Eric Braeden is a German-American film and television actor who best known for his role as Victor Newman on the soap opera “The Young and the Restless.” By the way, how much is a net worth of Eric Braeden? If you want to know a net worth of Eric Braeden, read this entire article.
Eric Braeden’s Net Worth
According to the research, Eric Braeden has a net worth of $25 million dollars. He was born on April 3, 1941 in Bredenbek, Germany. In 1959, Eric Braeden immigrated to the United States. In the United States, he attended The University of Montana in Missoula. Besides his role on “The Young and the Restless”, he is best known for his roles as Hans Dietrich in the 1960s TV series: The Rat Patrol, and as John Jacob Astor IV in the film “Titanic” in 1997. In 1998, Eric Braeden won a Daytime Emmy Award for Lead Actor in a Drama Series for the role of Victor Newman.
Also, Eric Braeden had a starring role in the 1970 movie “Colossus: The Forbin Project”, where he first took the stage name of Eric Braeden after Universal Picture’s Lew Wasserman told him that no one could be allowed to star in an American film if they had a German name. Eric Braeden took the name Braeden from his hometown of Bredenbek. Aside from that, he starred in “Airwolf” alongside Jan Michael Vincent. In the year of 1980, he was offered the role of self-made business magnate Victor Newman on the daytime soap opera “The Young and the Restless” for a 26-week run. Braeden’s character imprisoned his wife’s lover, and became so famous. His contract was renewed, and he is still on the show until now. In 2017, his autobiography I’ll Be Damned was published.
Career of Eric Braeden
Eric Braeden accumulated many film and TV credits during his first two decades in America, and guest-starred in 120 roles. Braeden’s earliest credits were all under his birth name, Hans Gudegast. During the 1960s Braeden appeared in some episodes of TV’s longest-running World War II drama (1962–1967) Combat He was always playing a German soldier. In the year of 1965, Eric Braeden appeared in a film entitled Morituri starring Yul Brynner and Marlon Brando. He also appeared as a guest-starred in The Man From U.N.C.L.E. as T.H.R.U.S.H. agent Mr. Oakes in “The Discotheque Affair.”
In the year of 1966, he became a guest-starred as Luftwaffe Major Bentz in “Day of Reckoning”, in episode 28, of season two of the TV series Twelve O’Clock High. It was a series which was so loosely based on the classic 1949 war film with the same name. Also, he appeared in an episode of the 1966 espionage drama series Blue Light. His main character for the next two years was his regular starring role playing German Hauptmann Hans Dietrich on the TV series The Rat Patrol (1966–1968).
Eric Braeden starred in the 1969 western 100 Rifles with Burt Reynolds, Raquel Welch and Jim Brown. Once again he played a villainous German military officer opposite Fernando Lamas. It was Braeden’s last credit under his birth name. Braeden’s starring role in the movie Colossus: The Forbin Project (1970), was when he first took the stage name of Eric Braeden. We get information that Lew Wasserman of Universal Pictures told him that no one would be allowed to star in an American film if he had a German name. After much thought, Eric Braeden took the name Braeden from his hometown of Bredenbek.
Other movie appearances in the year of 1970 included the role of Dr. Otto Hasslein in Escape from the Planet of the Apes (1971), and a role as an arrogant but formidable race car driver, Bruno von Stickle (1977) Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo. Throughout the 1970s, Eric Braeden also guest-starred in a variety of television shows including:
- The Six Million Dollar Man
- Wonder Woman
- The Mary Tyler Moore Show
Also, he appeared in some episodes of the long-running CBS western series Gunsmoke.
In addition to many episodic roles, Eric Braeden also appeared as Colonel John Jacob Astor IV in the film Titanic in 1997. In his autobiography, titled I’ll Be Damned that was published by Harper Collins in 2017. He explained that he was a survivor of the MV Wilhelm Gustloff sinking. For your information, the MV Wilhelm Gustloff was a German, armed, military, transport ship that was sunk on January 30, 1945 by Soviet submarine S-13, in the Baltic Sea, while evacuating some German civilian refugees. It is estimated that over 9,000 people died. In history, it was the largest loss of life in a single ship sinking. Eric Braeden told Cindy Elavsky that filming the scene in Titanic, where his character drowned, was one of the scariest moments in his business.
In the year of 1980, Eric Braeden was offered the role of self-made business magnate Victor Newman on the opera: The Young and the Restless. Formerly, the role was for a 26-week run. Braeden’s character imprisoned his wife’s lover, and became so famous the character became a love-to-hate villain. Later, his contract was extended. Eric Braeden won a Daytime Emmy for his work in the year of 1998. In February 2017, Eric Braeden celebrated his 37th anniversary with the show. In the year of 2020, the show marked Eric Braeden’s 40th anniversary as Victor onscreen. In October 2009, he and The Young and the Restless came to an impasse regarding contract negotiations. A press reports indicated that he might leave the show. But, CBS then announced that Eric Braeden had inked a new 3-year deal and would remain with the soap opera. He agreed to take a pay cut, that was the original problem.
Personal life of Eric Braeden
In the year of 1958, Eric Braeden, under his birth name Hans Gudegast, won the German National Team Championship in Track and Field. Later, he went on to win the 1973 National Challenge Cup as a fullback with the Jewish American soccer club Maccabi Los Angeles. He had score the winning goal in the semifinal and a penalty kick in the final against Chicago Croatian. In the 1970s/1980s, Eric Braeden could often be seen boxing at the Hoover Street and Broadway gyms in Los Angeles. He is a good tennis player and always participated in many celebrity events.