Eric Braeden joined the cast of The Young and the Restless in 1980. He was
honored as Most Popular Daytime Actor at the People's Choice Awards. He won
the Soap Opera Update Award in 1997 as Lead Actor in a Daytime Drama Series,
and was nominated for a Soap Opera Award in the category of Best Lead Actor
in 1999. Eric received Emmy Award nominations as Outstanding Lead Actor in a
Daytime Drama in 1990, 1997 and 1999. He won the coveted award in 1998. He is
also nominated for an Emmy this year, in the same category.
Eric has appeared in over 120 television series, as well as a number of
made-for-television movies including The Judge and Mrs. Wyler with Bette Davis,
Happily Ever After with Suzanne Somers and Tyne Daly, and the Jackie Collins
mini-series Lucky. He has appeared in the films Operation Eichmann, The
Ultimate Chase, Escape from the Planet of the Apes and Morituri with Marlon
Brando. He co-starred as John Jacob Astor in James Cameron's feature film Titanic.
Eric's theater credits include Kean, which marked the premiere production
of the Santa Monica Playhouse and the Broadway production of The Great
Indoors with Geraldine Page and Curt Jurgens.
Eric emigrated to the United States in 1959 from Hans Gudagest in Kiel,
West Germany, a port city near the Baltic Sea. He lived in Texas for several
years and worked in the University of Texas medical school lab before moving
to Los Angeles, where he attended Santa Monica College. He joined a local
semi-professional soccer team while launching his acting career.
In 1989, Eric was chosen as the only actor to be on the newly formed German
American Advisory Board. The illustrious group includes Dr. Henry Kissinger,
Katherine Graham, Alexander Haig, Steffi Graf and Paul Volcher.
Eric maintains an active athletic regimen. He continues to play soccer
with several teams, including the Maccabees, with whom he won the 1972-73
National Soccer Championship. He and his wife, Dale, live in Los Angeles.
The couple has a son, Christian.
Eric's birthday is April 3. He stands 6' 2" and has brown hair and brown eyes.
In February 2000, Eric celebrated 20 years on Y&R.