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Eric Braeden

Eric Braeden

Role Victor, Y&R

Show The Young and the Restless

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BIRTHDATE: April 3, 1941

BIRTHPLACE: Kiel, Germany


MARITAL STATUS: been married to his wife Dale since 1964

CHILDREN: Christian (born Feb. 9, 1971)

Eric Braeden was born Hans Gudegast on April 3 in Kiel, Germany. He emigrated to the United States in the late ’50s and settled in Texas. Prior to beginning his acting career, Braeden worked in the University of Texas’ medical school lab. He relocated to Los Angeles where he attended Santa Monica College. An avid soccer enthusiast, Braeden has played on many semi-professional and local teams. One of his teams, the Maccabees, won the 1972-’73 National Soccer Championship. Braeden’s first film was the Colossus of Rhodes in 1957. Since then he has made many TV, film and theater appearances. Braeden is best known for his portrayal of Victor Newman on YOUNG AND RESTLESS. Braeden’s awards include a Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series in 1998, a Soap Opera Digest Award for Lead Actor in 1997, and the 18th Annual People’s Choice Award for Most Popular Daytime Actor. He has received four other Emmy nominations for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series in 1990, 1997, 1999 and 2000. He also received a 1999 nomination for the Soap Opera Digest Award for Lead Actor. Her official Web site is

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Random facts

  • Eric is a family name, and Braeden is the name of his village in Germany.
  • Co-founded the German American Cultural Society (GACS).
  • Awarded the Federal Medal of Honor in 1991 by then German President Richard von Weizsacker, whom he greatly admires for his "courage and moral leadership."
  • He became a naturalized citizen while in college.
  • He is 6' 1".

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