Benjamin Bratt: Latino Pride in Hollywood

October 28, 2021

Peruvian culture is represented in Hollywood through Benjamin Bratt. Learn about the history of this Latino descent American, who proudly extols his roots.

Most Latino actors in Hollywood go through being typecast in roles related to ethnic stereotypes. This is not the case for Benjamin Bratt, who was lucky enough to cross that line early on in his career.

It is striking that many of the characters that Bratt has played are men in uniform, doctors, policemen or detectives. However, he has shown his versatility by playing totally opposite roles as a brilliant leader of a drug cartel who defies none other than Dwayne Johnson (The Rock), for example.

Join us to learn more about his fabulous acting career and even better to discover who Benjamin Bratt really is, where he comes from, what is his impact on ethnic minorities in the United States and how he exercises his Latino representation in Hollywood.

Who is Benjamin Bratt?

His full name is Benjamin George Bratt, he was born in San Francisco, California, in 1963. His father is also from the United States and has German and English ancestry. Benjamin’s Latin side comes from his mother, who is of Peruvian nationality with Quechua descent.

Actually, the greatest bond that Bratt had with the South American land was through the stories that his mother told him. But as time passed, he increasingly embraced the culture of Peru through its food, its music, and its customs. In addition, he had the opportunity to visit the country on several occasions where he met emblematic places that meant a lot to him.

Benjamin attended Lowell High School in San Francisco, where he discovered his histrionic abilities by participating in various plays. He was also a member of the Lowell Forensic Society, America’s most prestigious high school speech and debate team.

Although at some point, he wanted to be a firefighter, Benjamin eventually studied acting at the University of California, Santa Barbara and the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco.

Bratt in film and television

After brief television appearances, Benjamin made his big screen debut in 1991 playing Detective Felix in the film One Good Cop, starring Michael Keaton. For that same year, he starred in the telefilm Chains of Gold with Jhon Travolta.

But it was in 1993 that Bratt rose to fame with his masterful performance in Blood In Blood Out in the starring role of Paco Aguilar. Blood for Blood became a classic, a curious fact is that it has a version of 3 hours and 10 minutes.

Without a doubt, one of the most recognized films in which Benjamin Bratt participated was the 2000 comedy Miss Congeniality opposite Sandra Bullock. This performance earned him a Blockbuster Entertainment Award.

Also, on his list are: Catwoman, The River Wild, Traffic, The Great Raid, The Next Best Thing, The Woodsman and Love in the Times of Cholera. In 2009 he produced The Mission, an inspiring story full of culture, reflecting his childhood lived in the San Francisco district. He later stood out as El Mole in Snitch and Jonathan Pangborn in Dr. Strange of the Marvel Universe.

These are just a few films in which Benjamin has participated, although perhaps his most famous character is King Curtis from the television series Law & Order (1995-2006). In this role he was nominated for an Emmy Award and various Screen Actors Guild Awards.

The world of animation also does not escape the talent of Bratt. He has lent his voice to characters from Burger Rain and Despicable Me 2. However, the most outstanding thing in this area has been giving life to Ernesto De La Cruz in the famous Disney film, Coco.

It should also be mentioned that in 2013 Benjamin was chosen by the public television network PBS to narrate the series Latino Americans. This is an important documentary that presents the impact of the Latinos in US history for the past 500 years.

The altruistic side of Benjamin Bratt

Benjamin is a fervent advocate for indigenous causes, he is a contributor to the American Indian College Fund. This organization offers scholarships and funding to Native American students so that they can access higher education.

On the other hand, this interesting actor takes every opportunity to become a spokesman for Latinos, extolling his valuable contribution to the development of the United States. Bratt uses his visibility and influence to expose his connection to Latino culture, while also participating in community outreach programs and events. If you want to keep track of him, check out his Instagram account. 

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