General Hospital Alum Kimberly McCullough Salutes ‘the Greatest Actor I’ve Ever Worked With’
Castmates come and go but sometimes a few special ones become friends for a lifetime.
Tuesday, March 1, marked the 59th birthday of General Hospital’s Maurice Benard (Sonny) and though his wife took over his Instagram to express her love, one of his former castmates had a special message for him as well.
Kimberly McCullough (ex-Robin) has shared many scenes with Benard over the years and along with posting one from the past, she expressed, “Happy Birthday to the greatest actor I’ve ever worked with.” Thinking back to the times they’ve spent at the ABC studios, she continued, “Who makes everyone around him better every day. I’m so happy you were born,” then closed out her post by sending a big “love you!”
Benard was quick to reply in the comments with his own sentiment, “No one makes me cry more than Kimberly,” and expressed his love to her right back, “I love you too.”
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It’s so nice to see the continued love and respect these two have for each other, and we don’t know about you, but we’d love to see Robin return to Port Charles. Sonny could use a friend right now, given that his life has exploded once again, which in turn has caused his marriage to come crashing down around him, due to his lingering feelings for Nina.
Sonny recently told Nina how much he misses his best friend Stone, and viewers of the ABC soap will never forget the romance between Stone and Robin. Revisit that and many other storylines from McCullough’s General Hospital days in our photo gallery below.
<p>Back in 1985, Kimberly McCullough was just 7 years old when <em>General Hospital</em> cast her as Robin, the precocious daughter of WSB agents Robert Scorpio and Anna Devane. But even as a tyke, there was no denying that the daytime newbie had the makings of a star. “We just started improvising with her” during her screen test, on-screen mom Finola Hughes told MSN TV. “We were throwing things at her, and she was just talking away. Tristan and I were looking at each other over her head, going, ‘This is it!’” And that it was!</p>
<p>After a childhood spent going from one adventure to the next — that’ll happen when one’s parents are basically superheroes — Robin was dealt a terrible blow when both Robert and Anna were “killed” by the nefarious Cesar Faison. Don’t get too worked up, though; they weren’t dead-dead. (Is anyone in Port Charles ever?) In the aftermath of the tragedy, an orphaned Robin was brought up by her Uncle Mac Scorpio, who, as any surrogate father would, balked at the notion of her dating street kid Stone Cates.</p>
<p>What Mac couldn’t have understood at first was that what Robin and Stone felt was no mere crush; they belonged to one another, heart, soul and… ultimately, body. It was that last one that led to untold pain for the couple, as first he tested positive for HIV, then so did she. Though he ultimately succumbed to AIDS, his memory burns as brightly as ever in Robin and everyone whose life he touched — even viewers’. As McCullough put it in 2020, “Telling stories can be a vehicle for enlightenment, and yes, even soap operas can change the world. I believe we did that with the story of Robin and Stone.” (Read <a href="https://soaps.sheknows.com/general-hospital/news/585128/general-hospital-stone-cates-death-anniversary-aids/" target="_blank">McCullough’s memories of the romance’s ending here</a>.)</p>
<p>After losing Stone, Robin thought that she might never feel whole again. But then she began bonding with Jason <span style="text-decoration: line-through">Quartermaine</span> Morgan, who could’ve scarcely told you that that was who he was following a devastating car accident. She found new purpose in being there for him, and he found a safe haven in her. Needless to say, once again to Uncle Mac’s chagrin, the twosome fell deeply in love. And they might still be together today, had she not revealed to his half brother A.J. that he, not Jason, was the father of Carly Benson’s son, Michael.</p>
<p>Years after relocating to Paris, Robin moved back to Port Charles to help save Jason’s life. (What are exes for, right?) Step No. 1: Bring in Dr. Noah Drake’s son, Patrick, a surgeon who was as brilliant as he was patronizing and obnoxious. Despite the fact that he and Robin got along like oil and water, something sparked between them, and before either of them knew it, they were having the kind of palpitations that didn’t require a referral to a cardiologist.</p>
<p>In 2008, despite his past commitmentphobia, Patrick was eager to make Robin his bride. The one hiccup? Crashing their wedding was daughter Emma, who decided that <em>that</em> was the moment that she wanted to be born. A couple of months later — on the day after Christmas, as a matter of fact — the new parents finally managed to exchange vows.</p>
<p>During a rough patch in Scrubs’ marriage, Patrick succumbed to the wiles of fellow doctor Lisa Niles. You can see how well she took it when he tried to end their affair and resume his life already in progress with Robin and their daughter. And <em>this</em> was Lisa on a mellow day!</p>
<p>Following a lab explosion that supposedly blew away Robin — as if — Patrick’s wife turned up in the clutches of Faison, who was posing as the “late” Duke Lavery in order to seduce her mother, the object of his obsession. When his plot failed, instead of reunite with her family, Robin was taken hostage by Jerry Jacks, whose healthcare plan apparently didn’t cover miraculous cures for mystery illnesses.</p>
<p>By the time Robin finally was able to get back to Port Charles and Patrick, he’d extricated himself from a disastrous relationship with Britt Westbourne and gotten all the way to the point of exchanging vows with sweet nurse Sabrina Santiago. It wasn’t a great time for Robin or anyone to say, “May I cut in?” but… ya know, a “dead” girl’s gotta do what a “dead” girl’s gotta do.</p>
<p>In 2016, Robin decided that she and Patrick should do what any sensible couple would after suffering so much trauma in Port Charles: Get the hell out! So that’s exactly what they did, relocating to Berkeley, Calif., and adding to their family another child, a son named after his grandfathers, Noah and Robert. Luckily, Robin still returns now and then to Port Charles for visits; she’s too kindhearted to cut us off cold turkey after all!</p>
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