Sunday, April 3, 2011

Happy 70th Birthday Hans Gudegast

Hans Jörg Gudegast was born on April 3, 1941 in Bredenbek, Germany. His father was once the mayor of Bredenbek and after high school he emigrated to the United States where he attended the University of Montana. During this time he appeared on many TV series during the 1950s and 1960s. He appeared as German Captain Hans Dietrich on the popular "Rat Patrol" TV series from 1966-1968. In 1970 he appeared in "Colossus: The Forbidden Projet" under the stage name of Eric Braeden which was followed by a supporting role in "Escape from the Planet of the Apes" (1971). He continued his acting career as Braeden with several TV appearances and in 1980 was offered the role of Victor Neman on the soap opera "The Young and the Restless" where he won an Emmy for his role in 1998. In 1997 he played the role of Colonel John Jacob Astor IV in "Titanic". Hans appeared in one Euro-western "100 Rifles" (1969) as Lt. FranzVon Klemme starring Raquel Welch, Jim Brown and Burt Reynolds. Today we celebrate Hans Gudegast’s (aka Eric Braeden) 70th birthday.


  1. Mr. Eric Braeden,he is a great actor, great German American, and simply a great human being. I am very pleased that he was born, I wish him a very, very long and continued productive life. Would love to see him do more films on the big screen, and would also like to see him star in his own prime time T.V. series. He is one of the best actors ever.

  2. What the motion picture industry needs is more of Eric Braeden.He is such an enormous talent,he is so capable of making another great motion picture. Would love to see him do a remake of the "Blue Angel" which the original star of that film was another great german actor, Curt Jergans. Mr Braeden would be absolutely perfect for that part.

  3. The role of Victor Newman fits Eric Beaeden to perfection. His acting ability is obvious and incredible. He has a strong, passionate, determined disposition and would be perfect as a romantic hero as well. Although 70, he is very handsome andattractive in his obvious virility.Nur noch so weiter.