On General Hospital, Sonny Corinthos is busy trying to remember that he actually is Sonny Corinthos — but alas, he thinks he’s Mike. In the real world, performer Maurice Benard is just as busy celebrating a major milestone.
Happy Birthday, Maurice Benard
That’s because he was born on March 1, 1963, in Martinez, California, which means that this veteran actor is turning 58 years old today! Christened Mauricio Jose Morales, Benard began his performing career in 1987 when he joined the cast of the ABC daytime drama All My Children.
He subsequently appeared in a number of television films – Her Wicked Ways, Lucy and Desi: Before The Laughter (as Desi Arnaz), Ruby and Mi Vida Loca – and in episodes of primetime programs – DEA, Stat, and Dark Justice.
On August 13, 1993, he debuted on General Hospital as strip-club owning, Frank Smith stooge, Sonny Corinthos, a character he has played ever since. The role garnered him five Daytime Emmy Award nominations and two wins – Outstanding Lead Actor in 2003 and 2009.
Benard’s real-life bipolar disorder has been portrayed on-screen since the mid-90’s when Sonny received the same diagnosis. He has been married to Paula Smith since August 11, 1990, and together they are the parents of four children: three daughters and one son.
The actor’s other credits include To Face Her Past, Operation Splitsville, Restraining Order, Crystal Clear, Confession, The Penny, The Ghost and the Whale, and Victoria Gotti: My Father’s Daughter.
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