Maurice Benard

  • Birth Name: Mauricio Jose Morales
  • Birth Place: Martinez, California, United States
  • Profession: Actor
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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.

Relationships

  • Heather Smith-Benard — Daughter
  • Cailey Sophia Benard — Daughter
  • Cassidy Rose Benard — Daughter
  • Humberto Morales — Father
  • Martha Morales — Mother
  • Marvin Benard — Cousin
  • Joshua James Benard — Son
  • Paula Smith — Wife
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