Eric Braeden

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Eric Braeden
Eric Braeden - Monte-Carlo Television Festival.jpg
Eric Braeden at the 2013 Monte-Carlo Television Festival
Born Hans-Jörg Gudegast
(1941-04-03) April 3, 1941 (age 73)
Bredenbek, Germany
Occupation Actor
Years active 1963–present
Spouse(s) Dale Russell Gudegast (1966–present; 1 child)
Website
www.ericbraeden.com

Eric Braeden (born Hans-Jörg Gudegast; April 3, 1941)[1] 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.[1][2]

Early life[edit]

Braeden was born Hans-Jörg Gudegast in Bredenbek, Germany (near Kiel),[1] 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.

Career[edit]

Braeden accumulated many TV and film credits during his first two decades in America. In 1965 (credited as Hans Gudegast), he guest-starred in the secret-agent TV series The Man From U.N.C.L.E. as T.H.R.U.S.H. agent Mr. Oakes in "The Discotheque Affair"; episode 5, season two. In 1966 he guest-starred (also 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 appeared in an episode of the 1966 espionage drama series Blue Light, 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.[3]

In the 1970s he took the role of the primary antagonist, Doctor Otto Hasslein, 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.[citation needed] Braeden told Cindy Elavsky that the scene in which his character drowned "was one of the scariest moments in this business for me."[4]

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.[5]

Personal life[edit]

Braeden is regarded as a very good tennis player.[6] 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.[7]

Actor Clarence Williams III and former boxer Ken Norton are two of his best friends.[6]

Awards, honors and nominations[edit]

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.[6]

He received the 2009 Friend of German Award from the American Association of Teachers of German.

Year Award Category Work Result
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[2]
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

Roles[edit]

Year Title Role
1963 Combat! Hans Gruber
1965 The Man From U.N.C.L.E. Mr. Oakes
1965 Combat! Ecktmann
1965 Morituri Actor
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
1971 Bearcats! Col. Reinert
1972 The Judge and Jake Wyler Anton Granicek
1972 Hawaii Five-O Djebara
1973 The Adulteress Hank Baron
The Six Million Dollar Man Findletter
1974 Kolchak: The Night Stalker Bernhardt Stieglitz
Banacek Paul Bolitho
The Ultimate Thrill Roland
1975 Wonder Woman Evan Donaldson
1977 The Mary Tyler Moore Show Karl Heller
Kojak Kenneth Krug
Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo Bruno von Stickle
1979 CHiPs Senator Lerwin
1980–present The Young and the Restless Victor Newman
1981 Charlie's Angels John Reardon
1986 Airwolf Nick Kincaid
1990 Lucky/Chances Dimitri Stanislopolous
1990 The Ambulance The Doctor
1994 The Nanny Frank Bradley, Sr.
1995 Diagnosis: Murder Himself
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.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "SOAP STAR STATS: Eric Braeden (Victor, Y&R)". SoapOperaDigest.com. Retrieved January 13, 2009. 
  2. ^ a b "Daytime Emmy Winners & Nominees: 1998". SoapOperaDigest.com. Retrieved July 10, 2009. 
  3. ^ 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
  4. ^ Elavsky, Cindy (2012-03-16). "Celebrity Extra". Downriver Sunday Times. Retrieved 2012-03-23. 
  5. ^ Kate Stanhope. "Eric Braeden Returning to Young and the Restless". TVGuide.com. 
  6. ^ a b c "Victor, Victorious". Soap Opera Weekly. 2007-02-13. p. 32. 
  7. ^ Teen Choice Award's 2003

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