“You are sweet, you are joy, you are love and most importantly, you are our life.”
Just take a look at the social networks of Maurice Benard and it is clear that the general hospital star overflows with love for her children. And with three daughters and a son, Sonny’s portrait painter has plenty of love to give!
On this special day, however, we celebrate the actor’s youngest daughter, Cassidy, as she was born 23 years ago on April 18, 1999. Compassionate and caring, she loves animals just like her father, and that’s not It’s not hard to see why the two get along so well – even when he serenades her in one-sided “duets”!
As good as it gets
In 2013, the proud dad shared a photo of Cassidy, then 13, and Joshua, 8, on what looked like a beautiful sunny day. “My youngest daughter,” he wrote, “and my boy and the old man. Nothing better.” I can’t argue with that logic of love.
Vacation in Las Vegas
Benard headed for some R&R with the family after what feels like a cold shoot and was able to spend some quality time with his youngest daughter. “Much more comfortable in the water in Vegas than in the freezing ocean of the Bodega Bay filming The ghost and the whale,” he shared.
The luckiest man in the world
Benard said it all for this 2014 family photo on Father’s Day. “I love my family,” he wrote. “I don’t know what I would do without their support. I think every dad is a lucky man. Happy Father’s Day.”
Cassidy and her sister Heather joined Benard and Chad Duell (Michael) for Jurassic Park: The Ride at Universal Studios. Well, looks like the boys had more fun than the ladies! “Sonny and Michael take a trip to the wild side,” Cassidy’s dad wrote as she kept her eyes closed for the dip!
A solo duo
Dad took some time to film a video of himself “singing with my little girl, Cassidy. Or should I say, trying!” She wasn’t taking the bait and participating in his rendition of “Cover of the Rolling Stone.” Although even Cassidy couldn’t keep a straight face while her father sang the melody!
Rather than a birthday cake, it looks like Cassidy received an utterly delicious fruit arrangement for her birthday. “So happy to be spending time with my family and my beautiful daughter on her 17th birthday,” Benard wrote.
Dad once again spent time with his two youngest at Beacon’s Beach. They were a little bigger than where we had first met them three years earlier, but still her babies. “I love spending time with my family,” he wrote.
This time it was Cassidy who shared a post on Instagram, while her touched dad shared it. “I love you daddy,” she wrote, showing off a plush fair prize with her pop!
So happy together
This photo from 2016 is our book winner for giving us something a little different from the smiley, glam glitz of Instagram! “Me and my daughter are just happy together,” he joked as they gave their best giggles for the camera.
So happy together: take two
OK, OK, back to some genuine joy as Cassidy joins her sisters, Heather and Cailey, for a photo after spending the day in the happiest place on earth! “Another successful day at Disneyland,” Benard wrote.
Portrait of a family
This family photo practically approached high art as the kids enjoyed “a day at work with their daddy by Momma Paula.” Between Benard relaxing in his priestly robe, Joshua playing, and Cassidy scrolling through the phone, we were getting artistic Renaissance vibes here!
Eat your heart, Charlie
Just before New Years 2018, Benard introduced us to his “angels” in a series of posts. “Spending time with Maurice’s angels,” writes Benard. “She’s my youngest daughter, Cassidy.” It’s not yet known how many crimes they’ve stopped, but if they look like general hospital actor, we guess they can definitely handle themselves!
two for one
Don’t worry, you haven’t been fooled, you really see two pictures! It’s not every day that you move into a new home, so why not take as many pictures as possible? “Double vision,” Dad wrote, “me and my baby girl in our new home.”
Light in the Darkness
In 2018, Benard lost his beloved puppy Cain just before Cassidy’s birthday. The timing could have ruined the day, but instead, the actor’s love for his daughter carried him through. “What a difference a day makes,” he wrote. “If my dog Cain was a home run, my baby girl Cassidy is a grand slam.”
Cassidy joined much of the family – little brother Joshua, mom Paula and Benard – for the general hospital Christmas. And the actor’s “familia” was, indeed, “very elegant” at the shindig!
thank you, thank you very much
When the family took a trip to Graceland, Benard couldn’t help but see some parallels between himself, his daughter, and the king! “Elvis Presley had his daughter, Lisa Marie,” he wrote. “I’m with my daughter, Cassidy Rose, hanging out in her TV room.” We definitely see the similarities!
Benard celebrated Memorial Day in 2019 with Cassidy and her beau. “Anthony, I heard what it takes to go through Boot Camp and you did it with flying colors,” he shared. “The love you and my daughter Cassidy have is beautiful to watch.” And it’s obvious just by seeing how these two look at each other.
Benard couldn’t have been more proud and full of love on his daughter’s 21st birthday. Not just for the woman she has become, but also for the good she is doing in the world. “My baby girl is truly a miniature Paula,” he shared. “Your beauty is undeniable, your heart is immeasurable. I don’t even know if you know how much love I have for you.
A Pomeranian in a bow tie?! Or is it a scarf? Anyway, does it get any cuter?? “I call this picture (Pure Joy),” Benard wrote of the actor’s pup and “beautiful daughter.” And seeing the smile on Cassidy’s face, it’s not hard to see why!
Cassidy continued the tradition of animal love for last year’s birthday. “There is nothing I love more than seeing my son Joshua and his sister Cassidy at the zoo celebrating his birthday,” the happy dad wrote. “It melts my heart.” Same!
A solo duet, take two
What better way to embarrass your children than Disneyland? “What are you…” Cassidy asked, watching her father out of the corner of her eye as he started to sing without a word. The Mickey Mouse Club song. “One thing she loves is when I sing her Disney songs,” Benard joked. “I’m really good at knowing all the words.” Clearly!
The best aunt in the world
Cassidy helped her niece get a little closer to the tiger action at the zoo in March when Benard was “hanging out with my girls!” Admittedly, one thing we haven’t seen are tigers, but that Aunt Cassidy plants kiss on little Tiana’s cheek at the end is one of the sweetest things we’ve ever seen. to have seen!
Check out our newly expanded photo gallery of the stars of the day and their real kids!