Eric Braeden (Victor Newman on The Young and the Restless)

Current Character: Victor Newman

Birthday: 1941-04-03

Birthplace: Born in Kiel, Germany

Marital Status: Married Dale Russell (1966 - present) 1 child - Christian


Born Hans Gudegast in Kiel, Germany, during the Second World War, he was an outstanding athlete who excelled in track-and-field events and won himself a scholarship to Montana State University. He traveled to Los Angeles in hopes of finding a distributor for a documentary film that he and a friend had made, but instead found that his accent and debonair looks helped him win parts as an actor. First appearing with his real name in many supporting roles in both television and film, he changed his name, at a studio's insistence.

Hans, now known as Eric Braeden, continued to work in TV, movies, Broadway and theater for the next decade. He continued to take the odd role in film while his portrayal of 'Victor Newman' shot him to the top in Daytime stardom!

Braeden lives with his wife Dale Gudegast, and enjoys playing tennis, at which he is very accomplished. He recently spent nine years on a film project of his own, "The Man Who Came Back."

Career Highlights

The Young and the Restless - Victor Newman (1980 - Present)
Titanic - John Jacob Astor (1997)
Diagnosis Murder - "Himself" (1995)
The Nanny - Frank Bradley (1994)
Jackie Collins' Lucky/Chances - Dimitri Stanislopolous (1990)
CHiPs - Senator Lerwin (1979)
Kojak - Kenneth Krug (1977)
Mission: Impossible - Andrei Fetyakov (1966 - 1967)
Wonder Woman - Unknown (1975)
Combat! - Ecktmann, Episode 2.20
"The Hostages" (1963 - 1964)

Awards & Acclaim

Daytime Emmys Winner, Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series (1998)
Daytime Emmys Nomination, Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series (1990, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2004)
Daytime Emmys Pre-Nomination, Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series (2004, 2005)
18th Annual People's Choice Award for Most Popular Daytime Actor