On June 15, 2017, the German-American Hall of Fame (GAMHOF) Board of Trustees inducted five new members, including daytime superstar Eric Braeden.
Eric Braeden was born Hans Gudegast in Kiel, Germany in 1941. Making his way to the United States in 1959, he landed in New York, but after working in Texas, the young immigrant earned an athletic scholarship to the University of Montana.
Taking Eric Braeden as a stage name, he was tapped as a guest star in over 100 films and began working as a young television actor on such series as Combat! and The Rat Patrol, among others.
Aside from a notable role in the movie blockbuster Titanic, Mr. Braeden has starred as “Victor Newman” in The Young and the Restless network series since 1980, remarkable longevity for an actor in a television series. Braeden has won two Emmy awards and other recognition for his craft.
GAMHOF is a virtual Hall of Fame recognizing, honoring and celebrating German contributions to the making of America. The four other 2017 Hall of Fame inductees were Henry Steinway, Dr. Ruth Westheimer, Lou Gehrig and Doris Day.