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?