Maurice Benard Bio

(Sonny, GH)

ABC

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BIRTHDATE: March 1
SPOUSE: Paula (August 11, 1990-present)
CHILDREN: Cailey Sophia (b. September 18, 1994), Cassidy Rose (b. April 18, 1999) and Joshua James (b. December 5, 2004)

One of daytime's hottest stars, Maurice Benard has endeared himself to audiences as GENERAL HOSPITAL's moody mobster Sonny Corinthos for the past 10 years. Born and raised in San Francisco as Mauricio Morales, Benard's mom hails from El Salvador and his father is from Nicaragua. He began his career in the spotlight as a model in his early 20s; after several years he set his sights on acting and landed his big break as ALL MY CHILDREN's Nico Kelly in 1987. After Nico's front-burner romance with Cecily Davidson, Benard left AMC in '89 and moved to Los Angeles. 

et cetera 5 random facts
  1. Enjoys martial arts and boxing.
  2. Favorite actor is Al Pacino.
  3. Was diagnosed with Bipolar disorder when he was 22.
  4. Spokesperson for the National Depressive and Manic Depressive Association.
  5. Adopted a Cain, long-haired, male Akita dog in 2008.
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Maurice Benard
Maurice Benard Sticking With GH   Dec 4, 2012

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Fire Breaks Out At The Home Of GH's Benard   Jun 11, 2012

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One Mo' Time   Nov 17, 2010

In the 11/23/10 issue, Digest celebrated its 35th anniversary and GENERAL HOSPITAL's...

Sonny's Death Wish   Apr 13, 2010

Sonny's latest misadventure with a firearm and a family member on GENERAL HOSPITAL has got to leave him shaking his...

Other Roles

Other Soap Roles
ALL MY CHILDREN (Nico Kelly (1987-1989)

TV Roles
TO FACE HER PAST (Jesse, 1996)
LUCY & DESI: BEFORE THE LAUGHTER (Desi Arnaz, 1991)
HER WICKED WAYS (Steve, 1991)

Film Roles
Confession (Mitch, 2010)
Crystal Clear (Steven, 2000)
Restraining Order (Germany, 1999)
Operation Splitsville (Frank, 1999)
Mi Vida Loca (My Crazy Life) (Creeper, 1993)
Ruby (Diego, 1992)

 

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