Eric Braeden at the 2013 Monte-Carlo Television Festival
April 3, 1941
|Spouse(s)||Dale Russell Gudegast (1966–present; 1 child)|
Eric Braeden (born Hans-Jörg Gudegast; April 3, 1941) is a German-American film and television actor, best known for his role as Victor Newman on the soap opera The Young and the Restless, as Hans Dietrich in the 1960s TV series The Rat Patrol, and as John Jacob Astor IV in the 1997 film Titanic. Braeden won a Daytime Emmy Award in 1998 for Lead Actor in a Drama Series for the role of Victor Newman.
Braeden was born Hans-Jörg Gudegast in Bredenbek, Germany (near Kiel), where his father was once mayor. He immigrated to the USA in 1959. In the United States, Braeden attended The University of Montana in Missoula.
Braeden accumulated many TV and film credits during his first two decades in America. In 1966 he guest-starred (credited as Hans Gudegast) as Luftwaffe Major Bentz in episode 28, "Day of Reckoning", of season two of the TV series Twelve O'Clock High, very loosely based on the classic 1949 war film with the same name. He played German Hauptmann (Captain) Hans Dietrich on the TV series The Rat Patrol (1966–1968), and had a starring role in the movie Colossus: The Forbin Project (1970), in which he first took the stage name of Eric Braeden. Lew Wasserman of Universal Pictures told him that no one would be allowed to star in an American film if they had a German name. After much thought he took the name Braeden from his hometown of Bredenbek. He also starred in Airwolf alongside Jan Michael Vincent
In the 1970s he took a supporting role in the 1971 film Escape from the Planet of the Apes. Throughout the 1970s, he guest-starred in a variety of television shows including The Six Million Dollar Man, Wonder Woman, and The Mary Tyler Moore Show and also appeared in several episodes of the long-running CBS western series Gunsmoke. In 1977 he appeared in Walt Disney's Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo as the arrogant but formidable race car driver, Bruno von Stickle. He also appeared, uncredited, as Bradford Dillman's de facto stunt double in the 1978 film Piranha—Braeden had originally been cast to play Dillman's character, Paul Grogan, and had shot some underwater swimming footage before the role was recast; Braeden's stunt footage ended up in the finished film anyway.
In 1980, he was offered the role of self-made business magnate Victor Newman on the daytime soap opera The Young and the Restless for a 26-week run. His character imprisoned his wife's lover, and became so popular the character became a love-to-hate villain, and his contract was renewed. Still on the show today, Braeden won a Daytime Emmy for his work in 1998.
In 1997, he played Colonel John Jacob Astor IV in the blockbuster film Titanic, cast because he strongly resembled the powerful millionaire. Braeden told Cindy Elavsky that the scene in which his character drowned "was one of the scariest moments in this business for me."
In 2008, Braeden starred in "The Man Who Came Back", an independent Western film, which was written and directed by Louisiana's Glen Pitre.
Also in 2008, Braeden guest-starred in an episode of How I Met Your Mother as Robin Sr., Robin's father, trying to make his daughter act like the son he never had.
Braeden announced on October 18, 2009, in an article by Dan J. Kroll that after almost 30 years on The Young and the Restless, he was leaving the show. "We reached an impasse in the negotiations", Braeden said in an exclusive interview with celebrity news website EW.com. Braeden's last airdate was scheduled to be November 2; however, on October 23, 2009, CBS announced that Braeden had inked a new three-year deal and would remain with the soap, even agreeing to take a pay cut, which was the original issue.
Braeden is regarded as a very good tennis player. He and his wife, Dale Gudegast, were witnesses at the wedding of Bob Crane and Sigrid Valdis while on the set of Hogan's Heroes. Their son, Christian Gudegast, is a screenwriter who co-wrote the film A Man Apart, which starred Vin Diesel and was nominated for a Teen Choice Award in 2003.
Awards, honors and nominations
Braeden won Distinguished German-American of the Year, in 1990.
On July 20, 2007, he received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Braeden received the Gilmore Award from the Pacific Pioneers, a radio and television industry group, in 2007.
He received the 2009 Friend of German Award from the American Association of Teachers of German.
|1987||14th Daytime Emmy Awards||Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series||The Young and the Restless||Nominated|
|1990||17th Daytime Emmy Awards||Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series||The Young and the Restless||Nominated|
|1992||18th People's Choice Awards||Favorite Male Performer In A Daytime Serial||The Young and the Restless||Won|
|1996||23rd Daytime Emmy Awards||Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series||The Young and the Restless||Nominated|
|1997||24th Daytime Emmy Awards||Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series||The Young and the Restless||Nominated|
|1998||25th Daytime Emmy Awards||Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series||The Young and the Restless||Won|
|1999||26th Daytime Emmy Awards||Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series||The Young and the Restless||Nominated|
|2000||27th Daytime Emmy Awards||Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series||The Young and the Restless||Nominated|
|2004||31st Daytime Emmy Awards||Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series||The Young and the Restless||Nominated|
|1966–1968||The Rat Patrol||Hauptmann (Captain) Hans Dietrich|
|1969||Hawaii Five-O||Dr. Paul Farrar|
|100 Rifles||Lt. Franz Von Klemme|
|1970||Hawaii Five-O||Klaus Marburg|
|Colossus: The Forbin Project||Dr. Charles A. Forbin|
|The Mask of Sheba||Dr. Morgan|
|1970||The Young Rebels||Major Zanker|
|1971||Escape from the Planet of the Apes||Dr. Otto Hasslein|
|1971||Gunsmoke's episode Jaekel||Carl Jaekel|
|1971||Gunsmoke's 3 part episode The Bullet||Jack Sinclair|
|1972||The Judge and Jake Wyler||Anton Granicek|
|1973||The Adulteress||Hank Baron|
|The Six Million Dollar Man||Findletter|
|1974||Kolchak: The Night Stalker||Bernhardt Stieglitz|
|The Ultimate Thrill||Roland|
|1975||Wonder Woman||Evan Donaldson|
|1977||The Mary Tyler Moore Show||Karl Heller|
|Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo||Bruno von Stickle|
|1980–present||The Young and the Restless||Victor Newman|
|1981||Charlie's Angels||John Reardon|
|1990||The Ambulance||The Doctor|
|1994||The Nanny||Frank Bradley, Sr.|
|1997||Titanic||John Jacob Astor IV|
|1998||Meet the Deedles||Elton Deedle|
|1999||The Bold and the Beautiful||Victor Newman|
|2008||The Man Who Came Back||Reese Paxton|
|2008||How I Met Your Mother||Robin Scherbatsky, Sr.|
- "SOAP STAR STATS: Eric Braeden (Victor, Y&R)". SoapOperaDigest.com. Retrieved January 13, 2009.
- "Daytime Emmy Winners & Nominees: 1998". SoapOperaDigest.com. Retrieved July 10, 2009.
- pp. 11-12 Weaver, Tom Eric Braeden Interview in I Talked with a Zombie: Interviews with 23 veterans of Horror and Sci-fi Films and Television McFarland, 2009
- Elavsky, Cindy (2012-03-16). "Celebrity Extra". Downriver Sunday Times. Retrieved 2012-03-23.
- Kate Stanhope. "Eric Braeden Returning to Young and the Restless". TVGuide.com.
- "Victor, Victorious". Soap Opera Weekly. 2007-02-13. p. 32.
- Teen Choice Award's 2003
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