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Eric Braeden

Eric Braeden

Highest Rated: 89% Colossus: The Forbin Project (1969)

Lowest Rated: 10% Meet the Deedles (1998)

Birthday: Apr 3, 1941

Birthplace: Bredenbek, Germany

A leading man best known as business wizard Victor Newman on the CBS daytime drama "The Young and the Restless," Eric Braeden has parlayed a German accent into a long-running TV career in America. Born in Germany during World War II, he was the son of the mayor of Bredenback, a small town near the port city of Kiel. When his father died in 1953, his mother turned to factory worker to support her four sons. At age 19, Braeden, then known by his birth name of Hans Gudegast, moved to the USA and resided with a cousin in Houston. After a short period at Montana State University on a track and field scholarship, he moved to Los Angeles to study at Santa Monica City College. After landing a bit part in "Operation Eichmann" (1961), he decided to become an actor. For much of the 1960s, Braeden/Gudegast was useful in Hollywood playing Germans in movies and TV programs set during World War II; he made numerous guest appearances on "Combat" and from 1966-1968 played Captain Dietrich, the adversary to "The Rat Patrol" (ABC). As the decade came to a close and realizing he was more or less typecast, the actor changed his name to Eric Braeden and attempted to reposition himself in Hollywood. He landed the lead in the feature "Colossus: The Forbin Project" (1970), a well-made thriller about a world where computers run amok. But screen stardom did not follow. Finding himself playing supporting roles in such fare as "Herbie Goes to Monaco" (1977), Braeden turned to the small screen, making several unsuccessful pilots and series guest appearances (usually as suave or unctuous villains). He was perhaps most memorable as a critic who verbally tears everything to shreds--even the WJM News--in a 1977 episode of "The Mary Tyler Moore Show." In 1980, he accepted what was originally a three-month stint on the CBS soap "The Young and the Restless" in the role of ruthless businessman victor Newman. Braeden, however, clicked with both the audience and the creative powers, and has been one of the series leading men for close to two decades, earning five Daytime Emmy nominations for the role. With steady employment and a certain clout, he has accepted occasional roles in TV-movies and in features. In 1990, Braeden was well-cast as Dimitri Stanislopolous in "Jackie Collins' 'Lucky/Chances'" (CBS, 1990) and also embodied John Jacob Astor in James Cameron's Oscar-winning blockbuster "Titanic" (1997).

Highest rated movies

89% Colossus: The Forbin Project
76% Escape From the Planet of the Apes
60% Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo
41% Den of Thieves
10% Meet the Deedles

Photos

Eric Braeden Eric Braeden at arrivals for CBS Daytime Presents: The Young and the Restless Panel, The Paley Center for Media, Beverly Hills, CA November 10, 2016. Photo By: Priscilla Grant/Everett Collection The Young and the Restless, Melody Thomas Scott (L), Eric Braeden (R), 03/26/1973, ©CBS The Young and the Restless, from left: Melody Thomas Scott, Peter Bergman, Eric Braeden, Jeanne Cooper, 03/26/1973, ©CBS The Young and the Restless, Eric Braeden (L), Melody Thomas Scott (R), 03/26/1973, ©CBS The Young and the Restless, Eric Braeden, 03/26/1973, ©CBS The Young and the Restless, Jeanne Cooper (L), Eric Braeden (R), 03/26/1973, ©CBS The Young and the Restless, Eric Braeden (L), Melissa Ordway (R), 03/26/1973, ©CBS The Young and the Restless, Jeanne Cooper (L), Eric Braeden (R), 03/26/1973, ©CBS The Young and the Restless, Jeanne Cooper (L), Eric Braeden (R), 03/26/1973, ©CBS The Young and the Restless, Jeanne Cooper (L), Eric Braeden (R), 03/26/1973, ©CBS The Young and the Restless, Eric Braeden (L), Kristoff St John (R), 03/26/1973, ©CBS The Young and the Restless, Eric Braeden, 03/26/1973, ©CBS The Young and the Restless, Melody Thomas Scott (L), Eric Braeden (R), 03/26/1973, ©CBS COLOSSUS : THE FORBIN PROJECT, Eric Braeden, 1970 The Young and the Restless, Eric Braeden, 03/26/1973, ©CBS The Young and the Restless, Eric Braeden, 03/26/1973, ©CBS The Young and the Restless, from left: Joshua Morrow, Peter Bergman, Doug Davidson, Melody Thomas Scott, Eric Braeden, 03/26/1973, ©CBS The Young and the Restless, Eric Braeden, 03/26/1973, ©CBS The Young and the Restless, Amelia Heinle (L), Eric Braeden (R), 03/26/1973, ©CBS

Filmography

Movies

Credit
41% 62% Den of Thieves Ziggy Zerhusen (Character) $44.9M 2018
No Score Yet 19% The Man Who Came Back Reese Paxton (Character),
Executive Producer
- 2008
10% 38% Meet the Deedles Elton Deedle (Character) $4.4M 1998
No Score Yet 50% A Perry Mason Mystery: The Case of the Wicked Wives David Morrison (Character) - 1993
No Score Yet 48% The Ambulance The Doctor (Character) - 1990
No Score Yet 46% The Aliens Are Coming Leonard Nero (Character) - 1980
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Power Within Stephens (Character) - 1979
No Score Yet No Score Yet Happily Ever After Ross Ford (Character) - 1978
No Score Yet 0% Code Name: Diamond Head Ernest Graeber (Character) - 1977
60% 57% Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo Bruno Von Stickle (Character) - 1977
No Score Yet No Score Yet The New, Original Wonder Woman Captain Drangel (Character) - 1975
No Score Yet 71% Death Scream Kosinsky (Character) - 1975
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Ultimate Thrill Roland Parlay (Character) - 1974
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Ultimate Chase Roland Parlay (Character) - 1974
No Score Yet No Score Yet Death Race Stoeffer (Character) - 1973
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Six Million Dollar Man: Wine, Women and War Arlen Findletter (Character) - 1973
No Score Yet No Score Yet Adulteress Hank Baron (Character) - 1973
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Judge and Jake Wyler Anton Granicek (Character) - 1972
76% 53% Escape From the Planet of the Apes Dr. Otto Hasslein (Character) - 1971
No Score Yet No Score Yet Bearcats Col. Gustav Reinert (Character) - 1970
No Score Yet 41% 100 Rifles Lt. Franz Von Klemme (Character) - 1969
89% 76% Colossus: The Forbin Project Dr. Charles Forbin (Character) - 1969
No Score Yet No Score Yet Quest Dr. Roan Morgan (Character) - 1969
No Score Yet No Score Yet Honeymoon With a Stranger Frederico Caprio (Character) - 1969
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Mask of Sheba Dr. Roan Morgan (Character) - 1969

TV

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Young and the Restless Victor Newman (Character) 1984 1986 1994-1995 1999 2002 2004-2005 2011-2024
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Talk Guest 2011-2012 2017 2020 2022-2023
No Score Yet No Score Yet Tavis Smiley Guest 2017
84% 84% How I Met Your Mother Robin Scherbatsky, Sr. (Guest Star) 2008
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Bold And The Beautiful, The Beginning Victor Newman (Character) 1999
No Score Yet No Score Yet Diagnosis Murder Unknown (Guest Star) 1995
No Score Yet 71% The Nanny Unknown (Guest Star) 1994
No Score Yet 41% Airwolf Unknown (Guest Star) 1986
No Score Yet No Score Yet Charlie's Angels Unknown (Guest Star) 1981
No Score Yet No Score Yet CHiPs Unknown (Guest Star) 1979
100% 79% Wonder Woman Unknown (Guest Star) 1978
No Score Yet No Score Yet How the West Was Won Francis Britten (Guest Star) 1978
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Six Million Dollar Man Victor Cheraskin (Guest Star) 1978
No Score Yet No Score Yet Kojak Kenneth Krug (Guest Star) 1977
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Mary Tyler Moore Show Karl Heller (Guest Star) 1977
No Score Yet No Score Yet Cannon Carl Bruckner (Guest Star) 1976
No Score Yet No Score Yet Bronk Unknown (Guest Star) 1976
No Score Yet No Score Yet Barnaby Jones Unknown (Guest Star) 1973 1975
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Rookies Unknown (Guest Star) 1974
100% 88% Kolchak: The Night Stalker Unknown (Guest Star) 1974
No Score Yet No Score Yet Marcus Welby, M.D. Pastor Goodleigh (Guest Star) 1974
No Score Yet No Score Yet Gunsmoke Talley (Guest Star) 1971 1974
No Score Yet No Score Yet McCloud Ravik (Guest Star) 1973
No Score Yet No Score Yet Mannix Viktor Gruniev (Guest Star) 1971
No Score Yet No Score Yet Rat Patrol Capt. Hauptman Hans Dietrich (Character) 1966-1968
No Score Yet No Score Yet Jericho Unknown (Character) 1966-1967
No Score Yet No Score Yet 12 O'Clock High Unknown (Guest Star) 1965-1966
No Score Yet No Score Yet Wackiest Ship in the Army Unknown (Guest Star) 1965
100% No Score Yet The Man From U.N.C.L.E. Unknown (Guest Star) 1965
No Score Yet No Score Yet Combat! Unknown (Guest Star) 1964