Peter Barton (actor)

This article is about the American actor. For the English historian, see Peter Barton (historian).
Peter Barton
Born Peter Thomas Barton
(1956-07-19) 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,[1] Barton is probably best known as Dr. Scott Grainger on the daytime drama The Young and the Restless.

Early life

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 film genre, beginning with Hell Night (1981) and followed by Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter (1984).[5]

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 as a teenager, 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.

Personal life

Peter Barton has never married. In February 2013, 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
Year Title Role Notes
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
2005 Repetition Terry Goldstein
List of roles in television
Year Title Role Notes
1979–1980 Shirley Bill Miller 13 episodes
1982 The First Time Steve Kingsley TV film
1982 Leadfoot Murph TV special
1982–1983 Powers of Matthew Star, TheThe Powers of Matthew Star Matthew Star 22 episodes
1984 Love Boat, TheThe Love Boat Byron 2 episodes
1985 Fall Guy, TheThe Fall Guy Simon Gordon Episode: "The Life of Riley"
1987 Vanity Fair Bosun Episode: "Out Friend the Major"
1987 Rags to Riches Brady Ladean Episode: "Beauty and the Babe"
1988–1993 Young and the Restless, TheThe Young and the Restless Dr. Scott Grainger
1993 Bold and the Beautiful, TheThe Bold and the Beautiful Dr. Scott Grainger Episode: "Episode #1.1671"
1994–1995 Burke's Law Detective Peter Burke 25 episodes
1995 University Hospital Peter Piper Episode: "You Can Run..."
1996 Pacific Blue Greg 'Dingo' Vernon Episode: "Burnout"
1997–1998 Sunset Beach Eddie Connors 167 episodes
1998 The Love Boat: The Next Wave Tom Episode: "It Takes Two to Tango"
1999 Baywatch Damon Lusk Episode: "Baywatch Grand Prix"
List of television guest appearances as himself
Year Title Notes
1983 Battle of the Network Stars XIV
1993 Family Feud Game show
1993 Vicki! TV talk show


  1. Peter Barton at the Internet Movie Database
  2. 1 2 3 4 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"". Where are they now?. 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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