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Benjamin Bratt
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Birthdate: December 16, 1963
Birthplace: San Francisco, California
Occupation: Actor
Quote: "As a person of color, there's no getting around the reality of its responsibility." - The New York Times, November 26, 1995
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Claim to Fame: Played Detective Reynaldo "Rey" Curtis on NBC's Law & Order (1995-1999)

Significant Other(s):
Wife: Talisa Soto, actress; met while filming Piñero (2001); married April 13, 2002
Julia Roberts, actress; started dating November 1997; relationship ended summer 2001
Jennifer Esposito, actress; met when she made guest appearance on Law & Order in 1996; had eight-month relationship
Monika McClure, documentary filmmaker; together 1990-1996

Grandfather: George Bratt, actor; appeared on Broadway
Father: sheet-metal worker; divorced Bratt's mother 1968; German-English
Mother: Eldy Bratt; nurse; Native American activist; Peruvian; born 1937
Brother: Peter Bratt, director; born 1962
Sisters: has three younger

Benjamin Bratt was already an experienced film and TV actor by the time his four-year stint as Det. Reynaldo "Rey" Curtis on NBC's long-running hit Law and Order made him famous. Born and raised in San Francisco, Bratt studied acting at UC-Santa Barbara and in his hometown. After roles in two short-lived 1980s TV series, Bratt made his film debut as John Travolta's foe in the shelved, then straight-to-cable Chains of Gold (1991). Concentrating on building a movie career, Bratt played supporting roles in the action films Demolition Man (1993), Clear and Present Danger (1994), and The River Wild (1994), as well as one of the lead roles in Bound by Honor (1993), about Chicano gang life. After joining Law and Order in 1995 as the coolly-passionate Curtis, the half-Peruvian Indian, half-Caucasian Bratt's chiseled looks received positive notices along with his acting, but rather than rest on his laurels, Bratt used his hiatus time to produce (with his director brother Peter Bratt) and star in the indie film Follow Me Home (1997). After leaving the show in 1999 (girlfriend Julia Roberts guest-starred in one of Bratt's last episodes), Bratt moved back to San Francisco to be closer to his family and focus on making movies. He costarred as Madonna's paramour in The Next Best Thing (2000). Untouched by The Next Best Thing's failure, Bratt joined the prestigious ensemble cast of Steven Soderbergh's acclaimed, Oscar-winning narcotics drama Traffic (2000), becoming nearly unrecognizable in a brief appearance as a sleazy drug dealer. Scoring his second Christmas 2000 hit, Bratt played off his smooth, sexy law enforcement officer image as Sandra Bullock's FBI ally-turned-love interest in the comedy Miss Congeniality (2000). Though the first half of 2001 was marked by his well-publicized break-up with Roberts, Bratt was poised to leave his days as tabloid fodder behind with his lead performance in the independent biopic Piñero (2001). Winning the title role over such high profile Latino actors as Jimmy Smits, Bratt's uncanny evocation of troubled Nuyorican writer and drug casualty Miguel Piñero attracted early dark horse Oscar buzz.

After the Storm (2001)
Pinero (2001)
The Next Best Thing (2000)
Red Planet (2000)
Miss Congeniality (2000)
Traffic (2000)
The Final Hit (2000)
Follow Me Home (1996)
Woman Undone (1996)
The River Wild (1994)
Clear and Present Danger (1994)
Bound by Honor (1993)
Shadowhunter (1993)
Demolition Man (1993)
Chains of Gold (1992)
Bright Angel (1991)
One Good Cop (1991)
Kill or Be Killed (1990)
Nasty Boys, Part 2: Lone Justice (1990)
Nasty Boys (1989)
Police Story: Gladiator School (1988)

At age 5, participated with mother and Native American activists in takeover of Alcatraz Island

University of California, Santa Barbara, California; B.F.A, 1986; graduated with honors
American Conservatory Theatre, San Francisco, California; attended masters acting program

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