Maurice Benard Biography
Maurice Benard is an American actor. He is known primarily for his portrayal of Michael”Sonny Corinthos on ABC soap opera, General Hospital, a role he has portrayed since 1993.
Maurice Benard Age
He was born on 1 March 1963, San Francisco, California, United States. He is 56 years old as of 2019.
Maurice Benard Parents
He was born to Humberto Morales, a bakery superintendent and Martha Morales, a bank employee.
Maurice Benard Wife
The charismatic actor is happily married to his long-haul girlfriend, Paula Smith. Maurice and Paul walked down the aisle together on August 11, 1990, after spending eight years as girlfriend and boyfriend.
Paula Benard is a producer/manager better known for her production credit on 2017 drama-thriller The Ghost and The Whale.
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Maurice Benard Children
Maurice and Paula have four children; three daughters, and a son: Heather Ann Smith-Benard, Cailey Sofia Bernard, Cassidy Rose Benard, and Joshua James Benard. He and his wife adopted Paula’s sister’s daughter, after her mother’s death.
Maurice Benard General Hospital Soap Opera
Benard started his career on General Hospital, ABC’s daytime soap opera, where he portrayed the character of Sonny Corinthos, a mental patient. Benard received tremendous applause for his portrayal of Sonny which resembled his real-life battle against bipolar disorder.
At the young age of 22, Benard was diagnosed with bipolar disorder, a mental disorder causing periods of depression and abnormal moods. Since then, Benard has been a famous voice in the battle against such traumatic disease.
Benard openly claimed his battle against the illness on social media. And at the same time, he began to work with the National Mental Health Association (NMHA) on the ‘Bipolar Disorder: Do You Know It?’ campaign. With his immense interest in acting, Bernard initiated his on-screen career playing as a Nico on the soap opera All My Children, from 1987 to 1990. Subsequently, Maurice guest-starred in many television shows during the early 1990s.
Maurice Benard Sister Dies
Benard is mourning the loss of someone near and dear to him. Donna Messina Armogida passed away and the actor considers her family. Maurice posted a moving tribute on Instagram which shows how special Donna was to him. He has often referred to her as his “Sister”.
“Sometimes you meet someone in life You just connect with and then, unfortunately, life just takes that person away. And no matter how much your heartbreaks you want to remember the good times. My best friend my sister Donna used 2 hate taking pictures.
I used to have to grab her and hold her. And we would and laugh and laugh I will never forget this memory and I will never forget what you meant in my life” He wrote. Donna Messina has known the GH star for decades from working with him.
Maurice Benard Net Worth
He has an estimated net worth of $2 million.
Maurice Benard Awards
For his phenomenal work as a movie star, Benard received two Soap Opera Digest Awards for Outstanding Lead Actor in 1996 and 2003.
Maurice Benard New Movie
- Nightmare Cinema
- A lover Betrayed
Maurice Benard Movies
- Joy (Movie) Ridge 2015
- Restraining Order (Movie) Sicko 2000
- Mi Vida Loca–My Crazy Life (Movie) Creeper 1994
- Ruby (Movie) Diego 1992
- Dead Again
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