Maurice Benard Signs New Contract with ‘General Hospital’


In a Twitter posting just after midnight on Tuesday, December 4 (on the east coast),  revealed that he signed a new contract with ABC’s “,” which will keep him in the role of Sonny Corinthos for the foreseeable future. In his posting the actor said, “I just signed my contract for ‘.’ It makes me feel good that I’m not leaving my family.”

Co-star  (Alexis Davis) responded to Benard’s tweet where she said jokingly, ” I believe its in ur contract that u must do whatever I say (in fine print which I know u didnt read).”

Benard joined the cast of “GH” in August 1993. After briefly departing the series in December 1998 to pursue other endeavors, Benard returned in 1999. He won the Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series in 2003 for his portrayal of the mafioso.

In 2013, Benard will celebrate 50 years of life exactly one month before the daytime soap (March 1 vs April 1).

  • GHsoap

    I’m so pleased! He’s been my GH favorite since 1993 and loved him on AMC. I have enormous respect for his decisions to publicly address his battle with bi-polar disorder and encourage others with the illness.

  • SonnySucksSweatSocks

    I’m pissed. He’s horrible, and largely responsible for the atrocious shape GH was in until Cartini rescued the show.

  • wtg maurice ! im glad you are staying on general hospital. now i hope they keep lucy coe around!

  • Bobby Higgins

    i want maurice barnard fired from general hospital he is a mobb boss out of port charles