episode 16

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.




  1. Are government regulations good for environment? You bet.

  2. Be aware of simplistic solutions to complex problems.

  3. We should all be intellectually, politically, and historically curious.


Follow Eric on Twitter and Facebook

Check out his website

Eric’s work on films and TV shows

Buy his book, I’ll Be Damned - Amazon, Audible, Barnes and Noble

Dabney Coleman, who convinced Eric to do soaps

Salmon River aka “river of no return"

What’s going on with West Virginia’s Elk River water contamination (NPR)

German’s plans to ban petrol-fuelled cars

La Scalathe restaurant

Dan Tana

Paul Kohner Agency

Operation Eichmann - Eric’s first film

Santa Monica Playhouse

Lady of Lockspur Lotion by Tennessee Williams

Clarence Williams III

Tennessee Williams, Lee Strasberg, Anne Bancroft - an intimidating audience indeed!

Galveston, Texas

Leathernecks aka US Marines

Mein Kampf, the documentary

German-American Cultural Society

Maccabees soccer team

“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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