Eric Braeden

Actor, Lab assistant (dissected cadavers), Parking lot attendant
An aloof, craggy-faced leading man best known as business wizard Victor Newman on the CBS daytime drama "The Young and the Restless", Eric Braeden has parlayed a ruddy complexion, stiff European demeanor and German ... Read more »
Born: 04/02/1941 in Germany

Filmography

Actor (47)

The Young and the Restless 1972 - 2015 (TV Show)

Actor

The Man Who Came Back 2014 (Movie)

Reese Paxton (Actor)

How I Met Your Mother 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

3055 Jean Leon 2007 (Movie)

(Actor)

The 32nd Annual Daytime Emmy Awards 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Hope & Faith 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

The 26th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Meet the Deedles 1998 (Movie)

Elton Deedle (Actor)

Titanic 1997 (Movie)

John Jacob Astor (Actor)

CBS Soap Break (02/27/96) 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

The 23rd Annual Daytime Emmy Awards 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Diagnosis Murder 1986 - 1987, 1993 - 1995 (Tv Show)

Actor

Ninth Annual Genesis Awards 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

The Nanny 1986 - 1987, 1993 - 1994 (Tv Show)

Actor

Guiding Light: The Primetime Special 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Jackie Collins' "Lucky/Chances" 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Soap Opera Awards 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

The Ambulance 1990 (Movie)

Doctor (Actor)

The 16th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Murder, She Wrote 1986 - 1987 (Tv Show)

Actor

The 14th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Happily Ever After 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

Actor

How the West Was Won 1976 - 1979 (TV Show)

Actor

Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo 1977 (Movie)

Bruno Von Stickle (Actor)

Kolchak: The Night Stalker 1974 - 1975 (TV Show)

Actor

Death Race 1973 - 1974 (TV Show)

Actor

Intertect 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

Actor

The Ultimate Thrill 1973 (Movie)

(Actor)

Lady Ice 1972 (Movie)

Peter Brinker (Actor)

Escape From the Planet of the Apes 1971 (Movie)

Dr Otto Hasslein (Actor)

Colossus: The Forbin Project 1970 (Movie)

Forbin (Actor)

100 Rifles 1969 (Movie)

Von Klemme (Actor)

Dayton's Devils 1968 (Movie)

Max Eckhart (Actor)

The Rat Patrol 1966 - 1968 (TV Show)

Actor

Banacek (TV Show)

Actor

CHiPs (TV Show)

Actor

Code Name: Diamond Head (TV Show)

Actor

Death Scream (TV Show)

Actor

Honeymoon With a Stranger (TV Show)

Actor

The Aliens Are Coming (TV Show)

Actor

The German Americans (TV Show)

Actor

The Judge and Jake Wyler (TV Show)

Actor

The Mask of Sheba (TV Show)

Actor

The Power Within (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

An aloof, craggy-faced leading man best known as business wizard Victor Newman on the CBS daytime drama "The Young and the Restless", Eric Braeden has parlayed a ruddy complexion, stiff European demeanor and German accent into a long-running TV career in America. Born in Germany during World War II, he was the son of the mayor of Bredenback, a small town near the port city of Kiel. After World War II, his father, who had been a Nazi party member, was imprisoned by the British for a year (although there is no evidence he participated in any atrocities). When his father died in 1953, his mother turned to factory worker to support her four sons. At age 19, Braeden, then known by his birth name of Hans Gudegast, moved to the USA and resided with a cousin in Houston, where he found work dissecting cadavers for medical research. After a short period at Montana State University on a track and field scholarship, he moved to Los Angeles to study at Santa Monica City College. After landing a bit part in "Operation Eichmann" (1961), he decided to become an actor. For much of the 1960s, Braeden/Gudegast was useful in Hollywood playing Germans in movies and TV programs set during World War II; he made numerous guest appearances on "Combat" and from 1966-1968 played Captain Dietrich, the adversary to "The Rat Patrol" (ABC). As the decade came to a close and realizing he was more or less typecast, the actor changed his name to Eric Braeden and attempted to reposition himself in Hollywood. He landed the lead in the feature "Colossus: The Forbin Project" (1970), a well-made thriller about a world where computers run amok. But screen stardom did not follow. Finding himself playing supporting roles in such fare as "Herbie Goes to Monaco" (1977), Braeden turned to the small screen, making several unsuccessful pilots and series guest appearances (usually as suave or unctuous villains). He was perhaps most memorable as a critic who verbally tears everything to shreds--even the WJM News--in a 1977 episode of "The Mary Tyler Moore Show". In 1980, he accepted what was originally a three-month stint on the CBS soap "The Young and the Restless" in the role of ruthless businessman victor Newman. Braeden, however, clicked with both the audience and the creative powers, and has been one of the series leading men for close to two decades, earning five Daytime Emmy nominations for the role. With steady employment and a certain clout, he has accepted occasional roles in TV-movies and in features. In 1990, Braeden was well-cast as Dimitri Stanislopolous in "Jackie Collins' 'Lucky/Chances'" (CBS, 1990) and more recently, embodied John Jacob Astor in James Cameron's Oscar-winning blockbuster "Titanic" (1997).

Relationships

Dale Gudegast

Wife
Owns designer pillow business married in 1964

Wilhelm Gudegast

Father
Was town mayor and Nazi Party member spent a year in prison following war died when Braeden was 12 years old

Mathilde Gudegast

Mother
Became a factory worker to support family after husband's death

Christian Gudegast

Son
Born February 9, 1971 mother, Dale Gudegast co-wrote the film "A Man Apart"

EDUCATION

Santa Monica College

Santa Monica , California

Montana State University

Bozeman , Montana
Attended on track and field scholarship

Santa Monica College

Santa Monica , California

Milestones

2007

Received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (July)

1998

Played the rich father of the title characters in Disney's "Meet the Deedles"

1997

Portrayed John Jacob Astor IV in the James Cameron blockbuster, "Titanic"

1990

Cast as Dimitri Stanislopolous in "Jackie Collins' Lucky/Chances" (CBS)

1980

Joined the cast of "The Young and the Restless" as Victor Newman; earned several Daytime Emmy nominations for Lead Actor in a Drama Series (1987, 1990, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2004)

1969

Starred in "Colossus: The Forbin Project"

1968

Changed billing to Eric Braeden

1968

Made TV-movie debut in "Honeymoon With a Stranger" (ABC)

1966

Was a regular on the ABC series "The Rat Patrol" (billed as Hans Gudegast)

1963

Played a German soldier on episodes of ABC's "Combat" (billed as Hans Gudegast)

1961

Made film debut in "Operation Eichmann" (billed as Hans Gudegast)

1959

Emigrated to the United States

Bonus Trivia

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Braeden is a founder of the German American Cultural Heritage Society.

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Braeden works outs with professional boxers, and is a respected amateur competitor in the ring.

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