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Maurice Benard (born March 1, 1963) is an Americanmarker actor. He is known primarily for his Daytime Emmy Award-winning portrayal of romantic mobster Michael "Sonny" Corinthos, Jr. on the ABC soap opera, General Hospital, a role he has portrayed since 1993.



Born Mauricio Jose Morales in Martinez, Californiamarker and growing up in San Franciscomarker, Benard is of Nicaraguanmarker and Salvadoran ethnicity. He started his acting career as Nico Kelly 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 'Confession.' Filming began in June of 2009.

Benard has also appeared in several feature films including Ruby (1992) and Mi Vida Loca.

His salary is currently $2 million/year

Personal life

Benard and his wife Paula have four children; daughters Cailey Sofia (September 18, 1994), Cassidy Rose (April 8, 1999) and son, Joshua James (December 5, 2004). He and his wife adopted his wife's niece, Heather Smith-Benard, after her mother's death. His cousin, Marvin Benard, plays 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.

Benard and his family lives in Temecula, CAmarker.


Year Film Role Notes
1992 Ruby Diego
1993 Mi Vida Loca Creeper Alternative title: My Crazy Life
1999 Operation Splitsville Frank
Restraining Order Sicko
2000 Crystal Clear Steven
2009 Confession Mitch

Year Title Role Notes
1987-1990 All My Children Nico Kelly Unknown episodes
1990 DEA Curro 1 episode
1991 Her Wicked Ways Steve Television movie
Alternative title: Lethal Charm
Lucy & Desi: Before the Laughter Desi Arnaz Television movie
Stat Jorge Rosario 1 episode
1992 Dark Justice Kelly's Mob Boyfriend 1 episode
1993-present General Hospital Sonny Corinthos 739 episodes
1996 To Face Her Past Jesse Molina Television movie
2000 Port Charles Sonny Corinthos 2 episodes
2007 General Hospital: Night Shift Sonny Corinthos 1 episode

Awards and nominations

Year Award Result Category Series
1989 Soap Opera Digest Awards Nominated Outstanding Male Newcomer: Daytime All My Children
1995 Hottest Soap Couple General Hospital (Shared with Vanessa Marcil)
1996 Won Outstanding Lead Actor General Hospital
2000 Favorite Actor
2001 Nominated Favorite Couple General Hospital (Shared with Sarah Brown)
2003 Won Outstanding Lead Actor General Hospital
2005 Outstanding Lead Actor
1996 Daytime Emmy Award Nominated Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series General Hospital
1997 Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
2003 Won Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series
2004 Nominated Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series
2006 Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series
2000 ALMA Award Nominated Outstanding Actor in a Daytime Soap Opera General Hospital
2001 Outstanding Actor in a Daytime Drama
2002 Outstanding Actor in a Daytime Drama
2008 Outstanding Performance in a Daytime Drama Series


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