Gathered for the unveiling were Braeden's Y&R co-stars, former Minnesota Governor and Y&R fan Jesse Ventura, former heavyweight boxing champion Ken Norton and George Kennedy, who appears with Braeden in "The Man Who Came Back," a Western movie scheduled to be released next year.
The 66-year-old Braeden was born Hans Gudegast in Kiel, West Germany. In 1959, Braeden emigrated to the United States and became a naturalized citizen while attending college. He joined the cast of CBS's The Young and the Restless in 1980. During his 27-year run with the top-rated soap he has amassed six Daytime Emmy nominations. He took home the Outstanding Lead Actor trophy in 1998.