Anytime the name Max Baer Jr pops up, what usually follows is a reminder that he became extremely famous for his role in The Beverly Hillbillies as Jethro Bodine not too long after he started his career as an actor. He is an American actor, producer, screenwriter, and director whose career spanned from 1960 to 1991. Inasmuch as he did not appear in too many films and TV shows, he is still remembered for some of the important roles that have highlighted his three decades of acting.
Max Baer Jr – Biography, Age
On December 4, 1937, the family of Max Baer and Mary Ellen Sullivan welcomed a son, Max Baer Jr Of German, Jewish, and Scots-Irish descent, he was born in Oakland, California, the U.S., as the oldest of three children including James Manny Baer and Maude Baer.
Baer Jr was brought up in a family famous for boxing as his father Max Baer Sr was a World Heavyweight Champion whose career left a 63 to 13 win-loss record. More so, his uncle Buddy Baer was a boxer too, even though he happened to also be an actor.
Baer Jr got his education in Sacramento from the Christian Brothers High School. While he was there, he was so good with sports that he got letters in four different sports. He was particularly good with golf and won the junior title at the Sacramento Open golf tournament on two occasions. He would later proceed to Santa Clara University from where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, as well as a minor in Philosophy.
Following in the footsteps of his uncle Buddy Baer who had been acting since 1937, Baer Jr. began his acting career in 1960 when he appeared on the ABC drama TV series Maverick in which he appeared in three episodes.
Also in 1960, he appeared in some more ABC TV series including Surfside 6 – taking the role of Joe Wilk, Cheyenne – in which he portrayed three characters, Hawaiian Eye – where he played Ali and Bill Gorham, and then 77 Sunset Strip in which he again took three roles. In 1961, he was in Bronco and Sugarfoot before appearing in Follow the Sun and It’s a Mans’ World in 1962.
In the same year, he got his most popular role in the CBS sitcom television series, The Beverly Hillbillies, in which he played Jethro Bodine. The show ran until 1971 but would remain the role that Max would be associated with for many years that followed. Ironically, he did not go to audition for the role of Jethro himself. Instead, he drove a friend who wanted to audition for the role and he decided to also give it a shot.
Many years after he has left the movie scene, Max Baer Jr is still doing good for himself, thanks to the many businesses he has built. He has a net worth that is estimated at $50 million. For many years, he has been working on his casino business.
Wife and Children
Inasmuch as Max was successful in his career and financial investments, his relationship with women did not turn out all that well. He only got married once and that was to Joanne Kathleen Hill in 1966. While it’s not known for certain how they met, it is known that Hill was an extra on Beverly Hillbillies. Their marriage did not last a long time before it came to an end in 1971 without producing any children.
His other relationships did not end well either. He dated Victoria Principal but the relationship ended with a case of assault against him. Many years later, his girlfriend, Chere Rhodes would commit suicide at his home. A penthouse model, Rhodes died three days after making the attempt.
From his marriages and different relationships, Max Baer Jr does not have any children.
Is He Gay?
Inasmuch as there are still those who wonder if the actor is gay, there is no indication to give credence to the speculations as he has not come out to affirm it. More so, he has been in various relationships with women in the past and has not been romantically linked to any male in the past openly.
Max is from a family that has been blessed with height. His father had a height of over 6 feet 5 inches while his uncle had a height of 6 feet 7 inches. On his part, Max Baer Jr has a height of 6 feet 4 inches.