Eric Braeden

Born Apr 3, 1941

Eric Braeden 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.… Read More

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1941 Birth Born on April 3, 1941.
1945 4 Years Old Braeden was born Hans-Jörg Gudegast in Bredenbek, Germany (near Kiel), where his father was once mayor. He was a small child escaping the Russian Army's advance on East Prussia in World War II, January 30, 1945 when the boat on which his family was evacuated, MV Wilhelm Gustloff was sunk with the largest loss of life in a single ship sinking.


1958 17 Years Old 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). … Read More
1959 18 Years Old He immigrated to the USA in 1959. … Read More


1965 24 Years Old In 1965 he appeared in a film called Morituri starring 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.
1966 25 Years Old In 1966 he guest-starred 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, and also appeared in an episode of the 1966 espionage drama series Blue Light. … Read More
1969 28 Years Old He starred in the 1969 western 100 Rifles with Raquel Welch, Burt Reynolds and 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. … Read More


1980 39 Years Old 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. … Read More


1997 56 Years Old in addition to this long-running character, in 1997 he played Colonel John Jacob Astor IV in the blockbuster film Titanic, cast because he strongly resembled the powerful millionaire. … Read More


2009 68 Years Old 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 … Read More
2016 75 Years Old Still on the show as of May 2016, Braeden won a Daytime Emmy for his work in 1998.
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