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 Actor Awards.

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.

His film credits include Choices, Witchboard, Soapdish, Heaven’s Tears, Cover Me, Phoenix, The Glass Cage, Killing Time, Merchants of Venus, and  A Hard Rain, which earned best film honors at the British Film Festival.

Nichols has been honored with three Drama-logue and two L.A. Weekly Awards for his performances in such notable stage productions as Pieces of Time and Delirious. He portrayed Jim Morrison in the heralded Los Angeles production of The Lizard King. Other stage appearances include The Cage, The Shadow Box, Love Letters, He Hunts, at the Geffen Playhouse and The Dead Boy, for which he received a Maddy Award. His most recent stage appearance was as Richard Roma in David Mamet’s Glengarry Glen Ross at Pacific Resident Theatre.

Nichols has directed several stage productions including Sixty Minutes from L.A. and a presentation pilot for television, Wild Horses, which he co-directed. He wrote and directed the dramatic short film Get the Dime, an official selection at the Palm Springs Short Film Festival, Nevada City Film Festival and the Ohio Independent Film Festival.

He directed the play Birds Do It at Pacific Resident Theatre and the short film I See, both written by L.R.Gordon. He is currently developing and plans to direct a Web series which will star Stephen and Mary Beth Evans.

Nichols has studied acting at the Theater Academy of Los Angeles City College, as well as with Stella Adler, Jack Colvin and Harry Mastrogeorge. He has three children, two grandchildren, and lives with his wife in Los Angeles.

His younger daughter, Dyllan, is a singer and songwriter who  resides in New York City.