Rey Curtis
Curtis Juvenile
Name Rey Curtis
Title Detective
Affiliation NYPD
Division Manhattan North Homicide Squad (1995-1999)
OCCB (former)
Precinct 27th Precinct (1995-1999)
Occupation Police officer (19??-1999)
Family Deborah Curtis (wife; deceased)
Isabel Curtis (daughter)
Olivia Curtis (daughter)
Serena Curtis (daughter)
Status Alive
Actor Benjamin Bratt
First Appearance "Bitter Fruit"
Last Appearance "Fed"
Reynaldo "Rey" Curtis was an NYPD homicide detective until his early retirement in 1999.

Personal life

Curtis is of Peruvian (from his mother's side), English, Native American and German descent. His sister died in a car accident when she was 10 years old. His father often said that there was nothing worse for a parent than outliving his own child. (L&O: "Baby, It's You")

Rey is also a conservative devout Catholic.

Curtis married his wife Deborah Curtis in 1989 and together, they had three daughters: Olivia (born in 1990), Serena (born in 1992) and Isabel (born in 1994).

He is politically conservative, disapproving of in-vitro fertilization, media violence and especially affirmative action. Prior to working as a homicide detective, he worked in OCCB, and would frequently re-enlist the services of his former OCCB collegues during his homicide cases that involved organized crime members.

Curtis is a supporter of former New York Governor George Pataki, but he once said that he likes Bob Dole, because he "guarantees four more years of Clinton." (L&O: "Aftershock")


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Curtis and Briscoe

Curtis was transferred to the 27th Precinct in 1995 as the replacement for Det. Mike Logan, who was sent to Staten Island as punishment for assaulting a corrupt politician. Curtis served under Lt. Anita Van Buren and was assigned to Logan's former partner at the Two-Seven, Det. Lennie Briscoe. Curtis later revealed that the reason why he requested a transfer was because his previous female boss was too attracted to him. (L&O: "Deceit")

Despite being less hot-headed than Logan was, Curtis still was rebuked by his superiors on at least four occasions during his first year at the Two-Seven:

  • Briscoe called him out for causing a problem with a motorcycle gang member by pulling his gun out on him. (L&O: "Rebels")
  • Curtis lost his temper with a cop killer suspect in the interrogation room and had to be removed. (L&O: "Savages")
  • Van Buren reprimanded Curtis for allowing a father to physically discipline his son in the interrogation room. (L&O: "Slave")
  • Van Buren ordered Curtis to take the day off after a rough conduct at the headquarters. (L&O: "Aftershock")

The last incident was the result of being distraught after witnessing the execution of a murdering rapist that he helped arrest. His values would be tested that same day, when Curtis cheated on his wife with a female graduate student. Rey initially kept his one-time affair a secret from his wife, but his guilt eventually compelled him to tell her and she promptly kicked him out of the house. (L&O: "Menace")

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Curtis, Briscoe and Van Buren

Afterwards, they were separated for a few months. By this time, Curtis became more at ease with his conservative views on the job. Briscoe (who had been through two failed marriages) felt bad for him and they became closer friends. During his separation, Curtis almost had another affair with a female Hollywood executive while he and Briscoe were solving a case in Los Angeles. However, Rey ultimately remained faithful to his wife this time, and was welcomed back home by Deborah soon after. (L&O: "D-Girl"; "Turnaround"; "Showtime")

A few months later, however, Deborah was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (L&O: "Thrill"). By 1999, her condition had gotten worse and Rey took early retirement in order to help care for her. (L&O: "Refuge") He was replaced at the Two-Seven by Det. Ed Green. Curtis and his family moved to California sometime afterward.

In 2009, Deborah finally succumbed to her MS, and Rey and his daughters returned to New York to bury her on Long Island (where her family was from). Curtis told a then-ailing Van Buren that his wife died at home in his arms. He also told Van Buren that he had spoken to Briscoe a few days before Lennie had died some years earlier. (L&O: "Fed")


  • Curtis was the first detective character featured in the Law & Order universe to carry a cell phone. He was also the first to wield a semi-automatic pistol instead of a revolver. Curtis' duty weapon is a Glock 19.


Icon L&O Law & Order - Main Characters

Senior Detectives: Max GreeveyPhil CerretaLennie BriscoeJoe FontanaEd GreenCyrus Lupo

Junior Detectives: Mike LoganRey CurtisEd GreenNick FalcoNina CassadyCyrus LupoKevin Bernard

Commanding Officers: Captain Donald Cragen • Lieutenant Anita Van Buren


Executive Assistant District Attorneys: Benjamin StoneJack McCoyMichael Cutter

Assistant District Attorneys: Paul RobinetteClaire KincaidJamie RossAbbie CarmichaelSerena SoutherlynAlexandra BorgiaConnie Rubirosa

District Attorneys: Adam SchiffNora LewinArthur BranchJack McCoy


Elizabeth OlivetAlfred Wentworth

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