Max Baer Jr


Max Baer Jr. is a Perfect draw to any show!  He is Globally known for playing Jethro Bodine on The Beverly Hillbillies.

Baer’s first acting role was in Goldilocks and the Three Bears at the Blackpool Pavilion in England in 1949. He began acting professionally in 1960 at Warner Bros., where he made appearances on television programs such MaverickSurfside 6Hawaiian EyeCheyenne and 77 Sunset Strip. His career took off two years later, when he joined the cast of The Beverly Hillbillies.

Max was cast in the role of the doltish “Jethro Bodine”, Jed Clampett’s nephew. It would prove to be the high point of his acting career and the one he is best remembered for. He still found time to act elsewhere during the nine-year run of The Beverly Hillbilles, and appeared on Vacation PlayhouseLove, American Style, and in the Western movie A Time for Killing.

Max wrote and produced, acted the drama Macon County Line (1974), in which he played Deputy Reed Morgan. It was the highest-grossing movie per dollar invested at the time.  Baer also wrote, Acted, produced, and directed the drama The Wild McCullochs (1975), in which he played Culver Robinson.

He then got the idea of using the title of a popular song as a movie title, acquiring the rights to the Bobbie Gentry hit song and Directed & Produced  Ode to Billy Joe (1976). Since the success of Ode to Billy Joe, the motion picture industry has capitalized on the idea, producing more than one hundred song title movies.

He directed the comedy Hometown USA (1979), and is currently in the Gaming Industry  in Nevada. Contradictory to his later role as “Jethro Bodine”, in real life Max Baer had earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Santa Clara University, with a minor in philosophy. He has done amazingly well for himself,

Not bad for a boy with a “sixth grade education!” I’d say!