In 2001, Bratt delivered a breakthrough performance in Miramax Films' Piñero. Directed by Leon Ichaso, Piñero traced the life of artist Miguel Piñero, the controversial New York figure whose urban poetry is recognized as a precursor to rap and hip-hop. "Benjamin Bratt resurrects the spirit of the playwright, poet and actor Miguel Piñero 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."
His additional film credits also include: Mike Newell's Love in the Time of Cholera, Stephen Soderbergh's Traffic (which won Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast); Mike Mills' Thumbsucker; The Woodsman, opposite Kevin Bacon; Stephen Gaghan's Abandon; Miss Congeniality opposite Sandra Bullock, John Dahl's The Great Raid; Red Planet opposite Val Kilmer and Carrie-Anne Moss; John Schlesinger's The Next Best Thing; Catwoman with Halle Berry; Follow Me Home, featuring Alfre Woodard Curtis Hanson's The River Wild opposite Meryl Streep; Phillip Noyce's Clear And Present Danger opposite Harrison Ford; and Taylor Hackford's Blood In, Blood Out.
On television, Bratt established himself on Dick Wolf's critically acclaimed drama Law & Order. A series regular for four seasons, he received an Emmy Award and Screen Actors Guild award nominations for his riveting portrayal of Detective Reynaldo Curtis. Additional television credits include: the role of Lieutenant James Tisnewski on Jerry Bruckheimer's NBC series E-Ring; Showtime's Woman Undone with Randy Quaid and Mary McDonnell, ABC's Texas, based on the James A. Michener novel and USA Network's After the Storm, based on the short story by Ernest Hemingway.
Bratt is an alumnus of the MFA program at the American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco.
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