Maurice Benard is a famous American actor. He is most renowned for appearing as Michael “Sonny” Corinthos Jr. in the ABC’s network television series, ‘General Hospital.’ Continue reading to find the net worth of Maurice Benard as of 2019.
Early Life & Biography:
Maurice Benard (Mauricio Jose Morales) was born on 1st March 1963 in Martinez, California, the US. Maurice’s mother, Martha was a banker and his father, Humberto Morales was a superintendent of a bakery. Maurice Bernard’s ethnicity includes Salvadorian and Nicaraguan. Maurice Benard was brought up in San Francisco, California.
On 11th August 1990, Maurice Benard and Paula Smith got married, and they have four children. They are Cailey Sofia (b. 18th September 1994), Cassidy Rose (b. 18th April 1999), Joshua James (b. 5th December 2004) and Heather Ann (adopted 20th April 2008). After Paula’s sister passed away, the couple adopted her daughter. Maurice’s cousin, Marvin Benard was a professional baseball player.
Career, Awards & Nominations:
Maurice Benard began his career as an actor. He played the role of Nico on the daytime soap opera ‘All My Children’ (1987-1990). During the 1990s, Maurice Benard made several guest appearances on various television series including ‘Dark Justice,’ ‘DEA’ and ‘Stat.’ These roles led Maurice Benard to play Jerry Jacks in ABC’s daytime soap opera ‘General Hospital’ (1993). Maurice Benard appeared in over 1600 episodes of the same show.
At age 22, Maurice Benard discovered he has Bipolar Disorder, a mental illness. He encouraged writers to create his own character called Sonny Corinthos who also has Bipolar Disorder. Like Maurice, Sonny Corinthos faces real-life time dilemmas and other struggles due to Bipolar Disorder. Maurice Benard enacted Sonny Corinthos in 2 episodes of ‘Port Charles’ and in 1 episode of ‘General Hospital: Night Shift.’
Maurice Benard enacted Desi Arnaz in CBS’s television movie ‘Lucy & Desi: Before the Laughter’ (1991). Other notable movies include ‘Crystal Clear,’ ‘Mi Vida Loca,’ ‘Restraining Order,’ ‘Ruby,’ ‘The Ghost and the Whale,’ ‘The Penny’ and ‘To Face Her Past.’ Maurice and his wife, Paula first produced the independent movie ‘The Ghost and the Whale’.
Maurice Benard got nominated for many Daytime Emmy awards. Maurice Benard won the Outstanding Lead Actor (2003). Also, Maurice Benard won three Soap Opera Digest Awards for Outstanding Lead Actor (1996, 2003, and 2005).
Net Worth & Earnings:
The net worth of Maurice Benard is $3 million. Most of Maurice Benard’s fortune and fame comes from his successful acting career since the 1990s. Maurice Benard has earned per episode (total 1600 episodes) playing the role of Jerry Jacks in ‘General Hospital.’ In addition to his earned income, Maurice Benard has won several prestigious awards.
Another famous character Maurice Benard has played is Sonny Corinthos who like him suffers from Bipolar Disorder. Maurice Benard has enacted in several movies and the wealth acquired has added to his net worth. He and his wife Paula also served as the executive producers of the independent movie ‘‘The Ghost and the Whale’.
Since Maurice Benard was diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder (Manic Depression), he has been an active spokesperson for the treatment of Bipolar Disorder with Mental Health America.