Eric Braeden as Victor Newman
Victor Newman — played by Eric Braeden — is the son of Albert (George Kennedy) and Cora Miller. His birth name was Christian Miller. He also has one younger brother, Matt Miller (Robert Parucha) and an older sister, Rienette Miller. Victor's father left his family when Victor was seven due to not being able to afford them. His mother then put Victor and Matt into an orphanage, which instilled in Victor the motivation to become independent and wealthy. He didn't change his name to Victor — for victorious new man — until he left the orphanage. When it came to business, Victor built a corporate cash cow in Newman Enterprises, giving him a net worth of roughly between $18-$60 billion. He initially came to Genoa City to aid Katherine Chancellor (Jeanne Cooper) with running Chancellor Industries. The character is mostly known for his antagonistic ways, his on-going feud with Jack Abbott (Peter Bergman) and a love triangle he was a part of with Ashley Abbott (Eileen Davidson) and Nikki Reed (Melody Thomas Scott). Victor has been on and off again with Nikki for over two decades-and-counting. Victor has four children: Victoria Abbott (Amelia Heinle), Nick Newman (Joshua Morrow), Adam (Justin Hartley) and Abby Newman (Melissa Ordway).
Eric Braeden was born in Bredenbek, Germany on April 3, 1941. His father was once a mayor in that town. In 1959, he moved to the United States and attended the University of Montana, Missoula on a scholarship for Track and Field. In the 60s, he appeared in a slew of TV and films, amounting to 120 guest starring roles. Braeden acted in several episodes of Combat!, TV's longest-running World War II drama. He also starred alongside Raquel Welch, Jim Brown and Raquel Welch in the western 100 Rifles, amongst other movies. In 1958, Braedem — previously known as Hans Gudegast — nabbed the German National Team Championship in Track and Field for the discus, javelin, and shot-put. He also won the National Challenge Cup in 1973 with the Jewish American soccer club Maccabi Los Angeles. His son Christian Gudegast — who penned A Man Apart — is a screenwriter. Braeden has been nominated for eight Daytime Emmys for "Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series," but has only won once; in 1998. (CBS)