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|General Hospital character|
|Portrayed by||Maurice Benard|
|First appearance||August 13, 1993|
|Created by||Bill Levinson|
|Introduced by||Wendy Riche|
|General Hospital character|
|Portrayed by||Maurice Benard|
|First appearance||August 13, 1993|
|Created by||Bill Levinson|
|Introduced by||Wendy Riche|
Michael "Sonny" Corinthos, Jr. is a fictional character on the ABC soap opera General Hospital. Maurice Benard has played the role of the manic depressive mob kingpin, living in Port Charles, since the character's storyline originated on August 13, 1993. Sonny is also known for supercouple pairings with Brenda Barrett and Carly Benson.
The character was originally scripted as being of Italian descent. However, it later revealed that Sonny is raised in the predominantly Italian neighborhood of Bensonhurst, Brooklyn. On his father's side, Sonny is of Greek and Irish descent. On his mother's side, Sonny is of Cuban descent. Michael Corinthos, Jr. is born on April 21, 1965, to Michael and Adela Corinthos. In 2012, Sonny's birth year was revised to 1969 when his aged was listed as forty-two on his arrest records. After Mike abandons his family, Adela becomes involved with her boss, Trevor Lansing. Trevor is very understanding of the single mother, allowing Sonny to come to work with Adela, and even taking them on vacations to Martha's Vineyard. However, Trevor despises the young Sonny and when Adela gets pregnant Trevor proposes; however, he forces Adela to choose between Sonny and their unborn child when Sonny accidentally causes a pregnant Adela to fall down a flight of stairs.
Adela gives up rights to her son shortly after birth and when Sonny is seven years old, she marries New York Police officer Deke Woods. However, Deke is extremely abusive to mother and son. Sonny is claustrophobic due to being locked in the closet as a child by Deke. To direct Deke's attention away from his mother, Sonny begins acting out. Sonny uses his friends to escape his home life. He grows up with Lois Cerullo and is best friends with her brother, Louie. Raised by Adela, a devout Catholic, Sonny attends catholic school and is also very religious. In his early teen years Sonny briefly dates Olivia Falconeri. Following the end of their relationship, Sonny becomes involved with Olivia's cousin, Connie Falconeri. Noticing Sonny and Deke's fights are getting more violent, and fearing one of them would end up dead, Adela asks Sonny to leave home when he is sixteen. For a while, Sonny is homeless and visits Adela when Deke is working.
After stealing his car, local mob boss, Joe Scully takes Sonny under his wing giving him a place to live while Sonny works odd jobs for him. When Sonny goes to visit Adela on her birthday, he finds her severely beaten and unconscious. Sonny confides in Scully who has Deke killed the next day. Adela passes away a few years later, when Sonny is nineteen. Sonny and Connie make plans to run away together once she is eighteen. However, once Connie skips town without him, Sonny goes to work for Scully full-time. Scully sends Sonny to Atlantic City to run a strip club called The Sea Breeze when his son, Joe Jr proves to be incompetent. Sonny befriends one of the strippers, Theresa, whom Joe Jr. is infatuated with. In a jealous rage, Joe, Jr. kills Theresa. Scully helps him disappear while Sonny lies to the cops about Theresa's murder, one of which is Theresa's brother, then FBI agent, John McBain.
According to General Hospital casting director, Mark Teschner, Benard was one of the few actors being considered for the role. Benard came in for a meeting with Wendy Riche, and the two immediately clicked. It was only a matter of how long it would take to get Benard on screen. Initially, the character was only supposed to last for six months as Benard was not interested in anything more than a year. Benard revealed that after his stint on All My Children, he was not interested in doing another soap. He joined the cast of General Hospital because he had gone broke and acting was all he knew at the time. The producers offered him two separate roles, that of mobster Damian Smith, with a two year contract, and that of Sonny. In addition the role being short term, Benard also chose the role because he liked the character's name. Benard revealed that just two weeks after starting work, he suffered a manic depressive breakdown. At one point he had stopped coming in to work but expressed his gratitude to the network for keeping faith in him instead of firing him immediately.
The role of Sonny Corinthos originated in the final weeks of Bill Levinson's tenure as head writer, in August 1993, prior to Levinson's replacement by Claire Labine. The role was originally intended as a six-month stint. After four years with the series, Benard vacated the role on September 24, 1997. After a brief return from May 15 to July 8, 1998, Benard returned to the role full-time on December 18, 1998. In December 2014, Benard confirmed he had re-signed with the series, for an undisclosed amount of time.
Like the character of Sonny, Maurice Benard also suffers from bipolar disorder. Benard stated, "When I let it be known I was bipolar, we wrote it into the character." During 2006, Corinthos had an onscreen breakdown due to his bipolar disorder. The parallels between the story and Benard's real life experiences had Benard believing he was having his own "fourth break down," though Benard credits staying on his medication as keeping him grounded. His willingness to integrate his real life medical condition into Sonny's storylines have raised visibility of the disease, leading to Benard appearing on shows such as The Oprah Winfrey Show to discuss the disease as well as being the spokesman for the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance.
The name of Michael "Sonny" Corinthos, as well as his occupation, is a reference to The Godfather characters Michael Corleone and Santino "Sonny" Corleone. These characters have a sister named Connie Corleone, which is alluded to in Kate Howard's real name, Connie Falconeri. Similarities have also been noted between Sonny and Tony Soprano from The Sopranos and the characters that surround them both. Vincent Pastore, who portrayed Big Pussy Bonpensiero on The Sopranos, came on the show to portray Maximus Giambetti, father of Sonny's bodyguards Milo Giambetti and Max Giambetti.
Benard has described Sonny as "unpredictable," and stated that: "You never know from one second to the next what he is thinking, feeling or planning. He's a man in personal conflict who maintains an outward appearance of calm at all times, at any cost." 
After the whole mess in Atlantic City, Sonny relocated to Port Charles in 1993, running a strip club for Frank Smith three years after the Jerome crime family is dead. He becomes involved with Karen Wexler and gets her addicted to drugs to get her to work for him. Meanwhile Sonny begins dating the young Brenda Barrett, the beginning of a popular Supercouple for the soap. He also befriends Stone Cates, Robin Scorpio and Frank's longtime employee, Luke Spencer. Brenda, who is more attracted to Sonny than to his mob ties, introduces him to an old Bensonhurst friend, Lois Cerullo, who needed Sonny's money to finance a record label, whose first artist is Lois's husband. The romance of Sonny and Brenda takes off amidst their new business relationship as partners of the record label, L&B. Sonny travels to Puerto Rico to work security for L&B's artist, Miguel Morez. Sonny travels to Puerto Rico and informs the locals that Miguel, a second artist on the L&B label, is under the protection of Frank Smith's organization. Miguel soon begins flirting with a now-model Brenda, which makes Sonny jealous. While Brenda and Miguel bond, Sonny opens up to her about his abusive childhood at the hands of his step-father, Deke. The two reconcile.
In November 1994, Luke kills Frank (to protect Sonny) and Sonny informs Frank's partner, Hernando Rivera, that he is taking over Frank's organization. Rivera kidnaps his daughter, Lily, and Miguel, Sonny and Brenda; they later escape and return to the U. S. After they are rushed to safety, Sonny plots his next move, pretending to leave the mafia.
Due to mafia ties, Sonny and Luke's club is blown up in 1995; that same night, Sonny discovers that Luke's driver, Mike Corbin, is actually his father, Michael Corinthos, Sr.. After Stone is diagnosed with AIDS, Sonny takes him in.
It is soon learned that Frank's son, Damian is actually working with Joe Scully to sabotage shipments from Deception cosmetics. Sonny is reticent to take action against Scully, as he is the man responsible for saving Sonny from his abusive step father. During a confrontation at the docks, Mike is shot, and Sonny kills Scully, who was attempting to finish Mike off. Scully's henchmen go after Brenda, Stone and the Spencers looking for revenge.
Later, Lily learns that Brenda is planning to record Sonny discussing his mob business and hand it over to the police (Mac Scorpio). Sonny furiously throws Brenda out and begins dating Lily, though they take their relationship slowly. Sonny wants to forgive Brenda because her intent was never to turn him in.
In November 1995, Stone dies from AIDS and his girlfriend Robin learns she has contracted HIV. After Stone's death, Sonny illegally pays for Stone's hospital bills. Sonny is arrested and Lily turns to her father, reconciling with him in exchange for his help. Rivera makes a deal that he will keep Sonny out of prison if he marries his daughter, Lily. Sonny marries Lily in February 1996. Lily realizes that Sonny still loves Brenda and offers a divorce. But Sonny refuses to leave Lily even when she offers him a divorce because he fears reprisals from Rivera, though he finds it hard to deny his feelings for Brenda. Instead, he takes Lily on a second honeymoon. After being trapped in an avalanche at a ski resort on the honeymoon, Brenda and Sonny agree to reconcile. But Lily reveals she's pregnant before Sonny can ask for a divorce. Brenda lets Sonny go acknowledging his need to be an available father. Sonny and Brenda kiss passionately and declare their undying love for each other. Much to Sonny's dismay, Brenda moves on with Jasper "Jax" Jacks.
While Jax and Brenda wed, Lily takes Sonny's car keys and starts the car, which activates the car bomb planted by Rivera to kill Sonny, instead killing Lily and the baby. Sonny later kills Rivera upon finding out and searches for her first child with Miguel, Juan Santiago. Upon Lily's death, Sonny inherited 30 million dollars, which he donated to General Hospital to create a hospital wing in Stone's name.
Jason Morgan, who has suffered brain damage after his brother A. J. Quartermaine injured him while driving drunk, sells Sonny his stock in his family's company, ELQ, and joins the Corinthos-Rivera Organization. Jason would later become Sonny's hitman and closest friend. Sonny becomes involved in the various intrigues at ELQ, as does Jax who is working with Ned's mother Tracy Quartermaine to take over the company. When Jax tries to gain control of ELQ through nefarious means, Sonny decides to go after him. Also, because he believes Jax is undeserving of Brenda.
On Jax and Brenda's re-marriage date, Sonny brings home Jax's undivorced wife, Miranda Jameson. After Jax leaves Brenda to make sense of it all, Brenda and Sonny reconcile. When attempting to save Brenda, Sonny is drugged. When Sonny is brought to the hospital, Sonny tells Brenda he loves her. Believing her marriage with Jax can work, she rejects Sonny. Lily's former lover, Harry Silver, arrives in town causing problems for Brenda and Sonny, leading Sonny to kill him. Fearing the mob life is too dangerous for him and Brenda, he offers to marry her and leave town together. Sonny declares that he loves his life and has worked hard for it, but he loves Brenda more. After a nightmare where Brenda is blown up in a car bomb, Sonny decides he'd rather lose Brenda than see her die. On September 22, 1997, Sonny sends Jason to the altar to end things for him, leading her to have a mental breakdown and reconcile with Jax. Sonny leaves town soon after his aborted wedding with Brenda.
Sonny returns to Port Charles in December 1998 and is devastated to learn Brenda died months before. He is later approached by Robin who wants help getting Carly Quartermaine, the wife of Jason's brother, A.J., away from Jason. He soon begins dating waitress, Hannah Scott who looks a lot like Brenda. Sonny is devastated to learn that his new love is actually an undercover FBI agent and he feeds her false information until November 1999 when he dumps her. Sonny and Carly later have a one-night-stand and she learns she is pregnant.
Sonny digs up dirt on A.J. and forced him into granting Carly a divorce and signing over his rights to their son Michael, whom A.J. had been threatening to take away. After Carly miscarries their child, she and Sonny bond and marry in September 2000; they renew their vows in February 2001 after realizing how much they love one another. Sonny divorces Carly after she tries to force him out of the mob and sleeps with his attorney, Alexis Davis. Sonny and Carly reconcile and remarry in June 2002. Meanwhile, A.J. marries Sonny long lost sister, Courtney Matthews hoping to use her to get Michael back. Luis Alcazar soon arrives in town and brings Brenda back to Port Charles. Luis, jealous of Brenda's past with Sonny nearly kills Sonny outside the church where she and Sonny almost married. Attorney, Ric Lansing after Jason and Brenda are accused of Luis's murder. Ric gets them acquitted and he soon reveals that he is Sonny's half-brother who was given up by their mother Adela. Ric blames Sonny for his wife Elizabeth's miscarriage, despite Faith Rosco pushing her down the stairs, and kidnaps a pregnant Carly in the fall of 2003, planning to give the child to Elizabeth. Carly is rescued by Lorenzo Alcazar, Luis's brother who tries to use Carly as leverage against Sonny. When Sonny comes to rescue Carly, he accidentally shoots her and she falls into a coma shortly. Sonny begins an affair with Sam McCall who gets pregnant. Carly recovers and to keep her from learning about the affair, Sam moves in with Jason and pretends he is the father. Sonny and Carly after they realize they've both been keeping secrets; Carly had learned that Alexis's daughter, Kristina was actually Sonny's child. Sonny and Sam's daughter, Lila McCall is stillborn in November 2004 and her stem-cells are used to save a sick Kristina. A.J. with assistance from Faith Rosco kidnaps Michael and fakes his death. Carly suffers a severe psychotic break and Sonny must have her committed. Michael is later rescued from A.J. Sonny begins a relationship with Jason's sister, Emily Quartermaine. They have been seeing each other secretly until Jason finds out about them two together. So Jason takes the matter to his own hands and forces Sonny to choose between his organization or Emily. Sonny chooses Emily and Jason reluctantly takes over Sonny's business, leaving Sonny forced to retirement. Emily forces Sonny to confront his bipolar disorder. Fearing for Emily's safety, Sonny stages a kiss with Carly convincing Emily to leave him.
In February 2006, Courtney dies shortly after giving birth to her son, Spencer during an encephalitis outbreak. Sonny is very much jealous when he learns Carly and Jax have become engaged. In January 2007, after Carly witnesses Sonny shooting Lorenzo, he convinces her to marry him so she can't testify against him. In February 2007, guest at the Metro Court Hotel are taken hostage by James Craig, who is actually Jax's brother, Jerry Jacks, who has rigged the lobby to explode because Franco was involved in that. Sonny tells Carly he still loves her and they make love after the hostage crisis and their son Michael was devastated to see about his grandfather Alan died, but she still divorces him to marry Jax. Sonny soon reconnects with his first love, Connie Falconeri now known as Kate Howard as Sonny goes by his alias Alan Quartermaine after A.J. died as Kate goes by her alias Susan Moore. Soon Ric's father, Trevor comes to town with Anthony Zacchara and his son, Johnny. After Diego Alcazar kills several citizens, including Sonny's nanny, Leticia, Emily, and Georgie Jones, as revenge against Jason and Sonny, Kate rejects his marriage proposal fearing for her safety; in turn Sonny sleeps with Anthony's daughter, Claudia. Sonny's attempt to keep Michael away from the mob ends in tragedy when a botched hit puts Michael in a coma. Sonny decides he wants Jason to take over the organization and Carly forces Sonny to sign over his parental rights to Michael in order to keep him safe. Sonny and Kate get engaged and plan for a fall wedding. Sonny brings Kate's cousin, Olivia to town for the ceremony. Anthony shoots Kate at the altar and frames Andrei Karpov for the shooting; Sonny kills Karpov in November 2008. In December 2008, Sonny marries Claudia to get his power back while Jason warns that she may have been involved in Michael's shooting.
Sonny and Claudia actually bond and eventually make love. When Claudia realizes that Jason may reveal her secret, she attempts to get pregnant believing a child would save her life if Sonny ever discovers the truth. Michael recovers after a surgery and moves in with Sonny and Claudia, temporarily until to keep Carly from getting stressed during her high risk pregnancy. Claudia discovers she is pregnant but is ran off the road by a teenage Kristina and she miscarries. Sonny later hires Dominic Pirelli as the new bodyguard for his kids. Sonny begins to trust Dominic after he saves him from a bullet and Morgan from being hit by a speeding car. In October 2009, just before Claudia's birthday party, Jason informs Sonny that Claudia was indeed behind Michael's shooting and Sonny calls her out at the party. By the end of the night, Claudia is dead, thanks to Michael hitting her with an ax handle to stop her from stealing Carly's daughter, Josslyn. Sonny is willing to take the blame for the murder to protect Michael. Later, his niece Molly frames her cousin and his son Michael thinking Michael did that.
In January 2010, Sonny learns that Dominic (Dante) is actually an undercover cop and when he comes arrests him, Sonny shoots him. Sonny is shocked to learn that Dominic (Dante) is actually Olivia's son, Dante and also his son. Dante survives and his hatred for Sonny becomes even more evident. When Sonny is put on trial for Claudia's murder, Michael attempts to confess. Jason, Carly and Sonny send him to Sonny's island to keep him from confessing. Meanwhile, Jax determined to put Sonny away for good, brings in federal agent, Claire Walsh to prosecute Sonny. Sonny is devastated when Kristina is beaten and she claims Luke's son Ethan as her attacker. Sonny attempts to kill Ethan, but Dante stops him after a plea from Kristina. It is soon revealed that Kristina's real attacker was her boyfriend, Kiefer. In May 2010, as the verdict for Sonny's murder trial is about to be announced, Dante puts Michael on the stand. Sonny, Carly and Jason are devastated when Michael suddenly admits to Claudia's murder and he is sentenced to five years in prison. Kristina begins acting out and pretends to date Johnny Zacchara; Sonny retaliates by planting a bomb on Johnny's car and nearly kills Kristina; Sonny and Alexis team up to co-parent Kristina so she can get to know Sonny better. Claire teams up with Johnny to put Sonny in prison, but the plan falls apart. Sonny has a brief romance with Claire before Brenda returns and they reunite. In December 2010, Sonny and Brenda announce their engagement Jerry Jacks' shooting at Pier 52.
In February 2011, Sonny and Brenda finally marry, but the ceremony isn't without its share of surprises. All are shocked when Carly reveals that Dante and Brenda had a child when he guarded back in 2007. Dante reveals that he only pretended to be the child's father to keep it away from its crime figure grandfather, Theo Hoffman; Brenda then reveals that she miscarried her baby. As the couple is about leave on their honeymoon, Sonny watches in horror as their limo explodes and Brenda's body is nowhere to be found. Sonny, Jason and Dante rescue her from Hoffman. When Suzanne Stanwyck returns with Brenda's son, Lucian it causes problems for the new couple. After Sonny convinces Brenda to get a DNA test, Suzanne kidnaps Lucian forcing Dante, Sonny and Carly to rescue him; they find Brenda's real son Alec and bring him back to Port Charles. Brenda wants Sonny to adopt Alec, but he refuses. In June 2011, Sonny and Alexis rush to the Dominic Republic believing Kristina is about to marry Ethan but he is only divorcing his current wife. During Carly and Jax's custody battle, Sonny sends someone to drug Jax, and plants drugs in his room. When Brenda learns of Sonny's betrayal, she leaves town with Alec. Sonny is furious when he learns that Brenda left with Jax and sabotages Jax's plane leading everyone to think he's dead; Carly is devastated and sends Morgan away to military school to keep him away from Sonny. Sonny reconnects with his first love, Kate Howard after divorcing Brenda. At a New Year's Eve party, Michael reveals that Jax is alive and Carly knew.
In early 2012, after Sonny is shot, he blames Johnny and shocks everyone by revealing a birth certificate which confirms that Claudia wasn't Johnny's sister, but his mother. In February 2012, Sonny saves Dante from getting shot and goes after Anthony believing he was behind it. Dante arrests Sonny after he is accused of shooting out Anthony's tires, and causing the deaths of Cole Thornhart and Hope Manning-Thornhart, the boyfriend and daughter of Starr Manning. Though Sonny maintains his innocence, he is arraigned and forced to go on trial. After Sonny is granted bail, Starr's father, Todd Manning shows up and attempts to kill Sonny until he is stopped by Sonny's old nemesis John McBain, who blames Sonny for Theresa's death after Robin's death. After Sonny is acquitted, Starr kidnaps him at gunpoint and threatens to kill him but Michael talks her down. Meanwhile, Kate throws Sonny a birthday party and disappears leading to Sonny finding her in bed with Johnny. Todd later blackmails Sonny and Michael into changing their statements so Starr can get released. Sonny later learns that Kate's alternate personality, Connie actually slept with Johnny to ruin the relationship. Sonny comes clean to McBain about Theresa's murder while he supports Kate through her mental illness and is shocked to learn that Joe Scully, Jr. raped Kate that resulted in her pregnancy.
In early summer of 2012, Kristina returns from Yale and is angry at Sonny and Alexis for pulling strings to get her into Yale. She announces to everyone that she quit school and is planning on starring on her own television show, "Mob Princess". Sonny meets Kristina's boyfriend and show director Trey Mitchell. Sonny plans on marrying Kate in September 2012. At the wedding, it is revealed that Connie is actually in control and is already married to Johnny. Sonny fights to get Kate to come back but Connie remains in control. Later, Jason is shot and thrown into the harbor and presumed dead by Cesar Faison after Jason shot and killed Joe Scully, Jr. before the return of the Nurses' Ball. Sonny is devastated by the loss. Meanwhile, Sonny manages to get closer to Connie. In February, Sonny and Connie give into their feelings and sleep together. Kate returns and is furious at Sonny for sleeping with Connie. Sonny is forced to admit that he loves both Kate and Connie and talks her into seeing a psychiatrist to get integrated. On the night before the Nurse's Ball, Brenda returns to Port Charles and visits Sonny. She announces to him that she is marrying Jax. Sonny believes that Brenda is using this engagement as revenge against him for never reading her letter that she left. It is clear that Brenda wants to be with Sonny. After the Nurse's Ball, Carly finds Brenda in bed with Michael. When Michael tells Sonny about this, Brenda admits that she made it look like she slept with Michael to get revenge on Carly for ending her engagement. Brenda admits that she loves Sonny and asks him to move to Rome with her. He tells her that they will have a shot one day and kisses her goodbye. After Franco reveals he is alive, Sonny and Carly order Shawn Butler to perform a hit on Franco. Sonny later calls off the hit, but Carly goes behind his back, and orders the hit herself. Olivia takes the bullet that is meant for Franco accidentally, causing Shawn to think that he missed the target and shot Olivia instead. Later, it is revealed that there was another shooter aiming for Franco, and that Shawn was not responsible and another shooter was later revealed to be Ava Jerome that did it.
Sonny became close to Olivia, after being rejected by Connie and taking care of Olivia while she was hospitalized. This makes Connie, now integrated, jealous even though she told Sonny she can't be with him because her mental state is fragile. On his birthday, Connie comes to Sonny and tells him she found out Morgan is in trouble after getting in massive debt with bookies. Sonny eventually finds him hiding out with Kiki Jerome, his girlfriend. He brings Morgan back, but Kiki follows him, as does her mother, Ava Jerome. Sonny becomes suspicious that Ava is tied to the Jerome mob family. Meanwhile, Sonny reunites with Connie when she asks for her back, and Olivia steps aside. However, she's killed soon after, and Sonny is distraught enough to commit suicide, until his sons talk him down. Morgan marries Kiki, but their marriage ends soon after, and Morgan blames Sonny for revealing that Morgan didn't want to lose Kiki to Michael. He starts an affair with Ava, and Sonny tries to get him away. However, Morgan blows him off. Sonny eventually finds out that Julian Jerome is alive, and he and his sister, Ava, are targeting Sonny's business. Morgan, in an attempt to get revenge on Sonny, is working with them, too. Eventually, Morgan realizes how dangerous the mob life is, and stops working for the Jeromes. Not even he nor Shawn could rescue his long time friend Robin from their enemies because Robin was held against her will to see her family and friends. Sonny starts a relationship with Olivia, who helps him rationalize trying to stop the Jeromes and working things out with Morgan. Morgan convinces Ava to work for Sonny when she refuses to end their relationship. To prove her loyalty, she gives Sonny information from Julian's laptop, which helps Sonny find out Julian has an unknown backer for his organization. After he was arrested for shooting Max while covering for Morgan at the warehouse, he meets Dr. Liesl Obrecht who is Joe Jr.'s female counterpart who held Sonny's long time friend Robin hostage against her will to see her friends including Sonny and his son Michael goes back to living with Kiki, A.J., and Monica.
After his son Dante and Elizabeth Webber found out that Britt Westbourne's child is Dante and Lulu's, Sonny and Olivia get to become grandparents all over again as well as his sons Michael and Morgan become the uncles of Ben after Robin left Port Charles because Sonny hadn't got a chance to say goodbye to her because she left with Spencer Cassadine's great-great uncle Victor to revive Helena and Stavros. He attended the Nurses' Ball after he cheated on Olivia for Ava after A.J.'s funeral and Ava left for Puerto Rico and Carly and Franco took the phone to help clean the recording of A.J. telling Ava that she killed Connie and not him, when Carly got proof from Franco, Sonny goes after Ava for killing Connie Falconeri. After Ava was pregnant, he took her back to Port Charles to see if the baby is either a boy or girl after his son Michael become the CEO of ELQ ousting Tracy and Luke in the orders of Tracy's son Ned Ashton for Monica's sake.
Benard was nominated for several Daytime Emmy Awards, including the Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor (1996, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2011) only winning in 2003. Benard was also nominated in the Supporting Actor category in 1997. Benard also won two Soap Opera Digest Awards for Outstanding Lead Actor in 1996 and 2003.