Maurice Benard 411
BIRTHDATE: March 1
SPOUSE: Paula (August 11, 1990-present)
CHILDREN: Cailey Sophia (b. September 18, 1994), Cassidy Rose (b. April 18, 1999) and Joshua James (b. December 5, 2004)
One of daytime's hottest stars, Maurice Benard has endeared himself to audiences as GENERAL HOSPITAL's moody mobster Sonny Corinthos for the past 10 years. Born and raised in San Francisco as Mauricio Morales, Benard's mom hails from El Salvador and his father is from Nicaragua. He began his career in the spotlight as a model in his early 20s; after several years he set his sights on acting and landed his big break as ALL MY CHILDREN's Nico Kelly in 1987. After Nico's front-burner romance with Cecily Davidson, Benard left AMC in '89 and moved to Los Angeles. There, he landed the lead role in the TV movie LUCY & DESI: BEFORE THE LAUGHTER (1991), and roles in films like Ruby and Mi Vida Loca. In 1993, he joined GH as Sonny, a role in which he has truly made his mark. Benard says he draws on his own personal experience with manic depression in his intense performances. He attributes his success to getting proper treatment and the support of his wife, Paula, to whom he has been married for 12 years. His official Web site is www.mauricebenard.tv.