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Eric Braeden Biography

Birth Name:
Hans Jörg Gudegast
Birth Place:
Kiel, Germany

Fast Facts

  • His Americanized stage name was derived from the German town where he grew up, Bredenbek
  • Played on a 1972-73 Los Angeles-based semi-pro soccer team
  • Landed roles as Germans in a number of World War II series and movies, including Captain Dietrich in ABC's The Rat Patrol
  • Portrayed millionaire John Jacob Astor in James Cameron's Titanic
  • Had multiple Daytime Emmy nominations for his work as Victor Newman on The Young and the Restless and won in 1998
  • Received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2007
  • Got into a minor Twitter war of words with Neil Patrick Harris in 2010 after Harris bashed Braeden about pulling out of a role on How I Met Your Mother


  • 1992People's Choice Awards-Favorite Male Performer in a Daytime Serial: winner