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Soap earth is blessed with many talents and we particularly wish to focus on the talent of Eric Braeden who made his debut as Victor Newman on 'The Young and the Restless' 38 years ago. On February 8, 1980, Victor arrived in Genoa City, Wisconsin for business which eventually led to him forming his own worldwide conglomerate named "Newman Enterprises". Originally he was only supposed to be on the show for an eight to twelve week period. But, the character and the story resonated so well with fans that the show decided to give Braeden a contract. Today he is considered an icon and leading man of the soap opera genre. As such, Braeden's distinct performance of Victor has garnered widespread praise from critics, who described him as legendary and "enthralling". Victor is famously characterized for his power-hungry ways and low-toned voice and also often referred to as the mustache man.
Throughout his time in Genoa City. his first marriage was to Julia Newman (ex-Meg Bennett). After that marriage, he formed a romance with then stripper Nikki Reed (Melody Thomas Scott). Their union often referred to as "Niktor" developed into a supercouple pairing and one of soap's greatest, which lasted over three decades. Today they still remain one of the most popular pairings on daytime television and together they share two children; Victoria [Amelia Heinle] and Nicholas Newman [Joshua Morrow].
During his first marriage to Nikki, he cheated on her with Ashley Abbott (Eileen Davidson). He has also had a long-standing romantic history with Ashley, and they share a child together, Abby Newman (Melissa Ordway). Victor was also briefly married to a woman named Hope Wilson (ex-Signy Coleman) and they had a son together, Adam Newman (ex-Justin Hartley and ex-Michael Muhney), who grew up without knowledge of Victor being his father. He is also known for his long-standing business rivalry with Jack Abbott (Peter Bergman) which remains evident even in episodes airing now. Victor has had several other romantic relationships, including one with his former daughter-in-law Sharon Newman (Sharon Case).
As an actor, Eric Braeden received several award nominations, winning the award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a drama series in 1988 for his role as Victor Newman. Take a look at some old pics and watch the video below of Victor through the years.
Happy 38th anniversary Eric Braeden!