Maurice Benard



  • Birth Name: Mauricio Jose Morales
  • Birth Place: Martinez, CA
  • Date of Birth / Zodiac Sign: 03/01/1963, Pisces
  • Profession: Actor
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Maurice Benard Fast Facts:
  • Did some modeling work in his early twenties.
  • Auditioned for the soap All My Children in 1987; did not get the part he tried out for, but producers were so impressed they created the role of Nico Kelly for him.
  • Played Desi Arnaz in the 1991 TV-movie Lucy and Desi: Before the Laughter.
  • Began portraying mobster Sonny Corinthos on General Hospital in 1993; originally planned to be on the show for only six months, but it turned into a lead role and eventually won him a Daytime Emmy in 2003.
  • Diagnosed with bipolar disorder when he was 22; in 2006, asked General Hospital producers to make his character also have bipolar disorder.
  • Is a spokesperson for the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance.
  • Enjoys boxing and is a fan of martial arts.
  • Is an animal lover and owns many pets, including cats, dogs, birds, chinchillas and rabbits.
  • Maurice Benard Relationships:
  • Cassidy Rose Benard - Daughter
  • Humberto Morales - Father
  • Cailey Sophia Benard - Daughter
  • Joshua James Benard - Son
  • Martha Morales - Mother
  • Heather Smith-Benard - Daughter
  • Marvin Benard - Cousin
  • Paula Smith - Wife

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