Nichols is best known for his groundbreaking role as Steve “Patch” Johnson on Days of Our Lives.
He was one of only two Daytime actors to appear on the TV-Q list which included film, television and sports figures. Nichols was ranked 2nd on the list of ten celebrities for recognize ability. As Patch, Nichols earned an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Actor in a Leading Role and five Soap Opera Digest Best
In 1996 Stephen created yet another iconic Daytime character, Stefan Cassadine on General Hospital. During his seven- year run on GH and his most recent three-year run on Days (2006-2009) Nichols was, consistently voted favorite actor by the readers of Soap Opera Digest.
Stephen joined the cast of CBS’ top-rated The Young and the Restless as Tucker McCall in December, 2009, remaining with the show into 2012. McCall came to Genoa City as the powerful billionaire-tycoon with a secret agenda to take everything from his long-lost mother Katherine Chancellor (Jeanne Cooper).
In prime time, Nichols’ most recent appearance was opposite Dennis Hopper in Crash. Some of his other television appearances include Melrose Place, She Spies, Sisters, The Nanny, Matlock, L.A. Law, Diagnosis Murder, In The Heat of the Night and recurring roles on Empty Nest, 2000 Malibu Road, and a series regular on Second Chances. Alongside Peirce Brosnan, Eric Idle and Peter Ustinov, Nichols portrayed the outlaw Jesse James in the mini-series Around the World in 80 Days.