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Benjamin Bratt was born in San Francisco and is well-known for his film and television roles. In 1999, he was named one of People magazine’s “50 Most Beautiful” actors. As an activist, he has kept ties with his Native American mother and her background. Bratt worked for many years as a successful TV actor on Law and Order.

Bratt is the third child of five, born on December 16, 1963, in San Francisco. He is the grandson and son of Broadway actor George Bratt, as well as a Peruvian Quechua Indian from Lima who immigrated to the United States when she was 14. In 1968, his father and mother, both sheet metal workers, divorced. Bratt’s Native American activist mother took part in Alcatraz Island’s takeover in 1969. Benjamin, five years old, and his siblings and brothers were brought with her. He said that for over a whole year they visited Alcatraz at least twice or even three times per week. Bratt attended Lowell High School in San Francisco where he grew up.

He did not show any interest in acting before college. Benjamin Bratt graduated from Santa Barbara University in 1986 with distinction. After graduating from the American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco, he did not finish the master’s program and began acting professionally at the Utah Shakespearean Festival. He failed to sell his first two pilots, Juarez and Lovers, Partners & Spies. In 1998, he starred on the ABC show Knightwatch as an ex-gang leader who became the head of a crime patrol. Additionally, Bratt was part of NBC’s short-lived drama Nasty Boys, which Dick Wolf, the producer of Law & Order, had created.

Bratt made his debut in 1990. He was first cast in Bright Angel, and later in Chains of Gold starring Joey Lawrence, John Travolta and in which he played an evil drug dealer. Bratt also played supporting roles in One Good Cop ( 1991), Bound By Honor (1993), and Demolition Man( 1993).

Benjamin Bratt first gained Hollywood attention in 1994 with his two films, The River Wild and Clear and Present Danger. He portrayed a Native American Ranger in the former and served as a field officer of American soldiers who the CIA sent into the Colombian countryside in the latter. Furthermore, he landed the lead role in the ABC miniseries James A. Michener’s Texas (1995). In the same year, Benjamin Bratt debuted as Rey Curtis, a conservative detective, in Law & Order.

Bratt was in a relationship with documentary filmmaker Monika from 1990 to 1996. Bratt and Jennifer Esposito began a romance in 1996 after Esposito appeared as a guest on Law & Order. The relationship ended eight months later. Bratt ended his four-year romance with Julia Roberts in July 2001. Roberts appeared as a guest on Law & Order’s episode “Empire” in 1999.

Benjamin Bratt appeared in the 1997 film Follow Me Home and produced it with his brother Peter Bratt. The movie featured Alfre Hayek and Salma Woodard. Bratt left Law & Order in 1999. Bratt stated, “I felt it was the right time to go home and be with my family.” How do you leave the most rewarding job and the people you love, when it’s the very best? “It’s not an easy decision to make. It was a very difficult one.” Bratt’s last episode aired on May 26th, 1999. In the issue of May 10, 1999, he was named as one of People magazine’s 50 Most Beautiful. Benjamin Bratt married actress-model Talisa Soto in April 2002. The following December, Sophia Rosalinda Bratt was born.

Bratt starred in The Next Best Thing with Madonna, Rupert Everett, and others. He played alongside Sandra Bullock in the romantic comedy Miss Congeniality in 2000. In Traffic, Benjamin Bratt played a minor role in a cast that included Benicio Del Toro, Michael Douglas, and Catherine Zeta-Jones. The actor played Halle Berry’s co-star in Catwoman, alongside Sharon Stone and Halle Berry. From 2011 to 2013, he starred as Dr. John McDreamy in Grey’s Anatomy’s spin-off Private Practice. Bratt voiced Ernesto de la Cruz, the main character in Coco’s hit animated movie.

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