Peter Barton (actor)

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Peter Barton
BornPeter Thomas Barton
(1956-07-19) July 19, 1956 (age 58)
Valley Stream, New York
OccupationFilm, television actor
Height5' 8¾" (1.75 m)
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This article is about the American actor. For the English historian, see Peter Barton (historian).
Peter Barton
BornPeter Thomas Barton
(1956-07-19) July 19, 1956 (age 58)
Valley Stream, New York
OccupationFilm, television actor
Height5' 8¾" (1.75 m)

Peter Thomas Barton (born July 19, 1956) is an American actor. In the 1980s and 1990s, he starred in The Powers of Matthew Star, with Louis Gossett, Jr.; Burke's Law with Gene Barry; and the soap opera Sunset Beach. Named one of the 10 sexiest guys in soaps by Playgirl,[1] Barton is probably best known as Dr. Scott Grainger on the daytime drama The Young and the Restless.

Early life[edit]

Originally from Valley Stream, Long Island, as a youngster, he was terrified of Cruella De Vil from One Hundred and One Dalmatians (1961). He was a graduate of Valley Stream North High School, where he played soccer and wrestled. After graduation, he attended Nassau Community College and was later accepted into St. John's University's medical school. But just before signing up for classes, he got cold feet and instead decided to pursue a career in modeling and acting.


Even though Barton had no formal acting training, in 1979 he starred as Bill Miller in the short-lived TV series, Shirley, starring Shirley Jones, Rosanna Arquette, and Tracey Gold. The show ran for 13 episodes. The studio then connected Barton with prominent acting coach Vincent Chase, and when the series ended, he was cast as the lead in another NBC series, The Powers of Matthew Star. He beat out Tom Cruise for the role.[2]

In the 1980s, teen magazines were looking for the next big cover, and Barton was featured on many of them, typically in a sexy pose without his shirt on.[3] He has also appeared on many TV shows and daytime soap operas like the Young and the Restless.

His other acting work has included films such as the 1981 horror film Hell Night, the 1984 horror movie Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter,[4]the 1986 horror film "April Fools Day", and the 2005 film Repetition.

Quote From Peter Barton[edit]

"I started acting in 1979. By the end of '80, I was under contract with NBC. Then the teen magazines were so hungry for the next heartthrob that they pummeled me. I was on the cover of Tiger Beat, 16 Magazine, all of them. And here I was, twenty-two years old and NBC was saying I'm only nineteen. Then, just as my contract was running out, under obligation, they cast me in a series called The Powers of Matthew Starr. Amy Steel was in it. Then I did some guest spots on The Fall Guy and The Love Boat.

By the end of '83, it had all dried up. That whole experience - I was going up and down, like on a roller coaster. I was on such an incredible high - no drugs, just high - that when I came out the other side I crashed. That's when I wanted to give up acting, and that's when The Final Chapter came along. I had just been talked into doing this movie called Hell Night, with Linda Blair. I didn't even want to do it - they had to get me drunk to convince me. So it was a miserable time, and it was a great time. I wouldn't exchange the experience of making Hell Night, even though I was petrified all the way through it. So when The Final Chapter was offered to me, I was like, 'I don't really want to do Friday the 13th.' Eventually, I only did it because of Amy Steel - she talked me into it. And I thought it was really cool because it was The Final Chapter. In my mind, I thought, 'Oh, I'll be in the last one. That's kind of cool. These things are famous.' Little did I know." p. 102 [5]

Personal life[edit]

Illinois-based Ray Fulk, a man who died in July 2012 at the age of 71, bequeathed half of his estate to the actor in his will, the other half going to Barton's friend and Lucan star Kevin Brophy, despite never meeting them. Fulk, who had no family of his own, was a fan of both actors.[6]


List of roles in film
1980StirWarder with rifle
1981Hell NightJeff Reed
1984Friday the 13th: The Final ChapterDoug
2001Man Is Mostly Water, AA Man Is Mostly WaterJack
2005RepetitionTerry Goldtein
List of roles in television
1979ShirleyBill MillerTelevision program
13 episodes
1982First TimeSteve KingsleyTelevision film
1982–1983Powers of Matthew Star, TheThe Powers of Matthew StarMatthew StarTelevision program
22 episodes
1984Love Boat, TheThe Love BoatByronTelevision program
2 episodes
1985Fall Guy, TheThe Fall GuySimon GordonTelevision program
Episode: "The Life of Riley"
1986–1993Young and the Restless, TheThe Young and the RestlessDr. Scott GraingerTelevision program
1987Vanity FairBosunTelevision program
Episode: "Out Friend the Major"
1987Rags to RichesBrady LadeanTelevision program
Episode: "Beauty and the Babe"
1993Bold and the Beautiful, TheThe Bold and the BeautifulDr. Scott GraingerTelevision program
Episode: "Episode #1.1671"
1994–1995Burke's LawDetective Peter BurkeTelevision program
25 episodes
1995University HospitalPeter PiperTelevision program
Episode: "You Can Run..."
1996Pacific BlueGreg 'Dingo' VernonTelevision program
Episode: "Burnout"
1997–1998Sunset BeachEddie ConnorsTelevision program
167 episodes
1998Love Boat: The Next WaveTomTelevision program
Episode: "It Takes Two to Tango"
1999BaywatchDamon LuskTelevision program
Episode: "Baywatch Grand Prix"
List of television guest appearances as himself
1983Battle of the Network Stars XIV
1993Family FeudGame show
1993Vicki!Television program


  1. ^ IMDb
  2. ^ "Where Is He Now: Peter Barton (Actor) as Matthew Star - The Powers of Matthew Star". EVTV1. 
  3. ^ "Where are they now?". Peter Barton - "Doug". Friday the 13th Films. Retrieved 2011-08-13. 
  4. ^ "Friday the 13th - Jason's Top 13 Horniest Kills". Dread Central. 
  5. ^ Bracke, Peter (2006). Crystal Lake Memories: The Complete History of Friday The 13th. Titan Books. p. 320. ISBN 1-84576-343-2. 
  6. ^ Kim, Susanna. ["Man's Estate Left to Actors He Never Met."] Yahoo!-ABC News Network (February 8, 2013)

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