Steven Michael Burns (born October 9, 1973) is an American actor, television host, guitarist, musician, and singer. He is well known as the original host of the long-running children's preschool television program Blue's Clues from 1996 to 2002, for which he was nominated for a Daytime Emmy in 2001.
Burns was born in Boyertown, Pennsylvania. He attended Boyertown Area Senior High School in Berks County, graduating in 1992.
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 lives in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
- Blue's Clues – Himself
- Blue's Clues & You! – Himself (referred as Steve)
- Figure it Out – Himself, panelist (1999)
- Homicide: Life on the Street – David Tarnofski
- Jack's Big Music Show - Himself/performer alongside with Steven Drozd - episode:"Ground Hog Day"
- Law & Order – Kevin Jeffries
- The Bedtime Business Song – Himself
- The Early Show – Himself
- The Panel – Himself
- The Professionals – Investor X
- The Rosie O'Donnell Show – Himself
- Today – Himself
- Yes, Dear – Himself
- Yo Gabba Gabba! – Himself
- Young Sheldon – Theme song performer, Nathan
- Songs for Dustmites (2003)
- Deep Sea Recovery Efforts (2009) (as Steve Burns and the Struggle)
- Foreverywhere (2017) (with Steven Drozd, as STEVENSTEVEN)