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Published:April 15th, 2007 11:15 EST
Steve Burton Born Again in Daytime and Real time

Steve Burton Born Again in Daytime and Real time

By Garrett Godwin

On General Hospital, Steve Burton is Jason Morgan, a mob enforcer with a conscience.  Onscreen, Jason breaks several laws, but he also broke the biggest one of all: Thou shalt not kill.  Off-screen, Steve strives to love both his neighbors and his enemies with all heart, soul, and mind.


"When I became a Christian", said the actor, "it changed everything in my life.  I changed as a person inside.  You can't really explain what it does.  People are always afraid of the word 'born again', but the meaning is that you're getting rid of your old self and you are a new person.  That was very important to me.  God takes everything away."


Burton has been on General Hospital since 1991 as first, the good guy Jason Quartermaine, then as the bad boy Jason Morgan in 1996.  The role led him to a Daytime Emmy in 1998 and four Soap Opera Digest Awards.  He has also been in 2001's The Last Castle starring Robert Redford, and was in Sci-Fi’s hit miniseries Taken as Captain Russell Keys in 2002. 


Both Burton and Jason will crossover this summer in General Hospital: Night Shift, SOAPnet's first original series.


Despite his success, Steve tries to keep his feet firm and his head grounded, putting things in perspective.


"Look, I had a lot of issues that I struggled with all the time" states the 36-year-old.  Our lives may look perfect from the magazines or from the outside or on TV, but we all have the same issues that everybody has, whatever they might be.  Becoming a Christian helped me with a lot of those things that I struggled with."


Married to Sheree Gustin since 1999, the couple have two children: daughter Makena Grace, 3 1/2, and son Jack Stephen Burton, Jr., 1. 


Source: ABC Soaps in Depth