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Benjamin Bratt (born December 16, 1963) 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.

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 Peru she moved to the U.S. at age 14. and his father was an American of German and English descent. They married December 30, 1960 in San Francisco,] 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, Michigan.

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

In 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 television series Juarez, which never aired).

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.[16]

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.

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.

Movies

* One Good Cop (1991)

* Shadowhunter (TV ) (1993)

* Demolition Man (1993)

* Blood In Blood Out (1993)

* Clear and Present Danger (1994)

* Texas (1994)

* The River Wild (1994)

* Follow Me Home (1996)

* Exiled: A Law & Order Movie (1998) (TV)

* The Next Best Thing (2000)

* Red Planet (2000)

* Miss Congeniality (2000)

* Traffic (2000)

* After the Storm (2001)

* Piñero (2001)

* Abandon (2002)

* The Woodsman (2004)

* Catwoman (2004)

* Thumbsucker (2005)

* The Great Raid (2005)

* Love in the Time of Cholera (2008)

* Trucker (2008)

* La Mission (2009)

* Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (2009) (voice of Manny)

Television series

* Nasty Boys(1989-1990)

* Law & Order (1990, 1995-1999)

* E-Ring (2005)

* The Andromeda Strain (2008 miniseries)

* The Cleaner (2008-present)

* We Shall Remain (2009)

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