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An actor whose striking presence on screen is balanced by a sure hand with a variety of material, BENJAMIN BRATT (Tom Lone) 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.


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