Was diagnosed with Manic Depression when he was 22 years old and to this day is an advocate for the disease.
Has three daughters with wife Paula: Cailey Sophia (b. 18 September 1994), Cassidy Rose (b. 8 April 1999), and Heather, who was adopted in 2008.
Is the Spokesperson for the National Depressive and Manic Depressive Association. Treats his own manic depression with lithium.
Enjoys Martial Arts and Boxing.
He and his wife are major animal lovers with a menagerie of over 30 pets that includes a bulldog named Corleone, 2 cats, snakes, birds, and an aquarium full of exotic fish.
Third child, Joshua James, with wife Paula, born 5 December 2004.
His idol and favorite actor is Al Pacino.
wife Paula is due to give birth to the couples 3rd child and first son at the end of this year [November 2004]
Recently signed on for 4 more years with General Hospital, so he will be there at least till 2008 [November 2004]
Benard and his family live in Temecula, California along with their many pets.
They have four children: Heather Ann (adopted April 20, 2008.
He and his wife adopted his wife's sister's daughter, after her mother's death. His cousin, Marvin Benard, played professional baseball.