Maurice Benard (born March 1, 1963) is an American actor. He is known primarily for his iconic portrayal of romantic mobster Michael “Sonny” Corinthos, Jr. on the ABC soap opera, General Hospital, a role he has portrayed since 1993.
Born Mauricio Jose Morales in Martinez, California and growing up in San Francisco, California, Benard is of Salvadorian and Nicaraguan ethnicity. He started his acting career as Nico on the soap opera All My Children from 1987 to 1990. In addition to guest spots on several television series during the early 1990s, Benard also appeared in television movies including the 1991 CBS television movie Lucy & Desi: Before the Laughter, in which he portrayed Desi Arnaz.
Bet you didn’t know just how multi-cultural the character of Sonny Corinthos is supposed to be:
Michael “Sonny” Corinthos, Jr. is born on April 20, 1967 in the blue-collar Bensonhurst neighborhood of Brooklyn. His father, Michael “Mike” Corinthos, Sr is of Irish and Greek descent and his mother Adela is Cuban.
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