• Dale Russell Gudegast is an American actress who has only a single credit to her name
• She is married to Eric Braeden, a famous German-born American actor
• Dale has a son named Christian Gudegast who is a successful moviemaker and writer
• She is a philanthropist and lover of animals
• Eric is known for his portrayal of the supporting character John Jacob Astor in the 1997 movie "Titanic" and has been playing the character Victor Newman in the soap opera "The Young and the Restless" since 1980


Who is Dale Russell Gudegast?

Dale was born in Los Angeles, California USA, on 21 June 1942 – her zodiac sign is Cancer, and she holds American nationality. She’s an actress with only a single credit to her name, while she’s perhaps known best for being the wife of Eric Braeden, a famous German-born American actor.

Early life and education

Dale was raised in Los Angeles alongside her older sister Sigrid Valdis, by their parents about whom not a lot is known, because Dale respects their privacy; it’s believed that their mother was a choreographer, and that their father was a theatre actor. Sigrid was also an actress; she passed away in 2007.

Dale was interested in numerous activities during her teenage years, as she ran track and played soccer for her high school team, and also practiced acting with its drama club. She was perhaps mostly into acting, looking up to her father, and playing lead characters in various school plays.

Dale matriculated in 1960, and because she hasn’t spoken of her further education, it’s widely believed that she hasn’t attended college.

Dale’s career

Dale hasn’t shared many details concerning her career – it’s widely believed that she worked various jobs between 1960 and 1966, when she married Eric; it’s said that she then stopped working and focused on being a housewife, and eventually raising their son.

She has a single acting credit: Dale played Chauffeur in the 2001 family crime comedy movie “Holiday in the Sun”, directed by Steve Purcell, and which starred Mary-Kate Olsen, Ashley Olsen and Austin Nichols. It follows sisters Madison and Alex who are spending their winter holiday in the Bahamas, and have there met a mysterious man who’s smuggling artifacts.

Love life and marriage with Eric Braeden

Dale and Eric exchanged vows on 8 October 1966, in a private ceremony attended by only the closest of their friends and family members. Neither has shared the exact circumstances under which they met, but it’s believed that the two were set up on a blind date by a mutual friend in 1962.

On 9 February 1970, Dale gave birth to their son Christian Gudegast, and he’s today a successful moviemaker and writer; Christian holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Los Angeles’ Film School, and is today a married man and has three children.

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Neither Dale nor Eric have spoken of any other people whom they have perhaps been with, and as of May 2022, Dale’s married to Eric Braeden, and has a son with him.

Hobbies and other interests

Dale’s favorite hobby is perhaps travelling. She has been all around the US with her husband, mostly to keep him company while he’s shooting for his movies and TV series, and the two have also vacationed in various countries on other continents, with Dale’s dream travel destination being Rome, Italy.

She’s a philanthropist and together with her husband, has donated money to various charity organizations, mostly to those which aim to help war veterans and underprivileged children. As she’s a lover of animals, Dale has also donated money to animal shelters.

She has her own favorite actors and actresses, some of whom are Matthew McConaughey, Leonardo DiCaprio and Emma Watson, while a couple of her favorite movies include “Amistad”, “Titanic” and the franchise “Harry Potter”.

Age, height and net worth

Dale’s age is 79. She has long blonde hair and blue eyes, her height is 5ft 5ins (1.65m) and she weighs around 145lbs (65kgs).

As of May 2022, Dale’s net worth has been estimated at more than $50,000, while her husband Eric’s net worth is reputedly over $25 million.

Who is her husband Eric?

Eric was born Hans-Jörg Gudegast in Bredenbek, Free State of Prussia, Germany on 3 April 1941 – his zodiac sign is Aries, and he holds American nationality.

He has appeared in close to 100 movies and TV series, and is perhaps still known best for his portrayal of the supporting character John Jacob Astor in the 1997 romantic movie “Titanic”, written and directed by James Cameron, and which starred Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet and Billy Zane. The film follows a poor artist who has fallen in love with an engaged 17-year-old girl on board the ship Titanic; and it won 136 awards, including 11 Oscars, while it was nominated for 83 other awards.

Eric was raised in Bredenbek, where his father was a mayor at one point, while his mother was a housewife. He’s revealed that he was on board of the German armed military transport ship MV Wilhelm Gustloff when it was sunk by the Soviet submarine S-13 on 30 January 1945; close to 10,000 people died that day.

Upon completing his high school education in 1949, Eric moved to the US and enrolled at the University of Montana, Missoula, graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in 1953.

He launched his acting career in 1961, when cast to play Klaus in the historical crime movie “Operation Eichmann”, while a couple of his following roles were in the action war series “Combat!”, the action thriller movie “Morituri” which was nominated for two Oscars, and the war series “12 O’Clock High”. Between 1966 and 1968, Eric starred as Captain Hans Dietrich in the popular action adventure series “The Rat Patrol”, created by Tom Gries, and which also starred Christopher George and Gary Raymond. It follows a commando patrol squad during World War II, and the series was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best TV Star – Male (Christopher George).

In the following decade, Eric made a guest appearance in an episode of numerous series, however, he only gained recognition in 1980, after being cast to play the supporting character Victor Newman in the soap opera “The Young and the Restless”. He had signed a six-month contract, as his character was supposed to be removed from the show after a couple of months, however, the audience loved Victor so much that he has been portraying him to this day, appearing in close to 4,000 episodes. The series has been airing since 1973, follows the lives of members of the Newman and Abbott clans, and has won 295 of the 1,014 awards for which it has been nominated.

Consequently, Eric has appeared in only a couple of movies and other TV series during the past four decades, while shooting for “The Young and the Restless”; some of these credits include the 1998 family sports comedy movie “Meet the Deedles”, the 2008 western action film “The Man Who Came Back”, and the 2018 hit action crime movie “Den of Thieves”.

He’s won six of the 25 awards for which he’s been nominated, including eight Daytime Emmy nominations for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series for his performance in “The Young and the Restless” – Eric won one in 1998.

He was highly sporting when he was younger, and was 16 when he won the German National Team Championship in track and field. He then played soccer for Maccabi Los Angeles, and with them won the 1973 National Challenge Cup. Eric was once also an avid boxer, and a tennis player.

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