'The Young and the Restless': How Long Has "Victor" Been On The Show?

Young and the Restless "Victor"
November 14, 2020 - 21:01 / Rachel Johnson

Young and the Restless "Victor Newman", played by German-American actor Eric Braeden is one of the show's longest-serving cast members. The film and television actor joined the series back in 1980! Here is everything you need to know about Young and the Restless "Victor"!

Young and the Restless "Victor" is a staple of the popular daytime soap opera! Originally a guest role, "Victor Newman" has transformed into the show's leading male figure!

When German-American actor, Eric Braeden, also known by his birth name Hans-Jörg Gudegast, joined the cast of The Young and the Restless in 1980, no one could have predicted the role would still be around in 2020! 

The Young and the Restless "Victor"

Eric Braeden taking a break on the set of The Young and The Restless, Los Angeles, 2003

Young and the Restless "Victor Newman" quickly became the show's favorite love to hate villain, and after his original 26-week contract was up, producers decided to bring the character into the show permanently! "Victor", a self-made business tycoon, rose to popularity as a villain who kidnaps his first wife's lover.

While despicable, "Victor" added much-needed flair and drama to the show–enough so that producers decided not to kill him off! Now 40 years in, "Victor" is still a fan favorite and has been in an on-again-off-again relationship with "Nikki Newman" (Melody Scott Thomas) for over three decades!

"Victor Newman" Today

Eric Braeden at the 60th Anniversary Party For The Monte-Carlo TV Festival, West Hollywood, California, 2020

For his work as "Victor Newman", Eric Braeden has won numerous awards including a number of Soap Opera Digest Awards for Outstanding Lead Actor and a Daytime Emmy Award! He even has his own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

This year, Eric Braeden is celebrating 40 years with the series and is tied in third place for longest-serving Young and the Restless cast member with the late Jeanne Cooper! At 79, Eric Braeden and "Victor" aren't showing any signs of stopping, and, as the soap opera's leading male figure, we are sure there are many more adventures in store for The Young and the Restless "Victor"!