If you think Eric Braeden is one of the most prominent German actors in America, you are not alone. The actor launched his long-running career in the year 1962 and since then, he made dozens of theatre, TV series, and film appearances. The veteran actor’s breakout role was as Victor Newman in the critically acclaimed soap opera, The Young and the Restless, which has been running since March 26, 1973. This series, alone, has earned him a Soap Opera Digest Award for Lead Actor (1997), People’s Choice Award for Most Popular Daytime Actor (18th Annual event), as well as a Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series (1998). In addition to these accolades, Eric has received seven other Emmy nominations between 1987 and 2004 for his role in The Young and the Restless.
Eric Braeden’s Bio (Age)
Eric Braeden was born on April 3, 1941, in a place called Bredenbek, in Germany. His birth name is Hans-Jörg Gudegast. The German-American actor was raised in Germany by his father, who died when he was only twelve years old. Prior to his death, Eric’s father served as a minor Nazi politician and a major in the military. But even at that, his family was unable to make ends meet. At that time, the actor’s only escape route from his family’s circumstances was through athletics and sports. Eric was very good in track and field events as well as handball and football. As an avid soccer fanatic, he featured for many local and semi-professional teams in his active years.
In 1959, He would migrate to the United States in search of a greener pasture. He first settled in New York City and later in Galveston, from where he moved to Texas, and then Montana. While he was in Montana and Texas, he did several odd jobs, including working as a cowhand, translator, and in a lumber mill. He also worked at the University of Texas’ medical school lab, after which he moved to Los Angeles, where he eventually enrolled at Santa Monica College. He also studied at Montana State University, Missoula, after earning a Track and Field Scholarship.
Eric Braeden holds the record as one of the founders of the German American Cultural Society (GACS). In 1991, he received the Federal Medal of Honor from the then German President, Richard von Weizsacker, whose “courage and moral leadership” he greatly admires.
Despite being a German by birth, the 6 feet 1-inch veteran thespian has successfully made a mark for himself in the American movie fraternity, which in turn, has helped in boosting his financial life. From his dozens of television shows and movies, Eric Braeden has garnered millions in net worth estimated at $25 million but his salary is not open for public scrutiny.
Is He Married? Family, Wife, Son
In an era when the divorce rate keeps moving high, it’s always delightful to see couples spend a good number of their years together as husband and wife. Celebrities are known for having short-lived marriages, especially in Hollywood, which many have dubbed ‘the home of the 72-day marriage’. For Eric Braeden, the reverse is the case – he has beaten the odds to live together with his wife for over five decades.
Eric is happily married to his college sweetheart, Dale Russell Gudegast. They tied the knot on the 8th of October 1966, and have been together through high and low. Together, they have a son called Christian Gudegast. The elderly screen actor reportedly lives in Bredenbek, Germany, with his wife.
His wife was born in Los Angeles on November 17, 1941. She is an actress famed for her role in the 2001 American romantic adventure family movie, Holiday in the Sun. Dalle is also known as the sister of the popular Bakersfield, California-born actress Patricia Annette Olson, professionally known as Sigrid Valdis. She studied at both a private elementary and high school based in Los Angeles, California but the actress did not make it to college.
Their son, Christian was born on February 9, 1970, in Los Angeles. Eric’s only son banks as a screenwriter and filmmaker and he is popular for writing the movie, A Man Apart, which featured powerhouse actor Vin Diesel. Christian is a product of the UCLA Film School, from where he graduated as the best student in his class in 1992. That same year, his thesis movie which he titled: Shadow Box, bagged the award for Best Student Film.
Upon graduating from the film school, the younger Gudegast started directing rap music videos. He fully switched to screenwriting after selling his first script, Black Ocean, in 1993 to Oliver Stone. He is said to have written the script together with his former partner Paul Scheuring. Christian is happily married to his sweetheart, with whom he shares three lovely children. His father Eric often uploads pictures of his grandchildren on his Twitter page.