10 Things You Didn’t Know About Y&R Star Eric Braeden

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Eric Braeden is hands down one of the most iconic soap opera characters to grace daytime drama screens. The Young and the Restless’ (Y&R) star has played the character of Victor Newman for over 25 years! With such a long career, it might seem like we already know Eric Braeden well, but there is an entirely different side to Eric that Y&R fans don’t get to see! As such, below are ten things you may not know about Eric Braeden.

10. Television and Film Career

Y&R fans might remember one of Eric’s most memorable film roles, playing John Jacob Astor IV in the 1997 classic, Titanic. What some may not realize is before Braeden established himself as Victor Newman on the Y&R in 1980, he had quite the film and TV career. Some of the highlights of these roles included a part on a ’60s television show The Rat Patrol, playing Hans Dietrich, as well as a part playing Dr. Charles Forbin in the movie Colossus: The Forbin Project.

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9. He’s Quite Athletic

When Victor gets stressed out about anything he heads to his home gym and starts hitting that punching bag, but Braeden himself is quite the accomplished athlete. In the late ’50s, Braeden captured Germany’s Track and Field National Team Championship (in shot-put, discus, and javelin). He would move on to score the winning goal for his team in 1973, helping the Maccabi Soccer Club win the National Cup Challenge that year.

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