The Young and The Restless’ Eric Braeden Talks Debut Book “I’ll Be Damned” & Nazi Father

At some point, most have come across this face and recognized it as one of the most popular faces on the daytime drama The Young & The Restless. The face on the cover of the new book titled I’ll Be Damned is known popularly as Victor Newman, however, his real name is Hans-Jörg Gudegast which was later changed to Eric Braeden, and this is his memoir where he reveals his life from birth until now with all the drama in between.

A portion of the synopsis of the book is as follows as taken from Amazon:

“I’ll Be Damned is his story—a startling and uplifting true tale of war, deprivation, determination, fame, and social commitment that spans from Nazi Germany to modern Hollywood.

Braeden’s journey from a hospital basement in Kiel to the soundstages of Los Angeles has taught him more about joy, heartbreak, fear, dignity, loss, love, loneliness, exhilaration, courage, persecution, and profound responsibility to the global community than he could have hoped to learn in several lifetimes. Growing up in the years after Germany’s defeat, Braeden knew very little about the atrocities of his parents’ generation, until he arrived in America as a teenager—a discovery that horrified and transformed him. Trying to redress the wrongs of his homeland, he has dedicated his life to humanitarian work—even forming the German American Culture Society—working for decades to show the world that what we share as humans is far more important than what separates us from one another.”

He sat down with CBS This Morning to speak about what is his debut book below as well as why he nearly stopped with The Young and The Restless after the first year.  He also speaks about how he was convinced to change his name from Hans-Jörg Gudegast to Eric in order to further his career.

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