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Eric Braeden
Eric Braeden
(born Hans-Jörg Gudegast; April 3, 1941)[1] is a German-American film and television actor, known for his roles as Victor Newman on the soap opera The Young and the Restless, as Hans Dietrich in the 1960s TV series The Rat Patrol, Dr. Charles Forbin in Colossus: The Forbin Project, and as John Jacob Astor IV
John Jacob Astor IV
in the 1997 film Titanic. He won a Daytime Emmy Award in 1998 for Lead Actor
Actor
in a Drama Series for the role of Victor Newman.[1][2]

Contents

1 Early life 2 Career 3 Personal life 4 Awards, honors and nominations 5 TV and filmography 6 See also 7 References 8 External links

Early life[edit] Braeden was born Hans-Jörg Gudegast in Bredenbek, Germany
Germany
(near Kiel),[1] where his father was once mayor. He emigrated to the USA in 1959. In the United States, Braeden attended the University of Montana, Missoula. Career[edit] Braeden accumulated many TV and film credits during his first two decades in America, and guest starred in 120 roles. His earliest credits were all under his birth name, Hans Gudegast. During the 1960s he appeared in several episodes of TV's longest-running World War II drama (1962–67) Combat!, always playing a German soldier. In 1965 he appeared in a film called Morituri starring Marlon Brando
Marlon Brando
and Yul Brynner, and guest-starred in 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.[3]

Braden in The Rat Patrol

In 1966 he guest-starred as Luftwaffe
Luftwaffe
Major Bentz in episode 28, "Day of Reckoning", of season two of the TV series Twelve O'Clock High (a series which was very loosely based on the classic 1949 war film with the same name) and also appeared in an episode of the 1966 espionage drama series Blue Light. His main character for the next two years was his regular starring role playing German Hauptmann (Captain) Hans Dietrich on the TV series The Rat Patrol
The Rat Patrol
(1966–1968), He starred in the 1969 western 100 Rifles
100 Rifles
with Raquel Welch, Burt Reynolds and Jim Brown
Jim Brown
(noted for the first big screen "interracial love scene between Welch & Brown), once again playing a villainous German military officer opposite Fernando Lamas. This was his last credit under his birth name. His starring role in the movie Colossus: The Forbin Project (1970), was when he first took the stage name of Eric Braeden.[3] 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.[4] Other movie appearances in the 1970s included the role of the primary antagonist, Dr. Otto Hasslein in Escape from the Planet of the Apes (1971), and in Walt Disney's 1977 Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo
Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo
as the arrogant but formidable race car driver, Bruno von Stickle. Throughout the 1970s, he also 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
CBS
western series Gunsmoke. In 1980, he was offered the role of self-made business magnate Victor Newman on the daytime soap opera The Young and the Restless
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. Braeden announced on October 18, 2009 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, 2009; however, on October 23, 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] In February 2017, Braeden celebrated his 37th anniversary with the show.[6] In addition to this long-running character, in 1997 he played Colonel John Jacob Astor IV
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."[7] Braeden won a Daytime Emmy for his work in 1998.[3] Personal life[edit] In 1958 Braeden, then known as Hans Gudegast, won the German National Team Championship in Track and Field (discus, shot-put and javelin with the Rendsburger TSV). Braeden later went on to win the 1973 National Challenge Cup as a fullback with the Jewish American
Jewish American
soccer club Maccabi Los Angeles, scoring the winning goal in the semifinal and a penalty kick in the final against Cleveland Inter.[8] In the 1970s/80s he could often be seen boxing at the Hoover Street and Broadway gyms in L.A.[9] His son, Christian, is a screenwriter who wrote the film A Man Apart, starring Vin Diesel.[9] Eric Braeden's autobiography, titled I'll Be Damned, was published by Harper Collins in 2017. Awards, honors and nominations[edit]

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Won Distinguished German-American of the Year
Distinguished German-American of the Year
in 1990. Received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
Hollywood Walk of Fame
on July 20, 2007. Received the Gilmore Award from the Pacific Pioneers, a radio and television industry group, in 2007.[9] Received the 2009 Friend of German Award from the American Association of Teachers of German. Awarded 2 Bundesverdienstkreuze (the German Medal of Honor) from the German Federal Government. Awarded a Humanitarian Award from the Government of Israel by Ambassador Yuval Rotem.

Year Award Category Work Result

1987 14th Daytime Emmy Awards Outstanding Lead Actor
Actor
in a Drama Series The Young and the Restless Nominated

1990 17th Daytime Emmy Awards Outstanding Lead Actor
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
Actor
in a Drama Series The Young and the Restless Nominated

1997 24th Daytime Emmy Awards Outstanding Lead Actor
Actor
in a Drama Series The Young and the Restless Nominated

1998 25th Daytime Emmy Awards Outstanding Lead Actor
Actor
in a Drama Series The Young and the Restless Won[2]

1999 26th Daytime Emmy Awards Outstanding Lead Actor
Actor
in a Drama Series The Young and the Restless Nominated

2000 27th Daytime Emmy Awards Outstanding Lead Actor
Actor
in a Drama Series The Young and the Restless Nominated

2004 31st Daytime Emmy Awards Outstanding Lead Actor
Actor
in a Drama Series The Young and the Restless Nominated

TV and filmography[edit]

Year Title Role

1963 Combat! Cpl. Hans Gruber

1965 The Man from U.N.C.L.E. Mr. Oakes

1965 12 O'Clock High Capt. Zoller

1965 Combat! Sgt. Ecktmann

1965 Morituri Radio Officer

1966–1967 Mission: Impossible Andrei Fetyakov, Marcus von Frank

1966–1968 The Rat Patrol Hauptmann (Captain) Hans Dietrich

1968 Dayton's Devils Max Eikhart

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 Carl Jaekel (in episode "Jaekel")

1971 Gunsmoke Jack Sinclair (in 3-part episode "The Bullet")

1971 Bearcats! Colonel Reinert

1972 The Judge and Jake Wyler Anton Granicek

1972 Hawaii Five-O Djebara

1973 The Adulteress Hank Baron

Death Race Stoeffer

The Six Million Dollar Man Findletter

Barnaby Jones Steven Kingston (episode "Perchance to Kill")

McCloud Ravik (episode "The Million Dollar Round Up")

1974 Kolchak: The Night Stalker Bernhardt Stieglitz

Banacek Paul Bolitho

The Ultimate Thrill Roland

Gunsmoke William E. Talley Episode ("The Iron Blood of Courage")

1975 Death Scream Kosinsky

Wonder Woman Captain Drangel

1977 The Mary Tyler Moore Show Karl Heller (episode "The Critic")

Kojak Kenneth Krug

Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo Bruno von Stickle

Code Name: Diamond Head Ernest Graeber

1978 The Eddie Capra Mysteries Leo (episode "Murder! Murder!")

1978 Wonder Woman Donalsen (episode "Skateboard Whiz")

1979 CHiPs Senator Bob Larwin (episode "MAIT Team")

1980 The Aliens Are Coming Leonard Nero

1980–present The Young and the Restless Victor Newman

1981 Charlie's Angels John Reardon (episode "Attack Angels")

1986 Airwolf Nick Kincaid (episode "Birds of Paradise")

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]

Victor Newman and Nikki Reed Supercouple Distinguished German-American of the Year

References[edit]

^ a b c "SOAP STAR STATS: Eric Braeden
Eric Braeden
(Victor, Y&R)". SoapOperaDigest.com. Retrieved January 13, 2009.  ^ a b " Daytime Emmy Winners & Nominees: 1998". SoapOperaDigest.com. Archived from the original on July 15, 2009. Retrieved July 10, 2009.  ^ a b c Eric Braeden
Eric Braeden
on IMDb ^ Weaver, Tom Eric Braeden
Eric Braeden
Interview in I Talked with a Zombie: Interviews with 23 veterans of Horror and Sci-fi Films and Television, McFarland, 2009, pp. 11-12 ^ Kate Stanhope. " Eric Braeden
Eric Braeden
Returning to Young and the Restless". TVGuide.com.  ^ http://thesudshub.com/ill-be-damned-eric-braedens-life-story-is-soon-to-hit-shelves/ ^ Elavsky, Cindy (2012-03-16). "Celebrity Extra". Downriver Sunday Times. Retrieved 2012-03-23.  ^ Zeller, Johnathan (June 29, 2015). "Los Angeles' Forgotten Jewish Soccer Dynasty". VICE Sports. Retrieved June 30, 2015.  ^ a b c "Victor, Victorious". Soap Opera Weekly. 2007-02-13. p. 32. 

External links[edit]

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interview video at the Archive of American Television Interview with Eric Braeden. Accessed February 11, 2017.

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Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor
Actor
in a Drama Series

Macdonald Carey
Macdonald Carey
(1974) Macdonald Carey
Macdonald Carey
(1975) Larry Haines
Larry Haines
(1976) Val Dufour
Val Dufour
(1977) James Pritchett (1978) Al Freeman Jr.
Al Freeman Jr.
(1979) Douglass Watson
Douglass Watson
(1980) Douglass Watson
Douglass Watson
(1981) Anthony Geary
Anthony Geary
(1982) Robert S. Woods (1983) Larry Bryggman (1984) Darnell Williams (1985) David Canary
David Canary
(1986) Larry Bryggman (1987) David Canary
David Canary
(1988) David Canary
David Canary
(1989) A Martinez (1990) Peter Bergman (1991) Peter Bergman (1992) David Canary
David Canary
(1993) Michael Zaslow (1994) Justin Deas (1995) Charles Keating (1996) Justin Deas (1997) Eric Braeden
Eric Braeden
(1998) Anthony Geary
Anthony Geary
(1999) Anthony Geary
Anthony Geary
(2000) David Canary
David Canary
(2001) Peter Bergman (2002) Maurice Benard (2003) Anthony Geary
Anthony Geary
(2004) Christian LeBlanc
Christian LeBlanc
(2005) Anthony Geary
Anthony Geary
(2006) Christian LeBlanc
Christian LeBlanc
(2007) Anthony Geary
Anthony Geary
(2008) Christian LeBlanc
Christian LeBlanc
(2009) Michael Park (2010) Michael Park (2011) Anthony Geary
Anthony Geary
(2012) Doug Davidson (2013) Billy Miller (2014) Anthony Geary
Anthony Geary
(2015) Tyler Christopher (2016) Scott Clifton
Scott Clifton
(2017)

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