Top 100 Influentials 2010 - Arts and Entertainment
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Benjamin Bratt
Benjamin Bratt   Actor/Producer

Mr. Bratt has successfully spanned a career in both television and film during his more than 20 years as an actor. He most recently starrred in the A&E drama series ÔThe Cleaner,' for which he also served as producer.  He appeared at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival as an actor ('The Woodsman,' 'Thumbsucker,' and 'Follow Me Home'), and as a producer with the film 'La Mission.'

Miguel Harth-Bedoya
Miguel Harth-Bedoya   Music Director, Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra

Mr. Harth-Bedoya is celebrating his 11th season as director of the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra. Under his leadership, the artistic level of the orchestra and its contribution to the cultural life of the community have grown enormously. In addition to a highly acclaimed Carnegie Hall debut in 2008, the orchestra has recorded an all-Tchaikovsky CD, 'The Composer's Voice,' featuring the music of Gabriela Lena Frank and Kevin Puts.

George Lopez
George Lopez   Comedian/Actor/Late Night Television Host

Mr. Lopez is a multitalented entertainer whose career encompasses television, film, stand-up comedy, and now, late-night television. He most recently announced his foray into the late night arena, in which he will headline a new late night talk show for TBS, 'LopezTonight.' The show debuted on November 9, 2009, with Lopez doubling as Executive Producer.  In August, Mr. Lopez will film his second HBO Comedy special, 'Tall Dark and Chicano.'

Alex Rodriguez
Alex Rodriguez   Professional Baseball, New York Yankees

Alex 'A-Rod' Rodriguez belted his 600th home run Aug. 4, 2010. The historic homer came on the three-year anniversary of No. 500. Mr. Rodriguez is the seventh player to reach 600, joining Barry Bonds, Hank Aaron, Babe Ruth, Willie Mays, Ken Griffey Jr. and Sammy Sosa. He is 10 away from moving past Sosa for sixth-place. Rodriguez, 35, reached 600 quicker than anyone.

Zoe Saldana
Zoe Saldana   Actress

Ms. Saldana had her breakthrough role in the 2000 film 'Center Stage.' She built on that success and gained prominence for her role as Anamaria in 'Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl,' as Uhura in the 2009 film, 'Star Trek,' and as Neytiri in James Cameron's blockbuster, 'Avatar.' In 2010, she appeared in the films 'The Losers,' 'Takers,' and 'Death At A Funeral.'

Richard Serra
Richard Serra   Sculptor

While attending college, Mr. Serra worked in steel mills. In 1964, he graduated from Yale. Receiving a fellowship, he spent several years in Europe. Serra's work in the 1960s focused on the materials that he worked with as a youth: steel and lead. His work has become famous for its 'physicality,' compounded by its size and weight.

Isabel Toledo
Isabel Toledo   Fashion Designer

Ms. Toledo, who designed Michelle Obama's inauguration day ensemble, is partnering with Payless ShoeSource on a line of cheap-chic handbags and shoes for fall of 2010.  Cuban-born Toledo grew up in New Jersey and is widely regarded as one of America's finest designers. Toledo developed an aptitude for 'architectonic' design.