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    • Benjamin's daughter Sophia was born with an unspecified brain injury, but Benjamin and his wife Talisa chose to keep the news private, hoping to keep her life as normal as possible.

    • Bratt shared a Screen Actors Guild Award nomination with his castmates for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series for Law & Order from 1997 to 2000. He also received a nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series at Emmy Awards in 1999 for the same show. In 2001, Benjamin won an SAG Award for Outstanding Performance by the Cast of a Theatrical Motion Picture for Traffic.

    • While starring in E-Ring and Law & Order, Benjamin appeared in four of NBC's The More You Know public service announcements. His topics were reading, substance abuse, family communication, and violence prevention.

    • Benjamin likes to smell clean but does not wear cologne. He takes three showers a day. He also has to exercise at least every three days or he feels too uptight and tense.

    • Ben's favorite gift ever is the horse girlfriend Julia Roberts bought him for Christmas in 1999.

    • Benjamin comes from a very close family. His mother, brother and three sisters all live near him in San Francisco. Spending time with his family was one of the main reasons he left the TV series, Law & Order.

    • At age five, he took part in a demonstration with his mother and other Native American activists in the takeover of Alcatraz Island.

    • Benjamin was named the Sexiest Man in Hollywood in a poll of cable channel E! (October 23, 2002).

    • On July 22, 2004, he suffered the ultimate embarrassment when he agreed to surprise a fan on Oprah Winfrey's chat show. The supposed fan had no idea who he was.

    • Although he never married her, Bratt dated Monika McClure, a documentary filmmaker, exclusively for six years until 1996. He dated Julia Roberts for four years, 1998-2001. He also spent almost eight months dating actress Jennifer Esposito in 1996.

    • His vices include consuming too much caffeine and chocolates.

    • He jumped into the acting game after receiving his acting debut at the Utah Shakespeare Festival.

    • His grandfather, George Bratt, was a Broadway actor. His father was a sheet-metal worker. Ben is the middle child with three sisters and a brother, Peter Bratt, who is a director. His mother Eldy Bratt, who is a nurse, moved to the US at age 14 and raised him in San Francisco.

    • As soon as he joined Law & Order the ratings shot through the roof.

    • Benjamin's hobbies include surfing, mountain-biking, rock-climbing, tennis, roller-blading. He likes black-and-white photography and watching movies. He builds furniture for his daughter.

    • Bratt is a member of Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity.

    • His origins are a mix of Native Peruvian from his mother and German-English from his father.

    • He was nicknamed "Scarecrow" by his high school classmates because he was so thin.

    • Benjamin wore a Calvin Klein suit in his April 13, 2002 wedding to Talisa Soto.

    • Ben is 6' 2" (1.88 m) tall.

    • Benjamin's nickname is Ben.

  • Quotes

    • Benjamin: (on his daughter) Unless I'm home, I cannot be a great husband and father -- especially the father of a child with special needs. What my wife and I faced as parents was like being in a tunnel of darkness for the first few years of her life, because we didn't know what to do. But we educated ourselves, and assembled the best team of therapists we could. Sophia has blown us away with the amount of progress that she's made.

    • Benjamin: The one thing that I find aggravating as a man of color, but in particular as a man descended of Latino culture, is that I try to avoid labels. On a national level there is a tendency to portray Latino culture as a monolithic entity, which is a really inaccurate way of seeing ourselves. There is as much diversity and uniqueness within the Latino culture as there is in any other kind of American culture.

    • Benjamin: (on balancing between being a good father and a good husband) In real life? Little sleep, faultless dedication, willpower and the love of a good woman.

    • Benjamin: Film and television essentially feel the same when you're doing it, because it's the same technical approach. All the homework is the same. The homework for each medium is all similar, but the gratification in a live theater context is much higher, because it's immediate. It's far more dangerous, because there are no retakes. It's electric, it's an actual chemical transaction that occurs between you and the audience.

    • Benjamin: (about the racism he lived as a kid) I remember an example that happened when I was probably no more than four years old. My brother and I were playing in a neighborhood friend's garage, and he disappeared for a minute. When our friend came back he said that we had to go home-"Because my father doesn't want any niggers in his house." We didn't even know what the word was.

    • Benjamin: (on racism in the US) It's sometimes subtle and sometimes not so subtle, but it's all part of the racism that is pervasive in this country. It's an issue that hasn't been fully dealt with, even though it's the basis for everything in the way we treat each other.

    • Benjamin: (on what her mother told him about her homeland) She made us aware at a very early age of the indigenous aspect of her culture. And this was in fact uncommon at the time because, even today, there's such a great prejudice in South America against the indigenous culture that people are afraid to admit that they're part native. To call someone an "indio" is still an insult.

    • Benjamin: It takes some kind of fortitude for someone like my mom to single-handedly raise five children, get them through college, and keep them out of jail.

    • Benjamin: My family is like a sanctuary to me. I always turn to them for support and strength. I take comfort in knowing no matter which path I choose, my family stands behind me.

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