Please join us in wishing GENERAL HOSPITAL star Maurice Benard all the best on his birthday today! The actor launched his career as Nico on ALL MY CHILDREN in 1987, a role he played until 1990. In 1993, he joined the cast of GH as mobster Michael "Sonny" Corinthos, Jr., and the rest is history!
(Photo Credit: Jim Warren)
Over the years, Benard has been nominated multiple times for the Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series, and took home the trophy in 2003. Outside of daytime, he starred as Desi Arnaz in the 1991 television movie Lucy & Desi: Before the Laughter and most recently in the powerful indie film The Ghost and the Whale.
This year his assistant Melissa captured a video of him walking down the corridor at the GH studio with a big balloon bouncing off the ceiling while holding a present as she wished him a happy birthday! He's so adorably bashful!
Scroll down to see how some of Benard's GH castmates wished him a happy birthday. From the heartfelt words of Vanessa Marcil (ex-Brenda) to the teasing of Jeffery Vincent Parise (ex-Carlos), they're all great! Especially the throwback pic of him and Steve Burton (Jason)!
For more on your favorite GH stars, keep reading the ABC edition of Soaps In Depth magazine!