Maurice Benard

Active - 1963 - 2015  |   Born - Mar 1, 1963 in Martinez, California, United States  |   Genres - Drama, Thriller

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  • 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.