Bratt has had lead roles in film and television including
Abel in Follow Me Home, Tom Lone in Catwoman, and
Reynaldo Curtis in the series Law & Order. Director
Leon Ichaso selected Bratt to play poet and ex-convict Miguel
Piñero in the 2001 independent feature Pinero after
watching Follow Me Home; of Bratt's performance as a "down
and out mural painter" Ichaso said "I caught a glimpse
of where he could go."* In 1998 and 1999 Bratt's won back-to-back
ALMA awards for Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series from American
Latino Media Arts for his long-standing role on Law & Order.
Bratt was raised in San Francisco, where his mother, activist
Eldy Bratt, a Quechua originally from Peru, took her children
to Alcatraz in 1969 to participate in the historic Native American
occupation of the island. Today, Bratt is a generous supporter
of the American Indian College Fund and San Francisco Bay Area
organizations, such as the Tribal Athletics Program, the American
Indian Friendship House, and United Indian Nations. Bratt studied
acting at the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco and
received a B.F.A. from the University of California-Santa Barbara.
* Leon Ichaso quotation from "The
Prey of Demons, Miguel Piñero Wrote Like an Angel,"
by Don Shewey, The New York Times, December 2, 2001.
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Both Benjamin Bratt - photograph by Ben Caswell, courtesy of Woodstock