Eric Braeden, a television star and probably the most influential character in daytime history, is a globally recognized Emmy Award-winning and People’s Choice Award-winning film and television artist. He has played “Victor Newman” on the #1 rated daytime drama series The Young and the Restless, which is produced by Sony Pictures Television and broadcast on CBS.
His son, Christian Gudegast, wrote and directed the widely adored movie office success “Den Of Thieves” which starred Gerard Butler, Pablo Schreiber, O’Shea Jackson, and 50 Cent.
I’ll Be Damned, Braeden’s best-selling and highly praised autobiography, was published by HarperCollins in 2017.
Braeden already has one of the top TVQ’s on television, according to A.C. Nielsen, and is among the most well-known leading actors. On July 20, 2007, he was recognized with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, becoming the first German-born actor to do so since Marlene Dietrich.
Backstory of Victor Newman
Victor Newman was born on March 7, 1947, in Buffalo, New York, to Christian Miller and his parents. His mother, Cora Miller (Dorothy McGuire), placed him in an orphanage when he was seven years old. Albert Miller was his father’s name. He left the orphanage when he was a teenager and began his journey to becoming one of the world’s wealthiest tycoons. Victor stood for “victorious,” and Newman stood for “new man,” since he was a completely new guy. Victor married Julia Newman (Meg Bennet) in 1970, when he began to build a solid corporate reputation.
Characters Victor Newman and Nikki Reed marry, divorce, or leave each other in some shape or manner in a constant cycle, according to the writers of The Young and the Restless. This has been going on for as long as the pair has been together, and it’s a twist on the classic supercouple recipe. Soap Opera Digest chronicled the formation of the couple and their influence. “Y&R Creator/Senior Executive Producer/Executive Story Consultant William J. Bell was so taken with Braeden’s dramatic performance on Y&R that he repositioned the character of Victor, pairing him with Melody Thomas Scott (Nikki) in 1981,” according to the magazine. Victor and Nikki became the show’s most successful supercouple as a result of their “inspired decision.”
Victor Newman’s casting and creation
Victor was developed by William J. Bell as a short-term non-contractual part that premiered on February 8, 1980. “[Victor] would endure between eight and twelve weeks, at which point he was to be shot by his wife,” Bell said in 1997. “The first step was to get Eric under contract, but he didn’t want to go under contract,” he stated after seeing Braeden’s performance. Braeden, on the other hand, felt concerned about the daytime Soap opera Victor Newman, later revealing that he believed it was “very restrictive,” despite signing a six-month contract. Victor’s plot was instantly altered by Bell in order to save, redeem, and grow the character.
What is the main Storyline of Victor Newman?
Victor Newman encounters Nikki Reed, a dancer at the Bayou who is barely out of her adolescent years. Victor is taken with her and takes her home, where she is converted into a refined young woman under his influence. Victor is certain that he has no romantic feelings for Nikki at first, but he quickly gives in to her attractions, and the two share a passionate night together. Victor writes off his night of passion with Nikki as a blunder and replaces her with Lori Brooks, who, unknowing to him, is working on an exposé against him.
Lori persuades Victor to give her Prentiss Enterprises (the firm Victor purchased from her former husband Lance) as a wedding gift before their wedding. Victor agrees, and she responds by ripping up the document. Lori then drops a message and her ring at Victor’s feet. Lori is the only person to ever pull a quick one on Victor Newman and get away with it, despite never having been deceived before. Victor subsequently acknowledges that he has feelings for Nikki. Victor’s daughter Victoria is born to Nikki, and the pair marries in a magnificent wedding unlike any other in Genoa City.
Ashley Abbott is undoubtedly one of the greatest dangers to Victor and Nikki’s marriage, as Victor infatuated with the gorgeous Ashley, who happens to be the sister of his sworn enemy Jack Abbott. Victor is devastated to learn that Ashley had aborted his child in order for him to be with a dying Nikki. Nikki heals later, but Victor has been kept in the dark about the harm Ashley presents. Victor and Nikki divorce when he accuses her of giving an unauthorized biographer — Leanna Randolph — information regarding Ashley’s abortion. Randall is another name for Leanna Randolph. Victor marries her without knowing her true motives.
Victor flees town after being blasted by Nikki, Ashley, and Victoria, all of whom dislike his attempts to assert control over their lives. Victor’s wallet, jewels, and automobile are stolen on his journey. Victor is confirmed dead after his car is discovered with a person inside that has been charred beyond recognition. Victor, on the other hand, arrives at Hope Adams’ Kansas farm just in time to save her from a rapist. Victor develops close to Hope after months with her.
Victor and Nikki married again, this time legally. The wedding is held at the Colonnade Room, which was also the location of their previous wedding. Nikki and Victor’s tumultuous relationship resurfaces as Victor’s unethical and unlawful business methods threaten Jabot, where Nikki has placed a significant investment. Nikki begins to experience nightmares about inadvertently killing Joshua Cassen when she was five years old.
Victor and Nikki have their peaks and troughs, yet they always seem to make its way to each other romantically. After Victor gets shot by Patty Williams and receives a heart transplant in 2009, Nikki and Victor reconnect and leave the show by relocating to a rehabilitation clinic in Europe. Ashley and Victor have split up.
Victor arrives from Belgium with Nikki on his arm in January 2010, and finds Adam and Nick fighting in his office. Victor takes over as CEO of Newman Enterprises.
Victoria and Nick were imprisoned when Adam was found “dead.” Victor accepts responsibility for all Adam done to his family in order to protect his children. Nick is the prime suspect once Victor is released. However, there was mounting evidence that Adam murdered Richard Hightower in order to stage his own death. In order to keep Nick safe.
Victor and Nikki were set up by Deacon and Meggie to make it appear like Nikki and Deacon were having a relationship. When Victor discovers them, he sends Nikki to rehab, where Deacon soon joins Meggie in her scheme. He attempts to assist Nikki once he’s in recovery, and their friendship blossoms, especially when Meggie is allowed to elope with Victor. Meggie uploads a snapshot of their wedding to a social networking site, which Nikki watches on her phone, and she falls in love with Deacon. After mortally eliminating him, Meggie shows herself as a cunning gold-digger intent on inheriting the Newman wealth as a widow. After a number of allegedly drugged beverages,
Nikki decides to keep her relationship with Deacon Sharpe going, at least until she discovers his participation in Meggie’s conspiracy. Victor, on the other hand, establishes a relationship with his ex-wife Diane Jenkins. He and Diane eventually marry, although Victor and Nikki reconnected just before. However, the next day, both Victor and Nikki declare that their love is over and that they must move on. Nikki has been comforting Victor on family matters since then, and in May 2011, she had an affair with Victor.
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