Benjamin Bratt

431_gBenjamin Bratt (born December 16, 1963) is an American actor. He is most famous for his acting on the tv show Law & Order; and 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 fourteen and his father was an American of German and English descent. They married 30 Dec 1960 in San Francisco, but benjamin_bratt_02divorced in September of 1967. Bratt’s paternal grandfather, George Cleveland Bratt (05 Mar 1893-29 Mar 1984), was a Broadway actor who married his grandmother Wiltrude Hildner on 06 Aug 1920 in Detroit, Michigan.
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 benjamin_bratt_03never 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 Oscar for Best Actress. Three months later, in June 2001, they announced that they were no longer a couple.
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. But before he was completely in the lime-light, he played on an episode of the hit series Charmed as a demon, where the main stars were Holly Marie Combs, Alyssa Milano and Shannon Doherty.