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Bratt in May 2010
|Born||Benjamin George Bratt
December 16, 1963
San Francisco, California, U.S.
|Education||University of California, Santa Barbara (B.F.A. 1986)|
|Spouse(s)||Talisa Soto (m. 2002)|
Benjamin George Bratt (born December 16, 1963) is an American actor. He portrayed 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), Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (2009), Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 (2013), La Mission (2009), The Lesser Blessed (2012), Despicable Me 2 (2013) and Doctor Strange (2016).
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.
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).
American Indian Movement
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.
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.
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.
Indigenous American Charities
Today due to his activism during the American Indian Movement and pride in his Indigenous American heritage, 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. 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.
|1988||Lovers, Partners & Spies||Esteban|
|1989||Nasty Boys||Eduardo Cruz|
|1991||One Good Cop||Felix|
|Chains of Gold||Carlos|
|1993||Blood In Blood Out||Paco Aguilar|
|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|
|The People Speak||Himself|
|La Mission||Che Rivera|
|2013||Snitch||Juan Carlos "El Topo" Pintera|
|The Lesser Blessed||Jed|
|Despicable Me 2||Eduardo Perez / El Macho||Voice|
|Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2||Manny|
|2015||Justice League: Gods and Monsters||Lor-Zod / Hernan Guerra / Superman|
|2016||Ride Along 2||Pope|
|Special Correspondents||John Baker|
|The Infiltrator||Roberto Alcaino|
|Doctor Strange||Jonathan Pangborn|
|2017||Coco||Voice / production|
|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
|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|
|OFTA Television Awards||Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series|
|ALMA Awards||Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series||Won|
|Outstanding Actor in Made-for-Television Movie or Mini-Series||Exiled: A Law & Order Movie|
|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|
|2001||Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture||Traffic||Won|
|Golden Raspberry Awards||Worst Screen Combo||The Next Best Thing (with Madonna)||Nominated|
|Blockbuster Entertainment Awards||Favorite Supporting Actor – Comedy||Miss Congeniality||Won|
|2002||ALMA Awards||Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture||Piñero|
|HOLA Awards||Rita Moreno HOLA Award for Excellence||Himself|
|2005||Golden Raspberry Awards||Worst Screen Combo||Catwoman (with Halle Berry)||Nominated|
|2009||PRISM Awards||Outstanding Performance in a Drama Multi-Episode Storyline||The Cleaner||Won|
|ALMA Awards||Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series|
|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|
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