Eric Braeden was born on April 3, 1941, in Bredenbek, German, as his primary name was Hans-Jorg Gudegast. He lived in Kiel, the Capital city in northern Germany, where his father once used to be a mayor. Braeden is now 79 years old, where he has been active from 1960 to now.

Quick Info
Full NameEric Braeden
Date of Birth April 3, 1941
Birth Place Bredenbek, Germany
Wife(s) Dale Russell Gudegast (1966-Present)
Age80 years
Height6 ft 1 in
Hair ColorGrey
Eye ColorDark Brown
Net WorthUS $25 million

Where was Eric Braeden born and raised?

When he got called with his birth name Hans Gudegast, he participated in the German National Team Championship in Track and field where he had won the title. After that, he participated in the 1973 National Challenge Cup, which was the open soccer championship where he played in the position of full-back with Jewish American soccer.

Eric Braeden

Eric Braeden had scored the winning goal for the semifinal and a penalty kick in the final round. He used to see playing boxing at the Hoover Street and Broadway gyms L.A. when it was the 1970s/80s. Braeden was also good at playing Tennis so that Braeden participated in different celebrity events. Later, he moved into the United States in the year of 1959. After that, he had joined the university “The University of Montana “(UM).


Body Measurement

Eric Braeden holds German nationality, and he used to speak the German language. To talk about his physical appearance, he is 6 feet 1 inch (1.85m) tall and had a dark brown eye color with the grey hair color. His zodiac sign is Aries.


What is the relationship status of Braeden?

Braeden married an actress Dale Russell in 1966, where they had a son in 1970 whose name is Christian Gudegast. Eric was a committed man and loved his family so much, and they spend their life happily, even if there are ups and downs. They direct themselves to support one another that bonds their affection extra strong. Eric’s son Christian also becomes a successful person in his life, and he is now known as a director where he had directed the movie like Den of Thieves.


How did Braeden start his career?

Braeden started his career with his real name, Jans-Jorg Gudegast, where, firstly, he used to collect the many TV and film credits where he had done 120 roles as a guest role. Later, he had got a chance to play the role of a German soldier in the longest-running World War II drama “Combat!” which got broadcasted from 1962 to 1967. After that, Braeden had a chance to play in the movie “Moriture,” starring Marlon Brando and Yul Bryner. He had also seen as a guest “The Man from U.N.C.L.E., which was spy-fiction series where he had done the role of T.H.R.U.S.H. agent Mr. Oakes in the season two, episode five of “The Discotheque Affair” in 1965.



Eric Braeden was also seen in “Day of Reckoning” as a Luftwaffe in episode 28 of season two series Twelve O’ Clock High. Furthermore, he was also in the series “Blue Light.” Later, he got the regular role in the series “The Rat Patrol,” where he played German Hauptmann from 1966 to 1968. In 1969, he was playing in “100 Rifles” as a German military. This performance was his last role, where his birth name knew him.

Eric Braeden

His life had changed after playing in the movie “Colossus: The Forbin Project” in 1970 as Eric Braeden. At that time, he had chosen his Braeden name from his hometown name, which is Bredenbek, when Lew Wasserman of Universal Pictures told him that there is no need for any star in America if they have had a German name. He had shown himself in the character of Dr. Otto Hasslein, in 1971, in the movie Escape from the Planet of the Apes.”

After that, in 1977, Eric Braeden appeared in the movie Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo. From the 1970s, he had seen playing the guest roles in the series like “The Six Million Dollar Man, Wonder Woman,” “The Mary Tyler Moore Show,” and also in Gunsmoke, which was broadcasted by CBS. Braeden is in the movie Titanic which was the blockbuster movie of 1997. Eric Braeden had told Cindy Elavsky that when the character he was playing had drowned was the scariest in his career.


Victor Newman Moments

Braeden got cast for the role “Victor Newman,” which was the fictional character from “The Young and the Restless,” where he had made the contract of 26 weeks, but the feeling that he was playing became very popular, his contract has been extending.  In that series, Eric Braeden imprisoned his wife’s lover and played the role of villain as his character emphasized love-to-hate. It counts as a great success for his career, where many people appreciate his position.



Eric Braeden was able to win a Daytime Emmy Award for his outstanding role in 1998. Also, in 2017 February, Braeden was pleased to celebrate his 37th anniversary with the show. After that program, it’s made an announcement of Braeden’s 40th anniversary as Victor onscreen.

Eric Braeden

Net Worth

As Eric Braeden became a successful actor, his hard work and the talents made him famous. He had an estimated net worth of $25 million, which is only possible because of his dedication towards his work.


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