Whenever the name Max Baer Jr. comes up, it’s usually a reminder that he rose to fame for his role in The Beverly Hillbillies as Jethro Bodine not too long after he started his acting career. He is an American actor, producer, screenwriter and director whose career spanned from 1960 to 1991. Since he didn’t appear in too many films and TV shows, he’s still known for some of the important roles that marked 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 Scottish-Irish descent. He was born in Oakland, California, USA, the eldest of three children including James Manny Baer and Maude Baer.
Baer Jr was raised in a family he is famous for boxing as his father Max Baer Sr was a World Heavyweight Champion whose career boasted a 63-13 win-loss record. Additionally, his uncle Buddy Baer was also a boxer, although he also happened to be an actor.
Baer Jr. received his education in Sacramento from the Christian Brothers High School. While there he was so good with sports that he got letters in four different sports. He was particularly good at golf, twice winning the junior title at the Sacramento Open golf tournament. He later went to Santa Clara University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration and a minor in philosophy.
Following in the footsteps of his uncle Buddy Baer, who had been an actor since 1937, Baer Jr. began his acting career in 1960 when he appeared on the ABC television series Loners in which he appeared in three episodes.
Also in 1960, he appeared in a few more ABC television series, including Surfside 6 – in the role of Joe Wilk, Cheyenne – in which he portrayed three characters, Hawaiian Eye – in which he played Ali and Bill Gorham, and then 77 Sunset Strip in which he again took over three roles. In 1961 he was in Bronco and Sugar Foot before appearing in the episode The Sun and It’s a Men’s World in 1962.
That same year, he landed his most popular role on the CBS sitcom television series, Beverly Hillbillies, in which he played Jethro Bodine. The show ran until 1971 but remained the role Max was associated with for many years. Ironically, he didn’t appear for the role of Jethro himself. Instead, he drove a friend who wanted to audition for the role and he decided to give it a try too.
Wealth (income and earnings)
Many years after leaving the film scene, MaxBaer Jr is still thriving thanks to the many businesses he founded. His net worth is estimated at $50 million. He has been working in his casino business for many years.
wife and children
To that extent, Max was successful in his career andfinancial investments, his relationship with women did not go too well. He has only married once and that was in 1966 to Joanne Kathleen Hill. Although it’s not certain how they met, Hill is known to have been an extra for Beverly Hillbillies. Their marriage didn’t last long, ending in 1971 with no children.
His other relationships didn’t end well either. He dated Victoria Principal but the relationship ended in an attack on him. Many years later, his girlfriend Chere Rhodes committed suicide at his home. Rhodes, a penthouse model, died three days after the attempt.
Due to his marriages and relationships, Max Baer Jr. has no children.
Is he gay?
As far as there are still those wondering if the actor is gay, there’s no indication he could believe the speculation as he hasn’t come out to corroborate it. He has been in various relationships with women in the past and has not been openly involved with men in the past.
Max comes from a blessed familyHeight. His father was over 6ft 5in tall while his uncle was 6ft 7in tall. For his part, Max Bear Jr. is 6ft 4in tall.