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Benjamin Bratt (born December 16, 1963) is an Americanmarker 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.

Biography

Early life

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; born in Perumarker, 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 Franciscomarker, 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 on August 6, 1920 in Detroit, Michiganmarker.

As a child, Bratt went with his mother and siblings to participate in the 1969 Native American occupation of Alcatrazmarker. 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.

Schooling

In San Franciscomarker, Bratt attended Lowell High Schoolmarker, 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 Barbaramarker, where he also joined the Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity. Although accepted into the M.F.A. program at the American Conservatory Theatermarker in San Francisco, he left before receiving his degree to star in the television series Juarez.

Personal life

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.

Less than a year later, he married his pregnant girlfriend, actress Talisa Soto, on April 13, 2002, in San Francisco. The two met while filming Piñero. 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.

Career

Bratt's best-known role has been that of Det. 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. He also appeared in an episode of the hit series Charmed as a demon.

On October 14, 2009, 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 October 23, it was announced that Bratt will return as Detective Reynaldo Curtis on Law & Order, TVGuide.com has confirmed. Curtis will reunite with his former boss, Lt. Anita van Buren (S. Epatha Merkerson), on an upcoming episode. Bratt was nominated for a best supporting actor Emmy for the role in 1999. After four seasons, he left the show that same year to pursue a film career.

Awards and nominations

>ALMA Awards

2009Category: Best Actor in Drama (Year in Television) for The Cleaner (2008) (TV)

2002Category: Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture for Pinero (2001)

1999Category: Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series for Law & Order (1990)

1999Category: Outstanding Actor in Made-for-Television Movie or Mini-Series for Exiled (1998) (TV Movie)

1998Category: Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series for Law & Order (1990)

>Blockbuster Entertainment Awards

2001Category: Favorite Supporting Actor - Comedy for Miss Congeniality (2000)

>Emmy Awards

1999Category: Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series for Law & Order (1990)

>Imagen Foundation Awards

2009Category: Best Actor - Television for The Cleaner (2008) (TV)

>NCLR Bravo Awards

1996Category: Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series for Law & Order (1990)

>PRISM Awards

2009Category: Performance in a Drama Series Multi-Episode Storyline for The Cleaner (2008) (TV)

>Razzie Awards

2005Category: Worst Screen Couple for Catwoman (2004) shared with Halle Berry; Sharon Stone

2001Category: Worst Screen Couple for The Next Best Thing (2000) shared with Madonna; Rupert Everett

>Screen Actors Guild Awards

2001Category: Outstanding Performance by the Cast of a Theatrical Motion Picture for Traffic (2000)shared with Steven Bauer; James Brolin; Don Cheadle

2000Category: Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series for Law & Order (1990)shared with Angie Harmon; Steven Hill; Jesse L. Martin

1999Category: Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series for Law & Order (1990)shared with Angie Harmon; Steven Hill; Carey Lowell

1998Category: Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series for Law & Order (1990)shared with Steven Hill; Carey Lowell; S. Epatha Merkerson

1997Category: Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series for Law & Order (1990)shared with Jill Hennessy; Steven Hill; Carey Lowell

1996Category: Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series for Law & Order (1990)shared with Jill Hennessy; Steven Hill; S. Epatha Merkerson

Filmography

Movies



Television series



References

  1. A&E's The Cleaner website
  2. Benjamin Bratt Biography (1963-)
  3. [1]
  4. How Hollywood Gave 'Cholera' a Delicate Treatment, washingtonpost.com
  5. USA WEEKEND Magazine
  6. edmontonsun.com - MovieNews - A rags-to-riches-to-rags-to-riches family story
  7. Benjamin Pratt - Brief Article
  8. Caliornia Marriage Index 1960-1985
  9. Caliornia Divorce Index 1966-1984
  10. Benjamin Bratt gets personal
  11. Benjamin Bratt Biography on Yahoo! Movies
  12. Michigan Marriages 1868-1925
  13. Benjamin Bratt -Native Networks
  14. We Shall Remain
  15. http://www.friendshiphousesf.org/news.html
  16. Julia Roberts Lays It on the Line - David Letterman, Julia Roberts
  17. Mike Reynolds, "Programmer Names Exec President, GM Of A&E", Bio, Multichannel News, June 25, 2008


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