Peter Barton (actor)
|Born||Peter Thomas Barton
July 19, 1956
Valley Stream, New York
|Occupation||Film, television actor|
|Height||5 ft 8 in (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, Barton is probably best known as Dr. Scott Grainger on the daytime drama The Young and the Restless.
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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, 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.
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, typically in a sexy pose, shirtless. He has also appeared on many TV shows such as The Fall Guy and The Love Boat 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) 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
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. His last appearance to date was in the 2005 film Repetition.
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. Peter is not now, nor has he ever been married.
|1980||Stir||Warder with rifle|
|1981||Hell Night||Jeff Reed|
|1984||Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter||Doug|
|2001||Man Is Mostly Water, AA Man Is Mostly Water||Jack|
|1979||Shirley||Bill Miller||Television program
|1982||First Time||Steve Kingsley||Television film|
|1982–1983||Powers of Matthew Star, TheThe Powers of Matthew Star||Matthew Star||Television program
|1984||Love Boat, TheThe Love Boat||Byron||Television program
|1985||Fall Guy, TheThe Fall Guy||Simon Gordon||Television program
Episode: "The Life of Riley"
|1986–1993||Young and the Restless, TheThe Young and the Restless||Dr. Scott Grainger||Television program
|1987||Vanity Fair||Bosun||Television program
Episode: "Out Friend the Major"
|1987||Rags to Riches||Brady Ladean||Television program
Episode: "Beauty and the Babe"
|1993||Bold and the Beautiful, TheThe Bold and the Beautiful||Dr. Scott Grainger||Television program
Episode: "Episode #1.1671"
|1994–1995||Burke's Law||Detective Peter Burke||Television program
|1995||University Hospital||Peter Piper||Television program
Episode: "You Can Run..."
|1996||Pacific Blue||Greg 'Dingo' Vernon||Television program
|1997–1998||Sunset Beach||Eddie Connors||Television program
|1998||Love Boat: The Next Wave||Tom||Television program
Episode: "It Takes Two to Tango"
|1999||Baywatch||Damon Lusk||Television program
Episode: "Baywatch Grand Prix"
|1983||Battle of the Network Stars XIV|
|1993||Family Feud||Game show|
- Peter Barton at the Internet Movie Database
- Bracke, Peter (2006). Crystal Lake Memories: The Complete History of Friday The 13th. Titan Books. p. 320. ISBN 1-84576-343-2.
- "Where Is He Now: Peter Barton (Actor) as Matthew Star - The Powers of Matthew Star". CelebrityNooz.com. EVTV1.
- "Peter Barton - "Doug"". Friday the 13th Films. Retrieved 2011-08-13.
- "Friday the 13th - Jason's Top 13 Horniest Kills". DreadCentral.com.
- 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.
- Peter Barton at the Internet Movie Database
- Peter Barton at AllMovie
- The Powers of Matthew Starr Tribute Page
- The Powers of Matthew Starr Episodes, YouTube Channel