Current events in Port Charles have some fans afraid that Maurice Benard is leaving GENERAL HOSPITAL! Garvey tried to shoot Sonny, but it was Sam who ultimately left the mobster fighting for his life! Thankfully, while things look dire for Sonny, viewers can take heart that for the time being, Benard is not going anywhere!
After spending three years as ALL MY CHILDREN’s Nico, Benard exploded onto GH in 1993 as Sonny Corinthos and quickly became a fan favorite. Although the character was only supposed to last for six months because Benard wasn’t interested in another long-term contract on a soap, obviously that changed in a big way because, in August, the actor will be celebrating 24 years in Port Charles!
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Benard on stage with his Daytime Emmy Award in 2003. (Photo Credit: Marc Bryan-Brown/WireImage)
During his time on GH, Benard has been nominated seven times for Daytime Emmy Awards, taking home the gold in 2003 for Outstanding Lead Actor. (Interestingly, back in 1997, he submitted for the first and only time in the Supporting Actor category.)
Over the years, Sonny has been at the center of major storylines, but none more popular than his romances. Benard’s chemistry with Vanessa Marcil made Brenda and Sonny into a major supercouple, and the actor has shown sparks with all of the actresses who have played Carly over the years! Oh, and don’t forget about the very popular “bromance” between Benard’s Sonny and Steve Burton’s Jason (which has continued even as Billy Miller took over the role)!
In his lifetime, Sonny has been shot, stabbed, poisoned, strangled, blown up, and more, but the “Teflon Don” has taken a licking and kept on ticking. So even though Sam left him for dead, fans shouldn’t worry this is the last they’ll see of the popular character. In fact, Benard himself took to Instagram to reassure his supporters. “Did someone say Sonny on GH is dying?” the actor joked. “If he does, I’m coming after you.”
Did somebody say Sonny on General Hospital is dying if he does i'm coming after you🔚 A post shared by Maurice Benard (@mauricebenard) on Jul 25, 2017 at 7:35am PDT
Did somebody say Sonny on General Hospital is dying if he does i'm coming after you🔚
A post shared by Maurice Benard (@mauricebenard) on Jul 25, 2017 at 7:35am PDT
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While Sonny will once again survive an attempt on his life, the question remains: How? For the answers to that, you’ll just have to stay tuned to upcoming episodes and see how the story unfolds! (Let’s just say that Sonny’s isn’t the only life that’s in danger!)
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