Steve Burton as Jason Morgan
|Portrayed by||Steve Burton (and others)|
|Introduced by||Gloria Monty|
|Last appearance||October 22, 2012|
|Spin-off appearance||Night Shift|
|Date of birth||September 14, 1974|
|Date of death||October 22, 2012 (aged 38)|
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Jason Morgan (né Moore, formerly Quartermaine) is a fictional character on the long running ABC Daytime soap opera, General Hospital. Born in 1981, the character has been portrayed by Steve Burton since 1991.
Jason is born on September 14, 1981 at Our Lady of Mercy Hospital in the Bronx, New York to Susan Moore. At the time of Jason's conception, Susan was involved with the married Dr. Alan Quartermaine. Alan at one moved out of his own home to be with Susan but he soon patches things up with wife, Monica and leaves Susan. A vengeful Susan sues the Quartermaines for millions of dollars. After Susan is murdered, in February 1983, Monica allows Alan to take Jason in and she eventually adopts him. Jason is raised as a Quartermaine along with his half-brother, A. J.. In 1986, Jason and A. J. are sent off to boarding school.
Steve Burton's early years on the soap as the "rich, wholesome preppy" Jason Quartermaine would come to a shocking, and dramatic end in 1995 after a car accident caused by his brother, A. J. leaves the character as a brain damaged amnesiac. Following Jason's split from the Quartermaine family, he would become the right hand man for mob boss, Sonny Corinthos (Maurice Benard). At the time, Burton was considering leaving the show and joked that a producer noted that he played every scene, the same way, as if someone was about to die. Burton's decision to stay stemmed from a conversation with with Benard who gave him advice on how to improve. While still portraying Jason Quartermaine, the writers saw the chemistry between he and Benard and decided to create Jason Morgan.
The role is originated in early 1982 by Quinn Carlson. Child actor, Bryan Beck stepped into the role from 1983 to 1986. On December 19, 1991, Burton stepped into the role on a contractual basis as SORASed Jason Quartermaine. In November 1999, ABC confirmed that Burton had decided not to renew his contract which expired in December to pursue other opportunities. Burton last appeared on contract on January 27, 2000. In June 2000, ABC confirmed that Burton would reprise his role for a six week stint starting on August 25, 2000 last appeared that fall. In December 2000, it was announced that Burton would return to the series once again and began airing on January 29, 2001. In January 2001, Burton announced that his return was only temporary due to his commitment to film a pilot for his DreamWorks Television development deal. Whether he returned to the role full time would depend on whether the series was picked up. The the pilot was not picked up, Burton landed a role in a major motion picture leading to his departure on April 29, 2001. Burton returned to the series on contract in 2002 during May Sweeps. In late 2008, Burton's contract expired and forcing to make a decision on re-signing with the show. After months of speculation, he announced in a public appearance that he re-signed with the show. Burton stated that he would be willing to take a pay cut because he understands that money is a lot tighter now than it has been in recent years and stated that he is blessed to have a job right now. In 2011, rumors began circulating that Burton could depart from the series due to contract negotiations. However, in May 2011 Burton announced via Twitter that he had re-signed with the series again. On August 23, 2012, Jamey Giddens of gossip site, Daytime Confidential reported that contract negotiations were not going well and Burton was close to walking away from the series. On August 28 2012, Burton confirmed in an interview with TV Guide's Michael Logan that he would exit the series and agreed to stay long enough for the producers to write his character out properly.
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