Sharing the Cutest Video You’ll See This Week, General Hospital’s Maurice Benard Celebrates His Grandbaby’s Second Birthday: ‘I So Wish I Could Tell You This Beautiful Little Girl’s Story’
The actor’s even more of a family man than Sonny!
If there’s one thing that can be said about General Hospital‘s Maurice Benard, it’s that he absolutely adores his grandchildren. He’s rocked out with granddaughter Eloise to Ghostbusters and swept little grandbaby TT right off her feet. So for granddaughter TT’s second birthday, Benard shared a very special — and very adorable — post to his Instagram.
“I can’t believe it is TT’s second birthday,” Benard wrote of daughter Cailey’s little one. “I so wish I could tell you this beautiful little girl’s story!!! But it really isn’t my story to tell, but I promise you one day you will learn how we had the privilege to have her in our lives.”
We’re sure it’s a story we’d love to hear, especially after getting to know TT a bit more. In the video that he shared, Benard explains a few important life lessons to her about goats, cleanliness and Sesame Street, and his granddaughter’s expressions are nothing short of hilarious.
“I’m sorry that I had to take you from the goats,” the actor gently tells little TT as she’s swaddled next to him as she resolutely refuses to look at him, “but you were touching the water, and you’re not supposed to touch the water, OK? So that’s why I gave you a shower, and now you’re in this blanket.”
TT glances up at him, looking thoroughly unimpressed with that explanation.
“So you can watch TV, but you can’t go to the goats, OK?” She looks up at him in exasperation and Benard can’t help but roll his eyes in imitation. “Is that OK? Or are you still mad at me?”
TT responds with what sounds like she understood that she can’t go to the water. The actor confirms that she’s right before asking if she wants to watch Sesame Street.
“Because you’re not going to the goats,” he tells her firmly. And that gets the cutest little hoot of disappointment, followed by a few sniffles. “OK,” Benard nodded, “thank you.”
Check the whole amusingly adorable exchange below!
Does it really get any better than babies, goats and Sesame Street? We think not. Happy birthday, TT!
Check out the gallery below to see how General Hospital‘s Sonny went from mobster to family man!
<p>When Maurice Benard made his<em> General Hospital</em> debut in 1993, Sonny Corinthos wasn’t yet the underworld overlord that he is today. He was but a low-level flunky of big kahuna Frank Smith’s, the proprietor of a strip club where he enticed underage Karen Wexler onto his stage and into his bed.</p>
<p>As Sonny became more of a mover and a shaker in the Mob, he became the target of not just rival mafiosos but Cupid: When the cherub took aim, the smooth criminal fell hard for Karen’s former high-school classmate Brenda Barrett. If only she hadn’t gone and worn that wire on him…</p>
<p>Over the years, Sonny suffered one loss (wife Lily Rivera and their unborn child) after another (ward Stone Cates). But after brain damage turned would-be doctor Jason Quartermaine into hired gun Jason “Stone Cold” Morgan, the racketeer finally got a BF whom he could call a BFF.</p>
<p>Determined to keep Brenda from renewing her vows with Aussie interloper Jasper “Jax” Jacks, Sonny attended the couple’s ceremony with a surprise guest: the groom’s “late” wife, Miranda. As you can see, Brenda was extremely displeased to have her seating chart thrown into disarray.</p>
<p>After Sonny won Brenda back — only to leave her at the altar for her safety’s sake! — he got involved with her lookalike, Hannah Scott. Upon learning that his new honey was a federal agent, not a waitress, he wound up having hate sex with Jason’s ticked-off lover, Carly Benson (then Sarah Brown).</p>
<p>After Sonny and Carly married to ensure that she couldn’t be compelled to testify against him, they wound up developing real feelings for one another. But when she tried to “help” him leave the Mob, he showed her the door and knocked up his attorney, Alexis Davis.</p>
<p>As time went on, Sonny and Carly (then Tamara Braun) broke up and made up like clockwork. All the while, he was beset by threats ranging from half brother Ric Lansing to the Alcazar twins, Luis and Lorenzo. Somewhere in there, Port Charles’ Don Corleone also found time to have affairs with Sam McCall and Emily Quartermaine and discover that he had bipolar disorder.</p>
<p>Sonny thought that he’d managed to leave “the business” in order to start a new life with lost love Kate Howard — until the bride was shot on their wedding day. Reeling, he married back into the Mob by taking as his bride Mafia princess Claudia Zacchara (yep, Brown again).</p>
<p>After stealing away son Micheal from biological father A.J. Quartermaine, and having kids with Carly (Morgan) and Alexis (Kristina), Sonny discovered that he also had a grown child… only <em>after</em> he had shot in cold blood Dante Falconeri, the undercover cop who’d been trying to bring him to justice.</p>
<p>When Brenda returned to Port Charles, Sonny finally managed to put a ring on it — only for her to bail on their new marriage in order to protect newfound son Alec from a stepfather who was so unscrupulous, he’d frame Jax in order to ensure that Carly got custody of their daughter, Josslyn.</p>
<p>Following Brenda’s hasty retreat, Sonny reconnected once again with Kate, who turned out to be suffering from multiple-personality disorder. And to put it mildly, her alternate personality — Connie Falconeri — was <em>not</em> a fan of his. So on their wedding day, she revealed that she was already hitched to Johnny Zacchara. Bazinga!</p>
<p>When Sonny caught A.J. throttling Ava Jerome, he permanently “removed” the longtime thorn in his side, unaware that Michael’s dad had just cause to wring the Mafia donna’s neck: She was framing him for Connie’s murder. In the aftermath, Sonny cheated on new squeeze Olivia Falconeri — you know, Dante’s mother — with Ava, who just happened to <em>also</em> be shtupping his son, Morgan.</p>
<p>Though Carly (now Laura Wright) became engaged to reformed serial killer Franco Baldwin, she threw caution to the wind and strayed with her ex, Sonny. In retaliation, Franco got her made man on the side sent up the river for life for A.J.’s murder. Of course, “for life” really turned out be more like “for a few months.”</p>
<p>Nelle Benson hit Port Charles with an axe to grind — preferably in Carly’s back. So she pretended that she and Sonny had slept together, then handed off her son with Michael to Brad Cooper to raise in place of <em>his</em> short-lived baby. Honestly, she was lucky that <em>this</em> was the kind of “hit” that was taken out on her.</p>
<p>As Alzheimer’s disease took an ever greater toll on Sonny’s estranged father, Mike, the two of them were finally able to make peace with their past. In the end, if they were left with one regret, it was that they hadn’t taken better advantage of the time that they had while they’d had it.</p>
<p>As they are wont to do, Sonny and Carly remarried (again and again) and did their best to keep any more of their children from meeting as untimely a demise as Morgan had. But the fates refused to leave them alone for long. So after Sonny tried to neutralize the threat posed by new Big Bad Cyrus Renault, he was left to struggle to remember who he even <em>was</em> after an amnesia-inducing tumble from a bridge.</p>
<p>Though Nina Reeves discovered that Sonny had only lost his memory, not his life — as Carly & Co. believed — Nelle’s vengeful mom kept that little tidbit of information to herself and accidentally wound up falling for “Mike,” the Mr. Nice Guy that the gangster could’ve been if his life had gone down a different path.</p>
<p>The fit really hit the shan when Sonny finally made his way back to his family. But after the dust settled, as much as it ever does in Port Charles, Jason was in the grave, Nina was on “Mike’s” arm, and Carly and Michael were <em>pissed</em>. How pissed were they?</p>
<p>Michael hired Dex Heller to infiltrate Sonny’s “business” so that he could do what the Port Charles PD had never been able to and bring down the godfather’s criminal empire once and for all. Considering how Sonny felt about betrayal, it was a good thing that Dex looked so hot hung from a meat hook.</p>
<p>Carly expressed her disapproval of Sonny’s new relationship by withholding from her nemesis the fact that Willow Tait was Nelle’s sister and, therefore, Nina’s daughter. Which saved Willow from the upset of learning that she was the offspring of a woman she didn’t like any more than Carly did, sure… but it also damn near kept her from getting the bone marrow that she desperately needed from a blood relative.</p>
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