Steve Burton, A Biography

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“A Young Steve Burton”

Jack Stephen Burton was born in Indianapolis Indiana on June 28, 1970.  He was the only child of Tory Burton and Jack Burton.  The two divorced and Steve lived with his mother who was an optician. They lived in Cleveland and Chicago while he was growing up.   When he was 16 he went to visit his father in Beverly Hills California and ended up staying there.  He graduated from Beverly Hills High in 1988.  Urged on by his father, he decided to pursue a career in acting.

Steve trained as an actor with Jon Cedar at the Theater-Theater in Hollywood.

Acting as a surfer boy in the sitcom Out of This World was Steve’s break into the business.  Steve was on the cover and posed for a photo shoot in Playgirl in 1995 (he was not nude).

Steve also appeared in the soap Days of Our Lives.  In addition to  working in General Hospital he was at the same time an original cast member of its spin-off General Hospital: Night Shift.

Other credits for Steve are his film roles in The Last Castle, The Manhattan Project, and The Cyber Tracker.  He appeared in Taken a sci-fi miniseries.  He was the voice of the character Cloud Strife in quite a few Square Enix products such as the Kingdom Hearts series and Advent Children.

Steve portrayed Jason Morgan in General Hospital from 1991 to 2000 and again from 2002 until 2012.  He announced his departure this year after 21 years on the show,    He has received several awards including a Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actor, Outstanding Younger Lead Actor, and Hottest Male Star.

Steve was on High Stakes Poker during its third season.  He donated his winnings to his fan club so they could build a clubhouse.

Stand-up comedy is also one of Steve’s talents and for this he sometimes uses his Jason Morgan character as the target of his jokes.

Port Chuck is the name of a band Steve formed with Scott Reeves, Bradford Anderson and Brandon Barash, fellow co-stars from General Hospital.  He will continue to perform with the group after he leaves General Hospital.

Steve Burton and his wife Sheree Gustin were married in January 1999.  They have two children.  Their daughter Makena Grace was born in 2003 and their son Jack Marshall was born in 2006.

The Burtons have purchased an old farmhouse in Tennessee on 17 acres where they plan to live and raise their children.  Steve will join them  after he departs General Hospital.  He does not think L.A. is the right place to raise their children.

Steve is already involved in a craft beer bar called the Beer Market in Chicago.  This is doing very well and plans are in the works for another establishment in Chicago, two in Pittsburgh and two in Cleveland within the next 2 years.  There is also a gourmet pizza bar in Studio City (California) known as the Crust which is doing great too.

Steve Burton portraying Jason Morgan will be sorely missed as a mainstay on General Hospital.  We wish him much success in the future.  Will he ever return to General Hospital?

Comments

  1. Jill ed says:

    I predict he will return to GH just not sure when. It is his signature role and like Anthony Geary and Finola Hughes he should keep coming back.

    • Susan says:

      I sure hope he comes back, We, the people who have watched ABC soaps all of these years have already lost enough, Please, not Jason too :(

      • S Oswald says:

        All GH fans will def miss Steve. I have been watching soaps for over 30 years. It’s a shame when the networks have to end a soap. Hope Steve and his family have a great life on the farm. He deserves to be happy but all of the women r sad to see him go . You will always be a part of history !! Hope to see him on any show for a guest appearance that would be nice. Enjoy Steve you surely deserve it !!!!! : )

    • laura says:

      I wil quit watching,everyone else on the show is lame ,except,Robin and Patrick.

    • Darlene says:

      i just want to personally thank jason aka steve for his years of outstanding acting..he is truly amazing…. I pray you find health and happiness with your family forever,….ty Steve…you are DEARLY MISSED
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  2. Sonya Vasquez says:

    Wow. Can’t believe you’re leaving the show Steve Burton!!! Although I’ve been watching General Hospital since I was 10 /. 1977. U are the only reason I’ve stayed watching … U will be missed

    • louise christman says:

      I am so sorry to hear that you are leaving General what can we do to change your mind. It just will not be the same without you. Please stay, and make all your fans so happy. No Jason no General Hospital.

  3. Cindy says:

    I have love Jason (Steve) since he started on GH. He will be missed. No one else could take his place. I hate to see you leave. But I understand your kids are only young once. Enjoy your life. I will miss you.

  4. Bette says:

    I wish Steve only the best I hope he enjoys being with his family I know GH takes a lot of his time but he will be missed beyond his imagination

  5. Roseanne says:

    Is Steve giving up, acting, or is he in process of working on something with franco? Also, i really dont think that General Hospital will be the same w/o him, he is the lanscape of the show, and will be very hard to replace, he will be missed by all women out there. He has a special spark, and evolved the roll of jason morgan, like no body could.

  6. Nancy says:

    I sure am going to miss him! Can’t imagine GH w/o him. It sure won’t be the same and I really hate it. I hope Steve returns :(

  7. donna gargano says:

    G.H. won’t be the same without Jason…he will be missed Hope he makes visits back! Loved watching this young man grow up on this show!

  8. Karen says:

    He will be sorely missed by me I loved his Jason role he really made me stay in tune with GH…from the beginning I knew he would become a success. I will miss seeing his oh so sexy eyes and body on daytime TV!!! They will bring back another heart throb to take our minds off of him…I will miss you Jack Stephen Burton!

  9. Vonda shields says:

    Jason will be missed, he is the only reason I watch general hospital

  10. Debra Olynyk says:

    I have tuned in with GH for years Jason was my love he will be missed I loved his role he had such a sexy side to him and such a soft side I know all of you saw his eyes teared up when him and Sam got married and when she got raped , I know you all saw GH today 10/19/2012 it was a HEART BRAKER to see Jason go out like that Stever its So sad to see you go but good luck and enjoy family you will be missed .lots of luck

  11. Valerie says:

    You will be missed sorry no other can play this role for me. I will miss that handsome face and your awesome role as Jason god bless you.

  12. Wendy Rainey says:

    Steve Burton is the main reason I’ve watched GH for years. All of his story lines have been so good. I know he has another life outside GH but I’m really sad to see him go. Best of luck to you, Steve.

  13. Susan Swinney says:

    Don’t think I can watch GH without Jason. I have seen many come and go even die but there will only be one Jason Morgan. At least you are moving to my part of the country….Tennessee. Good luck.

  14. Cindy says:

    Your fans will miss you very much! And your handsome smiling face!

  15. Bessie Hollie says:

    I will hate to see Jason go. I will not be watching much of Gh any more cause Jason will not be on it. Why do you have to kill a actor from the show, why can’t you make like he has gone on a unlimited vacation? Please Steve Burton, you will be missed from all your fan that tune in to GH just to see you. I am one of them. To me no Jason nor GH.

    • Sue Martinelli says:

      I hate to see so many people say they will no longer watch the show. I know Steve must not want that to happen. Lets keep the show going as long as possible, so that if Mr. Burgon ever decides to come home to the show… it will be there for him. Meantime, let Jason live and like Lucky or AJ the original can always replace the replacement. God Bless everyone involved.

  16. vicky says:

    Best of luck to you steve you will be missed lol long time gh fan

  17. Karen says:

    I love Jason in GH will not be the same with him goin. Why does he have to be killed why does he have to go? He is the show. Everyone will miss him he so handsome and the show will never be the same.

  18. Christina says:

    I will miss you Steve Burton. You are my favorite character. The show won’t be the same without you:(

  19. Jennifer says:

    I will sure miss you, The show will not be the same without. I have watched you since day 1. You are amazing…. <3

  20. BERT says:

    BROKE MY HEART TO SEE MY LEAVE GH. I PRAY THEY WRITE HIM BACK IN. WHAT IS SUNNY GOING TO DO WITH OUT JASON, AND SAM WITH THE BABY HE STILL DOESN’T KNOW IT’S HIS SON.

  21. Douglas says:

    So sorry to see u go, GH will not be the same without you. God bless you & your family, love to you all!

  22. Lisa says:

    You will be missed on daytime, but I applaud you and your wife’s choice to raise your children here in the mountains!
    Many Blessings to you and your family!

  23. Jen K says:

    I am saddened to to hear he is leaving. I love his character and it just won’t be the same without him. I hope they don’t give a different actor his role, that just doesn’t work. I don’t like the recent Carly and the replacement lucky and the fill in for Maxie was awful.

  24. Rane says:

    I honestly cannot believe this…it’s heartbreaking that he’s leaving, one of the only reasons that I watch the show is the wonderful chemistry between Jason and Sam. I am seriously thinking about stopping while I’m ahead, don’t want to see Steve leave the show and watch Sam’s heart break because he’s gone just after they got back together and with their son…just can’t believe it. All my daytime shows are going to hail in a hand-basket and I’m thinking I’ll have to find a new past time. The best to Steve, hope to see him back though.

  25. Suzanne taravella says:

    I have watched the show now for about 30 years and you are my favorite character to date good luck and hope to see you back soon :(

  26. Linda says:

    I will truely miss not seeing you on GH. It will not be the same.
    I understand about having a family, and not wanting to raise children here in L.A.
    Good luck to you and your family, I only wish you the best.
    We will miss you !!

  27. Wilma says:

    So sad……….I just hope they don’t kill him off. At least that way one day he may return to the roll. I love Jason Morgan’s part in the soap. It will never be the same. I have watched him grow from a boy into an awesome man. Good luck Steve in what ever you do.

  28. Susan says:

    I’ve loved Jason, and am so thankful that Steve gave 21 years to the show. However, his kids, according to this article, are 6 and 9. Kudos to Steve for choosing family over work and understanding that these years will be the most important in his children’s lives. Steve – you will be REALLY missed. But now you are doing the Best job in the world – DAD. Congrats! (And hope to see you back for cameos…. soon….)

  29. Viv says:

    Jason will be back, mark my words. In the world of soaps, one never dies.

  30. Sharon says:

    Blessings and hugs and thanks for sharing yourself with us. I wish you well … And I wish you love and laughter every day!

  31. Alicia says:

    This character I will miss so much. I loved him and Sam together. Always wondered why couldn’t they ever have happiness and now we’ll never know.. I will miss you Steve Burton but understand sometimes it’s just best to go when you’re on top. You will be sorely missed!!!!!

  32. Anne says:

    I will miss Jason very much. Ive watched him since he started the show. I dont see him coming back because he has really worked alot on this show. And GH will probably gone next year sometime..But I do hope they can keep this show going..

  33. Lauren says:

    GH will suffer a great loss with the departure of Steve Burton. His character, his acting and his beautiful self will be sorely missed after all of these years. I respect his decision to leave to spend time with his wife, daughter and son in the farm house I am sure is fabulous beyond words.. I hope he fulfills his dreams, continues with Port Chuck and finds time to revisit GH from time to time.. God bless you Steven Burton, you will be loved and missed more than words can say..Your fan base is huge as is your heart. Best of luck to you and your family.. You will never be forgotten and your happiness is most important. Take care and live your life to the fullest… I am a huge fan.. Love you.. God Bless.. : )

  34. Mary says:

    Steve your move sounds like a wonderful opportunity for your family,great decision. You will be missed ,i have watched since 1978. But its better we miss you than your kids. Good luck !

  35. Shanta Washington says:

    I love me some Jason (Steve) Im selfish thats why I need for u!!! to c ome back there is no GH without u

  36. mary says:

    i am going to miss jason a lot i thoughtfor sure he would change his mind now that sam and danny and him are together. i still don’t think he is dead maybe sooner or later he will be back hopefully sooner.

  37. joy meyers says:

    I know Steve will be back to GH or they wouldn’t of kill Jason off like that Jason Morgan in portent to show well Steve come back to GH soon you help make the show you are loved by all your fan of GH

  38. Brenda says:

    This week has been so hard for me to watch GH. Tears have flowed every day. I hope you come back and do at least guest spots as Jason. That will at least give us our “Jason” fix! I envy you your farm in Tn….that is our dream in NC! Enjoy your new and well deserved life.

  39. Dgonzalez says:

    So, sad that you are leaving the soap. I have watched you on GH from day one, and even met you when you visited our town. You are a great actor and you are going to be truly missed as Jason Morgan and as Steve Burton. May God Bless you and your family in all you do. :)

  40. jana says:

    So sad he is gone from the show it just won’t be thw same without him and if sonny or carly ever leave it really won’t be the same but I wish him and his family the best maybethey will put the soap on dvd then we can have steve burton aka jason morgan in our homes forever no one can ever take his place

  41. Francie S. West says:

    Steve, (Jason) I sure hope you change your mind and stay on GH. Your my favorite person . Ive been watching GH for 32 yrs ever since i was young my mom would watch all of channel 7 soapies and got me hooked on as i got older *high school* you have to come back, sam is back and now your baby boy. all my children is gone and at least GH is still on you just get attached to certain actors. You will be missed very much. Please come back. My God Bless you and your family. stay safe francie

  42. cynthia scott says:

    Glad to hear that Steve is doing so well but his fans are not we miss him on GH more than he will ever know I for one will not be watching GH without our Jason he made the whole show worth watching and let’s face it there is no replacement for him no one can EVER fill his shoes so I sincerely hope that he will return to GH one day but , until then i WILL NOT BE WATCHING GH it’s already boring and Jason has only been gone not even too weeks good luck Steve you are truly one of a kind LOVE ALWAYS

  43. Lorraine Nunn says:

    I will missyou the show will not be the same without you next sonny will be leaving. Then they can take it of the air

  44. louise christman says:

    again I am pleading with you to come back to General why would the writers finally get you and Sam back together and have a son and let you leave the show. that was just so hurtful. Please come back on the show.

  45. Jan says:

    Peace and love to you Steve and family if you read these. Family always comes first, but I will be very sad to see you leave the show. Hope you get a chance to be in a big movie.

  46. hristine says:

    It will Not be the same or as GOOD with someone else. You need to big him back!

  47. Debbie G says:

    Hope life treats you & your family well. I’m sure you will enjoy Tenn. it’s beautiful. Best of luck in all your endeavers, be it music, comedy or tv & movies. Enjoyed you as Jason, will be glad to see you come back if that is what life’s/Gods plan is. Family is everything & I’m sure your children will look forward to having Daddy around more.

  48. DORIS ANDERSON says:

    I PRAY THAT GOD WILL GUIDE YOU AND BLESS YOU WITH ALL NEW THINGS. I AM SORRY THAT YOU LEFT GENERAL HOSPITAL I HAVE BEEN WATCHING GH FOR YEARS I AM 57 AND I ALWAYS HAVE BEEN A FAN OF THE SOAP MY TV IS READY TO RECORD GH. IT WILL NOT BE THE SAME WITHOUT YOU DON’T GET ME WRONG I LOVE SONNY AND HE IS GREAT BUT WITH YOU OFF THE SHOW I REALLY DON’T WATCH IT LIKE THAT KNOW MORE WHEN EVER I GET THE CHANCE I WILL WATCH GH. WHEN YOU WAS ON THERE I WOULD MAKE SHORE THAT I WATCH GH AT THE END OF THE WEEK I KNOW YOU WANT TO DO OTHER THING AND I PRAY THAT YOU WILL FOLLOW YOUR DREAMS WHERE EVER THEY MAY TAKE YOU. THERE IS ONLY ONE JASON MORGAN AND I DON’T CARE WHO THEY PUT IN UR PLACE KNOW ONE COULD EVER BE YOU.I KNOW YOUR CHILDREN AND THE WIFE ARE GLAD TO HAVE YOU HOME MORE. YOU WILL ALWAYS HAVE A SPECIAL PLACE IN MY HEART JASON MORGAN. I KNOW THAT GOD HAVE BIG AND BETTER THINGS IN LINE FOR YOU

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