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Max Baer, Jr.

Max Baer, Jr.AKA Maximilian Adalbert Baer, Jr.

Born: 4-Dec-1937
Birthplace: Oakland, CA

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Actor

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Jethro on The Beverly Hillbillies

Max Baer Jr earned a degree in Business Administration, but found acting an easier paycheck, and appeared in guest roles on such early-1960s staples as Maverick and Hawaiian Eye. In 1962 he landed his name-making role as the comically dim Jethro Bodine on The Beverly Hillbillies, and by the time the series ended nine years later few producers could imagine him in any other role.

After a few appearances on Love American Style, Baer wrote and produced the drive-in hit Macon County Line, starring himself and Leif Garrett. He directed three films in the 1970s, the broad, brawling comedy Wild McCullochs with Forrest Tucker, the adolescent tragedy Ode to Billy Joe with Robby Benson, and Hometown USA, an uninspired Southern-fried spin on American Graffiti. Baer then retired from show business, and has lived comfortably off his TV and movie residuals ever since.

Since 2003 he has been trying to find backing to convert a closed Wal-Mart near Carson City into a Beverly Hillbillies-themed resort to be called Jethro's Beverly Hillbillies Mansion & Casino. Though funding has so far proven elusive, Baer's plans include Granny’s Vittles & Hog Jowls Coffee Shop, a bakery to be called Elly Mae's Buns, and Jethro's "All You Can Et" Buffet.

Baer made news in 2005 when he publicly protested the way his father, world heavyweight champion boxer Max Baer, was portrayed in Ron Howard's boxing movie Cinderella Man, which made the elder Baer its bad guy, an ogre who laughed about killing two opponents in the ring. Baer, though, insists that his father had been deeply troubled by those deaths, and used his winnings to financially provide for the families of both his victims.

Om 27 January 2008, Baer's live-in girlfriend, Chere Rhodes, shot herself in his Lake Tahoe home. She died three days later.

Father: Max Baer (World Heavyweight Champion)
Mother: Mary Ellen Sullivan (nurse)
Brother: James Baer (b. 1941)
Sister: Maude Baer (b. 1943)
Wife: Joanna Hill (m. 1965 in Las Vegas, div. 1970)
Girlfriend: Sharon Tate (actress)
Girlfriend: Donna Douglas (actress, dated late 1950s)
Girlfriend: Victoria Principal (1970)
Girlfriend: Christy Canyon (pornstar)
Girlfriend: Chere Rhodes (b. circa 1978, cohabited, d. 2008 suicide)

    University: BA Business Administration, Santa Clara University

    Jewish Ancestry Paternal grandfather

    TELEVISION
    The Beverly Hillbillies Jethro Bodine (1962-71)

    FILMOGRAPHY AS DIRECTOR
    Hometown USA (1-Jun-1979)
    Ode to Billy Joe (4-Jun-1976)
    The McCullochs (21-May-1975)

    FILMOGRAPHY AS ACTOR
    The McCullochs (21-May-1975)
    Macon County Line (8-Aug-1974)
    The Birdmen (18-Sep-1971)
    A Time for Killing (15-Aug-1967)


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