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Overview (4)

Date of Birth 3 April 1941Kiel, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany
Birth NameHans Jörg Gudegast
Nickname The Black Knight
Height 6' 1" (1.85 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Eric Braeden is a German actor in America who began his career playing Nazis and eventually became a star of daytime soap operas. Born Hans Gudegast in Kiel, Germany, during the Second World War, he was a superb athlete who excelled in track-and-field events. As a teenager, he immigrated to the United States and worked in Texas and Montana as a translator, a cowhand, and a lumber millhand. His athleticism won him a scholarship to Montana State University. While attending college, he and friend Bob McKinnon made a film, The Riverbusters, about their successful attempt to be the first men to take a boat from the source to the mouth of the Salmon river and back again. He traveled to Los Angeles in hopes of finding a distributor for the documentary, but instead found that his handsome visage and accented English made him a valuable commodity as an actor. He appeared in small parts under his real name before landing the leading role of the antagonist, Captain Hans Dietrich, on the World War II television series The Rat Patrol (1966).

The series was a hit, and Gudegast's sympathetic German officer was very popular. He appeared in a few movies and television films thereafter in supporting roles, then was given the lead in Universal's science-fiction computer thriller Colossus: The Forbin Project (1970). His delight at this huge career boost was muted by the studio's insistence that he change his name. With extreme reluctance, he agreed and became known subsequently as Eric Braeden. Braeden worked continuously in television movies for the next decade. He also worked on Broadway and in Los Angeles area theatre. In 1980, he reluctantly accepted a role in a daytime drama, The Young and the Restless (1973), and gained a stardom in this medium that had just eluded him in film and prime time television. As lead Victor Newman, Braeden brought a gravity and a strong center to the program. Amazingly handsome and athletic into his sixties, Braeden maintained the charisma that first brought him notice in "The Rat Patrol".

His infrequent film work during his nearly quarter century on "The Young and the Restless" included a prominent role as John Jacob Astor in Titanic (1997). A five-time Emmy nominee for his "The Young and the Restless" role (he won in 1998), he was also nominated eleven times for the Soap Opera Digest Outstanding Leading Actor Award, winning three times. In 1987, he was appointed, along with Henry Kissinger, Paul Volker, Steffi Graf, Alexander Haig, and Katherine Graham, to the German-American Advisory Board, and in 1991 received the Federal Medal of Honor from the president of his native land, Germany. He married his college sweetheart Dale Russell in 1966. Their son, Christian Gudegast is a screenwriter.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

Spouse (1)

Dale Russell (8 October 1966 - present) (1 child)

Trade Mark (1)

Rich smooth voice

Trivia (8)

In addition to The Rat Patrol (1966) created by Tom Gries Braeden also had roles in the movie 100 Rifles (1969), written and directed by Tom Gries and in the movie Lady Ice (1973), produced and directed by Tom Gries.
He became a naturalized citizen while in college.
Was awarded the Federal Medal of Honor by the president of Germany for promoting a "positive, realistic image of Germans in America."
Father of Christian Gudegast.
His character Victor Newman from The Young and the Restless (1973), over the years, has been known as the Black Knight by soap opera fans.
Received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 7021 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California on July 20, 2007. Many of his The Young and the Restless (1973) co-stars were present for the occasion.
Brother-in-law of Bob Crane and Sigrid Valdis.
Interviewed in Tom Weaver's book "I Talked with a Zombie" (McFarland & Co., 2008).

Personal Quotes (16)

Being in love, and I'm not an expert in this, I've lived it as much as anyone has, but I've not dissected it.
I have a feeling that being in love sometimes means the projection of your desires onto another person. The important thing is that you like the other person, respect the other person and want to raise children with the other person.
If both parents must work, I think it is more important that the mother has proximity to the child to therefore establish a childcare situation at the big corporations not once a day, but many times a day.
A relationship has to be cultivated. There have to be feelings of love for another first. But then you have to really like the person.
Raising children is an enormously important part of life. I think one of the most important, or the most important, period.
Some situations are so hopeless when you look at them from the outside you say, Why are they still married?
If it's really so wonderful that both partners have to work to make a living to pay for their house, for health insurance, someone is obviously going to get the short end of the stick.
It's very difficult to judge relationships from the outside. You never know what happens in intimate moments with two people to know why they really support and love each other.
I'm not saying that people should not divorce, but at the rate at which it happens here is sick. The kids, they suffer. I don't care what anyone says.
I'm not a politician.
If you're a young couple when you start out and are both working, trying to raise children, that is tough.
A mother's got to be there to raise the children. That's all there is to it. I feel badly for those mothers who work hard, and can't do it all the time.
My heart goes out to many women that I've met across the country who barely make enough to make a living, and they want to have kids. That's very understandable, but what do you do with the kids?
Not too many people can afford for the wife to stay home and raise the kids.
If we keep on ignoring and leaving children to their own devices at home, they become latchkey kids, and trust me, the consequences of that are not good.
The workplace should have a place where the kids can visit. They should have places at the mother's or the father's work where professionals can have their kids visit them whenever they feel like it.

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