Eric Braeden who is officially known as Hans-Jorg Gudegast is an actor in both films and the television. This German-American is best known for his act as Victor Newman in the television soap opera, The Young and the Restless. He has been active in acting since 1962 up to date. Read on get details about Eric Braeden’s net worth in 2018.
Eric Braeden Early Life
Hans-Jorg Gudegast whose stage name is Eric Braeden was born in 1941, 3rd April in Bredenbek, Germany. His father once worked as a mayor in this place. In 1958, Eric was involved in outdoor games such as discus, javelin, and shot-put. He moved to the United States of America in 1959. While living in the United States, he went to the University of Montana, Missoula.
Eric Braeden also placed soccer where he participated in the National Challenge Cup of 1973. He was involved in a football club called Maccabi Los Angeles. For the 1970s and 1980s, he was active in boxing at both the gyms and the streets. He married Dale Russell Gudegast in 1966. The couple has a son, Christian. Christian works in filming as a screenwriter and has written films such as A Man Apart which featured the famous actor, Vin Diesel. Harper Collins in 2017 published an autograph; I’ll Be Damned which outlined the life of Eric Braeden.
Eric Braeden Career
Eric Braeden acting career started in the 1960s after arriving in America. He first appeared in Combat, a Second World War drama between 1962 and 1967. In the film, he starred as a German soldier. In 1965, he appeared as Marlon Brando in Morituri. In the late 1960s, he guest starred in several films such as The Man From U.N.C.L.E., Twelve O’clock High and Blue Light. He later took significant roles in The Rat Patrol, 100 Rifles, and Colossus: The Forbin Project. In this movie colossus, Hans-Jorg adopted his stage name, Eric Braeden.
That was triggered by Lew Wasserman who suggested that no one with a German name would star in an American film. He got the name Braeden from his place called Bredenbek. In the 1970s he appeared in films such as Escape From the Planet of the Apes, Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo, The Six Million Dollar Man, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Gunsmoke and Wonder Woman.
In 1980, Eric got a role as Victor Newman in a soap opera called The Young and the Restless. He was featured on the show until late 2009 when he announced that he was leaving the show. Later he announced his return to the show stating that he received a better deal. In early 2017, Braeden celebrated 37 years in the show. 1997 was great for Eric when he made an appearance in a great film, Titanic.
Awards and Achievements
Eric Braeden is active in filming hence he has been featured in many high films and soap operas. He has also received awards, nominations, and honors. Such awards and honors include Distinguished German-American of the Year, Hollywood Walk of Fame, 1 Gilmore Award, 1 Friend of German Award, 2 German Medal of Honor, 1 Humanitarian Award, one People’s Choice Award, and 1 Emmy Awards.
Net Worth of Eric Braeden
Eric Braeden has a net worth of $25 million. This 76 old actor has earned this net worth by participating in many films. He has ventured into filming for over five decades where he has been part of many movies and soap operas. Despite his old age, this celebrity is still in acting.
Eric Braeden is a mentor and a good example of what many young people find a great life. That is because of his determination, courage, and focus in the filming industry. He has also faced challenges throughout his life but has faced them with courage.