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Maurice Benard to appear in an episode of OWN's 'Oprah: Where Are They Now'

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Sonny Corinthos is caught up in yet another mob war on "General Hospital," but the actor who plays the mob boss with a heart has been fighting another battle in his personal life. Back in 2007, Maurice Benard made an appearance on "The Oprah Winfrey Show" alongside his wife, Paula, in an episode featuring the topic of bi-polar disorder. According to a report by Soaps In Depth on Friday, Oprah will catch up with Benard in an upcoming episode of "Oprah: Where Are They Now?"

The show will track down Benard to get an update on his live today, which is the theme of the popular series. The soap veteran and Emmy winner has been as visible as ever on "General Hospital." Currently caught up in a "who's the daddy" storyline involving Port Charles vixen Ava Jerome (Maura West) and his son Morgan (Bryan Craig), Benard is showing his depth as an actor as the character of Sonny is being taken to new depths of emotion and a new level of drama. Involved with that emotion, is Sonny's battle with bi-polar disorder, an illness Benard shares and a mental illness he has been very outspoken about.

In a rear appearance on a talk show back in 2007, Benard opened up like never before about the illness, sharing his internal battle and the effect bi-polar disorder has had on his family life. Since the show, Benard has continued being a voice for mental disorder and is even starring in the upcoming film, "The Ghost And The Whale," in which he plays the character of Joseph Hawthorne, a bi-polar man whose mysterious past becomes a small town's focus.

Maurice Benard will more than likely be discussing the film, his role on "General Hospital," family life and his continuing outspokenness about mental illness when Oprah Winfrey comes knocking n the door sometime this summer. An actual airdate has not been confirmed. All episodes of "Oprah: Where Are They Now?" air every Sunday at 9 p.m. ET/PT on the OWN television Network.


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