Real name: Benjamin Bratt
Birthdate: December 16, 1963
Partner: Talisa Soto
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Bratt's mother, Eldy Banda is a Quechua Native American activist, born in Lima, who moved to the U.S. at age 14. Born in San Francisco, California, Bratt attended Lowell High School, where he developed his dramatic and oratory skills as a member of the Lowell Forensic Society. Bratt went on to earn a B.F.A. at the University of California, Santa Barbara where he also joined Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity. Although accepted into the M.F.A. program at the American Conservatory Theater, San Francisco, California, he left before receiving his degree to star in the television series, Juarez, which never aired. His brother, Peter Bratt, wrote and directed Follow Me Home, casting Benjamin as Abel.
As a child, Bratt's mother took Bratt along with his siblings to participate in the 1969 Native American occupation of Alcatraz . Today Bratt is an active supporter of Native American causes such as the American Indian College Fund .
Bratt's best-known role was that of Det. Rey Curtis on the television show Law & Order. The character's Mestizo ancestry, a mix of Native Peruvian and German-English backgrounds, was the same as Bratt's. 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 and Traffic.
Bratt dated Julia Roberts for several years. On April 13, 2002, in San Francisco, he married actress Talisa Soto, whom he 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.