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Who is Blue’s Clues Steve Burns?

Steve Burns, (full name – Steven Michael Burns) born October 9, 1973, is an American actor, musician, producer, director, and television host. He is best known as the original host of the long-running children’s preschool television program Blue’s Clues from 1996 until 2002, for which he was nominated for a Daytime Emmy in 2001.

‘Blue’s Clues’ video starring Berks native Steve Burns goes viral

Steve Burns, the Berks County native and former star of the hit kids show “Blue’s Clues,” just wanted to say hello and thanks and to explain where he went.

And a whole lot of people wanted to listen.

A two-minute video of Burns was posted to the Nick Jr. Twitter account on Tuesday to celebrate the 25th anniversary of “Blue’s Clues. In it, Burns reprises his role as the show’s host Steve, complete with his iconic striped shirt.

By early Wednesday afternoon, more than 22 million people had watched the video.

“It is really humbling to see such a warm response after 25 years of ‘Blue’s Clues,’” the 1992 graduate of Boyertown High School said in a statement provided by Nickelodeon.

Burns starred on the hit children’s show from its beginning in 1996 until 2000. New episodes starring Burns ran until 2002 on Nick Jr., an offshoot of Nickelodeon aimed at younger viewers.

“Blue’s Clues” went on without Burns, with Donovan Patton taking over hosting duties as Steve’s “brother” Joe until the series’ end in 2006.

Along with Burns’ video, Nickelodeon has released a special music video featuring all three “Blue’s Clues” hosts.

‘Blues Clues’ Original Host Steve Burns Makes Nostalgic Return in Show’s Anniversary Video

Steve Burns Biography, Wiki

Steve Burns was born in Boyertown, Pennsylvania, to Joseph Burns Jr (1938-2015) and Janet Burns (née Petaccio). He has two sisters. His father served in the US Navy and later became the human resources director of Safeguard Business Systems. He attended Boyertown Area Senior High School in Berks County, graduating in 1992.

Steve Burns played in bands called Sudden Impact US, Nine Pound Truck, and the Ivys (which he has called a “Morrissey rip-off band”) while in high school and college. He studied theatre under an acting scholarship at DeSales University in Center Valley, Pennsylvania, in the Lehigh Valley, where he was discovered by an agent. 

He dropped out of school and moved to New York City to then become a professional actor. He lived in a basement apartment near Times Square, finding his first success as a voice-over artist for ads and making appearances on Homicide: Life on the Street and Law & Order.

He divides his time between Williamsburg, Brooklyn, and Delhi, New York.

BornSteven Michael Burns
October 9, 1973 (age 47)
Boyertown, Pennsylvania, U.S.
OccupationActormusicianproducerdirectortelevision host
Years active1995–present
Musical career
GenresIndie rock, alternative rock
InstrumentsVocals, guitar, keyboards
LabelsPIAS Recordings

Steve Burns Career in Blue’s Clues

In 1995, Steve Burns auditioned for Blue’s Clues, thinking it was another voice-over role. He had long hair and an earring. “I was a bit of a skate rat,” he said. Initially, the Nickelodeon executives were not supportive of Burns hosting their new show; in subsequent auditions, the show’s creators requested that he dress more conservatively.

(Steve Burns reported that the creators, in a call-back phone conversation, asked him, “Could you not look like yourself tomorrow morning?”) It became apparent, however, that he was the favorite with preschool test audiences. Executive producer and co-creator Traci Paige Johnson reported that of the 100 people they auditioned, Burns was “the most real”. 

As Alice Wilder, Nickelodeon’s Director of Research and Development said: “There was just something about this kid, who was fresh out of Pennsylvania, who just knew where to look in the camera to really talk to kids. He was just right.”

Blue’s Clues was an instant hit due to Burns’s performances as much as the show’s format. He became “a superstar” among his audience and their parents, but unknown to everyone else, and enjoyed what he called being a “micro-celebrity, about as small a celebrity as you can be”. 

As The New York Times reported, he “developed an avid following among both preteen girls and mothers. The former sends torrents of e-mail; the latter scrutinize the show with an intensity that might make even Elmo, the red Muppet, blush.” In 2000, People included Burns in their annual list of America’s most eligible bachelors. According to writer Diane Tracy, Burns was “destined for the part”. 

Also, according to Tracy, Burns was not the typical children’s television host: “There is nothing syrupy about him—his humor is sometimes borderline offbeat, but never inappropriate for preschoolers.”

Steve Burns became “very involved” with the production of Blue’s Clues from the beginning. One of the most challenging aspects of hosting the show was performing on the “blue screen” before the animation was added. Burns called it “maddening” and likened it to “acting at the bottom of a swimming pool”.

Steve Burns After Blue’s Clues

In an interview with The Huffington Post in 2016, Burns addressed the rumors about his departure: “People think I left the show to pursue a music career. That didn’t happen at all. I left the show because it was just simply time to go. I was pretty much playing a boyish, older-brothers kind of character on the show. I was getting older; I was losing my hair; a lot of the original people on the show, like the people who created it, we’re all moving on to other careers. It just felt like time. I just had a gut feeling like it was time to go.”

Steve Burns consulted on the casting process for the revival of Blue’s Clues, titled Blue’s Clues & You!, and helped pick the new host, Joshua Dela Cruz. He and Patton also reprise their roles in the premiere episode to help welcome in “Josh”, their cousin. Burns has written and directed several episodes of the new show.

In September 2021, for the 25th anniversary of Blue’s Clues and nearly 20 years since departing the series, Burns, in his television persona, released a video directed at the older fans of the show who grew up watching him about going off to college and how far he and the viewers had come since the show premiered. 

‘Blues Clues’ Original Host Steve Burns Makes Nostalgic Return in Show’s Anniversary Video

In the video, Burns relates to his longtime fans by saying, “We started out with clues and now it’s what? Student loans and jobs and families”. He then proceeded and said, “I guess I just wanted to say, that after all these years. I never forgot you. Ever.”

Steve Burns Siblings

Steve Burns has two siblings, Karen Burns and Jennifer Burns.

Steve Burns Books

Steve Burns has written books such as;

  • The Ultimate Guide to Candlestick
  • The Ultimate Trading Risk
  • Operations 101: A Beginners Guide to Options

Steve Burns Net Worth

Steve Burns has an estimated net worth of $10 million.

Some Lesser Known Facts about Steve Burns

  • Has two older sisters, Karen and Jennifer.
  • In his spare time he likes to play the guitar.
  • Reported in January 8, 2001 issue of Time magazine that he would no longer be on “Blue’s Clues”.
  • Recorded an album with Flaming Lips member Steven Drozd, entitled “Songs for Dustmites.”.
  • Showed up for his initial interview for “Blue’s Clues” with long hair, an earring, and Army fatigue pants. Got the job despite this choice of wardrobe and the fact that he had never worked with children.
  • Attended DeSales University in Center Valley, Pennsylvania. He dropped out his Sophomore year to do Blues Clues.
  • Releasing first CD, called “Songs for Dustmites” on August 12th. This CD is in no way affiliated with ‘Blue’s Clues’ and is not a children’s CD. [August 2003]
  • Performing in Amadeus as the title role at DeSales University in Pennsylvania. [June 2007]

Steve Burns Movies and TV Shows

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Steve Burns FAQ’s

Who is Steve Burns?

Steve Burns, (full name – Steven Michael Burns) born October 9, 1973, is an American actor, musician, producer, director, and television host. He is best known as the original host of the long-running children’s preschool television program Blue’s Clues from 1996 until 2002, for which he was nominated for a Daytime Emmy in 2001.

What is Steve Burns’s net worth?

After how many years did Steve Burns appear on Blue’s Clues?

In September 2021, Burns appeared on the 25th anniversary of Blue’s Clues, and nearly 20 years since departing the series,

What is Steve Burns’s age?

Steve Burns is currently 47 years old.


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