In his State of Mind YouTube series, GENERAL HOSPITAL star Maurice Benard (Sonny) delves into some very, very serious topics such as anxiety, depression, and mental illness. But at the very end of his conversation with co-star John J. York (Mac) in a recent episode, Benard lightened the mood by asking his guest what it was like being on the cover of Playgirl Magazine!
“I don’t even remember,” York chuckled. “But I just saw that. My brother just sent me that from Minnesota. They googled it! I don’t even know how I got asked to do that! Was that from GH years or WEREWOLF years?”
Benard then pointed out that it had nothing to do with York’s primetime supernatural series that aired on FOX from 1987-88 because the cover touted multiple soap actors. And while the May 1994 cover story included photos and mini-interviews with stars like Ian Buchanan (ex-Duke, GH; ex-James, THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL), Steve Burton (ex-Jason, GH), and John Callahan (Edmund, ALL MY CHILDREN), it was York who was gracing the cover!
“I was not naked,” York insisted. “But I did have that button unbuttoned, you know, and you pull down just a bit. [My wife,] Vicki got awful mad at that. She was like, ‘Why did you unbutton your button?’” The actor then laughed and showed off the interior photo from the magazine that he’d just pulled up on his phone to show off how his jeans were unbuttoned and pulled down just a bit!
When Benard asked if that was really him in the photos, York joked: “They put my face over Antonio Sabato’s (ex-Jagger) body.” But while he may laugh at the idea that he was considered a soap hunk worthy of being on the cover of Playgirl, plenty of GH fans would argue that he totally deserved the honor!
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