Peter Barton (Actor) as Matthew Star - The Powers of Matthew Star
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Updated: 06/12/2005

Name: Peter Barton

Born: July 19, 1956 in Long Island, New York

Claim To Fame: This is strange... if you ask five people who know who Peter Barton is, you'll get five different answers on what he is famous for.

I'm going to go with two things that he is most noted for. The TV series 'The Powers of Mattew Star' and his role on the soap opera 'The Young & the Restless.'

Family Life: Single, Never Married. Did live with actress Kimberly Beck in the early '80s.

Info: After some initial modeling assignments, Barton moved to Hollywood to make his mark on the entertainment industry. At the age of 22, he was cast opposite Shirley Jones in the NBC series "Shirley," even though he had had no formal training. The studio 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."

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Trivia: He was badly burned when a stunt went wrong on the set of his series "The Powers of Matthew Star". Production was delayed a year while the he healed.

Majored in chiropractic medicine in New York.

As a youngster, he was terrified of Cruella De Vil from One Hundred and One Dalmatians.

Was thinking of retiring from the film industry until Linda Blair coaxed him into doing 'Hell Night' with her. He now credits that film as bringing him back and has been in the business ever since.

There was a scene in 'Hell Night' where Peter was thrown down a flight of stairs and hurt his leg. In reality, he had really hurt himself and most of his limping wasn't an act.

He's an avid golfer.

Beat out Tom Cruise for the title role in "The Powers of Matthew Star".

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Where Are They Now: There were rumors that Peter had given up acting, but the truth is, he just wasn't getting offered any roles. That changed this year, with the independent film 'Repetition.'

He currently lives in Los Angeles and when he can't land an acting job, he works in the fitness field.

Write To Peter Barton:
Peter Barton
2265 Westwood Ave. #2619
Los Angeles, CA 90065


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