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Biography for Benjamin BrattBenjamin Bratt (born dec. 16, 1963 (50 years ago)) 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 Blood in Blood Out, Miss Congeniality, Traffic, and Piñero. He currently stars on the A&E Network drama The Cleaner.
Early lifeBratt 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; born in Peru, she moved to the U.S. at age 14. His father was an American of German and English descent. They married dec. 30, 1960 (53 years ago) in San Francisco, but divorced in sep. 1967 (46 years ago). Bratt's paternal grandfather, George Cleveland Bratt (March 5, 1893-March 29, 1984 (29 years ago)), was a Broadway actor who married his grandmother Wiltrude Hildner on Aug. 6, 1920 (93 years ago) in Detroit, Michigan.
As a child, Bratt went with his mother and siblings to participate in the 1969 (44 years ago) 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 Follow Me Home, casting Benjamin as Abel.
Bratt has been a strong supporter and board member of San Francisco Bay Area's Friendship House Association of American Indians and Native American Health Center for years.
SchoolingIn 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 TV series Juarez.
Personal lifeIn 1998 (15 years ago), he began dating actress Julia Roberts. He escorted her to the Mar. 25, 2001 (12 years ago) Academy Awards ceremony, at which she won the Academy Award for Best Actress. Three months later, in Jun. 2001 (12 years ago), they announced that they were no longer a couple.
Less than a year later, he married his pregnant girlfriend, actress Talisa Soto, on Apr. 13, 2002 (11 years ago), in San Francisco. The two met while filming Piñero. Their first child, daughter Sophia Rosalinda Bratt, was born on dec. 6, 2002; their second child, son Mateo Bravery Bratt, was born on Oct. 3, 2005 (8 years ago), in Los Angeles.
CareerBratt's best-known role has been that of Det. Rey Curtis on the TV show Law & Order. In 1999 (14 years ago), he was nominated for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series for his work on the series. His more popular movies include Miss Congeniality, Blood in Blood out and Traffic. On Jun. 23, 2009 (4 years ago), Bratt appeared on The View to promote The Cleaner. He also appeared in an episode of the hit series Charmed as a demon.
On Oct. 14, 2009 (4 years ago), it was announced that Benjamin Bratt will guest-star on ABC's hit comedy, Modern Family, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Bratt will play the ex-husband of Sofia Vergara's Gloria.
On Oct. 23, it was announced that Bratt will return as Detective Reynaldo Curtis on Law & Order, TVGuide.com has confirmed. Curtis reunited with his former boss, Lt. Anita van Buren (S. Epatha Merkerson), which aired on dec. 11, 2009 (4 years ago). Bratt was nominated for a best supporting actor Emmy for the role in 1999 (14 years ago). After four seasons, he left the show that same year to pursue a movie career.
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