Eric Braeden

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Eric Braeden
Eric Braeden - Monte-Carlo Television Festival.jpg
Eric Braeden at the 2013 Monte-Carlo Television Festival
BornHans-Jörg Gudegast
(1941-04-03) April 3, 1941 (age 72)
Bredenbek, Germany
OccupationActor
Years active1963–present
Spouse(s)Dale Russell Gudegast (1966–present; 1 child)
Website
www.ericbraeden.com
 
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Eric Braeden
Eric Braeden - Monte-Carlo Television Festival.jpg
Eric Braeden at the 2013 Monte-Carlo Television Festival
BornHans-Jörg Gudegast
(1941-04-03) April 3, 1941 (age 72)
Bredenbek, Germany
OccupationActor
Years active1963–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 1966 he guest-starred (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 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 a supporting role 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.

YearAwardCategoryWorkResult
198714th Daytime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Lead Actor in a Drama SeriesThe Young and the RestlessNominated
199017th Daytime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Lead Actor in a Drama SeriesThe Young and the RestlessNominated
199218th People's Choice AwardsFavorite Male Performer In A Daytime SerialThe Young and the RestlessWon
199623rd Daytime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Lead Actor in a Drama SeriesThe Young and the RestlessNominated
199724th Daytime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Lead Actor in a Drama SeriesThe Young and the RestlessNominated
199825th Daytime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Lead Actor in a Drama SeriesThe Young and the RestlessWon[2]
199926th Daytime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Lead Actor in a Drama SeriesThe Young and the RestlessNominated
200027th Daytime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Lead Actor in a Drama SeriesThe Young and the RestlessNominated
200431st Daytime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Lead Actor in a Drama SeriesThe Young and the RestlessNominated

Roles[edit]

YearTitleRole
1963Combat!Hans Gruber
1965Combat!Ecktmann
1965MorituriActor
1966–1968The Rat PatrolHauptmann (Captain) Hans Dietrich
1969Hawaii Five-ODr. Paul Farrar
100 RiflesLt. Franz Von Klemme
1970Hawaii Five-OKlaus Marburg
Colossus: The Forbin ProjectDr. Charles A. Forbin
The Mask of ShebaDr. Morgan
1970The Young RebelsMajor Zanker
1971Escape from the Planet of the ApesDr. Otto Hasslein
1971Gunsmoke's episode JaekelCarl Jaekel
1971Gunsmoke's 3 part episode The BulletJack Sinclair
1971Bearcats!Col. Reinert
1972The Judge and Jake WylerAnton Granicek
1972Hawaii Five-ODjebara
1973The AdulteressHank Baron
The Six Million Dollar ManFindletter
1974Kolchak: The Night StalkerBernhardt Stieglitz
BanacekPaul Bolitho
The Ultimate ThrillRoland
1975Wonder WomanEvan Donaldson
1977The Mary Tyler Moore ShowKarl Heller
KojakKenneth Krug
Herbie Goes to Monte CarloBruno von Stickle
1979CHiPsSenator Lerwin
1980–presentThe Young and the RestlessVictor Newman
1981Charlie's AngelsJohn Reardon
1986AirwolfNick Kincaid
1990Lucky/ChancesDimitri Stanislopolous
1990The AmbulanceThe Doctor
1994The NannyFrank Bradley, Sr.
1995Diagnosis: MurderHimself
1997TitanicJohn Jacob Astor IV
1998Meet the DeedlesElton Deedle
1999The Bold and the BeautifulVictor Newman
2008The Man Who Came BackReese Paxton
2008How I Met Your MotherRobin 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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