Maurice Benard

  1. Leigh McCloskey, General Hospital, TV, 1993-1996.    The Californian was offered the choice of two roles in ABC’s medical soap: mob boss Michael “Sonny” Corinthos or amobsters son,  Damian Smith.  Benard voted Sonny, a six-month gig, while Smith meant a three year contract. Hah! Sonny was still there in 2018 – after 25 years (including one year off), 2,324 episodes, five Emmy nods and one win.

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