Maurice Benard

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Maurice Benard
Born Mauricio Jose Morales
(1963-03-01) March 1, 1963 (age 51)
Martinez, California, U.S.A
Occupation Actor
Years active 1987–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; daughters Heather Rose (adopted April 20, 2012) Cailey Sofia (born September 18, 1994), Cassidy Rose (born April 18, 1999) and son, 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
Year Title Role Notes
1991 Her Wicked Ways Steve Television film
1991 Lucy & Desi: Before the Laughter Desi Arnaz Television film
1992 Ruby Diego
1993 Mi Vida Loca Creeper
1996 To Face Her Past Jesse Molina Television film
1999 Operation Splitsville Frank
1999 Restraining Order Sicko
2000 Crystal Clear Steven
2009 Confession Mitch
2010 The Penny The Penny Voice
2014 The Ghost and the Whale Joseph Hawthorne


Television
Year Title Role Notes
1987-1990 All My Children Nico Kelly 300 episodes
Nominated — Soap Opera Digest Award for Outstanding Male Newcomer: Daytime
1990 DEA Curro Episode: "Bloodsport"
1991 Stat Jorge Rosario Episode: "Ladyfinger"
1992 Dark Justice Kelly's Mob Boyfriend Episode: "Anniversary"
1993- General Hospital 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)
2000 Port Charles Sonny Corinthos 2 episodes
2007 General Hospital: Night Shift Sonny Corinthos Episode: "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. 

External links[edit]