“General Hospital” star Maurice Benard is scheduled to make an appearance next week at Wise Guys Comedy Club in Syracuse, NY. In a recent interview, he said it has been nearly 10 years since he’s visited the Central New York area, but he is excited to meet the fans and talk about his work on the show.
“I so much appreciate the love, it’s almost overwhelming,” Benard said. “I’m excited. I can’t wait.”
Benard has played “Sonny” Corinthos since 1993, a role that garnered him an Emmy award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series in 2003.
“Sonny changed my life,” Benard said. “Before I got on ‘GH’ I was pretty much out of work and needed money. I got this character, who I thought was going to be for six months, and it’s turned out to be almost 20 years. So it means a lot to me.”
Although many daytime soap operas have struggled to remain on the air in recent years, “General Hospital” is the longest running American soap opera currently in production.
“As long as we keep the audience that we have, and they keep supporting us, we’re going to be fine,” Benard said. “And I truly believe that.”
In addition to his outstanding work on television, Benard also passionately supports several charitable causes, including raising awareness and erasing the stigma associated with bipolar disorder, a condition he himself faces in real life.
During his visit to Syracuse, Maurice will be posing for some pictures with fans and answering questions from the audience. Tickets for the event are $120 and include dinner and show (www.wiseguyssyracuse.com).