Birth Name: Maurice Benard
Born Mauricio Jose Morales on March 1, 1963 to parents Humberto, a Nicaraguan-born bakery superintendent, and Martha, a bank employee from El Salvador, the younger of two boys grew up in Martinez, CA - a town 40 miles from San Francisco. Following a failed attempt at modeling, Bernard - who took his surname from a favorite aunt - grew interested in acting, appearing in local plays and working with a voice coach. After landing a national Ford commercial, the aspiring actor flew to NYC to audition for a part on the hit ABC soap, "All My Children (1970- ).
Although Benard did not land the role he had tried out for, producers were so impressed with the actor's handsome Latin looks and intense ... Continue Bio >>
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