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Mauricio Egor Morales
March 1, 1963
|Other names||Maurice Bénard|
Maurice Benard (born March 1, 1963) is an American actor. He is known primarily for his portrayal of Michael "Sonny" Corinthos Jr. on ABC soap opera, General Hospital, a role he has portrayed since 1993.
Life and career
Benard was born Mauricio Jose Morales in Martinez, California, the son of Martha, a bank employee, and Humberto Morales, a bakery superintendent. He grew up in San Francisco, California, and 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 appeared in television movies including the CBS television movie Lucy & Desi: Before the Laughter (1991), in which he portrayed Desi Arnaz. He also starred in the independent film entitled The Ghost and the Whale, executive produced by his wife Paula.
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 sister's daughter, after her mother's death. His cousin, Marvin Benard, played professional baseball.
He then went on to start a career on General Hospital a daytime soap opera on ABC. He became fictionalized Sonny Corinthos a manic depressive mobster King pin, his first air date on GH was August 13, 1993. He's been nominated for several Daytime Emmy awards, winning Outstanding Lead Actor in 2003, as well as, winning three Soap Opera Digest Awards for Outstanding Lead Actor in 1996, 2003, and 2005.
Benard was diagnosed with bipolar disorder at age 22. He has since become a spokesperson for treatment of the disorder with Mental Health America. He made the decision to have the writers make his character, Sonny Corinthos, also have the disorder. Many of the struggles he faces on the show due to the disorder are ones he faced in his own life. Much praise has been given to the show for the realistic depiction.
|1991||Her Wicked Ways||Steve||Television film|
|1991||Lucy & Desi: Before the Laughter||Desi Arnaz||Television film|
|1993||Mi Vida Loca||Creeper|
|1996||To Face Her Past||Jesse Molina||Television film|
|2010||The Penny||The Penny||Voice|
|2015||The Ghost and the Whale||Joseph Hawthorne||Television film|
Awards and nominations
- Bowe, Jillian. "General Hospital's Maurice Benard Shooting a New Movie". Daytime Confidential. Archived from the original on February 22, 2014. Retrieved September 4, 2012.
- "Soap star Maurice Benard: This rebel has a cause". bphope.com. Retrieved 2009-01-11.