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Eric Braeden Marks 30 Years on 'The Young and the Restless'

by Allison Waldman, posted Feb 9th 2010 8:30PM
Eric_Braeden_Peter_Bergman_The_Young_and_the_restlessWell, as Victor Newman might say: "That's a hell of a thing." Eric Braeden celebrated his 30th anniversary on 'The Young and the Restless.' It's not just three decades that makes it a memorable mark, it's that it has come after a very rough year in which Braeden quit the soap in a contract dispute and was brought back into the fold in part thanks to the influence of the head of the network, Les Moonves.

In honor of Braeden's tenure on the soap, there was a big party to commemorate the anniversary. As this picture reveals, Peter Bergman was in attendance and posed with Eric. True, on screen as Jack Abbott and Victor Newman, the two men would like to rip each other to bits, but off screen they're very civil and appreciative of each other's talents. They have had occasional dust-ups, but generally, they get along well.

After all, their characters' on screen feud has been the stuff of soap legend. Victor and Jack have shared wives, corporations, but mostly, unabashed hatred. They despise each other.

Braeden's contribution to the show these past three decades really cannot be understated. He's been a driving force as Victor primarily because he's a villain who's not quite pure evil. He has a heart (currently Colleen's heart) and on occasion shows a vulnerability that makes him likable and even sympathetic. But like a big jungle cat, he is not one to be tamed. That's why at any point, Victor can turn on someone he once professed to love.

Ashley, for example, discovered that this past week. Despite the fact that just last summer she was married to the man, despite the fact she has two children with him (so she thinks), despite the fact that she brought him back from the brink of despair after Sabrina's death, Victor still looked her in the eyes and fired her from the family business, Jabot. The cold hearted, ruthless tycoon made a decision, and Victor Newman had no qualms about it. He just cut her to the quick.

See, that's Victor. He makes viewers crazy with his actions, but he's so dynamic and interesting, that you can't stop watching him. Thank you, Eric Braeden. You are Victor and you have made him completely compelling for 30 years.

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linda

I just love "THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS" I have watched it for years, the writers on this soap knows what they are doing, I think this is the best soap on tv today. Keep up the great storylines, could watch it for hours.

February 16 2010 at 3:25 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
StillBash

He's from Germany you now :-)

February 10 2010 at 1:14 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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