Eric Braeden (born Hans Gudegast, April 3, 1941) is a German-American film and television actor. He was born in Kiel, Germany and emigrated to the U.S.A. in 1960.
He racked up many TV and film credits during his first two decades in America, most notably a role on the TV series The Rat Patrol (1966-1968), as well as a starring role in the movie Colossus: The Forbin Project (1969).
In 1980, he was offered the role of self-made magnate Victor Newman on the serial The Young and the Restless. He won a Daytime Emmy for his work in 1998.
In the late 1990s, he was offered the role of John Jacob Astor IV in the movie Titanic (1997) as well as a role in the movie Meet the Deedles (1998).