Where is Max Baer Jr today? Is he dead or alive? Wiki bio
Maximilian Adalbert Baer Jr. was born in Oakland, California, USA on December 4, 1937 – his zodiac sign is Sagittarius and he is an American national. He is an actor, film producer and director, perhaps best known for his portrayal of Jethro Bodine in over 270 episodes of the hit TV series “The Beverly Hillbillies” from 1962 to ’71, also starring Buddy Ebsen, Donna Douglas and Irene Ryan. (He did not appear in the 1993 film, starring Diedrich Bader, Erika Eleniak, and Jim Varney.) The series was about a family who become wealthy after finding “black gold” – oil – on their property and then moving to live in beverly hills. Max is the only surviving member of the series’ regular cast.
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There have been rumors that Max has passed away, but these have turned out to be false as he lives a peaceful life in Los Angeles, California.
Early life and education
Max was raised alongside his brother James Manny Baer who died in 2009, and his sister Maude Baer (born 1943) in Oakland by their father Max Baer, who was a boxing champion, and their mother Mary Ellen Sullivan, who was a housewife. Max was motivated by his uncle Buddy Baer to become an actor as Buddy is still remembered for his roles in the western movie “Hell Canyon Outlaws” and the western comedy “Once Upon a Horse…” in the 1950s.
Max attended Christian Brothers High School in Sacramento, where he excelled in four sports, and twice competed in the Sacramento Open golf tournament, winning both times.
Later, at the age of 31 in 1968, he would win the pro-am tournament Andy Williams – San Diego Open. He became interested in acting while at school as he was a member of the drama club and acted in almost all the plays performed there. After his matriculation exam, he enrolled at Santa Clara University, graduating in 1959 with a bachelor’s degree in business administration while minoring in philosophy.
Roles in TV series
Max made his TV series debut in 1960 when he portrayed three characters in three episodes – ‘Bundle from Britain’, ‘A Bullet for the Teacher’ and ‘Kiz’ – of the western drama series ‘Maverick’ starring James Garner , Jack Kelly and Roger Moore, about two gamblers who move from town to town in search of good games.
The series was a hit, winning a Primetime Emmy Award and being nominated for 10 other awards.
Max appeared in two episodes of the detective series “Surfside 6” in 1961, before being invited to appear in four episodes of the western series “Cheyenne”starring Clint Walker, Clyde Howdy and Chuck Hicks, and about the adventurer Cheyenne Bodie who roams the land in search of women and fights – the series won a Golden Globe Award for Television Achievement in 1957. detective series “Hawaiian Eye”, playing Bill Gorham in two episodes, and then played three characters in the episodes “Double Trouble”, “The Corsican Caper” and “The Chrome Coffin” of the private detective drama series “77 Sunset Strip”.
In the following years, he guest starred in a single episode of many series such as the western “Bronco”, another western “Sugarfoot” and the adventure series “Follow the Sun”, while also playing 1st GI in the episode “Drive Over “. to Exeter” from the comedy drama series “It’s a Mans’ World” in 1962.
In 1966 and 1967, he co-hosted 10 episodes of the reality game show “Dream Girl of ’67”, then was chosen as a panelist on the game show “Hollywood Squares” in 1968. He guest-starred in the episode “Love and the Fullback” and “Love and the Games People Play” of the anthology comedy series “Love, American Style” in 1972 and 1973, then in a single episode of the fantasy drama series “Fantasy Island” in 1979.
He then portrayed Andy MacKay in the episodes “Return to Nam: Part 1” and “Escape from Nam: Part 2” of the crime drama series “Matt Houston”, while some of his later appearances in TV series were in the crime drama “Murder, She Wrote’ in 1989 and 1991, while in 2005 he appeared as an interviewee in the documentary series ‘Biography’.
Roles in films and producing and directing credits
Max made his screen debut in 1967 as the supporting character Sergeant Luther Liskell in the western film “A Time for Killing”, starring Inger Stevens, Glenn Ford and Paul Petersen, and was directed by Phil Karlson and Roger Corman.
In 1971, he played another supporting character, Tanker, in the movie “The Birdmen,” starring Doug McClure and Rene Auberjonois, about an American sent to Norway during World War II.
Max produced his first movie “Two for the Money” in 1972 – it starred Robert Hooks, Stephen Brooks and Walter Brennan and is about two police officers who quit their jobs to become private investigators. He produced, directed and wrote the independent movie “Macon County Line” in 1974, in which he also starred as Deputy Reed Morgan, a Georgia county sheriff, seeking revenge after his wife is murdered. The following year, he directed, produced and wrote the drama film “The Wild McCullochs”, in which he also starred alongside Forrest Tucker and Julie Adams.
In 1976, Max directed and produced the drama film “Ode to Billy Joe”, before directing the 1979 comedy film “Hometown USA”, starring Gary Springer, David Wilson and Brian Kerwin, about three teenagers driving around and flirting with girls . . Two of his last film roles were in the crime drama mystery “The Asphalt Cowboy” in 1980 and the drama comedy “The Circle Family” in 1982.
Love life and relationships
Max met his now ex-wife Joanne Kathleen Hill in 1965, after seeing her picture on a billboard on Sunset Boulevard, and knocked on her door on Valentine’s Day saying he wanted to meet her. After less than a year of dating, they married in 1966 in a small ceremony attended by only their closest friends and family. They divorced in 1971, apparently because Max wanted to start a family while Joanne didn’t want children, preferring instead to focus on her acting career.
Before Max, Joanne was married to a man who ‘looked exactly like Elvis from ‘Jailhouse Rock’but they divorced after being married for two years.
It is believed that Max has had several short-term relationships since his divorce from Joanne, but has not remarried and has no children. He appears to be single today.
Hobbies and other interests
After starring in several films about gambling and realizing that tourists were paying money to see the Ponderosa Ranch – although there was nothing special about it other than the fact that several episodes of the western series “Bonanza” were filmed there – he decided to something similar with “The Beverly Hillbillies” where the rights were bought from CBS for about $1 million, 65 “The Beverly Hillbillies” themed slot machines were created and placed in 10 casinos.
He later tried to open his own casino, but its development was halted in July 2012.
Max was physically active until his early 50s, playing golf, tennis and soccer and enjoying travelling; he has been all over the US while also visiting several countries in Africa, Europe and Asia. He is an animal lover and has had several dogs as pets, while his favorite animals are horses and bulls.
Appearance and power
Max turns 82 years old. He has short brown hair and brown eyes, is 1.93 m tall and weighs about 85 kg. From May 2020, his net worth is estimated at more than $50 million.