DC's Top 10 Male Entertainers of 2011
No. 7: Steve Burton, General Hospital
For those who say Steve Burton can only display one emotion, you're wrong. This year, Burton did more with a single look than Academy-Award nominee James Franco did with his numerous stints on General Hospital. Many daytime thespians tend to go in "over the top" mode and overact when given a storyline dealing with the death of a loved one. When Burton's Jason Morgan learned his only son Jake was a victim of a hit-and-run driver, he went against the grain of being overly dramatic. The actor’s subtle display of a grief-stricken father who lost his first-born shows how much of a hidden threat Burton is with his daytime counterparts. Burton held his own and more while his character had a showdown with Tony Geary's Luke Spencer. Torn between taking the life of the man who recklessly killed his son, or letting him live with the guilt, Burton's portrayal not only showed viewers how much it ate at him to let the aging Peter Pan of Port Charles get off, it rocked them to the core.