Braeden, Eric 1941- (Hans Gudegast)

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Braeden, Eric 1941- (Hans Gudegast)


Original name, Hans Joerg Gudegast; born April 3, 1941, in Kiel, Germany; immigrated to the United States, 1959; naturalized U.S. citizen; son of Wilhelm (a mayor) and Matilde Gudegast; married Dale Russell (a designer), 1966; children: Christian (a screenwriter). Education: Attended Montana State University (now University of Montana) and Santa Monica College. Avocational Interests: Athletic activities.


Office—c/o The Young and the Restless, CBS Television, 7800 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90036. Agent—Tom Harrison, Diverse Talent Group, 1875 Century Park E., Suite 2250, Los Angeles, CA 90067.


Actor and producer. Gudegast Braeden Productions, principal and producer; adopted the stage name Eric Braeden c. 1969. Worked as translator, ranch hand, lumber worker, and at other odd jobs.


German American Cultural Heritage Society (cofounder).

Awards, Honors:

Soap Opera Digest Award nominations, outstanding lead actor in a daytime serial, 1986, 1988, 1990, 1991, 1999, 2005, hottest male star, 1993, 1994, and favorite actor, 2000, Daytime Emmy Award nominations, outstanding lead actor in a drama series, 1987, 1990, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2004, Soap Opera Digest Awards, outstanding lead actor in a daytime serial, 1989, 1997, 2001, People's Choice Award, favorite male performer in a daytime serial, 1992, Daytime Emmy Award, outstanding lead actor in a drama series, 1998, Daytime Emmy Special Fan Award nomination (with Melody Thomas Scott), America's favorite couple, 2002, and Daytime TV magazine poll winner, best new daytime star, all for The Young and the Restless; German Federal Medal of Honor, 1991, for promoting positive, realistic image of Germans in America; received star on Hollywood Walk of Fame, 2007.


Television Appearances; Series:

(As Hans Gudegast) Captain Hauptman Hans Dietrich, The Rat Patrol, ABC, 1966-68.

Victor Newman, The Young and the Restless, CBS, 1980—.

Television Appearances; Miniseries:

Francis Britten, How the West Was Won, ABC, 1978.

Dimitri Stanislopolous, Lucky/Chances (also known as Jackie Collins' "Lucky/Chances"), NBC, 1990.

Television Appearances; Movies:

Frederico Caprio, Honeymoon with a Stranger, ABC, 1969.

Dr. Roan Morgan, The Mask of Sheba (also known as Quest: Mask of Sheba), NBC, 1970.

Colonel Gunter Kroll, Portrait: A Man Whose Name Was John, 1973.

Stoeffer, Death Race (also known as State of Division), ABC, 1973.

Kosinsky, Death Scream (also known as Streetkill and The Woman Who Cried Murder), ABC, 1975.

Ross Ford, Happily Ever After (also known as Tonight's the Night), CBS, 1978.

David Morrison, A Perry Mason Mystery: The Case of the Wicked Wives, NBC, 1993.

Television Appearances; Pilots:

Anton Granicek, The Judge and Jake Wyler, NBC, 1972.

Emhardt, Intertect, ABC, 1973.

Arlen Findletter, The Six Million Dollar Man: Wine, Women, and War (also known as Wine, Women, and War), ABC, 1973.

Captain Drangel, The New Original Wonder Woman (also known as The New Adventures of Wonder Woman and Wonder Woman), ABC, 1975.

Ernest Graeber, Code Name: Diamond Head, NBC, 1977.

Stephens, The Power Within, ABC, 1979.

Leonard Nero, The Aliens Are Coming, NBC, 1980.

Hagen, 1980.

Television Appearances; Specials:

Guiding Light: The Primetime Special, CBS, 1992.

CBS Soap Break, CBS, 1996.

The German Americans, PBS, 2000.

"Marlene: Inventing Dietrich," Biography, Arts and Entertainment, 2000.

Intimate Portrait: Melody Thomas Scott, Lifetime, 2002.

(In archive footage) Intimate Portrait: Lauralee Bell, Lifetime, 2002.

Television Appearances; Episodic:

Dr. Paul Farrar, "A Bullet for McGarrett," Hawaii Five-0 (also known as McGarrett), 1969.

Major Zanker, "The Hostages," The Young Rebels, 1970.

Klaus Marburg, "The Second Shot," Hawaii Five-0 (also known as McGarrett), 1970.

Nicholas Blok, "The Target," The F.B.I., 1970.

Carl Jaekel, "Jaekel," Gunsmoke (also known as Gun Law and Marshal Dillon), CBS, 1971.

Jack Sinclair, "Gold Train: The Bullet, Parts 1-3," Gunsmoke (also known as Gun Law and Marshal Dillon), CBS, 1971.

Vincent, "Operation: Big Store," O'Hara, U.S. Treasury, 1971.

Colonel Reinert, "Dos Gringos," Bearcats!, 1971.

Viktor Gruniev, "Woman in the Shadows," Mannix, 1971.

Karl Verboeck, "The Witness," Cade's County, 1972.

"In Sickness and in Health," Marcus Welby, M.D. (also known as Robert Young, Family Doctor), 1972.

"There Was an Old Woman," Assignment Vienna, 1973.

Ravik, "The Million Dollar Round Up," McCloud, 1973.

Steven Kingston, "Perchance to Kill," Barnaby Jones, 1973.

Djebara, "The Diamond that Nobody Stole," Hawaii Five-0 (also known as McGarrett), 1973.

Mike Benson, "N Is for Nightmare," Owen Marshall: Counselor at Law, 1973.

Paul Bolitho, "The Vanishing Chalice," Banacek, NBC, 1974.

Nelson Paradine, "The Illusion of Black Gold," The Magician, 1974.

Jurzyck, "The Assassin," The Rookies, 1974.

William Talley, "The Iron Blood of Courage," Gunsmoke (also known as Gun Law and Marshal Dillon), CBS, 1974.

Becker, "Diamond Run," The F.B.I., 1974.

"A Fevered Angel," Marcus Welby, M.D. (also known as Robert Young, Family Doctor), 1974.

Bernhardt Stieglitz, "The Werewolf," Kolchak: The Night Stalker (also known as The Night Stalker), ABC, 1974.

Fred White, "Bullet from the Grave," Get Christie Love!, 1974.

Captain Slater, "The Mercenary," Caribe, 1975.

Hans/Jennings/Raven, "Jeopardy for Two," Barnaby Jones, 1975.

Bristol, "Crazy Cats," Barbary Coast, 1975.

Forbes, "Panic," Matt Helm, 1975.

"The Deadlier Sex," Bronk, 1976.

Carl Bruckner, "The Quasar Kill," Cannon, 1976.

Karl Heller, "The Critic," Mary Tyler Moore (also known as The Mary Tyler Moore Show), CBS, 1977.

Kenneth Krug, "When You Hear the Beep, Drop Dead," Kojak, 1977.

"The Hit Men," Most Wanted, 1977.

Mike Jenkins, "Net Loss," Switch, 1977.

Franz Hausner, "Thirty Thousand Witnesses," Switch, 1977.

Paul Gerard, "Sighting 4009: The French Incident," Project U.F.O., NBC, 1978.

Donalsen, "Skateboard Whiz," The New Original Wonder Woman (also known as The New Adventures of Wonder Woman and Wonder Woman), ABC, 1978.

The Eddie Capra Mysteries, NBC, c. 1978.

Senator Larwin, "Mait Team," CHiPs (also known as ChiPs Patrol), NBC, 1979.

Crane, "Collision Course," A Man Called Sloane, NBC, 1979.

Arthur Rollins, "Classic Connection," Vega$, ABC, 1979.

John Reardon, "Attack Angels," Charlie's Angels, ABC, 1981.

"Lonely Ladies," Strike Force, 1982.

The New Price Is Right (game show; also known as The Price Is Right), syndicated, 1985.

Nick Kincaid, "Birds of Paradise," Airwolf (also known as Lobo del aire), CBS, 1986.

Colonel Gerhardt Brunner, "One White Rose for Death," Murder, She Wrote, CBS, 1986.

Frank Bradley, "Sunday in the Park with Fran," The Nanny, CBS, 1993.

Himself, "Death in the Daytime," Diagnosis Murder, CBS, 1995.

Victor Newman, The Bold and the Beautiful (also known as Belleza y poder), CBS, 1999.

Lance Taylor, "Daytime Emmys: Parts 1 & 2," Hope & Faith, ABC, 2004.

"Eric Braden [sic]," Bruce W. Cook: Interviews, 2004.

Tavis Smiley, PBS, 2007.

Television Appearances; as Hans Gudegast; Episodic:

(Uncredited) German soldier, "The Celebrity," Combat!, ABC, 1962.

Radio operator, "And the End of Evil Things," The Gallant Men, ABC, 1962.

(Uncredited) German officer, "One Puka Puka," The Gallant Men, ABC, 1963.

(Uncredited) German, "Night Patrol," Combat!, ABC, 1963.

(Uncredited) Drunken German soldier, "The Quiet Warrior, " Combat!, ABC, 1963.

Hans Gruber, "The Sniper," Combat!, ABC, 1963.

German vehicle commander, "Doughboy," Combat!, ABC, 1963.

Kurt Krug, "Four Kings," Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre (also known as The Chrysler Theatre and Universal Star Time), 1963.

Ecktmann, "The Hostages," Combat!, ABC, 1964.

Manfred Scharff, "The War and Eric Kurtz," Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre (also known as The Chrysler Theatre and Universal Star Time), 1965.

Gerd Hoffman, "The Safe House," Kraft Suspense Theatre, 1965.

Mr. Oakes, "The Discotheque Affair," The Man from U.N.C.L.E., 1965.

"Vive La Kiwi," The Wackiest Ship in the Army, 1965.

Captain Zoller, "R/X for a Sick Bird," 12 O'Clock High, 1965.

Eric Horst, "The Cold, Cold War of Paul Bryan," Run for Your Life, 1965.

Janos Takacs, "How to Sell Your Soul for Fun and Profit," Run for Your Life, 1965.

David Navan, "A Girl Named Sorrow," Run for Your Life, 1965.

Major Bentz, "Day of Reckoning," 12 O'Clock High, 1966.

Augustin, "No Drums, No Trumpets," The Virginian (also known as The Men from Shiloh), 1966.

Ealing, "The Key to the Code," Blue Light, 1966.

Andrei Fetyakov, "The Short Tail Spy," Mission: Impossible, 1966.

"Jack of Diamonds," Jericho, 1967.

Colonel Markus von Frank, "Echo of Yesterday," Mission: Impossible, 1967.

David Navan, "Strategy of Terror," Run for Your Life, 1968.

Frank Miller, "The War Diamonds," Garrison's Gorillas, 1968.

Television Appearances; Awards Presentations:

The 14th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards, ABC, 1987.

The 16th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards, NBC, 1989.

The Soap Opera Awards, NBC, 1990.

Presenter, Ninth Annual Genesis Awards, Discovery Channel, 1995.

Host, The 23rd Annual Daytime Emmy Awards, CBS, 1996.

The 25th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards, NBC, 1998.

The 15th Annual Soap Opera Digest Awards, NBC, 1999.

Presenter, The 26th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards, CBS, 1999.

The 27th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards, ABC, 2000.

Cohost, The 32nd Annual Daytime Emmy Awards, CBS, 2005.

Film Appearances:

(As Hans Gudegast) Klaus, Operation Eichmann, Allied Artists, 1961.

(Uncredited) Radio operator, Morituri (also known as The Saboteur: Code Name Morituri and The Saboteur), Twentieth Century-Fox, 1965.

(As Gudegast) Max Eckhart, Dayton's Devils, Cue, 1968.

(As Gudegast) Lieutenant Franz Von Klemme, 100 Rifles, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1969.

Dr. Charles Forbin, Colossus: The Forbin Project (also known as The Day the World Changed Hands, The Forbin Project, and Colossus 1980), Universal, 1969.

Dr. Otto Hasslein, Escape from the Planet of the Apes, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1971.

Peter Brinker, Lady Ice, National General, 1973.

Roland, The Ultimate Thrill (also known as The Ultimate Chase), General Cinema, 1974.

The Adulteress, 1976.

Bruno Von Stickle, Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo, Buena Vista, 1977.

(Uncredited) Victor (in archive footage), Mr. Mom, 1983.

The doctor, The Ambulance, Triumph Releasing, 1993.

John Jacob Astor, Titanic, Paramount, 1997.

Elton Deedle, Meet the Deedles (also known as The Deedles), Buena Vista, 1998.

J. Bruce Ismay, The Titanic Chronicles, 1999.

Himself, 3055 Jean Leon (documentary), 2006.

Reese Paxton, The Man Who Came Back, Gudegast Braeden Productions/Stephen Bowen Productions, 2008.

Film Work:

Executive producer, The Man Who Came Back, Gudegast Braeden Productions/Stephen Bowen Productions, 2008.

Made the documentary film The Riverbusters early in his career.

Stage Appearances:

(As Hans Gudegast) Kurt Schonforn, The Great Indoors, Eugene O'Neill Theatre, New York City, 1966.

Appeared as prince of Wales in Kean, Santa Monica Playhouse, Santa Monica, CA.



People Weekly, May 26, 1997, pp. 75, 76.

Starlog, April, 2006, pp. 74-79.


Eric Braeden Official Site,, May 1, 2008.