Happy Birthday to Benjamin Bratt

Happy Birthday to Benjamin Bratt, a Hollywood mega star and producer for film and television.  Bratt’s father was German American and his mother was Quechua-Peruvian. Bratt graduated from the University of California and attended the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco.  As a Latino, he struggled with stereotyping; as he said in an interview, “On some level, industry standards of how people of color are perceived and therefore hired reflect a microcosm of what exists in society. Unfortunately, that’s limiting. My early experience in Hollywood was disappointing and sometimes shocking.”  Bratt’s talent and persistence triumphed. He starred in numerous popular films such as “Miss Congeniality” and in classics such “Love in the Time of Cholera”.  He has spent years in North American homes in the popular series “Law & Order” and “Private Practice”.  (Image by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic/Getty Images)