Maurice Benard


01 Mar 1963


Martinez, California, USA


Mauricio Jose Morales


Daytime Emmy Award winning Actor Maurice Benard joined the cast of General Hospital in the role of Sonny Corinthos in August 1993. He briefly left the show for a year-long hiatus in December 1998. For his portrayal, Mr. Benard received the Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in 2003. He was also nominated in 1996, 1997, 2004, 2006 and 2011.

Mr. Benard's multi-cultural upbringing began in San Francisco, where he was born to parents from Nicaragua and San Salvador. Uninspired by the traditional education route, he gleaned an education in the open job market after high school. He began modeling in his early twenties. Following that, Mr. Benard took up acting in numerous theatrical productions in the Bay area.

After auditioning for a role on the ABC drama All My Children, Mr. Benard was cast as Nico Kelly. Two years later, he struck out to find new challenges and moved to Los Angeles, where he was cast as the lead in the much-publicized TV movie, Lucy and Desi: Before the Laughter. He later added a pivotal role in the feature film Ruby to several other prominent film and television credits.

Mr. Benard has been a popular voice in the battle against bipolar disorder. He has been very open about his personal battle with the illness, appearing on television programs such as The View, Entertainment Tonight, and Oprah. He has been featured in People and LA Life Magazines. He also began working with the National Mental Health Association (NMHA) on the "Bipolar Disorder: Do You Know It?" campaign to help educate Americans about the importance of recognizing the signs and symptoms of bipolar disorder.

Actor ( 30 credits )

The Ghost and The Whale (2017) Joseph Hawthorne
Duke (2013) Winky
SoapBox with Lilly and Martha (2013)  Guest (unknown episodes)
Katie (2012)  Himself (1 episode, 2013)
Oprah: Where Are They Now? (2012)  Himself (1 episode, 2014)
OC87: The Obsessive Compulsive, Major Depression, Bipolar, Asperger's Movie (2010) Himself
Confession (2010) Mitch
General Hospital: Night Shift (2007)  Sonny Corinthos (uncredited) (1 episode, 2007)
Soapography (2004)  Himself (1 episode, 2004)
The Wayne Brady Show (2002)  Himself (1 episode, 2004)
SoapTalk (2002)  Himself (1 episode, 2003)
Crystal Clear (2000) Steven
We Married Margo (2000) Himself
Operation Splitsville (1999) Frank
Restraining Order (1999) Sicko
The View (1997)  Himself (4 episodes, 2004-2009)
Port Charles (1997)  Sonny Corinthos (2 episodes, 2000)
The Rosie O'Donnell Show (1996)  Himself (2 episodes, 1999)
Mi vida loca (1993) Creeper
Intimate Portrait (1993)  Himself (1 episode, 2003)
Ruby (1992) Diego
Dark Justice (1991)  Kelly's Mob Boyfriend (1 episode, 1992)
Stat (1991)  Jorge Rosario (1 episode, 1991)
DEA (1990)  Curro (1 episode, 1990)
Live with Kelly and Michael (1988)  Himself (1 episode, 1989)
The Oprah Winfrey Show (1986)  Himself (2 episodes, 2004)
All My Children (1970)  Nico Kelly / ... (6 episodes, 1987-1990)
General Hospital (1963)  Sonny Corinthos / ... (1,744 episodes, 1993-2014)
Joy (0) Ridge
Hold On (0) Peter Duran