Flash From The Past

ABC Soaps In Depth - - Up-Close & Personal -

James DePaiva (Dr. Ben­sch) may be new to GH, but the day­time vet and Mau­rice Be­nard (Sonny) go back to when they played OLTL’s Max and ALL MY CHIL­DREN’s Nico, re­spec­tively, 30 years ago. In fact, the ac­tors of­ten made pub­lic ap­pear­ances to­gether and even shared a near death ex­pe­ri­ence — or at least, what they thought was one! “Ev­ery week­end, we were on a plane go­ing some­where,” DePaiva re­calls, adding that in this one par­tic­u­lar in­stance, “Mau­rice and I were in the front row of the air­plane, and it was a rough day in New Jersey. We pull out of Ne­wark, the plane gets about 300 feet off the ground… and light­ning strikes the nose! The door, all the way around, lights up in the flame.” This was back be­fore Be­nard’s fear of fly­ing had formed, but he and DePaiva were un­der­stand­ably pretty freaked out! “We were both con­vinced a bomb had gone off,” DePaiva dead­pans. “‘Please, dear God, turn around!’ But we kept go­ing.” Thank­fully, ev­ery­one sur­vived the scare!

DePaiva and Be­nard were struck by light­en­ing.

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