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|Born||Mauricio Jose Morales
March 1, 1963
Martinez, California, U.S.A
|Other names||Maurice Bénard|
|Spouse(s)||Paula Smith (m. 1990)|
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.
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.
Benard was diagnosed with bipolar disorder at age 22. He has since become a spokesperson for treatment of the disorder with Mental Health America. His character, Sonny Corinthos, also has the disorder.
|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. Retrieved September 4, 2012.
- "Soap star Maurice Benard: This rebel has a cause". bphope.com. Retrieved 2009-01-11.