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ICYMI Why Everyone Loves Eric Braeden

Melody Thomas Scott (Nikki) “I love his consistency … I love his unpredictability … I love his strength … I love his vulnerability … I love his pensiveness … I love his laughter … I love that his soul loves to dance with mine. My Nikki loves to love his Victor. And a bonus Haiku: Invisible sparks Have no bounds in those moments When auras are One.”

Joshua Morrow (Nick) “Eric is a true legend and a man I deeply admire. His career has spanned many decades and he just seems to get better every year. I love being his son on the show and the guidance and wisdom he has given me has had such an impact on me that it’s difficult to put into words. One-of- a-kind people rarely come along, but I can honestly say I will never in my life meet another man who will remind me of him. Thank you, sir, for everything you have given to this medium and to our show. THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS is nothing without the strength, emotion, charisma and talent that he has given us for 40 years. I love ya, brother, and you deserve all this and more.”

Amelia Heinle (Victoria) “He is loved by one and all because his heart and his spirit are strong. The loyalty and friendship that he offers to me are like priceless jewels that I would never trade. Who could not love him or not want to be in his presence? I don’t know of one.”

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Peter Bergman (Jack) “Eric Braeden’s work over the last 40 years is the stuff of daytime legend. Our shared enmity is perhaps the oldest in television, and I am unspeakably proud and grateful. Bravo, Old Boy! Congratulations!”

Michelle Stafford (Phyllis) “Eric, first, I love you so much and you know that. You are so extremely giving and have been such a huge confidant and supporter of mine. All of your love through these years has been so special to me. You have always been so thoughtful about my family and what is happening with me. It has been amazing working with you as I never know how it’s going to go … and you know I love that! I have enjoyed the free-fall with you! Congratulations to you on 40 brilliant, enjoyable years! You have made me and so many others fall in love with Victor! Here is to 40 more!”

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Melissa Ordway (Abby) “Eric Braeden is a legend. Talented, smart, kind, generous … I could go on and on. One of the things I love most about Eric is his laugh. It’s contagious. I feel honored to play his daughter and to call him my friend.”

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Mark Grossman (Adam) “Eric Braeden is the king. I always know we’re going to be laughing and having a good time when we get to do scenes together. I’m honored I get to work with him!”

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Jess Walton (Jill) “When I first met Eric about 32 years ago, I thought he was very scary and gruff. The reason I love him so much now is that he is, at heart, a big softie! Kind and generous, brave and protective. I was very nervous when I heard we would be in a storyline together many years ago, but it turned out to be an exciting and challenging acting experience! You never knew what he was going to do next! I loved it, and him! And every year since, my fondness for him grows. Congratulations, Eric, and thank you for everything you have done for our show and everyone concerned!”

Doug Davidson (Paul) “Everyone loves Eric Brae- den because he is a true leader; strong, talented, funny, trustworthy, loyal, gentle when he needs to be, faithful…. He’s everything you’d want … in a bird dog! And a friend and colleague. God bless, Eric Braeden!

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Lauralee Bell (Christine) “Everybody loves Eric because he’s an incredible leader at Y&R. He’s unbelievably talented, he’s hysterical, he’s got your back, he makes you a better actor, he cares and I’m so lucky to have known Eric for most of my life. I’m grateful that our friendship has really grown over these last few years! We’ve had great talks, have mutual love and respect, and in my opinion every day we should be celebrating Eric for all he’s brought to Y&R.”

Greg Rikaart (Kevin) “Eric Braeden is a legend. He is incredibly smart, talented and funny. And Eric cares. Truly. Whether it’s any kind of injustice going on immediately around him or in the world at large, he uses his powerful voice to help facilitate change. I think the world of him and I’m grateful to Eric having my back. Kevin, on the other hand, is simply terrified of Victor.”

Eileen Davidson (Ashley) “Happy anniversary on 40 fantastic years!”

Sharon Case (Sharon) “We all love Eric’s sense of humor. I wish the audience could see some of his comedic bloopers and his comedy version of the scenes during rehearsals! It could be a spin-off show.”

Jason Thompson (Billy) “What I love about Eric is I’m not sure what I’m going to get. The work is always different. I appreciate that. I also really value our conversations when it’s not about work. The biz, the world, politics, whatever it is, it’s never boring. Cheers, Eric. Congrats! And thank you for your dedication and for your contribution to keeping the lights on.”

Melissa Claire Egan (Chelsea) “It’s such an honor to say I’ve worked with Eric Braeden. He’s so talented, of course, and an icon in the industry, but also such a fun man! My favorite times are laughing with him or goofy dancing with him. He’s smart and fun and kind and I feel lucky to be able to work with such a legend!”

Camryn Grimes (Mariah) “Everyone loves Eric Braeden because what’s not to love? You have this iconic person who has been able to create a legacy with his work that you can’t help but be in awe of, and at the same time he’s this lovable, approachable man with a giant heart and wisdom to boot. He is the totem of our show and, more importantly, a good man.”

Hunter King (Summer) “I love Eric’s kind heart. He always takes the time to ask you how you’re doing and check in on you. Throughout the years on the show, I’ve had my ups and downs in my personal life and Eric always asks how everything is and is genuinely curious and cares so much. I love that about him!”

Sean Dominic (Nate) “Because Eric Braeden came up to my mom when she was on set and had a convo with her, then offered to take a pic, it made her birthday week memorable. He also cracks me up.”

Bryton James (Devon) “Everyone loves Mr. Braeden because he never fails to keep us on our toes…. Or make us laugh in group scenes.”

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Alyvia Alyn Lind (Faith) “When I work with Eric I feel like he’s really my Grandpa, he makes me feel so special! And he has the best laugh!”

Beth Maitland (Traci) “Eric cares more deeply than anyone for the well-being of the show he loves. He is passionate in his commitment to the cast, the crew, the fans, the stories, the public face of this family; he has dedicated so much to it over these 40 years. Although we don’t work together in scenes very often, I treasure our long friendship — the respect he has always shown me, and the many laughs we have shared — and wish him every happiness and, of course, 40 more!”

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Marla Adams (Dina) “Eric Braeden, a.k.a. Victor Newman, whose name is really Hans Gudegast, which means ‘good guest’ in German — Hans is the best guest I know! Happy 40th Anniversary, old friend!”

Kate Linder (Esther) “I have had the pleasure of working with Eric for over 37 years. I can’t imagine Y&R without Victor and Eric. Congratulations, Eric, on your 40 years and counting.”

Christian J. LeBlanc (Michael) “What can I say? From his fine collection of Steuben shot glasses to his mad polka skills, Eric is a gift that keeps on giving. Like an onion, he is many-layered and full of surprises. Yet like a true Prussian at his core lays the eternal question, ‘Haben sie gehort das Deutsche Band?’ Happy Anniversary, Eric!”

Elizabeth Hendrickson (Chloe) “Some of my favorite scenes have been with Eric Braeden. I feel so lucky and privileged to have had the opportunity to share the stage with an icon like himself. Working with actors like Eric help you learn and grow as an actor. He also has the kindest heart! Congrats on this milestone, Eric!”

Mishael Morgan (Amanda) “Eric is such a huge icon and just to be able to work with him has been an awesome experience. When you’re in scenes with him, he’s very unpredictable and as an actor, I really appreciate that because it really keeps you on your toes. When I first came to Y&R, I didn’t know what to expect because I had been watching Y&R all my life and Victor Newman was such an amazing character. I was really shocked to find out how funny Eric is. He’s actually hilarious as well as so open and kind. I want to thank him for inspiring me as a kid and still continuing to do that as a peer.”

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