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Benjamin Bratt is known for his television and film roles, including his selection as one of People magazine's "50 Most Beautiful" in 1999.
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In 1997, Bratt starred in and helped produce Follow Me Home, a low-budget film directed by his brother, Peter Bratt,
and featuring Alfre Woodard and Salma Hayek. In 1999, Bratt decided to leave Law & Order. "I've felt like it was time to get back home to my family," Bratt said. "How do you walk away from the best job in the world and a group of people that you've grown to love? It's not easy, and it was an extremely difficult decision that I had to make." On May 26, 1999, Bratt's final episode was aired. He was named one of People's "50 Most Beautiful" in the May 10, 1999, issue.Madonna and Rupert Everett in The Next Best Thing. The following year, he played opposite Sandra Bullock in the romantic comedy Miss Congeniality and had a small role as part of a stellar ensemble cast of Traffic, which also included Benicio del Toro, Michael Douglas, and Catherine Zeta-Jones. In 2003, the actor costarred in Catwoman with Halle Berry and Sharon Stone.
Influenced by his mother's politics and the way he was raised, Bratt's own politics are left of center, and he has been active in Native American issues, including involvement in the American Indian Friendship House in Oakland, California.
Bratt married actress-model Talisa Soto in April 2002. Their first child, Sophia Rosalinda Bratt, was born the following December.
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