Eric Braeden
Biographical information
Full name: Hans-Jörg Gudegast
Birthdate: April 3, 1941
Birthplace: Bredenbek, Germany
Age: 73
Occupation: Actor
Years active: 1963–present
Marital status: Dale Russell Gudegast (1966–present)

Eric Braeden (born Hans Jörg Gudegast; April 3, 1941) 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 James Cameron's 1997 film Titanic. Braeden won a Daytime Emmy Award in 1998 for Lead Actor in a Drama Series for the role of Victor Newman.

Early Life[edit | edit source]

Braeden was born Hans Jörg Gudegast in Bredenbek, Germany (near Kiel), 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.

Personal Life[edit | edit source]

Braeden is regarded as a very good tennis player. 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.

Actor Clarence Williams III and former boxer Ken Norton are two of his best friends.

Filmography[edit | edit source]

Year Title Role
1963 Combat! Hans Gruber
1965 Combat! Ecktmann
1966–1967 Mission: Impossible Andrei Fetyakov , Marcus von Frank
1966–1968 The Rat Patrol Hauptmann (Captain) Hans Dietrich
1969 Hawaii Five-O Dr. Paul Farrar
100 Rifles Lt. Franz Von Klemme
1970 Hawaii Five-O Klaus Marburg
Colossus: The Forbin Project Dr. Charles A. Forbin
The Mask of Sheba Dr. Morgan
1970 The Young Rebels Major Zanker
1971 Escape from the Planet of the Apes Dr. Otto Hasslein
1971 Gunsmoke's episode Jaekel Carl Jaekel
1971 Bearcats! Col. Reinert
1972 The Judge and Jake Wyler Anton Granicek
1972 Hawaii Five-O Djebara
1973 The Adulteress Hank Baron
The Six Million Dollar Man Findletter
1974 Kolchak: The Night Stalker Bernhardt Stieglitz
Banacek Paul Bolitho
The Ultimate Thrill Roland
1975 Wonder Woman Evan Donaldson
1977 The Mary Tyler Moore Show Karl Heller
Kojak Kenneth Krug
Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo Bruno von Stickle
1979 CHiPs Senator Lerwin
1980–present The Young and the Restless Victor Newman
1981 Charlie's Angels John Reardon
1990 Lucky/Chances Dimitri Stanislopolous
1990 The Ambulance The Doctor
1994 The Nanny Frank Bradley, Sr.
1995 Diagnosis: Murder Himself
1997 Titanic John Jacob Astor
1998 Meet the Deedles Elton Deedle
1999 The Bold and the Beautiful Victor Newman
2008 The Man Who Came Back Reese Paxton
2008 How I Met Your Mother Robin Scherbatsky, Sr.

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