Rita Moreno HOLA Award for Excellence Himself Won
2005 Golden Raspberry Awards Worst Screen Combo Catwoman Nominated
2009 PRISM Awards Outstanding Performance in a Drama Multi-Episode Storyline The Cleaner Won
ALMA Awards Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series Won
Imagen Awards Best Actor - Television Nominated
2010 Best Actor - Film La Mission Won
2012 ALMA Awards Favorite TV Actor Private Practice Nominated
2013 Imagen Awards Best Actor - Television Nominated

Benjamin Bratt supports the following charitable cause: Children.

[ Source: Wikipedia ]

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