Benjamin Bratt

Actor, Producer, Bus driver
A versatile veteran of both film and television, actor Benjamin Bratt came to prominence during the 1990s with his Emmy-nominated work on the perennial procedural, "Law & Order" (NBC, 1990-2010), where he spent four ... Read more »
Born: 12/15/1963 in San Francisco, California, USA

Filmography

Actor (77)

24: Live Another Day 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Actor

Homicide: Life on the Street 1995 - 1999, 2002 - 2003, 2005 - 2006, 2011 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Law & Order 1995 - 1999, 2005 - 2006, 2009, 2011 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Pioneers of Television 2011 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Narrator

Private Practice 2011 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Russell Simmons Presents Def Poetry 1995 - 1999, 2002 - 2003, 2005 - 2006, 2011 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Shadowhunter 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Cleaner 1995 - 1999, 2002 - 2003, 2005 - 2006, 2008 - 2009, 2011 - 2014 (TV Show)

Actor

Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2 2013 (Movie)

Manny (Voice)

Despicable Me 2 2013 (Movie)

Eduardo/El Macho (Voice)

Lesser Blessed 2013 (Movie)

Jed (Actor)

Modern Family 2010, 2012 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Snitch 2013 (Movie)

Juan Carlos "El Topo" Pintera (Actor)

The 2012 Independent Spirit Awards 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Presenter

2009 Prism Awards 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

La Mission 2010 (Movie)

Che (Actor)

The 16th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

The 2009 Alma Awards 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

The People Speak 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2009 (Movie)

Voice of Manny (Actor)

Trucker 2009 (Movie)

Leonard Bonner (Actor)

We Shall Remain 2009 (Tv Show)

Narrator

The Andromeda Strain 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

Love in the Time of Cholera 2007 (Movie)

Dr. Juvenal Urbino (Actor)

E-Ring 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

The 12th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

The Great Raid 2005 (Movie)

Colonel Henry Mucci (Actor)

The Price of Freedom: Making The Great Raid 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Thumbsucker 2005 (Movie)

Matt Schramm (Actor)

Catwoman 2004 (Movie)

Tom Lone (Actor)

The Woodsman 2004 (Movie)

Carlos (Actor)

Frasier 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

The 57th Annual Tony Awards 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Abandon 2002 (Movie)

Wade Handler (Actor)

Family Tree 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Narrator

My VH1 Music Awards '01 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Russell Simmons Presents Def Poetry 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

The 59th Annual Golden Globe Awards 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

After the Storm 2001 (Movie)

Arno (Actor)

Conde Nast Traveler All-Star Special 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Desert Mummies of Peru 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Narrator

GQ's 2000 Men of the Year Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Pinero 2001 (Movie)

Miguel Pinero (Actor)

The Last Producer 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

5th Annual ALMA Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Miss Congeniality 2000 (Movie)

Eric Matthews (Actor)

Red Planet 2000 (Movie)

Ted Santen (Actor)

The 51st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

The Next Best Thing 2000 (Movie)

Ben (Actor)

Traffic 2000 (Movie)

Juan Obregon (Actor)

50th Emmy Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

The 1999 ALMA Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

ALMA Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Follow Me Home 1997 (Movie)

Abel (Actor)

The 1996 NCLR Bravo Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

James A. Michener's Texas 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Clear and Present Danger 1994 (Movie)

Captain Ramirez (Actor)

The River Wild 1994 (Movie)

Ranger Johnny (Actor)

Bound By Honor 1993 (Movie)

Paco (Actor)

Demolition Man 1993 (Movie)

Alfredo Garcia (Actor)

Shadowhunter 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Bright Angel 1991 (Movie)

Claude (Actor)

Chains of Gold 1991 (Movie)

Carlos (Actor)

One Good Cop 1991 (Movie)

Felix (Actor)

Kill or Be Killed 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Nasty Boys 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Gladiator School 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Knightwatch 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Juarez 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Lovers, Partners & Spies 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Nasty Boys (TV Show)

Actor

Woman Undone (TV Show)

Actor
Producer (2)

La Mission 2010 (Movie)

(Producer)

Follow Me Home 1997 (Movie)

(Producer)

Biography

A versatile veteran of both film and television, actor Benjamin Bratt came to prominence during the 1990s with his Emmy-nominated work on the perennial procedural, "Law & Order" (NBC, 1990-2010), where he spent four seasons as homicide detective Reynaldo Curtis. Prior to that role, Bratt had a number of supporting parts in movies like "Demolition Man" (1993), "Clear and Present Danger" (1994) and "The River Wild" (1994). In addition to his television fame, Bratt found himself a tabloid fixture when he began dating "America's Sweetheart" Julia Roberts, before the couple parted ways just shy of four years and after her 2001 Oscar win, bringing the private actor much dreaded headlines. After leaving "Law & Order" in 1999, he had co-starring roles in a number of divergent films, playing the head of a Mexican drug cartel in "Traffic" (2000), the partner of a bumbling FBI agent in "Miss Congeniality" (2000), a streetwise poet in "Piñero" (2001) and a loyal brother-in-law in "The Woodsman" (2004). He made a return to television as the star of the short-lived military drama "E-Ring" (2005-06), before returning to features for "The Great Raid" (2005) and "Love in the Time of Cholera" (2007). Bratt established himself as an actor of significant depth as the lead of the gritty serialized addiction drama, "The Cleaner" (A&E, 2008-09), and moved on to primetime soaps with a recurring-turned-regular role on the popular medical drama, "Private Practice" (ABC, 2007- ). Whether as the lead or in a supporting role, Bratt maintained a broad range of appeal in a wide array of performances.

Relationships

Peter Bratt Director

Brother
Born Nov. 14, 1962 Directed "Follow Me Home" (1997), produced by and starring brother

Peter Bratt

Father
Was of German-English heritage Divorced Eldy Bratt 1968

Eldy Bratt

Mother
Born 1937; Peruvian-born Quechua Indian Immigrated to U.S. at age 14 Divorced Peter Bratt Sr. 1968

Sophia Bratt

Daughter
Born Dec. 6, 2002; mother Talisa Soto

Mateo Bratt

Son
Born Oct. 3, 2005; mother, Talisa Soto

Georgia Bratt

Sister
Born 1965

Nadya Bratt

Sister
Born 1961

George Bratt

Grandfather
Appeared on Broadway

Jennifer Esposito Actor

Companion
Met 1996 when she made guest appearance on "Law & Order" (NBC) Had eight-month relationship No longer together

Monika McClure Actor

Companion
Began relationship c. 1990 Separated c. 1996

Julia Roberts Actor

Companion
Began dating November 1997 Acted together 1999 when she made guest appearance on historic 200th episode of "Law & Order" (NBC) Split spring 2001

Talisa Soto Actor

Wife
Co-starred in " Piñero" (2001) Began dating fall 2001 Married April 13, 2002

EDUCATION

American Conservatory Theatre

San Francisco , California
Accepted in Masters Program; left to pursue professional career

Lowell High School

San Francisco , California 1982
Co-captain of the wrestling team; auditioned and won the role of the villain in the musical "Destry Rides Again"

University of California, Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara , California 1986
Graduated with honors

Milestones

2013

Played Eduardo in the CGI-animated sequel "Despicable Me 2"

2013

Reprised his role as Manny in the animated sequel "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2"

2013

Cast opposite Dwayne Johnson in action drama "Snitch"

2011

Joined cast of "Private Practice" (ABC) as Dr. Jake Reilly

2009

Played cameraman Manny in the animated movie "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs"

2008

Cast as an ex-addict who has become an extreme interventionist on A&E drama series "The Cleaner"

2007

Played a lovesick romantic in Mike Newell's adaptation of "Love in the Time of Cholera"

2005

Portrayed Lt. Col. Henry A. Mucci, who led liberation of over 500 American prisoners-of-war from notorious Cabanatuan Japanese POW camp in true story of "The Great Raid"

2005

Portrayed Che Guevara in Andy Garcia's "The Lost City," centered around a club owner in Havana, Cuba during 1950s

2004

Played Det. Tom Lone, the love interest of Halle Barry's character in "Catwoman"

2004

Starred with Kevin Bacon and Kyra Sedgwick in "The Woodsman"; premiered at sundance

2002

Co-starred with Katie Holmes in "Abandon"

2001

Portrayed poet and playwright Miguel Pinero in biopic "Piñero"

2000

Co-starred in "Red Planet," about a space colony on Mars in feature directorial debut of commercial helmer Antony Hoffman

2000

Cast opposite Sandra Bullock in "Miss Congeniality"

2000

Starred in "After the Storm," based on short story by Ernest Hemingway

2000

Played the man Madonna is smitten with after conceiving a child with her gay best friend (Rupert Everett) in "The Next Best Thing"

2000

Made cameo appearance as a drug lord in "Traffic"

1997

Produced and starred in brother Peter Bratt's "Follow Me Home"

1995

Appeared in regular role of Det. Reynaldo 'Rey' Curtis on NBC's "Law & Order"; received Emmy nomination 1999

1995

Starred in ABC miniseries "Texas"

1994

Gained Hollywood's attention with supporting turns as the ranger doomed for trying to help Meryl Streep in "The River Wild" and as the field officer for American troops sent to infiltrate the Columbian countryside in "Clear and Present Danger"

1993

Drew praise for work in "Bound by Honor" and "Demolition Man"

1990

Starred as a ninja-style Las Vegas cop on NBC series "Nasty Boys," produced by Dick Wolf

1990

Made feature film debut in "Bright Angel"; followed with supporting role in "Chains of Gold"

1988

Cast in title role of busted ABC pilot "Juarez"

1988

Played lead in "Knightwatch," a short-lived ABC series

1987

Made professional debut at Utah Shakespeare Festival

1968

At age five, participated with mother and other Native American activists in occupation of Alcatraz Island

Bonus Trivia

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Bratt, who surfs, was quoted in USA Today (Nov. 8, 1995): "It's a very spiritual and humbling sport. I do some of my best thinking out there. I feel very close to the Creator out there."

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"As a person of color, there's no getting around the reality of its responsibility." – Bratt quoted in The New York Times, Nov. 26, 1995

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On his role in "Law & Order": "I thought it was a wonderful opportunity to present a character of a major network TV show who was representative of what I am, a bi-cultural person. Too often, the industry tends to generalize the character's ethnic makeup. They don't ever really take into account that millions of people in this country are made up of many different cultural backgrounds." – Bratt quoted in Daily News, Feb. 9, 1996

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About the time spent on Alcatraz as a boy: "At 5 years old, I had little understanding of the reasons behind the occupation and my mother's participation in it. I will say, however, that it felt like a natural place to be, very welcoming, very much like a village. Only in hindsight can I grasp the fortitude it took her to single-handedly raise five young kids and be as politically active as she was. I am in awe of her strength and will." – Bratt quoted in Us, June 1999

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