Actor Eric Braeden (The Young and the Restless) is best known for his 37 year-long role as the manipulative business mogul Victor Newman. But his life before hitting the screen was just as, if not more, exciting. He explains how almost drowning in the "river of no return" brought him to Hollywood, and how he ended up as part of Marlon Brando’s elaborate joke. You’ll also hear his argument on why the environment needs government regulation, how he reacted when he first watched Mein Kampf, and how descending from a former Nazi follower has impacted his worldview for the better.
LESSONS FROM ERIC:
Are government regulations good for environment? You bet.
Be aware of simplistic solutions to complex problems.
We should all be intellectually, politically, and historically curious.
TOPICS IN THIS EPISODE:
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Dabney Coleman, who convinced Eric to do soaps
What’s going on with West Virginia’s Elk River water contamination (NPR)
La Scala, the restaurant
Operation Eichmann - Eric’s first film
Lady of Lockspur Lotion by Tennessee Williams
Leathernecks aka US Marines
Mein Kampf, the documentary
“If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it.” - Joseph Goebbels
Morituri, the film where Eric got to know Marlon Brando
The Savage Innocents - the eskimo film with Peter O’Toole and Anthony Quinn that became a 90-minute joke
Read about the Vietnam Dialogue, aired in 1965 on CBS between McGeorge Bundy and five professors
Marlon wanted to play a suitcase and a bagel on Superman - it’s true!
Monologue that Eric gracefully recites from William Shakespeare’s Macbeth
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