Max Baer Jr - Famous Actor

Max Baer Jr Net Worth

$50,000,000

Max Baer Jr., a famous American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter has a net worth of $50 million. He gained huge fame from his role as the bumbling Jethro Bodine on the sitcom β€˜The Beverly Hillbillies,’ but it later led to his typecasting and a relative standstill in his acting career, so he shifted his focus to directing and producing, becoming one of the most financially successful film directors in Hollywood’s history.

Key facts:

  • Max Baer Jr. rose to fame for his portrayal of Jethro Bodine on the TV sitcom 'The Beverly Hillbillies.'
  • After 'The Beverly Hillbillies' ended, Baer shifted his focus to producing, directing, and screenwriting.
  • Baer's film 'Macon County II' grossed $30 million on a budget of just $225,000 and held the record for the highest grossing film per dollar invested for decades.
  • He co-wrote the screenplay for Macon County Line with Richard Compton and starred as Deputy Reed Morgan.
  • Baer has unsuccessfully attempted to venture into the gambling industry with a failed project to develop a 'Beverly Hillbillies'-themed hotel and casino in the 00s.

Basic Information About Max Baer Jr

CategoryCelebrities β€Ί Actors
ProfessionsScreenwriter, Actor, Film Producer, Film director
Net worth$50,000,000
Date of birth1937-12-04 (86 years old)
Place of birthOakland
NationalityUnited States of America
Curiosities and TrademarksRole of Jethro Bodine on "The Beverly Hillbillies" (1962)
Spouse30 July - Joanne Kathleen Hill (Β 1966 - 1971)Β (divorced)
GenderMale
Height6 ft 3 in (1.93 m)
Social Mediaβ†—οΈŽ Wikipedia β†—οΈŽ IMDb

What Movie Awards did Max Baer Jr win?


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Max Baer Jr awards

Award Name State Movie / Series Name Year
TV Land Award - Favorite "Fish Out of Water"WinnerThe Beverly Hillbillies2004

Max Baer Jr roles

Movie / Series Role
Macon County LineWriter
Macon County LineWriter
Macon County LineDeputy Reed Morgan (as Max Baer)
The Beverly HillbilliesJethro Bodine / ... 274 episodes, 1962-1971
Murder, She WroteJohnny Wheeler / ... 2 episodes, 1989-1991
Matt HoustonAndy MacKay / ... 2 episodes, 1984
Surfside 6Joe Wilk / ... 2 episodes, 1960-1961
Love, American StyleJackie Lee Rhodes (segment "Love and the Games People Play") / ... 2 episodes, 1972-1973
Fantasy IslandBig Jake Farley 1 episode, 1979

Max Baer Jr's Quotes

  • [on being called Jethro now] It's like somebody calling you a son of a bitch. If he's your friend, it's okay. If he's your enemy, it's not.
  • [on the death of co-star Donna Douglas] She was Elly May until the day she died. When I saw her for autograph signings or other gatherings, she always dressed the same with pink or blue and of course those signature pigtails.
  • [on his on- and off-screen chemistry with Buddy Ebsen, who played Jed Clampett]: Buddy was much of a regular gang as you can get. Buddy tried to teach me how to sail, I didn't learn much about sailing, but I learn a lot about drowning. I got knocked off the boat more than once and he was saying, 'Well, you do this and you do that,' and he says, 'Coming about!,' and I stood up, I was up and I said, 'What did you say, Buddy?' The boat hit me and it knocked me out of the ocean, I made him laugh all the time because I was so crazy. I mean, I was always pulling pranks and doing stuff on the set and everything.
  • [Who compared his relationship with Buddy Ebsen, his surrogate uncle, to his real-life father, Max Baer]: Buddy told me a funny story one time, where he was at Madison Square Garden (this was back in the 1930s). My dad was supposed to fight. Buddy was sitting there, waiting and down near ringside. All of a sudden, this guy comes in, and he sits down next to him, he's got a robe on it and everything. But my dad was just real easy, just like nothing was going on, just sitting there in his robe and his shorts and Buddy was very excited because of the fact that (A) My dad sat down there and (B) Years later, the coincidence that he would star in the series with his son.
  • [Of Buddy Ebsen]: Buddy was more of a surrogate father to me, because my dad had died in '59 and this was '62; and he (Buddy) kinda took over, the same age as my dad; both about the same time and he knew my dad pretty well. So, it was pretty easy for Buddy and I to become close. I would go down there and he would teach me to sail on his 36 ft. lapwards down in Balboa Island, where he had a house, and as a sailor, I was a very good anchor, because it was hard for me to ever had me on a boat. He said, 'When the boat comes about,' He said, 'You'll pull it on a lynch.' He said, 'You'll pull in quick, because if you don't, the sail will pull up with air and it'll be too hard to pull in.' And so, the first time we were out, he said, 'We're comin' about.' Stood up, 'What, bang, boom, hit me right in the ocean, and he was laughing, said, 'Well, you can forget about being a sailor, too.' But I used to go out and have dinner, like once a week to go out someplace he would take me like Paso Franks on Hollywood Blvd. to Cook's Pacific Dining Car. He had some little places he would take me to and sometimes in lunch, he would have a little dinner with George and George will cook for him in his dressing room and he would have lunch with him. We didn't have too much in the afternoon, because it was a 2 martini lunch; cause if he had to remember some lines, he'd have a 1 martini lunch and if he had to remember lines, it was 1, if he didn't have a lot of lines, in the afternoon, he may have 2, and that was pretty much it.

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The Story of Max Baer Jr. – From Jethro Bodine to Film Success and Beyond

Max Baer Jr. is a name in Hollywood that needs no introduction. Baer’s portrayal of the endearing character Jethro Bodine in the CBS sitcom β€˜The Beverly Hillbillies’ made him a household name and beloved character to millions across the globe. However, what many do not know is that this actor, producer, director, and screenwriter has had one of the most exciting careers and colorful personal lives ever.

Early Life and Education

Baer Jr. was born in Oakland, California on December 4, 1937, to Mary Sullivan and Max Baer. From a young age, he proved to be a multi-talented individual by enjoying success in sports alongside his delving into his passionate interest in acting. Baer attended Christian Brothers High School in Sacramento, where he won the junior title at the Sacramento Open golf tournament twice. He then pursued higher education at Santa Clara University.

Television Beginnings

After finishing his studies, Max Baer Jr. started off his acting career with several guest roles in the 196s, appearing in shows like β€˜Maverick,’ β€˜Cheyenne,’ and β€˜Sugarfoot.’ He also acted in films like β€˜Kid Galahad’ and β€˜The Young Land.’ Nevertheless, his big breakthrough came in 1962 when he landed the role of Jethro Bodine on β€˜The Beverly Hillbillies.’

The Beverly Hillbillies

β€˜The Beverly Hillbillies’ brought Baer a fame he never thought was possible. He played β€˜Jethro,’ who belonged to a backwoods family that moved to Beverly Hills. The show ran from 1962 to 1971 with a total of nine seasons. Baer’s portrayal of β€˜Jethro’ earned immense popularity and massive fan following which made it one of the most popular shows of its time. Critics praised Max Baer Jr.’s performance, leading him to receive seven nominations for the Emmy Award.

Further Television Career

Besides β€˜The Beverly Hillbillies,’ Baer continued to work in the entertainment industry after the show’s cancellation. In the late 197s, he was seen in three episodes of β€˜Fantasy Island’ and acted in two episodes of the crime drama series β€˜Matt Houston’ and β€˜Murder, She Wrote.’ He even produced several TV films like β€˜Two for the Money’ and β€˜The Asphalt Cowboy.’

Film Career

Max Baer Jr. was not only an actor but a well-rounded filmmaker. His film career began with a small role in the 1967 Western, β€˜A Time for Killing.’ He had a breakthrough when he co-wrote the screenplay for the 1974 film β€˜Macon County Line,’ which became a massive box office success garnering $30 million at the box office with a budget of just $225,000. He continued his success streak by writing, directing, and acting in the 1975 film β€˜The Wild McCullochs’ and producing, directing, and starring in the subsequent film, β€˜Ode to Billy Joe.’

Gambling Industry

In addition to his acting, producing, and directing pursuits, Baer also dabbled in various business ventures. He was interested in developing The Beverly Hillbillies Casino and Hotel in Nevada; however, the project was abandoned after underdeveloped concept and zoning/environmental obstacles.

Personal Life

Max Baer Jr’s personal life is one of an individual who has experienced numerous colors and shades in his journey. In 1959 he married his first wife, Joanna Hill, but ended in divorce. He then married his third wife, Joanne Kenny, in 1966 and they were divorced in 1976. They had a son named Max Baer III.

What is Max Baer Jr.’s Net Worth?

Max Baer Jr made a massive wealth of $50 million from his acting, producing, and directing career. He received a salary of $75,000 per episode in β€˜The Beverly Hillbillies.’ While many other factors contribute to his enormous fortune, his film producing ventures determinedly set him for financial success.

Conclusion

Overall, Max Baer Jr had an incredible career filled with accolades, successes, and challenges. Men like him are true trendsetters and innovators of their time, unafraid to take risks and explore facets that bring about ingenuity and commercial recognition. The entertainment industry owes a great amount to the contributions made by great minds like him. Max Baer Jr. remains a household name and continues to be an inspiration to young artists from around the world.

Interesting Facts about Max Baer Jr

  1. Son of boxer Max Baer.
  2. Licensed the "Beverly Hillbillies" name and characters from CBS in order to establish a Casino called "Jethro's". A picture of Granny hangs over every bed with the caption: "Don't you touch her boy!"
  3. He tried to shed the public's "hillbilly" perception of him by starring as good-guy crime fighter Max Colepepper in the unsold pilot, "The Asphalt Cowboy," in the early 70s.
  4. Nephew of Buddy Baer.
  5. Uncle of Amy Lynn Baxter.
  6. Earned a bachelor's degree in Business Administration from Santa Clara University (minored in philosophy).
  7. Auditioned for Jethro only after driving his roommate to the audition for the same part.
  8. Made a fortune producing low-budget films like Macon County Line (1974).
  9. Took great issue with the unsympathetic portrayal of his father in the film Cinderella Man (2005), particularly his bragging over killing someone in the ring. Baer said his father was actually haunted by the incident and often cried about it.
  10. One of Elvis Presley's Hollywood buddies during the 1960s. The two were often involved in impromptu football games among Elvis' friends and entourage.
  11. Has said that he "would have had to sell door-to-door" if Macon County Line (1974) flopped.
  12. Won his role as Jethro without having to speak a word. Baer's audition consisted of chasing a bird around the set, and he made enough of gestures and facial expressions to impress the producers. He admitted later that he had never tried speaking in a hillbilly accent, and he used the time between his audition and the first day's filming to learn one thoroughly.
  13. His acting mentor was the late Buddy Ebsen.
  14. Best known by the public for his role as Jethro Bodine on The Beverly Hillbillies (1962).
  15. With the death of Donna Douglas on January 1, 2015, he is the last surviving star of The Beverly Hillbillies (1962).
  16. Knew Buddy Ebsen through his parents, as an adolescent.
  17. Revealed that he had a wonderful relationship with Buddy Ebsen on The Beverly Hillbillies (1962).
  18. Surrogate nephew of Buddy Ebsen.
  19. Credits Buddy Ebsen as his favorite acting mentor/best friend.
  20. He and Donna Douglas had both visited Buddy Ebsen, in the hospital, just days before his death.

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  • Original Source: The Beverly Hillbillies episode "The Giant Jackrabbit"
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  • Date taken: 1964

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