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Biography #2 (for Catwoman)

An actor whose striking presence on screen is balanced by a sure hand with a variety of material, Benjamin Bratt will next be seen co-starring as Kevin Bacon's brother-in-law in Nicole Kasser's The Woodsman, which also stars Kyra Sedgwick, Eve and Mos Def. The film, a Sundance and Cannes Film festival entry, will be released in December. Bratt also makes a cameo appearance in Mike Mills' independent feature Thumbsucker, with Vince Vaughn, Vincent D'Onofrio, Keanu Reeves and Tilda Swinton. In February 2005, Bratt stars in Ghost Soldiers, for director John Dahl.

Bratt delivered a breakthrough performance in Pinero. Directed by Leon Ichaso (Bitter Sugar, Sugar Hill), Pinero traced the life of artist Miguel Pinero, the controversial New York figure whose urban poetry is recognized as a precursor to rap and hip-hop. "Observing the world through hooded snake eyes in a fog of cigarette smoke, jabbing the air as he raps out poetry in a sly staccato drawl, Benjamin Bratt resurrects the spirit of the playwright, poet and actor Miguel Pinero with the kind of thrilling brio that Dustin Hoffman brought to his screen portrayal of Lenny Bruce 27 years ago, wrote Stephen Holden in The New York Times. It is a career-defining performance that could catapult the 37-year-old actor...into the kinds of juicy anti-heroic parts once gobbled up by Mr. Hoffman and Robert De Niro."

Ichaso cast Bratt in Pinero after seeing his performance as a streetwise muralist in brother Peter Bratt's Follow Me Home (1997), featuring Alfre Woodard. His screen credits also include Stephen Gaghan's Abandon, Stephen Soderbergh's Traffic, Miss Congeniality opposite Sandra Bullock, Red Planet with Val Kilmer and Carrie-Anne Moss, John Schlesinger's The Next Best Thing, Curtis Hanson's The River Wild with Meryl Streep, Phillip Noyce's Clear and Present Danger, starring Harrison Ford and Taylor Hackford's Bound by Honor.

Bratt established himself on Dick Wolf's critically acclaimed drama Law & Order. A series regular for four seasons, he received an Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series for his portrayal of Detective Reynaldo Curtis in 1999. In 1998 and 1999, the cast garnered Screen Actors Guild Award nominations for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series.

Bratt also starred in Showtime's Woman Undone with Randy Quaid and Mary McDonnell, James A. Michener's Texas, and After the Storm, based on the story by Ernest Hemingway.

An alumnus of the MFA program at the American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco, Bratt recently starred with Julianna Margulies in Kate Robin's Intrigue with Faye at New York's MCC Theatre. He also appeared on stage at Shakespeare Festival/LA, LATC, Theatre Geo, the Utah Shakespearean Festival and more recently, The 24 Hour Plays Benefit to Aid Working Playground at the Minetta Lane Theatre in New York.

Bratt lives in New York and San Francisco with his wife, actress Talisa Soto, and daughter Sophia.

Bio courtesy Warner Bros. for "Catwoman" (27-Jul-2004)


Biography #3 (for Abandon)

Benjamin Bratt most recently starred as the title character in Leon Ichaso's Pinero, the critically acclaimed biopic about the controversial Latino poet, playwright and actor Miguel Pinero. He also made a cameo appearance in Steven Soderberg's Academy Award-winning Traffic, written by Stephen Gaghan.

Bratt's additional screen credits include Miss Congeniality, opposite Sandra Bullock, Red Planet, with Val Kilmer and Carrie-Anne Moss, John Schlesinger's The Next Best Thing, The River Wild, with Meryl Streep and Kevin Bacon, Phillip Noyce's Clear And Present Danger, starring Harrison Ford, Demolition Man, with Sylvester Stallone and Wesley Snipes, Peter Bratt's Follow Me Home, featuring Alfre Woodard, Taylor Hackford's Bound by Honor, Bright Angel, co-starring Lili Taylor and Dermot Mulroney and One Good Cop, with Michael Keaton.

Bratt established himself on Dick Wolf's critically acclaimed drama Law & Order. A series regular for four seasons, he received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series for his portrayal of Detective Reynaldo Curtis in 1999. Bratt also starred in Showtime's Woman Undone, with Randy Quaid and Mary McDonnell, James A. Michener's Texas, and After the Storm, based on the story by Earnest Hemingway.

He is currently filming The Great Raid for director John DahI. Based on a true story, the film stars Bratt as Henry Mucci, an army ranger colonel chosen to lead a POW camp invasion in the last days of World War II.

Bio courtesy Paramount for "Abandon" (01-Jan-2000)


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