10 Things You Didn’t Know About General Hospital Star Maurice Benard
For over two decades now, Maurice Benard has been playing the iconic Sonny Corinthos on General Hospital (GH). During his time on the show, the mob boss had some pretty incredible love stories, but also seen great tragedy and a whole lot of adventure. Audiences have been wowed by the tough guy with a heart of gold. Despite the fact that Benard has entered our homes daily via the soap, there is still so much GH fans don’t know about this talented and dynamic actor. Below is a list of 10 things you didn’t know about Maurice Benard.
10. AMC Role
When one thinks of Maurice it is natural to associate him with Sonny, as the actor has been in that role for about 24 years now. However, before Benard landed in Port Charles, he entered the world of soaps in the character of Nico Kelly on All My Children (AMC) from 1987 to 1990. Benard was in his early twenties when he started on AMC and would move on to his role as GH’s Sonny three years later in 1993.
9. Corinthos Role Meant To Be Short Stint
Do any long-time GH fans out there remember that fateful day in 1993 when Sonny Corinthos strolled onto the Port Charles scene? He immediately changed the dynamic of the show and storylines to include more mob action, adventure, and drama. Benard relayed in an August 2012 interview that the character was originally debuted with short-term plans in mind. The actor was given a six-month deal to begin with and once the mob storylines began to fly – half a year turned into over two decades.