Maurice Benard

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Maurice Benard
BornMauricio Jose Morales
(1963-03-01) March 1, 1963 (age 51)
Martinez, California, U.S.A
OccupationActor
Years active1987–present
Spouse(s)Paula Smith (1990–present)
Website
www.mauricebenard.tv
 
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Maurice Benard
BornMauricio Jose Morales
(1963-03-01) March 1, 1963 (age 51)
Martinez, California, U.S.A
OccupationActor
Years active1987–present
Spouse(s)Paula Smith (1990–present)
Website
www.mauricebenard.tv

Maurice Benard (born March 1, 1963) is an American actor. He is known primarily for his portrayal of romantic mobster Michael "Sonny" Corinthos, Jr. on the ABC soap opera, General Hospital, a role he has portrayed since 1993.

Biography[edit]

Career[edit]

Born Mauricio Jose Morales in Martinez, California and growing up in San Francisco, California, Benard is of Salvadorian and Nicaraguan ethnicity. He started his acting career as Nico on the soap opera All My Children from 1987 to 1990. In addition to guest spots on several television series during the early 1990s, Benard also appeared in television movies including the 1991 CBS television movie Lucy & Desi: Before the Laughter, in which he portrayed Desi Arnaz. He is now starring in an independent film entitled The Ghost and the Whale, which is being executive produced by his wife Paula.[1] Filming began in February 2013 and release is likely in 2014.

Personal life[edit]

Benard married Paula Smith on August 11, 1990. They have four children; Heather Ann (adopted April 20, 2008), Cailey Sofia (born September 18, 1994), Cassidy Rose (born April 18, 1999), and Joshua James (born December 5, 2004). He and his wife adopted his wife's adopted sister, after her mother's death. His cousin, Marvin Benard, played professional baseball.

Benard was diagnosed with bipolar disorder at age 22. He has since become a spokesperson for treatment of the disorder with Mental Health America.[2] His character, Sonny Corinthos, also suffers from the disorder.

Benard and his family live in Temecula, California along with their many pets.

Filmography[edit]

Film
YearTitleRoleNotes
1991Her Wicked WaysSteveTelevision film
1991Lucy & Desi: Before the LaughterDesi ArnazTelevision film
1992RubyDiego
1993Mi Vida LocaCreeper
1996To Face Her PastJesse MolinaTelevision film
1999Operation SplitsvilleFrank
1999Restraining OrderSicko
2000Crystal ClearSteven
2009ConfessionMitch
2010The PennyThe PennyVoice
2014The Ghost and the WhaleJoseph Hawthorne


Television
YearTitleRoleNotes
1987-1990All My ChildrenNico Kelly300 episodes
Nominated — Soap Opera Digest Award for Outstanding Male Newcomer: Daytime
1990DEACurroEpisode: "Bloodsport"
1991StatJorge RosarioEpisode: "Ladyfinger"
1992Dark JusticeKelly's Mob BoyfriendEpisode: "Anniversary"
1993-General HospitalSonny Corinthos
Jerry Jacks (Masquerading as Sonny Corinthos)
1698 episodes
Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series (2003)
Soap Opera Digest Award for Outstanding Lead Actor (1996, 2003, 2005)
Soap Opera Digest Award for Favorite Actor
Nominated — ALMA Award for Outstanding Actor in a Drama Soap Opera
Nominated — ALMA Award for Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series (2001-2002)
Nominated — ALMA Award for Outstanding Performance in a Daytime Drama Series
Nominated — Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series (1996, 2004, 2006)
Nominated — Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series (1997)
Nominated — Soap Opera Digest Award for Hottest Soap Couple (shared with Vanessa Marcil)
Nominated — Soap Opera Digest Award for Favorite Couple (shared with Sarah Brown)
2000Port CharlesSonny Corinthos2 episodes
2007General Hospital: Night ShiftSonny CorinthosEpisode: "Time Served"

References[edit]

  1. ^ Bowe, Jillian. "General Hospital's Maurice Benard Shooting a New Movie". Daytime Confidential. Retrieved September 4, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Soap star Maurice Benard: This rebel has a cause". bphope.com. Retrieved 2009-01-11. 

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