Benjamin Bratt

by ethnic on February 20, 2008

Place of Birth: San Francisco, California, United States

Date of Birth: December 16, 1963

*German, English, Sudeten German (father)
*Indigenous Peruvian Quechua (mother)

Benjamin Bratt is an American actor. He is famous for his role as Detective Rey Curtis on the television show Law & Order.

His father, Peter Bratt, is an American of one quarter English, five eighths German, and one eighth Sudeten German, ancestry. His mother, Eldy (Banda), was born in Peru, of Quechua (Indigenous) ancestry. She is an Indigenous activist. His brother, Peter Bratt, is a writer and director. Benjamin is married to actress Talisa Soto, with whom he has two children.

Benjamin’s paternal grandfather was George Cleveland Bratt (the son of George Cleveland Bratt and Rosetta Weirich). Benjamin’s great-grandfather George, a Broadway actor, was born in Canada, to English parents, Joseph Bratt and Anna Lee. Rosetta was the daughter of Peter Weirich, who was German, born in Todtenorth, Prussia, and of Josephine Arnold, who was born in Friedland, Bohemia, and was likely a Sudeten German.

Benjamin’s paternal grandmother was Wiltrude Hildner (the daughter of Jonathan Augustus Charles Hildner and Barbara R. Goetz). Wiltrude’s parents were of German descent. Jonathan was the son of John Gotthold Hildner and Johanna Heinrika Charlotte “Joanna” Josenhans. Barbara was the daughter of John Adam Goetz and Anna Barbara Walz/Waltz.

Sources: Genealogies of Benjamin Bratt (focusing on his father’s side) –

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andrew November 21, 2016 at 3:41 pm

his brother Peter Bratt is a film director/writer

madman November 21, 2016 at 3:03 pm

The place of birth of Josephine Arnold is “Friedland, Bohemia” (probably Frýdlant, which is close to the German border) in the Czech Republic, not Austria. She was an ethnic German from Bohemia, a Sudeten German.

MettaWorkPlease November 21, 2016 at 5:19 am

Cool dude

Adrian1Cram February 12, 2016 at 11:24 pm
Bobby Martnen December 5, 2015 at 12:44 pm

Austrians are ethnically German.

ashash November 11, 2015 at 8:14 pm

Gorgeous half Native Peruvian man!

xoxo July 30, 2015 at 10:21 pm

He looks almost fully Peruvian, don’t see the white at all.

cwm85 July 21, 2015 at 3:48 pm

Always thought he had some other mix in him other than European. I just couldn’t put my finger on it. But Asian/native makes sense.

AnonymousPerson January 6, 2014 at 4:39 am

Mixed men are hot as hell.

sadie March 25, 2012 at 12:55 am

He is very HOT!! God knew what he was doing!!!

Islander_Miss August 30, 2011 at 2:59 am

He’s handsome! Loved him ever since the original cast of Law & Order.

I did hear ever since that he is Peruvian & European.

Priscilla Barrios July 8, 2010 at 10:52 am

Im full peruvian! heck ya!! go peru!

gabiibabii August 17, 2010 at 6:58 pm

peru all the way :)

Angela June 25, 2010 at 9:04 pm

I just know he is very sexy!

ethnic December 20, 2009 at 1:12 am

Hi LaNenaLoca, thanks for the comment. To be honest I really wanted to know about his ethnicity and Im glad I know.


LaNenaLoca December 20, 2009 at 12:50 am


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