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Benjamin Bratt

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Benjamin Bratt
File:Benjamin Bratt - parade Grand Master.jpg
Bratt in May 2010
Born (1963-12-16) December 16, 1963 (age 52)
San Francisco, California, United States
Education University of California, Santa Barbara (B.F.A. 1986)
Occupation Actor
Years active 1987–present
Known for Rey Curtis on Law & Order
Notable work Despicable Me 2, Miss Congeniality, and Demolition Man
Television Law & Order and Private Practice
Spouse(s) Talisa Soto (m. 2002)
Children 2
Awards See below

Benjamin Bratt (born December 16, 1963) is an American actor. He is best known for his role as NYPD Detective Rey Curtis on the legal/crime drama series Law & Order and his appearances in the movies Miss Congeniality, Demolition Man, Blood In Blood Out, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, Traffic, La Mission, Despicable Me 2, Piñero and The Lesser Blessed. He is also known for his roles as Dr. Jake Reilly on ABC drama Private Practice and Steve Navarro on 24.

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] 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.[3] His father was an American, of German, English, and Austrian descent.[4] They married December 30, 1960, in San Francisco,[5] but divorced in September 1967.[6] 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.[7][8][9]

As a child, Bratt went with his mother and siblings to participate in the 1969 Native American occupation of Alcatraz.[10] Today, Bratt is an active supporter of such Native American causes as the American Indian College Fund[10] 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.[11] 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.[12] 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.[13] 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...


One of Bratt's first television series was Nasty Boys, based on a film by the same name in which he appeared, 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 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.[14] 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.[15] 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.[16] 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 and afterwards they saw each other on and off. It was not until the filming of 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.



Year Film Role Notes
1988 Police Story: Gladiator School Officer Dave Ramirez
1989 Nasty Boys Eduardo Cruz
1990 Bright Angel Claude
1990 Capital News
1991 One Good Cop Felix
1991 Chains of Gold Carlos
1993 Blood In Blood Out Paco Aguilar
1993 Demolition Man Officer Alfredo Garcia
1993 Shadowhunter Nakai Twobear
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
1996 Woman Undone Jim Mercer
1998 Exiled: A Law & Order Movie Det. Rey Curtis
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
2001 After the Storm Arno
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 El Topo
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 Filming
2016 The Infiltrator Filming


Year Film Role Notes
1987 Juarez Sgt. Rosendo Juarez
1988 Lovers, Partners & Spies Estaban
1988–1989 Knightwatch Tony Maldonado 9 episodes
1989–1990 Nasty Boys Eduardo Cruz 13 episodes
1995–1999 Law & Order Det. Rey Curtis 95 episodes
1996–1999 Homicide: Life on the Street Det. Rey Curtis 3 episodes
2003 Frasier Kevin Voice
1 episode
2005–2006 E-Ring Lt. Col. Jim Tisnewski 22 episodes
2008 The Andromeda Strain Dr. Jeremy Stone
2008–2009 The Cleaner William Banks 26 episodes
2009 Freedom Riders
2009 American Experience Narrator 3 episodes
2009 Law & Order Det. Rey Curtis 1 episode
2010–present Modern Family Javier Delgado 4 episodes
2011–2013 Private Practice Dr. Jake Reilly 36 episodes
2014 Adventure Time Big Red Mad Peebles (Princess Bubblegum) Voice
1 episode
2014 24: Live Another Day Steve Navarro 10 episodes


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

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

HOLA Awards

Rita Moreno HOLA Award for Excellence

Imagen Foundation Awards

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

NCLR Bravo Awards

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

PRISM Awards

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

Screen Actors Guild Awards

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


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  11. "We Shall Remain". April 13, 2009. Retrieved November 13, 2011. 
  12. "Friendship House". Retrieved November 13, 2011. 
  13. "Law and Order Comes to UCSB". Coastlines. Summer 2011. Retrieved October 8, 2014. 
  14. Benjamin Bratt. "Benjamin Bratt Returning to Law & Order". 
  15. Cupryn,Isabel. "Interview: Anitca Doron talks 'The Lesser Blessed'". 
  16. Silverman, Stephen M. (July 11, 2001). "Julia Roberts Lays It on the Line – David Letterman, Julia Roberts". People. Retrieved November 13, 2011. 

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