Sonny Corinthos has been a major force on GENERAL HOSPITAL for decades, and that doesn’t look likely to change anytime soon. Because no matter what kind of a tight spot the mob kingpin gets himself into, he always seems to find a way out of it! Sonny was introduced back in August of 1993, and has always been played by actor Maurice Benard, who has earned six Daytime Emmy Award nominations and one win during his illustrious career.
Sonny was first seen running a strip club for notorious mobster Frank Smith. He got involved with Karen Wexler and got her addicted to drugs. But it was his romance with Brenda Barrett that really took off. Working security for Miguel Morez in Puerto Rico, Sonny got jealous when the singer flirted with Brenda, but he won her heart in the end. After Luke Spencer killed Frank, Sonny took over the organization. After Frank’s partner, Hernando Rivera, kidnapped his daughter, Lily, Miguel, Sonny, and Brenda, they managed to escape and Sonny pretended to leave the mob.
After Sonny and Luke’s club was blown up, Sonny discovered that his pal’s driver, Mike Corbin, is really his father, Michael Corinthos, Sr. When Joe Scully made moves on his territory, Sonny was hesitant to take action due to their past together, but when Mike was shot and Joe tried to finish him off, Sonny killed Scully. When Lily revealed that Brenda planned to record Sonny and turn evidence over to the police, he dumped her and began dating Lily instead.
When Stone Cates was diagnosed with AIDS, Sonny took the teen in to care for him, and after he passed away, paid his hospital bills. When Sonny was arrested, Lily’s father offered to keep him out of prison if he married her. The couple tied the knot, though Lily knew Sonny still loved Brenda. But when Lily got pregnant, Brenda backed off. Tragically, Lily was killed in a car bomb meant for Sonny, and when he learned her father was behind it, killed Rivera for revenge. Inheriting $30 million from Lily’s death, Sonny donated it to General Hospital to create a wing in Stone’s name.
The brain damage suffered by Jason Quartermaine in a car accident not only turned him into Jason Morgan, but also led him to become Sonny’s enforcer and closest confidant. Sonny interrupted Brenda and Jax’s wedding with the Aussie’s presumed-dead wife, and then wooed Brenda back into his arms. But realizing his life is too dangerous, Sonny abandoned her at the altar and left town to protect her. And when he came back to Port Charles, he was devastated to learn Brenda had been killed in a car accident. Sonny then began dating Hannah Scott, who resembled Brenda, but turned out to be an undercover FBI agent!
Sonny slept with Carly Benson and she got pregnant, but later miscarried. Having fallen in love, they tied the knot, and Sonny adopted her son, Michael. But when Carly tried to get Sonny to leave the mob, he dumped her and slept with his attorney, Alexis Davis. Though Carly and Sonny later reconciled and remarried. Luis Alcazar brought a very-much-alive Brenda back to Port Charles and tried to kill Sonny. Then Ric Lansing came to town and revealed he’s Sonny’s half-brother. Blaming Sonny for Liz’s miscarriage (Faith Roscoe had caused it), Ric kidnapped a pregnant Carly to give the baby to Elizabeth. When Sonny tried to rescue her, he accidentally shot Carly in the head and she fell into a coma after giving birth to Morgan.
When Carly awoke, she was distant towards Sonny and believing his marriage over, he had an affair with Sam McCall. She wound up pregnant, but since Sonny and Carly had reconciled, Sam enlisted Jason to claim to be the babydaddy. Sonny learned he was also the father of Alexis’ daughter, Kristina, and when his and Sam’s daughter was stillborn, her stem cells were used to save Kristina’s life. When Michael was accused of killing A.J. Quartermaine, Sonny confessed to protect him, but was released when the real killer, Dr. Asher Thomas, was revealed. Sonny then began a secret relationship with Emily Quartermaine and learned he suffered from bipolar disorder. Jason didn’t approve of Sonny dating his sister, and when Sonny chose Emily over the business, Jason took over the organization for a time. But fearing for Emily’s safety, Sonny staged a kiss with Carly to convince Emily to leave him.
Sonny convinced Carly to marry him so she couldn’t testify against him shooting Lorenzo Alcazar, and after a hostage crisis at The Metro Court Hotel, he confessed his feelings and they made love. But Carly still divorced him to marry Jax. Sonny reconnected with his first love, Connie Falconeri, now going by the name of Kate Howard. But she rejected his marriage proposal, fearing for her safety. Upset, Sonny slept with Clauda Zacchara. A botched hit on Sonny put Michael in a coma, so he stepped down from the business. Kate agreed to marry Sonny, but was shot at the altar by Claudia’s father, Anthony.
Although he married Claudia to get back into the mob, she and Sonny eventually developed feelings for each other. But when she later took a pregnant Carly hostage, Michael killed Claudia and Sonny again took the rap for his son. Dominic Pirelli, the man Sonny hired to act as a bodyguard for his kids, turned out to be an undercover cop, and after Sonny shot him, he learned that he was also his son, Dante Falconeri! When Sonny went on trial for Claudia’s murder, Michael confessed, and went to prison.
Sonny rekindled things with Brenda, and they were about to be married again when she was kidnapped by The Balkan and he, Jason, and Dante raced to her rescue. Sonny also framed Jax for drug possession to help Carly get custody of their daughter, Josslyn. After Brenda left town, Sonny sabotaged Jax’s plane and he was presumed dead in the subsequent crash. Carly sent Morgan away to military school to keep him away from Sonny.
A rekindled relationship with Kate became complicated when she confessed to having a split personality, Connie, and when Sonny was about to marry Kate, Connie emerged to reveal she was already married to Johnny Zacchara! Sonny managed to get through to Kate and she went away for treatment, returning to break up with him to maintain her sanity. Sonny next became close with Olivia, but she stepped aside when Connie wanted him back. When Connie was murdered, A.J. was the prime suspect, and when he was acquitted, an enraged Sonny shot him dead. Learning that Ava Jerome was the real culprit, he tried to kill her, but she revealed she was pregnant and the baby might be his. He grew closer to Carly again, and when Franco found out about the affair, he told Michael that Sonny had killed his father, A.J.! Arrested and sentenced to life in prison, Sonny put Duke Lavery in charge of his organization with orders to keep the Jeromes out of it.
But when threatened by Luke, Sonny ended up teaming up with Julian Jerome to break out of prison and stop him. After Sonny saved a boatload of people from a bomb on the Haunted Star, one of them was the daughter of the governor, who was so grateful he gave Sonny a full pardon. He also got custody of Avery, his daughter with Ava. Sonny and Carly got engaged, but he was shot on their wedding day and was temporarily paralyzed, so they tied the knot in the hospital chapel.
Sonny continued to fight with Julian, but was ultimately convinced to call off the hit on his rival mobster. Unfortunately, Morgan stole Julian’s car and was killed when it exploded. Sonny was crushed, but later learned that the bomb had actually been planted by Olivia Jerome to kill her brother. The grief nearly tore Sonny and Carly apart, but they ultimately decided against a divorce. An associate of Julian’s tried to kill Sonny, but he survived and killed him in retaliation. Unfortunately, a hallucinating Sam shot Sonny and left him for dead and the ghost of Stone inspired Sonny to fight for his survival.
Sonny was shocked when a man with Jason’s old face showed up and he realized this was the real Jason and the other one was later revealed to be his twin, Drew Cain. When Sonny found out his father needed help again, he brought Mike back to Port Charles, but soon learned he was suffering from Alzheimer’s. He also brought up some elements of Sonny’s original crimes when he first got involved in organized crime with led to the newest district attorney, Margaux Dawson, gunning for Sonny for revenge. Although he tried to care for Mike at home, Sonny ultimately had to accept he needed professional care in a proper facility.
After Lulu was almost murdered, Sonny became determined to bring Dante home from his secret mission to reunite him with the family who need him. But things got complicated when Carly revealed that she was pregnant again, and he worried about her health because the pregnancy was so high-risk. Stay tuned to see how Sonny’s storyline continues, and for more GH news, keep reading the ABC edition of Soaps In Depth magazine!
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