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Also Known As: Died:
Born: December 16, 1963 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: San Francisco, California, USA Profession: actor, producer, bus driver

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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...

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.

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CAST: (feature film)

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 Despicable Me 2 (2013)
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 Snitch (2013)
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 Lesser Blessed (2013)
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 Mission, La (2009)
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 Trucker (2008)
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 Camel Wars, The (2007)
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 Great Raid, The (2005) Colonel Henry Mucci
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1969:
At age five, participated with mother and other Native American activists in occupation of Alcatraz Island
1987:
Made professional debut at Utah Shakespeare Festival
1988:
Cast in title role of busted ABC pilot "Juarez"
1988:
Played lead in "Knightwatch," a short-lived ABC series
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"
1993:
Drew praise for work in "Bound by Honor" and "Demolition Man"
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"
1995:
Starred in ABC miniseries "Texas"
1995:
Appeared in regular role of Det. Reynaldo 'Rey' Curtis on NBC's "Law & Order"; received Emmy nomination 1999
1997:
Produced and starred in brother Peter Bratt's "Follow Me Home"
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:
Starred in "After the Storm," based on short story by Ernest Hemingway
2000:
Co-starred in "Red Planet," about a space colony on Mars in feature directorial debut of commercial helmer Antony Hoffman
2000:
Made cameo appearance as a drug lord in "Traffic"
2000:
Cast opposite Sandra Bullock in "Miss Congeniality"
2001:
Portrayed poet and playwright Miguel Pinero in biopic "Piñero"
2002:
Co-starred with Katie Holmes in "Abandon"
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
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
2007:
Played a lovesick romantic in Mike Newell's adaptation of "Love in the Time of Cholera"
2008:
Cast as an ex-addict who has become an extreme interventionist on A&E drama series "The Cleaner"
2009:
Played cameraman Manny in the animated movie "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs"
2011:
Joined cast of "Private Practice" (ABC) as Dr. Jake Reilly
2013:
Cast opposite Dwayne Johnson in action drama "Snitch"
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"
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Education

American Conservatory Theatre: San Francisco , California -
Lowell High School: San Francisco , California - 1982
University of California, Santa Barbara: Santa Barbara , California - 1986

Notes

Bratt, who surfs, was quoted in USA Today (November 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."

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

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, February 9, 1996

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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companion:
Monika McClure. Documentary filmmaker. Began relationship c. 1990; separated c. 1996.
companion:
Jennifer Esposito. Actor. Met when she made guest appearance on "Law & Order" in 1996; had eight-month relationship.
companion:
Julia Roberts. Actor. Dating from November 1997; acted together in historic 200th episode of "Law & Order" in 1999; separated in spring 2001.
wife:
Talisa Soto. Actor. Appeared together in "Pinero"; reportedly dating as of fall 2001; married May 2002.
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Family close complete family listing

grandfather:
George Bratt. Actor. Appeared on Broadway.
mother:
Eldy Bratt. Nurse; Native American activist. Peruvian-born Quechua Indian; born 1937; immigrated to USA at age 14; divorced Bratt's father in 1968.
brother:
Peter Bratt. Director. Born on November 14, 1962; directed "Follow Me Home" (1997), produced by and starring Bratt.
sister:
Nadya Bratt. Born in 1961.
sister:
Georgia Bratt. Born in 1965.
daughter:
Sophia Rosalinda Bratt. Born December 6, 2002; mother Talisa Soto.
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