Steve Burton is an American actor who rose to prominence following his role as Jason Morgan on the longest-running American soap opera, General Hospital. He kicked off his career as a model, thriving thereof to the extent of appearing on the cover of Playgirl. It was in 1986 that he decided to switch to acting officially, and that singular move changed his life.
He has since starred in several movies and TV shows, picking up several awards along the line for his sheer ability to interpret whatever role he gets to play perfectly. But his role as Jason Morgan remains his most notable work, thus causing a shock to fans when he left the role after more than a decade in 2012.
Steve Burton’s Relationship with General Hospital
Steve Burton’s career-long journey with General Hospital began in 1991. He was cast as Jason Quartermaine in the daytime soap opera. He was the third actor to play the role, having been played originally by Quinn Carlson and Bryan Beck. Burton joined the show on a contractual basis in December 1991 and began playing the rich, wholesome preppy character.
After eight years in the role, in November 1999, ABC announced that Burton was going to leave the show in pursuit of other opportunities, but he continued to appear on the show beyond his departure date after he agreed to a new contract. Over the next twelve years, Steve Burton continued to star on the Daytime Soap Opera, renamed as Jason Morgan.
Throughout this time, his character held a few occupations, like Mob enforcer, businessman, coffee importer, and restaurant owner. He was also in a relationship with a few characters, Karen Wexler, Brenda Barrett, Keesha Ward, and Courtney Matthews.
After a couple of contract breakdown rumors between June 2000 and May 2011, Steve Burton finally left the show in August 2012. He confirmed his exit during an interview with, and Carmel Fainbaum replaced him. According to Steve Burton himself, he left the show to pursue other acting roles outside of daytime television. He also wanted to spend more time with his family.
During his first stint on the show, Steve Burton was nominated for four Daytime Emmy Awards as Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series. He won one of them in 1998.
Other awards include six Soap Opera Digest Awards nominations, winning four, and a nomination for Best Lead Actor in a Daytime Drama by Gold Derby Awards.
He Returned To the Show After Five Years
After five years away from General Hospital, Steve Burton returned to the show in June 2017. With his character being played by Billy Miller at the time, the Indiana actor played an unnamed Patient 6 and Jesse Nichols before he returned to his iconic role as Jason Morgan.
He has fitted in perfectly since he returned to the show with the cast, fans, and award bodies. He was nominated for a Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series in 2020. So far, Steve Burton combined appearances on General Hospital are more than 2050 episodes across two and a half decades.
He Has an Impressive Filmography Outside of GH
There is no doubt that General Hospital and his role as Jason Morgan is the defining work of Steve Burton as an actor. However, it is not his only one. In between his time on the show during his first stint, he appeared in other projects like Red Sun Rising, Cyber Tracker, The Last Castle, Taken, Semper Fi, and a few others.
During his break from General Hospital, he began a long role as Dylan McAvoy on another Daytime show, The Young and the Restless. He appeared in 464 episodes between 2013 and 2017. He also added voice acting to his resume, voicing Cloud Strife across multiple iterations of the Final Fantasy game series.
So far, combined with his General Hospital role, including a 13-episode appearance in the spin-off, General Hospital: Night Shift, Steve Burton has appeared in over thirty films and TV shows. He has a combined award record of 11 nominations and seven wins, including Best Vocal Ensemble in a Video Game from Behind the Voice Actors Awards.
Years Before GH Stardom
Jack Stephen Burton caught the acting bug in Beverly Hills High Schoo, Beverly Hills, California. He was a focal member of the school’s theatre group.
After graduating high school, he moved to Hollywood, where he studied acting at Theater Theater in Hollywood, California. The popular soap opera actor studied under Chris Aable and Jon Cedar. Before he began his training, he started his journey as a professional actor in 1982 when he appeared as unnamed characters in the TV films, Hear No Evil, and I Want to Live.
A man whose career would be defined by episodic storytelling, he made his first appearance in a TV show in Manimal, as an unnamed reporter. After months of training under Jon Cedar and Chris Aable, he secured his first significant role as Chris Fuller in Out of This World. He appeared on the show between 1987 and 1991, starring in 66 episodes. In between that time, Steve Burton made other appearances in A Year in the Life and Who’s the Boss?
His big break eventually came during the summer of 1991 when he was offered the role of Jason Quartermaine in the American daytime television medical drama, General Hospital. This would turn out to be his best role in a TV show to date.
General Hospital Has Made Steve Burton a Millionaire
Having been a regular face in Hollywood for over 30 years and bagging several awards for his brilliant performance over the years, it’s only normal for one to expect Steve Burton to be worth a fortune, and he doesn’t disappoint. Currently, he has a net worth estimated to be at around $3 million.
As expected, the bulk of his wealth comes from more than two decades of starring in one of Daytime television’s most popular shows, General Hospital. His exact salary per episode is unknown, but an accumulation over 2000+ episodes has made the Indiana actor a millionaire.
A Father of Three who Lives a Private Life
Love has been kind to Steve Burton, and for more than two decades, he has been a married man. His wife is no other person than Sheree Gustin, whom he tied the knot with on January 16, 1999.
Together they have three beautiful children, and their names are Makena Grace Burton (born in 2003), Jack Marshall Burton (born in 2006), and Brooklyn Faith Burton (born in 2014).
After he originally left General Hospital, Steve Burton relocated his family to Tennessee. However, after a few years of enjoying the south, the family moved back to Los Angeles in 2019.