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Y&R's Eric Braeden jokes throwback speedo photo was only 'a few days' ago

Darcy Rafter May 11, 2022
CBS' "Young And The Restless" Celebrates Eric Braeden's 40th Anniversary
Photo by Ella Hovsepian/Getty Images


Brace yourself for the budgie smugglers as The Young And The Restless’ Eric Braeden can be seen baring all in some throwback pics from the bygone eras of speedos, awkward poses and moustaches.

Eric Braeden is a German-American film and television actor, best known for his role as Victor Newman on Y&R. At 81 years old, he has spent a lifetime acting and with over four decades under his belt, he has done quite the stint…and done many photoshoots too.

You’re welcome, you won’t be able to get this glorious image of a young Eric Braeden out of your head for the rest of the day.

Photo by Ella Hovsepian/Getty Images

Y&R’s Eric Braeden jokes throwback speedo photo was only ‘a few days’ ago

A devoted fan of The Young And The Restless has shared a photo of a young Eric Braeden on their Twitter page and garnered quite the reaction. Even pulling in the legendary actor himself, who has seen and commented on the picture he was tagged in.

Victor’s portrayer chimed in on the fun and joked that it was a photo from “a few ‘days’ ago!”He then gave some background to the photoshoot, suggesting that the shot took a little convincing. The lady photographer restored Braeden’s confidence by encouraging him that “if Burt Reynolds can do it, so can you!”

Of course, soap fans flooded the comments of the photo with one user suggesting it should be the portrait hanging in the Newman-Locke CEO office. Another reassured Victor’s portrayer, “you still got it, Eric” and said he was “Giving Burt Reynolds a run for his money.”

We don’t blame you if this picture makes you watch all the re-runs of Braeden in Rat Patrol. Warning, your eyes will be glued to Capt. Hauptman Hans Dietrich.

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Who is Y&R’s Eric Braeden?

Eric Braeden was born Hans-Jörg Gudegast on April 3, 1941, in Germany, but the family moved to the USA in 1959.

Eric graduated from The University of Montana and later decided to pursue acting. Colossus: The Forbin Project is the film where he got his stage name ‘Eric Braeden’ from as Lew Wasserman said he wouldn’t be able to star in an American film with a German name.

On the Y&R he has been married 14 times but in real life, it is a completely different story. He has been married just once, to childhood sweetheart, Dale Russell Gudegast who has been his wife since 1966.

Have you ever seen this daring photo of a young Eric Braeden before?

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Darcy is an experienced journalist passionate about celebrity culture and entertainment. After gaining a degree in Media and Communications at Goldsmiths University she has also become a social media specialist, always keeping informed on the latest trends. With almost five years of experience in media, her expertise is analysing platforms such as Instagram, Twitter and TikTok. When she's not tracking the latest trending content, she’s watching films and eating lots of chocolate.