Benjamin Bratt

 

Date Of Birth

December 16, 1963
 

Biography

Emmy-nominated actor Benjamin Bratt was born on December 16, 1963 in San Francisco, California. The son of a German-American father and a Native American born in Peru, he was exposed to performance as a child, especially through his grandfather, Broadway actor George Cleveland Bratt. He later developed his dramatic and oratory skills as member of the Lowell Forensic Society during his stay at Lowell High School. He later earned his fine arts degree from the University of California–Sta. Barbara, before entering the American Conservatory Theater to pursue an MFA degree. He left before graduating, to star in the television series Juarez, which unfortunately never made it to air.

After a recurring role on the television series Knightwatch, Bratt began appearing in several movies, including One Good Cop, Bound by Honor, Demolition Man and Clear and Present Danger. In 1995, he took his most well-known role yet, as two-dimensional homicide detective Rey Curtis, in the crime series Law & Order. He was part of the series for four seasons, but was nevertheless rewarded well: he earned his only Emmy nomination in 1999 for his role in the series.

After he left the series, Bratt continued taking on numerous movie roles, appearing in features such as The Next Best Thing, Miss Congeniality, Traffic and Catwoman. In 2005 he joined the military drama E-Ring, as Lieut. Col. James Tisnewksi; the series struggled in the ratings amidst bigger competition and was cancelled after the first season. In 2008, he took on another starring role, this time in the drama series The Cleaner, as former drug addict turned counselor William Banks.

Most recently, Bratt played Javier Delgado, Manny's father, on the ABC comedy series Modern Family. He also became part of the Grey's Anatomy spin-off series Private Practice as Dr. Jake Reilly. In 2014, he joined the cast of the FOX limited series 24: Live Another Day as Steve Harris.

Off screen, Bratt is an active supporter of Native American causes, influenced by her mother who fought for similar causes during his childhood. Exposed to this when he was brought to the Native American occupation of Alcatraz in 1969, he has since espoused the welfare of Native Americans across the country.
 

Place of Birth

San Francisco, California
 

Birth Name

Benjamin George Bratt
 

Gender

Male
 

Fun Facts

-He has two children with wife Talisa Soto.
-He's a member of Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity.
 

Awards

ALMA Awards:
2009 Best Actor in Drama (Year in Television) for The Cleaner (2008) (TV)
2002 Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture for Pinero (2001)
1999 Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series for Law & Order (1990)
1999 Outstanding Actor in Made-for-Television Movie or Mini-Series for Exiled (1998) (TV Movie)
1998 Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series for Law & Order (1990)

Blockbuster Entertainment Awards:
2001 Favorite Supporting Actor – Comedy for Miss Congeniality (2000)

Emmy Awards:
1999 Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series for Law and Order (1990)

HOLA Awards:
2002 Rita Moreno HOLA Award for Excellence

Imagen Foundation Awards:
2009 Best Actor – Television for The Cleaner (2008) (TV)

NCLR Bravo Awards:
1996 Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series for Law and Order (1990)

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

Screen Actors Guild Awards:
2001 Outstanding Performance by the Cast of a Theatrical Motion Picture for Traffic (2000) shared with Steven Bauer; James Brolin; Don Cheadle
2000 Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series for Law and Order (1990) shared with Angie Harmon; Steven Hill; Jesse L. Martin
1999 Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series for Law and Order (1990) shared with Angie Harmon; Steven Hill; Carey Lowell
1998 Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series for Law & Order (1990) shared with Steven Hill; Carey Lowell; S. Epatha Merkerson
1997 Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series for Law & Order (1990) shared with Jill Hennessy; Steven Hill; Carey Lowell
1996 Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series for Law & Order (1990) shared with Jill Hennessy; Steven Hill; S. Epatha Merkerson
 

Filmography

2014 24: Live Another Day (TV Series)
2013 Super Manny (Short)
2013 Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2
2013 Despicable Me 2
2013 Despicable Me: Minion Rush (Video Game)
2010-2013 Modern Family (TV Series)
2013/I Snitch
2011-2013 Private Practice (TV Series)
2012 The Lesser Blessed
2009 Freedom Riders (TV Series)
1995-2009 Law & Order (TV Series)
2009 Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs
2008-2009 The Cleaner (TV Series)
2009 The American Experience (TV Series documentary)
2009 La mission
2008 Trucker
2008 The Andromeda Strain (TV Mini-Series)
2007 Love in the Time of Cholera
2005-2006 E-Ring (TV Series)
2005 The Great Raid
2005 Thumbsucker
2004 Catwoman
2004 The Woodsman
2003 Frasier (TV Series)
2002 Abandon
2001 Pinero
2001 After the Storm (TV Movie)
2000 Traffic
2000 Miss Congeniality
2000 Red Planet
2000 The Last Producer
2000 The Next Best Thing
1996-1999 Homicide: Life on the Street (TV Series)
1998 Exiled (TV Movie)
1996 Woman Undone (TV Movie)
1996 Late Night with Conan O'Brien (TV Series)
1996 Follow Me Home
1994 Texas (TV Movie)
1994 The River Wild
1994 Clear and Present Danger
1993 Demolition Man
1993 Shadowhunter (TV Movie)
1993 Blood In, Blood Out
1991 Chains of Gold
1991 One Good Cop
1990 Bright Angel
1989-1990 Nasty Boys (TV Series)
1990 Capital News (TV Movie)
1989 Nasty Boys (TV Movie)
1988-1989 Knightwatch (TV Series)
1988 Police Story: Gladiator School (TV Movie)
1988 Lovers, Partners & Spies
1987 Juarez (TV Movie)
 

Height

6' 2" (1.88 m)
 

Quotes

"My family is like a sanctuary to me. I always turn to them for support and strength. I take comfort in knowing no matter which path I choose, my family stands behind me."

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