‘General Hospital’: How Maurice Benard was ‘Blown Away’ by On-Screen Son Dominic Zamprogna When He Started

General Hospital star Maurice Benard is one of the most popular veteran daytime soap opera actors in the genre. A new project of his that is releasing soon will unveil more about his history as a soap star and included anecdotes about his co-stars, such as his on-screen son, Dominic Zamprogna.

Dominic Zamprogna (Dante) and Maurice Benard (Sonny) on 'General Hospital' in 2020
Dominic Zamprogna (Dante) and Maurice Benard (Sonny) on ‘General Hospital’ in 2020 | Rick Rowell/Walt Disney Television via Getty Images

How Dante Falconeri was introduced on ‘General Hospital’

Dante was first introduced as a cop named Dominic Pirelli who was investigating Sonny. He was later revealed as Sonny’s son. His mother is Olivia Falconeri.

Outside of his relationship with Sonny, his other storylines have included his romance with Lulu Spencer, who he later married.

He also had relationships with Brook Lynn Ashton and Sonny’s former lover, Brenda Barrett. Lulu and Dante have one child, Rocco Falconeri.

Rocco was carried by Britt Westbourne, who stole their embryo and passed off the baby as her child with Patrick Drake. Dante and Lulu are now divorced.

Benard talks about Zamprogna in his upcoming memoir

Benard has slowly been revealing details about his memoir, Nothing General About It, which will be released later this year. In this instance, Benard talked about Zamprogna’s audition and how he was blown away by the actor’s presence and performance.

Benard wrote, “NOTHING GENERAL ABOUT. DOM. Dom came in to audition for @generalhospitalabc. When he left the room there was no doubt he got the role as Sonny’s son. We were blown away!!! #son #family #actor #nothinggeneralaboutit #mentalhealth #bookstagram #harpercollins.”

The character of Dante is currently off the General Hospital canvas. Zamprogna last appeared regularly as the character in June 2018. He appeared in one single episode in November 2018. Last year, he also had a stint from March 15 to March 29.

General Hospital airs weekdays on ABC.