Eric Braeden, an internationally acclaimed actor, has received prestigious awards like the Emmy Award and People's Choice Award for his work in film and television. He is considered a television icon and is widely regarded as one of the most popular characters in daytime television history.
For more than 37 plus years, Eric Braeden played "Victor Newman" on the #1 daytime drama The Young and the Restless with 120M plus global viewers.
How Rich is Eric Braeden?
Eric Braeden, a German film actor, has a total net worth of $20 Million. He is known for his role as Victor Newman on the renowned CBS soap opera, The Young and the Restless. He has additionally starred in numerous movies and television series throughout his career.
Eric Braeden is among the top earners in "The Young and the Restless" cast, reportedly earning approximately $5,000 per episode, translating to an annual income of around $4 million. Moreover, this amount tends to increase with an actor's tenure on the show.
In his initial two decades in America, Eric Braeden appeared in numerous TV shows and films, making guest appearances in around 120 roles. Throughout the 1960s, he notably featured in multiple episodes of the long-running World War II drama, Combat!, portraying the character of a German soldier.
In 1965, he appeared in a film called Morituri along with Marlon Brand and Yul Brynner. He guest-starred in The Man From U.N.C.L.E. as T.H.R.U.S.H. agent Mr. Oakes in season two, episode five.
In 1966, he guest-starred as Luftwaffe Major Bentz in episode 28 of the TV series, Twelve O’Clock High, a series which was very loosely based on the classic 1949 war film of the same name. He then also appeared in an episode of the drama series Blue Light.
After some guest-starred roles, 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. In the 1969 Western film "100 Rifles," alongside Raquel Welch, Burt Reynolds, and Jim Brown, Eric Braeden played a villainous German military officer opposite Fernando Lamas. This marked his final credit using his birth name.
Eric Braeden adopted his stage name for his starring role in the 1970 movie "Colossus: The Forbin Project." LewWasserman from Universal Pictures advised him that individuals with German names might not be cast as leads in American films. After careful consideration, Braeden chose the surname "Braeden" derived from his hometown, Bredenbek.
During the 1970s, Eric Braeden appeared in multiple films, playing roles such as Dr. Otto Hasslein in "Escape from the Planet of the Apes" and portraying the confident race-car driver, Bruno von Stickle, in Walt Disney's "Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo". Additionally, he made guest appearances on various television shows, including "The Six Million Dollar Man," "Wonder Woman," and "The Mary Tyler Moore Show." Furthermore, he was featured in several episodes of the enduring CBS Western series "Gunsmoke."
Apart from numerous episodic roles, Eric Braeden portrayed Colonel John Jacob Astor IV in the 1997 blockbuster film Titanic. Braeden revealed to Cindy Elavsky that filming the scene where his character drowns in Titanic was "one of the scariest moments in this business for me."
Before embarking on his professional acting career, Braeden was an accomplished track and field athlete. In 1958, competing under his birth name, he clinched victory at the German National Team Championship with Rends Burger TSV. Transitioning to the US in the 1970s, he pursued soccer and triumphed in the 1973 National Challenge Cup while playing for Maccabee Los Angeles. Not only skilled in soccer, but Braeden also explored boxing and tennis during his sporting endeavors.
In 1966, Braeden tied the knot with his college sweetheart, Dale Russell. Their son Christian has since pursued a career as a writer and filmmaker.
In the spring of 2023, Braeden disclosed that he had received a diagnosis of bladder cancer. This diagnosis came during his recovery from knee-replacement surgery and while he was undergoing treatment related to prostate issues.
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