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 feet 8 inches (1.73 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 feet 8 inches (1.73 m)

Peter Thomas Barton (born July 19, 1956) is an American actor. 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]

Barton is originally from Valley Stream, Long Island, New York. As a youngster, he was terrified of Cruella De Vil from One Hundred and One Dalmatians (1961). He is a graduate of Valley Stream North High School, where he played soccer and wrestled. He attended nearby Nassau Community College. Although accepted into St. John's University School of Medicine, he changed his mind about attending. Just before signing up for classes, he 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 NBC TV series, Shirley, starring Shirley Jones, Rosanna Arquette, and Tracey Gold. The show ran for 13 episodes. NBC still had him under contract at the end of 1980,[2] and it connected him 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 won the role over many actors, among them Tom Cruise.[3]

In the 1980s, teen magazines were looking for the next big cover, and Barton was featured on many of them, including Tiger Beat and 16,[2] typically in a sexy pose, shirtless.[4] He has also appeared on many TV shows such as The Fall Guy and The Love Boat[2] and daytime soap operas like The Young and the Restless.

Barton saw his popularity dwindling by the end of 1983, and he "wanted to give up acting". However, he became involved in the burgeoning teen horror/thriller movies, beginning with Hell Night (1981), followed by Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter (1984)[5] and April Fool's Day (1986).

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.

—Peter Barton[2]

After outgrowing his ability to appear at a teen, Barton acquired mostly television roles as an adult. He starred on Burke's Law with Gene Barry and the soap opera Sunset Beach. He appears in the 2005 film Repetition.

Personal life[edit]

In July 2012, a man in Illinois named Ray Fulk died at age 71. Fulk, who had no family of his own, was a fan of Peter Barton and Barton's friend, Lucan star Kevin Brophy. Despite never having met either actor, Fulk bequeathed half of his estate to each of the 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 Goldstein
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. ^ Peter Barton at the Internet Movie Database
  2. ^ a b c d Bracke, Peter (2006). Crystal Lake Memories: The Complete History of Friday The 13th. Titan Books. p. 320. ISBN 1-84576-343-2. 
  3. ^ "Where Is He Now: Peter Barton (Actor) as Matthew Star - The Powers of Matthew Star". EVTV1. 
  4. ^ "Peter Barton - "Doug"". Friday the 13th Films. Retrieved 2011-08-13. 
  5. ^ "Friday the 13th - Jason's Top 13 Horniest Kills". 
  6. ^ Kim, Susanna (9 February 2013). "Illinois Man Leaves Estate to Two Actors He Never Met". Good Morning America (Yahoo!-ABC News Network). Retrieved 10 February 2015. 

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