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Re-Introducing Daytime Emmy Award Winner Maurice Benard (Sonny Corinthos, ‘GH’)

The 46th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards, Maurice Benard, General Hospital
The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences

It’s hard to believe that it took 16 years before “’s” won his second Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series, but it finally happened. With seven nominations overall under his belt, the actor, who has portrayed the iconic Sonny Corinthos on the ABC drama series for nearly 30 years, took home the industry’s top male acting honor during “.”

Maurice Benard, General Hospital, The 46th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards

Receiving the loudest screams of the night, a stunned Benard was at a loss for words. But, as he fought back tears, Benard said, “I really didn’t think I was going to win. Such great competition with Peter, Jon, Billy and Tyler.” He noted, “I don’t have a speech, so I’m just going to wing it. I think the big star here is the Alzheimer’s story. It wasn’t acting. It was just living it because Max [Gail; Mike Corbin] reminded me so much of my father. And Laura [Wright] was incredible, Max, Steve [Burton], Dominic [Zamprogna]…we were just in the story that touches so many people in the world and I didn’t know anything about the story, but it educated me.”

The actor further stated the story, “Showed me that you’ve got to love your parents. You’ve got to love as they get older… don’t just let them go.”

The award was presented by “” co-hosts Nancy O’Dell and .

Benard beat out the likes of (Jack Abbott, “”),  (Stefan DiMera, “”), (Chad DiMera, “Days of our Lives”) and  (Ryan/Kevin Collins, General Hospital”).

You can watch Benard’s win and speech in its entirety by playing the clip below (starts around the 2:41:50 mark)

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