Popular for his portrayal of a lot of characters involved in law enforcement, many might mistake Benjamin Bratt for a hot detective of some sort in real life. However, he’s just another actor who knows how to pull the stops to bring any role to life. He is widely known for his roles on hit television series like Law & Order; which got him a 1999 Primetime Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series. He also starred in Private Practice from 2011 to 2013 and on 24: Live Another Day in 2014.
Additionally, Bratt also has a slew of blockbuster films under his belt. So far, he has been spotted in movies like Demolition Man, Blood In Blood Out, Traffic, Piñero, Miss Congeniality, Catwoman, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, La Mission, The Lesser Blessed, Despicable Me 2, Doctor Strange, The Infiltrator, Ride Along 2 and his recent movie is Coco released in 2017.
Notwithstanding all of the above, his role as NYPD Detective Reynaldo Curtis on the NBC drama series Law & Order was his shot him to prominent fame in the industry.
Brief Bio, Ethnicity
The American actor was born in San Francisco, California, on December 16, 1963, as the third of five children. His mother, Eldy earned a living as a nurse and an activist while his father, Peter Bratt Sr. worked as a sheet metal worker. Bratt’s Ethnicity is quite an interesting combo as his father has English, German and Austrian ancestry while his mother belongs to the indigenous Quechua ethnic group. His passion for acting can be traced back to his grandfather, George Cleveland Bratt who was a Broadway actor.
After his parents called it quits on their marriage in September 1967, Bratt and his siblings grew up travelling between California and Alcatraz due to the nature of his mother’s job. Fortunately, the on-the-move lifestyle didn’t stop the actor from pursuing his academics which saw him attend the prestigious Lowell High School in San Francisco and later earned a B.F.A. at the University of California, Santa Barbara in 1986. But, before he could finish his M.F.A. program at the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco, Bratt left to take up a role in the 1987 television film Juarez which became his debut film.
Hot on the heels of his debut in the industry came his first television series – Nasty Boys. Some of the films that pushed him into the limelight were Miss Congeniality, Blood In Blood Out and Traffic. Notably, most of his characters are Hispanic, perhaps, as a result of his looks. After taking the industry by storm in the 1990s, Bratt didn’t rest on his oars. From his return as Detective Curtis on Law & Order in 2009 to several other projects, the 2000s have been kind to the actor.
In order to explore his horizon and invest more on film, Benjamin Bratt left the show the same year he made a comeback to focus on his film career. Some of the films he took up include The Lesser Blessed, voiced El Macho in Despicable Me 2, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2, to mention a few.
Benjamin Bratt’s Family – Wife, Children
The actor has had his fair share of romantic entanglements with Hollywood A-listers. From filmmaker Monika McClure to Jennifer Esposito and award-winning actress Julia Roberts, Bratt later settled down with his girlfriend, actress Talisa Soto, on April 13, 2002, in San Francisco. She was pregnant with their first child at the time. They started dating after the two met during the casting audition of Blood In Blood Out in 1993. Nevertheless, it wasn’t until the filming of Piñero in 2001 that they decided to take their relationship to the next level… and to the next which resulted in their first child, a daughter named Sophia Rosalinda Bratt, born on December 6, 2002. The couple later had a second child, a son named Mateo Bravery Bratt born on October 3, 2005.
Height and Other Body Measurements
The handsome actor has a body to die for and stands tall at 1.88 M. His well-trimmed body weighs 90 kg and his other body measurements include 40-16-33 in or 102-40-85 cm. He has black hair and dark brown eyes.
Benjamin Bratt’s Net Worth?
It would really be heartbreaking if all the efforts he put in his movies didn’t come with a fat cheque. Apparently, the actor is raking in the millions while playing those detective roles that can literally take one’s breath away. His net worth is estimated at $7.5 million.